Author Archives: Wendy Stackhouse

Choosing Your First Musical Instrument

Choosing their first musical instrument is an important moment in a child’s life–they could be choosing their life’s work and beginning a musical journey that will last decades. Or they could quit after a year and never play again. How do you know which instrument to choose? First, remember this–YOU CAN CHANGE LATER. If you pick the clarinet this year, you can pick the saxophone or even the trumpet next year! During your year of Clarinet, you will be learning how to read music, how Continue reading →

Summer Repairs: Is Your Instrument Ready to Go Back-to-School?

At Bertrand’s Music, we are just finishing off our big summer repair season. That’s when band directors all over Southern California bring us (or have us pick up) dozens of instruments for repair and maintenance before the new school year begins. Why do instruments need to be repaired? Well, of course, sometimes instruments get damaged by being dropped or falling over. Brass instruments often get dents this way. ¬†Here is a dented trombone slide that was definitely dropped on the floor: This flute that came Continue reading →

7 Music Essentials for Back-to-School

As a mom of high school (and now college, yikes!) students, I am familiar with the joys of Back-to-School shopping. What size binders this year? College or wide ruled? White board markers or Sharpies? You know the drill as well as I do, I’m sure! Music students also need Back-to-School supplies and now is a great time to take care of that shopping as well: Reeds – Check and see if your student has new reeds for the new school year. Clarinet, Sax, Oboe, Bassoon, Continue reading →

Music Changes the World!

We’ve been talking on our social media channels this week about how music changes the world and how music has changed our worlds, individually, as well. Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai graduated from high school last week, and even as a young student Malala had the right idea. “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” Sometimes that child is a young musician, that teacher is a band director, that book is a score, and that pen writes something that lives Continue reading →

Make Children’s Music!

On the first day of summer, we hosted 3 guest artists in our Burbank location for Make Music LA 2017 and we had a wonderful time. First up, Suns of Cali gave us a nice set of original songs and covers which was really special! Here is a taste: Then our own Abby Lyons treated us to some songs from her eponymous CD! Abby is terrific and we also congratulate her on her LA launch last Friday night! Here she is with a song too Continue reading →

Why Is a Clarinet Like a Bicycle?

Made you think! Why is a Clarinet like a bicycle? You might be surprised! No, I didn’t reread “Alice in Wonderland” this weekend. And no I don’t know why a raven is like a writing desk. But I did have a funny “instrument repair” experience last weekend when I took my kids’ bikes in to be repaired that some of our customers at Bertrand’s Music in Burbank might identify with. I know I did. My children are 18 and 15 and it’s been a while Continue reading →

Ukulele Circle Time!

Halloween is past and our store decorations have come and gone–time for a Ukulele Circle! Our intrepid Sales Associate, Abby Lyons, will lead beginners and up in easy songs on Tuesday, November 15th from 6:30-7:30pm here at Pedersen’s Band & Orchestra. Bring your own ukulele or borrow one of ours, we have many to choose from including waterproof and glow-in-the-dark! You don’t need any musical training or experience to play the ukulele, just a readiness to learn. You will be surprised at how quickly you Continue reading →

October is here!

Yes, it’s been October for a while now, but time can get away from us when we are very busy! Rental season has slowed down, but we are still getting calls for instruments from private and parochial schools every day. It’s not too late to rent a band or orchestra instrument for this year and start your musical journey! We are decorating for Halloween and plan to be ready for trick-or-treaters this year Friday-Monday of Halloween weekend. We might even be in costume on Monday, Continue reading →

Autumn is in the air!

Happy Fall! ‘Tis the season of falling leaves, cool evenings, and Beginning Band! (and Orchestra, of course!) We have had so many parents and students in Pedersen’s, eager to choose and try out their new instruments–and to pet Perry! Now the fall has really begun and most of our customers have been playing for a few weeks. “Hot Cross Buns” is old news and some of you are probably trying out some Halloween tunes. We would love to hear how you are doing with your Continue reading →