Thursday, July 30, 2015

Aquarellum Junior Butterflies from Sentosphere



The Aquarellum Junior Butterflies paint set from Sentosphere lets kids create works of art using high quality inks and special embossed paint boards to design colorful butterflies.

Monday, July 27, 2015

ANNOUNCING... ABC Music Store & Academy Has a New Name: Mozart, Einstein & Me



ABC Music in Benicia CA and Livermore CA has changed their venue. They are still a music store, but have added so much more to help students learn better and more effectively. Their name is changed from ABC Music to Mozart, Einstein & Me. Mozart is for music, Einstein is for science, and Me is for art. This change not only gives their retail stores a whole new look and feel, it helps students to become better creative musicians, and the gift ideas are pretty awesome too. Stan Houston, owner of Mozart, Einstein & Me gives us a tour of the new look and feel of their Benicia CA store.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Stan & Marianne Houston at the Top 100 Awards Gala

Stan & Marianne Houston with Larry Morton and Joe Lamond 
from the Top 100 Awards Gala
Stan and Marianne Houston of ABC Music Store & Academy (Now Mozart Einstein and Me) attended the 2015 Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN, as one of the top 100 Dealers for 2015 in the United States! The industry celebrated the 2015 Top 100 Dealers, 2015's Dealer of the Year and seven other category winners during the Friday, June 10th, awards ceremony. 

"The NAMM Top 100 Dealers go beyond running a successful business, they are ambassadors for music and music education in their communities," said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. "They generously share their passion for music with both longtime customers and those just beginning their musical journey. What they add to their communities can best be measured in the number of lives positively impacted through music."

Stan and Marianne Houston own ABC Music stores in downtown Benicia and Livermore locations. Both have years of experience in music performance and education. Their dream is to continually improve the stores and bring music and the arts to both communities. Proceeds from both stores, as well as concerts they sponsor and promote, are used to develop and support band programs within the school district, and to provide music scholarships to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Over their years of service to the community, Stan and Marianne have donated over $100,000 to the community music programs. ABC Music Store & Academy is dedicated to providing the community exceptional musical instruments and music lessons. They supply top quality musical instruments, including instruments for school bands, offer full in-house repair services, and provide classes on care and maintenance. Whether you are starting music lessons, continuing music lessons, renting or buying a musical instrument, they are there to help. 

The music stores are located conveniently at 739 First Street in Benicia, California, and at 2156 First Street in Downtown Livermore, California. Each store has over 2000 square feet of floor space that includes seven private music instruction studios. ABC's Faculty includes over 30 experienced professional musicians who are active in national and international performance. In addition, over a dozen of their music teachers are credentialed with a PhD, Masters, or BA Degrees. All of their music teachers have been teaching music professionally for over 10 years.

An independent panel of judges evaluated retailers' submissions across categories including customer service, music advocacy, store design and promotions. NAMM's Top 100 Dealers demonstrate overall merit and a consistent understanding of industry best practices. The judges then score the nominees to determine the category winners and Dealer of the Year that will be announced at the July 10 Awards event. Excellence in eight categories will be recognized during the Top Dealer Awards at Summer NAMM. 

Founded in 1901, "NAMM" stands for the National Association of Music Merchants, although, since its inception, NAMM has evolved from a nation retail association into an international association whose members now include commercial companies, distributors, affiliates and manufacturers.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

How The Brain Processes Music



Studying how the brain processes music allows researchers to better understand how the human brain evolved, and how different parts of the brain communicate with each other, according to cognitive neuroscientist and former record producer Daniel Levitin.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Scientific Benefits of Music



Did you know that listening to music is good for you? This is our science fact of the day and it is all about listening to your favorite tunes!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Playing Musical Instruments in the MRI - The Brain on Music



How does learning to play a musical instrument change the brain? Can music be instrumental (pun intended!) in helping people recovering from strokes? These are just two questions being answered by researchers at McGill university and the Montreal Neurological Institute. Neurologist Robert Zatorre and his PhD Student Melanie Segado worked with Prof. Marcelo Wanderley, an engineer in the Schulich School of Music, and his student Avrum Hollinger in creating a cello that could be played in an MRI scanner to see how the brain changes as a result of playing a musical instrument.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Stan Houston at ABC Music has been named one of NAMM's 2015 Top 100 Music Retailers!


Stan Houston of ABC Music Store & Academy will be departing this week for the Summer NAMM show in Nashville, TN, as one of the top 100 Dealers for 2015 in the United States! The industry will celebrate the 2015 Top 100 Dealers, 2015's Dealer of the Year and seven other category winners during the Friday, June 10th, awards ceremony. 

"The NAMM Top 100 Dealers go beyond running a successful business, they are ambassadors for music and music education in their communities," said Joe Lamond, president and CEO of NAMM. "They generously share their passion for music with both longtime customers and those just beginning their musical journey. What they add to their communities can best be measured in the number of lives positively impacted through music."

Stan and Marianne Houston own ABC Music stores in downtown Benicia and Livermore locations. Both have hears of experience in music performance and education. Their dream is to continually improve the stores and bring music and the arts to both communities. Proceeds from both stores, as well as concerts they sponsor and promote, are used to develop and support band programs within the school district, and to provide music scholarships to children who otherwise would not have the opportunity. Over their years of service to the community, Stan and Marianne have donated over $100,000 to the community music programs. ABC Music Store & Academy is dedicated to providing the community exceptional musical instruments and music lessons. They supply top quality musical instruments, including instruments for school bands, offer full in-house repair services, and provide classes on care and maintenance. Whether you are starting music lessons, continuing music lessons, renting or buying a musical instrument, they are there to help. 

The music stores are located conveniently at 739 First Street in Benicia, California, and at 2156 First Street in Downtown Livermore, California. Each store has over 2000 square feet of floor space that includes seven private music instruction studios. ABC's Faculty includes over 30 experienced professional musicians who are active in national and international performance. In addition, over a dozen of their music teachers are credentialed with a PhD, Masters, or BA Degrees. All of their music teachers have been teaching music professionally for over 10 years.

An independent panel of judges evaluated retailers' submissions across categories including customer service, music advocacy, store design and promotions. NAMM's Top 100 Dealers demonstrate overall merit and a consistent understanding of industry best practices. The judges then score the nominees to determine the category winners and Dealer of the Year that will be announced at the July 10 Awards event. Excellence in eight categories will be recognized during the Top Dealer Awards at Summer NAMM. 

Founded in 1901, "NAMM" stands for the National Association of Music Merchants, although, since its inception, NAMM has evolved from a nation retail association into an international association whose members now include commercial companies, distributors, affiliates and manufacturers.

For more information, please contact Stan Houston. Cell (707) 495-6581. Email: abcmusicstore@sbcglobal.net