Fine stringed & fretted instruments - Expert repair & instruction
A little about us...
Meadowood Music, a wonderful stringed instrument specialty shop, begUn as the dream of husband & wife, Mike & Paula. In 1995, the couple conceived of a music store where excellent service & products are the norm, a place where people make & share music, a store that offers high quality musical gear at great prices. In 2000, they opened Meadowood in Kutztown PA. In 2005, they moved the store to its current location on route 222 in Blandon, PA.
The store offers more than instruments & accessories. Meadowood offers expert repair & restoration of all stringed instruments. Mike builds and restores violins & is an authorized Martin Guitar warrantee service technician. A cadre of fine musicians offer high quality musical instruction at Meadowood.
Meadowood offers this website as a way for people near & far to visit the store on-line. It shows the store inventory (we do our best to keep it current) & provides info that's useful to both amateur & professional musicians & music lovers: care tips for stringed instruments, links to websites that promote live music, contacts for local musicians, info & links for workshops, camps, schools, festivals, radio stations & links to manufacturers that supply Meadowood with its fine wares.
Mike & Paula would love to hear from you. You can reach them through the 'Contact' link in the menu at the top of this page. You can visit them in person at the store, or call during business hours. You can track special events and day-to-day activities at Meadowood with the calendar of events at the top of this page & on the Meadowood Music FaceBook page. You can subscribe to Meadowood's e-newsletter through the form below.
News and Happenings
2020 CABIN FEVER SALE IS EXTENDED 2 WEEKS ONLINE!
RELIEF FOR THE CABIN FEVER SURE TO STRIKE DURING THE SHUTDOWN
MEADOWOOD IS CLOSED FOR 2 WEEKS LIKE SO MANY OTHERS...
If you had cabin fever from winter, just wait. The shutdown is going to make us all stir crazy1 So, we decided to extend our cabin fever sale, and make discounts available online during these two weeks. Because changing the prices of every item on our site is labor intensive, we are showing normal pricing on the website. For cabin fever prices, please email or call the store. Even though we are closed to in-person transactions, we can take payment online or over the phone. We can ship items to you, or you can pick them up in our parking lot - we will bring your order to your car.
MEADOWOOD CLOSED MARCH 17-30
STATE MANDATE FOR NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES
MEADOWOOD CLOSED MARCH 17-30, 2020
On March 16, Governor Wolf issued a mandate for all non-essential PA businesses to close for two weeks, starting at midnight.
While we believe that the preventative hygiene you and we are practicing would have been adequate to protect our community and prevent an overload of the local healthcare infrastructure, we regretfully will comply with the mandate.
We will answer our phone and check email during regular business hours.
We will fulfill internet and telephone orders.
If you need something, call, email, or place an order through our website.
While all in-store lessons are cancelled, all teachers will credit pre-paid fees forward to lessons. Some teachers may employ Skype, FaceTime, or similar technology with students who are interested. Please contact your teacher to find out if he/she has such plans.
PLEASE SUPPORT THE CAMPAIGN TO HELP OUR TEACHERS WEATHER THIS STORM
Because we and the teachers at Meadowood Music are self-employed, none of us are eligible for unemployment insurance, and the forced closure of our studios leaves everyone here without any income or compensation for lost income.
Our teachers serve approximately 200 students weekly. Several of our teachers rely completely on teaching for their livelihoods. Meadowood will soften the blow as much as possible, but can't come anywhere close to making the teachers whole without your help. Every $25 donation to this campaign replaces one lost lesson fee.
TO DONATE, CLICK ON THE GO-FUND-ME IMAGE TO THE LEFT.
We will distribute money proportionate to the size of the teachers' studios (e.g., payment to teachers with 50 students will be ten times that of teachers with 5).
We realize that we make this request at the same time everyone else is facing fallout from the spread of COVID-19, and understand if you cannot contribute to this fund. If you are among the fortunate, less impacted individuals among us, please consider making a donation in whatever amount you can.
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SPRING LINEUP FOR CLAY ON MAIN CONCERTS
FIRST ONE - NOW APRIL 3 (MARCH 27 RESCHEDULED)
We are pleased to announce the lineup for Clay on Main's 2020 spring concerts which we hope will be able to proceed after the COVID crisis passes.
The dates are April 24, May 1, May 15, and either May 29 or June 5 (TBD). Another concert, originally scheduled for April 3, will likely occur October 16 instead.
All concerts are Friday evenings. Front Room acts play from 7:15 to 7:45. Half Moon acts play from 8:00 to 10:00.
April 24: Mike & Linda Hertzog (Half Moon), Tom & Betty Druckenmiller (Front Room)
May 1: Russ Rentler (Half Moon), Gene Cullison (Front Room)
May 15: Ken Gehret (Half Moon), Berks Works (Front Room)
May 29 or June 5 - TBD: AKA (Half Moon), Brenna Grealish (Front Room)
These concerts were originally scheduled for March 27.
October 16: Maggie Spike (Half Moon), Root Blossoms (Front Room)
These concerts were originally scheduled for April 3.
More details HERE.
To read past e-newsletters, click here.
RESTART CLASSICAL STRING JAM - APRIL 9
Our string jam has been on hiatus for the winter, but is about to restart on April 9. We've done something new. The music for the jam is now available to participants via a cloud-based music notation software, flat.io. In the next week or so, we will be emailing former jam participants links to playable, printable versions of 25 pieces of music for violin, viola, cello, and bass. With the link, players can access the music, decide which pieces they prefer, and come to the first jam of the season ready to play. If you are interested, but have not come to the jam before, please contact us with your email so that we can send you links. Participants bring their own printed music and music stand.
FAA MODERNIZATION AND REFORM ACT OF 2012
Federal Law Requires Airlines to Allow Musical Instruments on Planes
Thank the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), for lobbying Congress (for many years) to get legislation that protects musicians who travel by air with their instruments. Acccording to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, musicians may carry an instrument onto the cabin of an aircraft if the instrument can be stowed safely in one of the approved carry-on locations, and there is still space for the instrument at the time the passenger boards. This ruling means that musicians need to board as early as possible to ensure that there's space. For more details about how to board early and what to do if an instrument is too large for carry-on storage, read on.
MEADOWOOD SPONSORS HALF MOON CAFE OPEN MICS
Date posted: 2/8/19, Updated: 10/10/19
Meadowood hosted summer-only, outdoor, open mics, first at the Kutztown Park, then at our Kutztown store, then at our Blandon store. In 2018, we moved the open mics to Clay on Main in Oley, where they can be indoors, monthly, year-long. We hope to see (hear) you there.
Musicians and audience members gather in Clay on Main's Half Moon Cafe (313 Main Street in Oley) on the first Monday of each month from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Each act may erform up to 3 tunes. Acts should require little set-up time. Material should be appropriate for a family audience.
The Half Moon asks each adult to donate $5 and provides seating, a PA system, and sound technician. Free parking is available in the nearby church lot (please park there, not on the street where residential neighbors park).
GREAT TEACHERS & GREAT MUSICIANS - WHERE THEY PLAY
Date posted: 12/27/19
Go see our teachers perform live. You'll be glad you did. SCHEDULE: next page
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