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Warning: Adorable Babies Playing Music Alert

Summer is an exciting time for learning music. So many fun things happen in the summer and it is a time where music making really comes to the forefront of what we do. The month of June even includes National Make Music Day- but more on that later.

As many of you know, we had Free Lesson Day in all of our stores a few weeks ago. We were so pleased with how many people came out and participated. We even had a few employees join in and they really got a lot out of it. You can hear more about Laura’s experience here.

Beginning lessons in the summer really gives you and your child a lot of time to practice- or even practice together. But on top of just taking lessons, there are so many other fun activies that can be done with music in the summer. One of those things is our class called Discovering Music. Discovering Music is a class for children anywhere from just a few months old to 5 years old. The class will be facilitated by Holly Hankin, one of our great employees at Willis Music Eastgate. Holly is currently working on her degree in Music Therapy and really has a passion for bringing music into a child’s life at a young age.

I really love seeing young people learning music. I make sure that whenever I get invited to a baby’s birthday, I bring along a gift that is in some way musical. I have tried to train my nephew early so that he will definetly be playing an instrument. He already has the perfect piano hands! Here is a picture of him with his hands in perfect position (So maybe the toy is upside down but he’s still young!)

Discovering Music will be on Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11:30 at our Eastgate Mall location. We can’t wait to see you there. I will leave you with this adorable baby- I’d say his parents have the right idea!

Colleen Cranley

New Teachers at Eastgate!

We are very excited about our new teachers right now at our Eastgate location. We love the energy that a new teacher brings- and we can’t wait to see them in action.

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Chris Sherman

Chris Sherman has been teaching both bass guitar and guitar lessons for over 10 years. He was recently featured at the 2014 London Bass Guitar Show, to lead a master class in bass guitar. Also known professionally as ‘Freekbass’, he has three internationally released instructional DVDs. “Learn to play Funk Bass Level 1 & 2” by The RockHouse Method, and “50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know”, produced by TrueFire.com. TrueFire is now preparing to release a second Freekbass instructional DVD, entitled, “Funktronic Groove Construction”. Chris/Freekbass has released six full-length CDs, including “Concentrate” with guests Bootsy Collins, DJ Spooky, Adam Deitch and Steve Molitz, and “Junkyard Waltz” which includes guest appearances by Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Buckethead, keyboard wizard from P-Funk/Talking Heads Bernie Worrell, and is produced by funk legend Bootsy Collins. Although known by many as a bassist, Chris is also an accomplished guitarist and guitar teacher with a strong technique, groove, and theory background.

Check out Chris in the Huffington Post

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Shawn Elsbernd

I have been a professional drummer and instructor for 15 years. I toured the United States and Mexico for the past six years with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus. I teach all styles, levels and ages. Each student is different so I teach them at the level that they can learn. Drums are amazing to me and I love to share what I know.

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Check Out Our New Store Hours

It’s been years since we’ve changed our hours, so we thought we would take a minute and spend a second on each store…

As of Today, March 1st 2013 our new store hours will be as follows:

Louisville, KY

Monday through Friday 11AM to 8PM

Saturday 10AM to 7PM

Sunday 12PM to 6PM

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Lexington, KY

Monday through Friday 11AM to 8PM

Saturday 10AM to 7PM

Sunday 12PM to 6PM

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Florence, KY

Monday through Friday 11AM to 9PM

Saturday 10AM to 8PM

Sunday 12PM to 6PM

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Kenwood Galleria – Cincinnati, OH

Monday through Friday 11AM to 8PM

Saturday 10AM to 7PM

Sunday 12PM to 6PM

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Eastgate Mall – Cincinnati, OH

No change in store hours

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Tri-County Mall – Cincinnati, OH

No change in store hours

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Willis Music’s partnership with Steinway and Sons

In August 2012, Willis Music began a partnership with Steinway and Sons.  As a result of this partnership, Willis Music is currently the only authorized dealer of Steinway pianos in the Greater Cincinnati area.  I recently had the opportunity to travel to New York City to be introduced to this American institution.  It was a great opportunity to be able to meet the Steinway family.  I had the chance to tour the factory where Steinway pianos are built, the same way they have been constructed for over 150 years.  I was truly amazed at the artistry and pride that goes into each piano they create.  Each component is carefully planned, crafted by hand, and held to the highest standards.  The people who work in the factory take enormous pride in the pianos they create.  This pride is evident in the unmatched sound quality of a Steinway piano.  The Eastgate Mall location of Willis Music has a fine selection of grand pianos available for you to come in and experience the quality and craftsmanship of these instruments.

The first step in building a Steinway piano is the “rim bending.” This amazing process involves a team of people working together to make the case of a piano from hardwood maple.  This team works to mold the maple into the shape of what will eventually become a Steinway piano.