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  1. Did you know that we have over 100 years of combined experience in our piano service department?  After all, pianos is what got us started!  Our piano service team is made up of 3 generations of the Dincher family! Bob, Chris and Luke are impeccable piano technicians who are ready and willing to make sure that your piano is in the best condition!Does your piano need tuning or servicing?  Give us a call at (800) 326-9450 ext. 155 to schedule your appointment today!

  2. At Robert M. Sides, our goal is to make sure that you get everything that you need for the best price possible and have a great shopping experience. This holiday season, we're making it easy for you to find everything you need for the musicians in your life, all while saving you money!Now thru December 24th, for every $50 you spend, we'll give you a $5 gift card in return!  Don't need the gift card?  Re-gift it to someone else!On top of that, when you purchase any piano or keyboard, drums or hand drums, or any guitar, you get 4 FREE lessons!  The lessons will take place in January, and they ar...

  3. We firmly believe that you are never too young or too old to learn an instrument!  That's why we offer group classes for instruments like ukulele, banjo and guitar!  Our classes in the past have ranged from elementary age kiddos to retired folks who just wanted to learn!Our group environments are a safe, comfortable place to learn.  We even provide instruments for you to use during the class if you don't have your own!  Call now to sign up for ukulele, banjo or guitar group lessons!  Only $50 for 5 lessons!

  4. I know you all have heard about the many benefits of music lessons.  How do I know?  Articles and arguments defending music education are everywhere!  I've also written about it a few times myself!  But did you know that group lesson experiences can be just as beneficial, if not more so?  I've got great news for you!  Our Williamsport store is offering up some great group experiences for all ages on Ukulele, Banjo, and Guitar!  The lessons are only $5 each, making each five week session only $25!  Each of our teachers are highly qualified and eager to teach anyone who is willing to learn.  Whi...

  5. February has come and gone and it's now time for March Mania!  For those who don't know, March Mania is put on every year by the United States Marine Band.  Simply click on the link below to get started!http://www.marineband.marines.mil/Unit-Home/Sousas-March-Mania/Each day, starting March 4, you can choose between two different marches to move on until we finally reach the winner on April 3rd! They provide you the option of downloading each march or by simply listening on youtube!  You can submit your final bracket and see how your bracket stacks up!

  6. Ok I admit, the title of the blog does not sound very pleasant.  However, "earworm" is simply a song, even just a small portion of a song, that gets stuck in your head.  Yes, we've all been there.  One or two lines of a song will just get stuck in your head for days on end, then suddenly disappear.  Personally, I keep experiencing "Crocodile Rock" just randomly popping into my head (of course, the most annoying part of the song, "LAAAAAAAAAA LA LA LA LA LAAAAAAAAAA LA LA LA LA LAAAAAAAAA.....").  It'll hang out there for a day or two and then disappear for a few months.  But before ya know it....

  7. It's no secret that Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Walk into just about any store (except for ours!) and you are bombarded with reds and pinks, hearts, candies, balloons, stuffed animals...yikes!  Thankfully, we have your musical needs covered for this lovey-dovey season!  We pride ourselves in the fact that we have music for every season and occasion!  Stop on in and find all of the love songs you could possibly need!  From romantic movie songs, the greatest love songs of all time, to wedding music, we have everything you need!   

  8. On January 7, 2017, our instrumental students finally got to put on their recital (it was postponed due to weather)!  All of these wonderful kids did such an amazing job with their performance!  The parents and teachers could not have been more proud of each of those students.  Here at Sides, we pride ourselves in the fact that our students get multiple opportunities throughout the year to perform.  Not only do they have the chance to perform as a soloist, but in small groups as well.  As I'm sure you know, performing is an essential part of being a musician.  Do we play music with the intent ...

  9. A new year is often a time for changes, resolutions, and new experiences.  Why not make one of the resolutions or experiences music lessons?  I could spout all kinds of facts and statistics about the benefits of singing or playing an instrument.  Instead, I will simply say that starting music lessons is more than just learning something new.  It's more than just an activity that can improve grades in school.  Playing an instrument or singing is bigger than you and me.  It gives you a chance to be a part of something that has been going on for thousands of years.  It's a chance to be a part of ...

  10. Let's be honest. People everywhere are fighting to keep music education alive. The same arguments keep getting repeated: music education improves test scores and grade, teaches discipline, and results in a well-rounded education. What would happen if we added to that argument? Did you know that music offers up some great health benefits as well? It's true! Let's dive in and see what other benefits the magic of music can bring!Music keeps your bring young! Listening to or playing music is basically a workout for your brain.  Just like your body, the more active you are, the healthier you're lik...