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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!Kayla Furman
Those Pesky Earworms!
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....Kayla Furman
Music For All Occasions
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!Kayla Furman
Instrumental Winter Recital
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 ...Kayla Furman
New Lessons for a New Year
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 ...Kayla Furman
The Health Benefits of Music
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...Default Admin
That Holiday To-Do List
It's no secret that, while being "the most wonderful time of the year" that this time of year also brings with it a load of stress! There are concerts and plays, parties, family gatherings, dinners to cook, cookies to bake, and lots of shopping to do! Whew! How are we supposed to be able to get all of that done and still have time to sleep?!Lucky for you, we're here to make things just a little bit easier for you! We are fully stocked with lots of great gift ideas, with tons of great savings to make your dollar go just a little bit further! If you're looking for gear, look no further! We...Kayla Furman
Step Up Showcase
We are proud to be having our annual "Step Up Showcase" again this year! The Showcase will visit each of our locations, but only for one day! The tour starts out in our State College store on Dec. 9 from 3pm - 8pm. It will then move to our Williamsport store on Dec. 10 from 11am - 4pm, Dec. 11 Arnot Mall in Horseheads, NY from 11am - 5pm, and then finally stops at our Wilkes-Barre store on Dec. 12 from 3pm - 8pm.The showcase is great for anyone looking for a great quality instrument! If you are in Junior High or Senior High, this is perfect for you! We will have special rebates available,...Kayla Furman
Tips for Beginning Musicians
This time of year, all across the country, there are thousands of kids starting band or orchestra for the very first time! For the students, it's exciting and fun. However, I have noticed that there is one thing that is often forgotten when it comes to starting a musical instrument for the first time: Music does not offer instant gratification. Obviously, this could be different if you happen to be a child prodigy. But for 99% of the kids starting an instrument and starting their musical journey for the first time, they quickly realize that maybe it's just not as easy as they thought it wo...Kayla Furman
Back to School & Back to Music!
You walk around stores and you see that it's time to get ready to go back to school! For some, this time of year is exciting and happy! For some (mostly the students), it's the exactly opposite! At Robert M. Sides, we love the back to school season! This is the time of year that thousands of kids will decide to learn to play an instrument and join their school band or orchestra! This thought can be daunting. How much will it cost? How time consuming will it be? Will it all be worth it? Cue RMSides! With our risk-free rent-to-own program, you can get a high quality instrument for a gre...