Instruments & Gear

Vandoren’s new V-Neck Straps are available in two varieties: the V-Neck and the V-Neck Deluxe. They are designed to distribute the weight of the instrument with no pressure points, no tension, and no strain on the neck, reducing pressure on the spine and the front of the neck, reducing pain, tension, and fatigue.

The “V” height adjuster allows for easy, but stable adjustment and the plastic-coated steel hook holds the instrument securely, protecting the hook ring, but still allowing for easy switching between saxes. Both styles are available in three sizes (S, M/L, and XL) to accommodate players of all heights.

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Hal Leonard has announced the release of two first-of-their-kind software packages (a three-year and a five-year subscription) that will be available exclusively via music retailers. The two new software packages offer the full range of Noteflight music notation features, as well as the unlimited score storage program on Noteflight’s Cloud. Noteflight’s music notation programs are completely cloud-based and device-independent, making it possible for users to create and access their musical scores from anywhere. The software includes a full-featured notation editor with orchestral sound library, MusicXML support, and more.

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Cloud-based music software company MusicFirst recently announced the release of the Online Music Classroom system. The MusicFirst secure online classroom includes built-in testing and assessment tools, access to hundreds of online standards-based lesson plans and accompanying multi-media materials, classroom management tools, and more. The program includes software and resources for elementary, middle, and high school students and is accessible using any Internet-enabled device, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. MusicFirst has also partnered with several software companies to integrate their music learning tools into the online classroom.

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Instruments & Gear

Beginner and step-up saxophone accessories for the education market

With a nearly constant stream of new products coming to market, it can be nearly impossible to stay up-to-date on the latest musical equipment innovations and designs. This can also present challenges in terms of figuring out what equipment to recommend to your beginning and advancing saxophone students. With this in mind, these following reviews of woodwind mouthpieces, ligatures, reeds, and neck-straps for the beginning and advancing students should help provide a starting point as woodwind students consider upgrading their gear.

Read more: Gear: Sax Accessories

Instruments & Gear

The Jupiter 509S and 510ES flutes solve the problem of with the ergonomic concerns many instructors experience while teaching beginning flute students to play. The “Wave-Line” design and shortened length is more ergonomic, and keeps the headjoint in line with the body, promoting correct playing posture.  The 509S model is designed for children from 5 to 8 years of age and features assisted fingering key cups with a specially designed low D body without trill keys.

Read more: Jupiter Wave-Line Flutes

Instruments & Gear

This special all-PreSonus system combines a USB bus-powered interface for Mac, Windows, and iPad with Studio One® Artist DAW software (Mac and Windows), Capturetm Duo recording software (iPad), monitoring headphones, a large-diaphragm condenser microphone, Nimbit® Free account, and all necessary cables.

Read more: PreSonus AudioBox iTwo Studio Recording Kit

Instruments & Gear

MusicNomad’s additions to its instrument care products include: Valve Oil, T-Slide Trombone Lubricant, Bore Oil, Silver Polish, Lacquer Polish, Polishing cloths for Piano/Keyboard, Brass and Woodwind, String Instrument, Piano ONE polish, Key ONE Key, and Keyboard cleaner.

Read more: MusicNomad Band & Orchestra and Piano & Keyboard Care

Instruments & Gear

The TCA1066 Accessory Kit includes a Presentation Grip, two additional Mounting Posts, and a Mounting Post End Cap. The Presentation Grip is a comfortable hard foam sleeve that slides over any u-mount post. The Mounting Post End Cap protects the threading and adds a finishing touch to the post, providing a non-slip contact point. The two additional mounting posts provide extra length with the 5” UM-42 or a lower profile with the 2-3/4” UM-41.

Read more: On-Stage Stands U-Mount Accessories

Instruments & Gear

The M|O LITE is made out of a synthetic material and offers the quick response and resonance of the standard line of M|O inverted ligatures at a lower price point.

Read more: Vandoren M|O Lite Alto Sax Ligature

Instruments & Gear

Kaces percussion line includes a broad selection of everyday items such as marching drum stick quivers, snare drum porters, bell kit porters, snare and bell kit duo porters, snare drum backpacks, and bell kit bags. All porters feature durable heavy-duty wheels, convenient telescoping double-handles and either padded shoulder straps or built-in backpack straps.

Read more: Kaces Redesigned Percussion Line

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