Archive for July, 2010

Limited Edition Mapex Horizon HZB Drum Set

Friday, July 30th, 2010

We just received a really cool limited edition Transparent Cherry Red finish 6pc HZB kit.

Limited Edition Mapex Horizon HZB 6PC Drum Set

Transparent Cherry Red

Here are the specs from Mapex:

  • Birch/Basswood Shells
  • Black Hardware
  • Transparent High Gloss Lacquer Finish
  • ITS Mounts
  • 500 Series Hardware

Drum Sizes:

  • 22″ x 18″ bass drum
  • 8″ x 7″ tom (FREE ADD-ON)
  • 10″ x 8″ tom
  • 12″ x 9″ tom
  • 16″ x 16″ floor tom
  • 14″ x 5.5″ snare

Hardware Included:

  • S500 Snare Stand
  • H500 Hi-Hat Stand
  • C500 Cymbal Stand
  • B500 Boom Stand
  • P500 Pedal

We have several new Mapex kits in stock. Come in and check them out. Also, check out the new Falcon double bass drum pedals from Mapex.

Music Makes You Smarter

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

By Debbie Evans

It’s called the “Mozart” Effect. Research shows students listening or playing music or Mozart, who was a famous music composer, feel calmer, study longer, retain more, and score higher on tests. A comprehensive series of skill tests were run on 5,154 fifth-graders in all 75 of the Albuquerque, NM elementary schools. IN EVERY SINGLE TEST AREA, kids who were learning to play a musical instrument received higher marks than their classmates. And, the longer the students had been playing the instrument, the higher they scored.

The American Music Conference reports that music makers are more likely to go onto college and other higher education than students that do not play a musical instrument. In fact, they are 52% more likely to attend college.

Tim Lautzenheiser, internationally known speaker, states, “Research shows that students who are in the school band and orchestra are traditionally in the top 25% of their class. On SAT tests, music students scored 38 points higher on verbal test and 21 points higher on math test. It’s not just that the top students are in music. They become top students because they are in music.

Playing music also helps children learn teamwork, discipline, and creativity. The Florida Academy of Performing Arts, located at Music Showcase at 402 Oakfield Drive in Brandon, offers individual and group music classes for ages 4 and up. Lessons are provided for voice and almost every musical instrument. Students learn in soundproof studios from a staff of over 50 qualified teachers. Students also regularly perform in recitals. And, if children don’t have an instrument or are not sure of which one to play, they can try them out in the Mini-Musicians class or participate in the rent-to-own instrument program. So, sign-up now and get smarter!