Music Resources for Students and Parents
Our local source for instrument purchase and rental, sheet music, instrument repair, private lessons, and more! Contact Kidder Music for all your band needs.
Kidder Music provides weekly delivery and pick-up services for Oak Grove. If you need music supplies such as reeds, valve oil, etc., but cannot make a trip in to the store, you can call and place an order that can be delivered when our Kidder representative visits (typically on Wednesdays).
Click here to visit the Kidder website.
7728 N. Crestline Dr.
Peoria, Illinois 61615
Monday: 9am to 6pm
Tuesday: 9am to 6pm
Wednesday: 9am to 6pm
Thursday: 9am to 6pm
Friday: 9am to 5:30pm
Saturday: 9:30am to 3:30pm
Practice Games and Apps
Staff Wars and Staff Wars Live
These two apps are available for Apple, Android, and Kindle Devices for $0.99 each and provide two different practice options for students. The original Staff Wars is a customizable game to practice recognizing notes on the treble and bass clef staves. The newly released Staff Wars Live requires students to actually play the notes they see on the staff, providing a GREAT way to improve students' music reading skills on their instruments!
Essential Elements Interactive
Resources and accompaniment to go along with the Essential Elements for Band book for beginning band. To log in you will need the access code from the front page of your book.
Beginning to advanced lessons and interactive exercises in music reading and music theory. Also available as an app called Tenuto.
Tuners and Metronomes
Bandmate Chromatic Tuner
This tuner app is free for Apple, Android, and Kindle Fire devices. It allows students to not only tune their instrument but also see the note they are playing on the staff. This tuner has fewer functions than Tonal Energy, but is especially good for first-year players!
Great tuner and metronome app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, as well as Android devices!
Tempo (by Frozen Ape)
Free, very customizable metronome app available for iOS and Android devices.
Beginning Band Boot Camp
The following links contain great videos to help new band members learn the right way to assemble and make a sound on their instruments! There are also videos on cleaning and maintenance that are good refreshers for all levels of players!
Putting it Together
How to Produce Sound
Cleaning and Caring for the Horn
Reading Music for Your Instrument
Bonus Video for Flutes - How to Make Sound
The Vic Firth "40 Essential Rudiments" website is a great interactive tool for percussion students! It teaches all 40 of the standard snare drum rudiments and includes some of the following features to aid students practicing at home:
*Play-along tracks at various tempos and difficulty levels for each rudiment
*Video breakdown of each rudiment
*Video lessons for each rudiment
Percussionists, be sure to check it out!
Vic Firth - 40 Essential Rudiments