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Jason Ferrell Music

Harmonizing Passion and Education: A Conversation with Jazz Maestro Jason Ferrell 

Delve into the world of jazz with Jason Ferrell, a distinguished educational representative based in Columbus, Ohio. With a life steeped in music and an unwavering passion for jazz, Jason shares his journey, influences, and insights into the art of jazz education.  Jason’s Musical Beginnings Born and raised in Columbus, Jason’s musical journey began with […]

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Instrument Care

The Art of Instrument Care: Essential Tips for Maintenance and Protection

This article focuses on a vital, yet frequently overlooked component of being a musician – the art of instrument care and maintenance. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting your musical journey or have years of experience; knowing how to properly care for and protect your instrument is crucial. It not only ensures the longevity […]

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Music Goals

Tuning into Success: Setting Your Musical Goals for the Year

Welcome to a new year of possibilities and musical exploration! As musicians, we know that growth and skill don’t just happen; they are cultivated through dedicated effort and clear objectives. Whether you’re picking up an instrument for the first time or fine-tuning your skills for a major performance, setting goals can transform your musical experience […]

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World Music Traditions

Sounds of Celebration: Musical Traditions from Around the World for the New Year

As the New Year approaches, people around the world prepare to bid farewell to the old and welcome the new with open arms. Among the most vibrant and heartfelt expressions of this transition are the musical traditions unique to each culture. In this journey through the global soundscape of New Year celebrations, we explore how […]

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Stage Fright

Overcoming the Spotlight Shakes: Tips for Musicians Battling Stage Fright

Understanding Performance Anxiety Performance anxiety, also known as stage fright, is an anxious state some musicians experience before or during a public performance. It is a physiological response to the stress of being under pressure to perform well. Stage fright is incredibly common, even among professional musicians. Surveys indicate around 75% of musicians have experienced […]

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Employee Instrument Picks

Top Employee Instrument Picks – December 2023

Music & Arts is an excellent destination for musicians of all levels, offering an extensive array of instruments that cater to every need. Whether you’re a student, an enthusiastic intermediate, or a seasoned professional, their collection spans from elegant string instruments to robust brass, and from soulful woodwinds to iconic guitars. Each instrument is crafted […]

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Legacy and Innovation: Introducing The Blessing BTR-1660 Professional Trumpet

Connect with your sound with the BTR-1660 Professional Trumpet. A new gold-standard in horn craftsmanship, the 1660 combines traditional horn making techniques with modern design to create a flagship instrument that will impress even the most discerning pro player. From a handmade bell in a small shop in Chicago to precision engineering and design  – […]

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A Journey Through Sound and Soul: An Interview with Kirk Whalum

We sit down with Grammy Award winning sax legend Kirk Whalum in the second episode of our ongoing Music & Artists series. Renowned saxophonist Kirk Whalum, with his deep roots in Memphis, Tennessee, embodies a rich musical heritage that spans genres and generations. In a recent interview, Whalum delved into his musical upbringing, the profound […]

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Miles O'Malley

Tuned to Perfection: The Resonant Tale of Instrument Maker Miles O’Malley

Melding Tradition with Innovation in Instrument Making From the delicate, meticulous work of a seamstress to the precision required in the repair of musical instruments, Miles O’Malley has woven together a life of dedication, craftsmanship, and innovation. Deeply influenced by the art of making things by hand, Miles is a testament to the idea that […]

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Music Student Learning

Upgrade Your Sound for the Ride of Your Life

By Dr. David W. Vandewalker For most of my childhood I had two passions: music and bikes. I would wake up excited to go to school because I enjoyed hanging out with my friends. I would jump on my bike riding to my friend’s house; together we would zoom off to school. It was always […]

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