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Famed Composer/Educator Robert W. Smith announces the launch of RWS Music Company
Navarre, FL – September 1, 2015 – World-renowned composer and music educator Robert W. Smith is proud to introduce his new RWS Music Company.
RWS Music Company is an independent music publisher dedicated to producing music of impeccable artistic and educational value.
The company founder states, “We are very pleased to announce the release of our initial catalog consisting of works for the concert band. 2016 promises to be very exciting as we expand our catalog and product lines.”
Robert W. Smith is one of the most popular and prolific composers in America today. He has over 600 publications with the majority composed and arranged through his long associations with Warner Bros. Publications, Belwin and C.L. Barnhouse Co.
RWS Music Company products are distributed exclusively by C.L. Barnhouse Company in Oskaloosa, IA. RWS Music Company publications are available at your local music dealer as well as select dealers throughout Europe and Asia.
About the Organization:
Founded in January of 2015, the RWS Music Company is dedicated to the publication of quality literature that connects with both musician and audience, RWS Music Company is committed to producing music of impeccable artistic and educational value.
Music For Life – Measuring the Value of Music and Music Education
One of our great challenges in music education is the significant time and effort needed to defend, support and save music education programs in our schools. Teachers and administrators must continue the quest for survival both in lean and fruitful economic climates. It is unfortunate this time and energy cannot be spent in large part teaching musical concepts and skills to the next generation.
The video at the link below speaks volumes in terms of the value of music and music education. Perhaps the greatest “measurement” of music education does not come in the early stages of life. As you will see in this video, the true value of music is perhaps realized in later years. In this particular case, Henry’s experiences with music as a young man become invaluable and priceless in his senior years.
Instead of cutting or even maintaining music in our schools, would our world be better if we expanded the concept of music education? Should we as a society place emphasis on the universal language and power of music throughout our life span? Should music education be more available and formalized in the senior years to enhance the quality of life not only of the individual, but the entire family?
My hope is that 60 to 70 years from now, our current music students will be continued to be enriched in very measurable ways. I hope they will be able to draw upon their past musical experiences as Henry does in this video. Music For Life – A mantra and quest for us all!
P.S. Thank you Henry for teaching me through your music!
Inspiration! – Part 2
I took this photo earlier this week while visiting and viewing an amazing work of art. This is the inspiration for my next piece for concert band. Can you name this work of art and its location? Be prepared….There is a powerful story here! Stayed tuned for more details.
Is Music The Key To Success?
Is music the key to extraordinary success in all walks of life? The New York Times article below certainly makes a case for all to at least ponder the question!
At long last, the new website is up and running in its initial form. I hope you will take the time to browse through the site and available content.
For those interested in the music, there is a database of works for band and orchestra. Currently, the listing is from the easiest to most difficult grade level. Please note the publishers link with additional information on that particular work. This includes an audio reference. In many cases, this also includes a sample of the conductor score.
I will be posting thoughts and articles from time to time. I hope you will enjoy reading those and sharing your ideas.
Thank you for visiting. Best wishes for your musical success!
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2 Welcome To The New RWS Website
This is the first entry on the new website. I will be in transition over the next 72 hours as the old site is closed and the new site is created. Thanks for your patience during this transition. Best wishes!