“I love the J.W. Pepper!” – quite possibly the best testimonial we have had the pleasure of receiving from a customer – or perhaps future customer. This was only one of many wonderful things Eddie from Godfrey Elementary School in Wyoming, Michigan had to say about J.W. Pepper in a letter he wrote to us shortly after being crowned the winner of our Music in Our Schools Month coloring contest and receiving his prize – a box of music games for his school.
The world of popular music comprises some pretty volatile terrain. What seems fresh and exciting one moment is old news the next. We hear stories from music directors and private teachers about how students are begging to perform the latest hit from Katy Perry one moment, and then something from One Direction the next.
Our editors have their work cut out for them when choosing which titles to include in our Editors’ Choice series each year. We did some digging to find out which titles Pepper customers favored this past year and were pleased to see that, for the most part, you liked what we liked. Here is a list of the top 10 picks for both band and choir music, amongst you, our customers!
Halloween is the time of year where many of our fears and phobias come to life. Haunted houses, hay rides and corn mazes can be found in nearly every city. Horror movies dominate network TV. And let’s not forget to be very wary of the life-size butler holding a serving tray when you walk past him in the grocery store, as you know that at any moment you will be met with glowing red eyes and a good verbal accosting.
“Of course he’s not a composer, but he’s an inventor — of genius.” – Arnold Schoenberg on John Cage
Pepper customers tend to be pretty tech savvy. Not a single clinic or convention goes by where we’re not introduced to some new amazing app that a teacher or director is using to make what they do a little bit easier, or at least more fun.
Whether you love him, hate him, or merely respect the technological advancements he was responsible for, there is no denying that the world as we know it has been greatly affected by the work of Steve Jobs.
Always looking for ways to support music education and advancement, Pepper is proud to offer our new Crescendo Rewards program! Parents, alumni and music lovers — you can now support your favorite music organization or school program by shopping with us!
Music exists within us all. You don’t have to play cello in the symphony, sing tenor in the choir, or shred a mean guitar in a metal band in order to find it.
There has been much research done on the cognitive benefits of musical activity during childhood; a recent study conducted by the University of Kansas analyzes whether or not these benefits carry over into adulthood. While more research is needed, the findings thus far are quite fascinating.