Spring String Showcase 2018

An expanded selection of unique orchestral inventory has been brought in especially for this event by West Music to help aspiring string musicians reach their full potential. We're pleased to bring in violins, violas, and cellos from leading string workshops. You'll be able to visit with our sales associates and check out our expanded selection of orchestral instruments, accessories, and bows. This is the perfect opportunity to learn about orchestral instruments and how the right instrument can benefit your player's success. Help the student in your life reach their full potential by upgrading their instruments during this singular savings event.

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West Music Orchestra is proud to present an expanded selection of CodaBow for violin, viola and cello during our 2018 Spring String Showcase

Tracing its lineage back to the very first carbon fiber part ever produced, CodaBow is recognized worldwide as the pioneer of the modern bow. The combined expertise of a composite scientist, aerospace engineer, and master bowmaker, partnered with the experience of professional musicians, promise industry-leading designs both artful and precise. Reverent to history and devoted to innovation, CodaBow is the vanguard of design and technology, dedicated to elevating the performance of the new generation of bows.

We invite you to stop in to experience CodaBow at West Music. Our featured models include:


A new kind of electric violin taking its design inspiration from the organic beauty of wood, the simplicity of clean lines, and the comfort of light weight, combined with innovative Yamaha sound to create this gorgeous live-performance instrument.

West Music has been partnering with Yamaha for over 55 years. We are pleased to present the Yamaha YEV 4 and 5 String Electric Violins at our 2018 Spring String Showcase event.

West Music Coralville

March 1 - 10
1212 Fifth Street

West Music Dubuque

March 15 - 24
2255 JFK Road

West Music Cedar Falls

April 26 - May 5
6322 University Avenue

West Music Quad Cities

March 29 - April 7
4305 44th Avenue in Moline, IL

West Music Decorah

April 12 - 21
129 E Water Street

West Music Cedar Rapids

May 10 - May 19
1398 Twixt Town Road

Upgrade your sound and help your student play to their fullest potential!

Proper Finger Placement for Orchestral Instruments

West Music Pro Tip Before You Start

When someone talks about having correct finger placement when playing a orchestral stringed instrument, they are typically referring to two things: how you place your fingers on the strings and where you place your fingers on the strings. Building good finger placement habits is extremely important for playing in tune and with ease. West Music has been working with musicians and music teachers for over 75 years. In that time, we’ve learned a few tricks to help you or your student play like a pro. Continue reading “Proper Finger Placement for Orchestral Instruments”

Orchestra Summer Camps

  • Orchestra Summer Camps West Music

This program is open to any students entering 6th-8th grade with at least one school year experience on the violin, viola, cello, bass or harp. Kids will work with our professional staff, be inspired to keep playing during summer months, and will build more musical and academic success! Daily sessions will include large group rehearsals, breakout sectionals by instrument or ability level, and clinics on basic skills such as sight reading, instrument testing and performance skills. The last day will include an exhibition concert for parents and community members.

K.I.C.K. Middle School Orchestra Camp

MWF • July 10, 12, 14 • 9am-12pm West Music Coralville • 1212 5th Street Ages 9-14 / 3 sessions / $125

K.I.C.K. Middle School Orchestra Camp

MWTh • July 17, 19, 20 • 9am-12pm Kirkwood Community College • 6301 Kirkwood Blvd Center for Lifelong Learning • Room 234 Ages 9-14 / 3 sessions / $125

For more information or to register for one of the camps visit westmusic.com/SummerFun or kickwood.edu/KICK • (800) 332-8833

Two River Strings

Two River Strings is West Music’s house brand of hand-selected orchestral string instruments. Designed with music students in mind, they offer an affordable step-up instrument that does not sacrifice quality. Since this is our own private label, we can set our own pricing and custom specs. For your convenience, model numbers were chosen to be easily comparable with instruments from other vendors. Two River Strings currently manufactures violins, violas and cellos. Continue reading “Two River Strings”

Meet Our Repair Team – Kevin Halbrooks

Meet Kevin Halbrooks, West Music’s head orchestral luthier. Hear how Kevin’s interest in woodworking lead him to a career building and fixing stringed instruments, and to him meeting his wife! Need a repair? Complete our repair form on WestMusic.com or reach out to Kevin directly!