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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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,...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. Robert M. Sides is proud to install and service organs across our region.  Recently, we had the honor of doing an organ installation at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Dickson City, PA.  This organ installation is the largest, and one of the more spectacular organ installations we have ever done.  Our organ specialist, Phil Maue, worked closely with the church and the Allen Organ Company to make sure that the organ the church got was exactly what they needed.   The organ itself is quite spectacular.  It was designed specifically for Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church....

  7. Finally!  Summer break is here (or almost, for some)!  No more teachers!  No more homework!  No more tests!  Just sunshine and fun with zero responsibility! Except for our young musicians!  That’s right.  Our young musicians don’t, or at least shouldn’t, take the summer completely off!  It is incredibly important for musicians to stay in tip-top playing shape.  Taking 2 or 3 months off at a time without playing at all can do so much damage, and really set a player back from where they were before they took the time off. Imagine that you lift weights.  Every day you lift weights and get a good,...

  8. Throughout my personal music journey, I have played under many conductors, been taught by several music teachers, and have even just observed other teachers and their preferred teaching techniques.  Over the years, there have been a few educators who have really stuck out to me.  What made them stand out from the others?  Singing.  I should take this time to note now that I'm speaking about instrument ensembles and classrooms, not just a choir setting.  The benefits of singing in an instrumental setting can be endless, but when it comes right down to it, not many people take advantage of it.  ...

  9.   There have been several articles written, especially recently, that look at how listening to music while working can improve your productivity.  There are tons of people who love to listen to music, not only when they're working, but doing normal, every-day tasks (Mozart piano concertos are being listened to while this is being written!).  But does listening to music actually help to improve productivity?  According to this article, "Music can be instrumental (pun intended) in helping you maintain focus, dig into your work, and get things done.  But only if it's the right type of music." Th...

  10. Whether you teach in a public or private school, or you teach private lessons, chances are at some point you have had at least one student who doesn't put in the time practicing at home.  Most people fail to realize just how important practicing outside of your lessons is when playing an instrument.  So what do you do when you have a student who just won't practice?  Donna Schwartz, a public school teacher for over 13 years and a private music teacher for over 26 years wrote an article providing us with 7 tips to get your students to practice more. What can we do to get our students to practic...