Why You Should Read More


Reading regularly helps to improve the mind both cognitively and psychologically. It opens up the mind, and helps to broaden our understanding of the world around us.

Michael AamothHere are some of the reasons why you should read more:

1. To develop your verbal abilities

Reading regularly will help to improve your vocabulary, and it can also help you to express yourself more effectively.

2. Enhances Your Focus and Concentration

Being completely occupied with a book includes shutting off the outside world and submerging yourself into the content. This over time can help you to focus and concentrate better.

3. It improves your imagination

We are constrained by what we can envision. The world is depicted in books. Different people’s perspectives and opinions of the world can help you to expand your comprehension of what is possible. By reading a composed portrayal of an occasion or a place, your mind is in charge of making that picture in your head, rather than having the picture set before you when you sit in front of the television.

4. Reading makes you smarter

Books offer an extraordinary abundance of learning at a lesser cost than taking a course. Reading regularly can help to equip you with knowledge of how things work, and what and who people are.

5. It reduces stress

Studies have shown that reading can help to reduce stress. Reading quietly for a couple of minutes can help to slow down the heart rate and to ease tension in the muscles.

Finally, reading a great book is not only entertaining, it will also add immeasurable value to your life.

Michael Aamoth is the President of Midwest Musical Imports. He enjoys reading fiction and non-fiction books, and he has strong interest in classical music and student education.

Keys to Effective Networking in the Music Business


When you are in the music business, you are a part of a substantial group of skilled individuals who team up to make music for recording, broadcast and/or live performances. Hence, effective networking is very crucial to the survival and success of your music business.

Mike Aamoth

Here are few tips to help you to network effectively:

  1. Select your targets

Target those individuals who are most vital to the success of your music business. Recognize the individuals with whom you might want to team up, and the individuals who can impact your music business positively.

  1. Be social

Face-to-face communication is the best form of networking. The music business is social, with numerous occasions occurring as the year progresses. Take the chance to go to the neighborhood or provincial award ceremonies. Visit music clubs, festivals and different venues where you can meet other individuals in the music business. When you meet individuals with whom you might want to network, collect their contact details so that you can stay in contact with them.

  1. Communication

Good communication is very important. Make use of the electronic mail and the social media to keep contacts with those people that really matters to your music business.

Sharpen your networking skills and you will experience tremendous growth in your music business.

Michael Aamoth is the president of MSA Music Incorporation. He is a member of many organizations which include; International Double Reed Society (IDRS), North American Music Merchants, and Minnesota Public Television.

He cares about social and environmental issues, and he contributes to the following: Amnesty International, Heifer International, Greenpeace, Link TV, and Earth Watch. He attended the Manhattan School of Music, the University of Minnesota, and Aspen Music Festival.

Pushing the Oboe Limits


The oboe is one of the most difficult instruments to learn. There is little doubt of that fact and because of this difficulty in learning the oboe and all that it brings in, the early stages are very critical to learning how to play it. There is a distinctive need to make, adjust and depend on oboe reed making skills as a student progresses. The characteristics that student possesses which are beneficial to a success in learning this instrument include patients, desire, curiosity and dedication. In addition to this it is extremely helpful if the student decides on their own that they want to play the oboe in the first place. A student has to respond concerted effort to teach these fundamentals there is set forth by the instructor.

Michael Aamoth

Michael Aamoth

One instructor connects on an instructional and high communications level with a student, there is little doubt that the limits of what they can learn and how quickly they can learning can be easily explored. It is also clear that having the right foundation in the learning of playing this instrument is a critical milestone in developing the advanced oboe player. That is because everything is built off of the fundamental skills and it should be expected that in the early days the focus is best served by focusing solely on the skills as opposed to trying to make music. Commitment trumps all and there are no shortcuts. The best advice that oboe expert Michael Aamoth can share about learning to play this instrument is to find the type of instructor that is very much into with the foundational buildup of skills followed by music.

The Joy of Oboe


Playing the oboe is not like playing any other instrument. It takes a true love for its beauty sound and tradition. It is an instrument that is one of the reed types and getting in touch with the proper sound for one of these magnificent instruments is a critical step which can challenge many. Experience is the guide here and getting the right sound has a lot to do with the effect that the sound has on the individual. A read instrument is one of a number of instruments which include the oboe, the clarinet, and the saxophone. That would have to be the top concern for people that play this instrument in that it is extremely hard to tune and get it sounding correct. That is because it is a unique instrument.

Michael Aamoth

Michael Aamoth

In fact it is quite common for a whole orchestra to tune themselves to the oboe. Some believe that this is because the oboe can play overtones most easily. It has the least amount of overtones, and it is the least adjustable instrument. There are those who say in oboe is an instrument that cannot be tuned. That is clearly not the case but there is quite a bit surrounding its nature as a reed instrument. From the moment in oboe is first made, it is tuned at that time using high-tech tuners. Therefore one could argue that it sound will always be the same in that it cannot go flat and it cannot go sharp. There’s something comforting in that fact that it will always sound the same and that is exactly one of the things that Michael Aamoth owes most about playing this instrument.

Summer Music Festivals


For classical music lovers, summertime means great music in the out of doors, and the United States hosts some of the world’s premier summer music festivals in some of the most fabulous outdoor settings imaginable.

Michael Aamoth

Michael Aamoth

One of the leading events is the annual Aspen Music Festival, held in Aspen, Colorado, deep in the Rocky Mountains. The Aspen Music Festival has been held annually for more than sixty-five years and has a tradition of attracting some of the world’s great musicians performing the music of the great composers, from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky to Bach to Copland. And it isn’t limited to just classical music. Jazz and popular music stars have also made appearances in Aspen.

Something about the Rocky Mountains seems to cry out for classical music, because it is the host of another great summer music festival. Bravo! Vail has headlined such leading orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra, playing music by such greats as Richard Strauss and Bela Bartok.

But there is plenty of great music at summer festivals away from the mountains. In the Midwest, Chicago has played host to the Grant Park Music Festival each summer for more than eighty years and focuses entirely on the classics. One of its great features is that it is free. Not to be outdone, New York is the site each summer for the Mostly Mozart festival that features the music of, well, Amadeus Mozart, mostly.

Midwest Musical Imports, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a staple at many of the great music festivals around the United States each summer. Founder and owner Michael Aamoth has a particular affection for the Aspen Music Festival. He is a professional oboist himself, and has played with the Aspen Festival Orchestra.

Doing Business As


DBA is an abbreviation for “doing business as,” and is a legal requirement in some jurisdictions where a business is going by a name other than its legal name.

Michael Aamoth

A business’s legal name is the name that is on the papers that were filed when the business was first established. For many small businesses, such as a partnership or a sole proprietorship, the legal name is the name of its owner or owners. If the owner or owners would like to conduct business and open a bank account, for example, using any other name, it can only be done legally after the owner or owners fulfill the DBA filing requirements in the state that they are operating in.

For example, if the owner of a bakery named Joe Brown decided to do business as the Better Bread Bakery, he might be required by local, county, or state regulations to register the name “Better Bread Bakery, and would be doing business as Better Bread Bakery; it would be his DBA. The way to file for a DBA varies from state to state. In many jurisdictions, all a business owner needs to do is go to the municipal, county or state office and pay a registration fee. In other jurisdictions the requirements are a little more stringent: the business owner might first be required, for example, to place a fictitious name advertisement in a local newspaper for a specified period of time.

Michael Aamoth is the President of MSA Music, Inc, and doing business as Midwest Musical Imports, the business he founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1983.

Woodwind Repair – A Professional Job

Woodwind musical instruments are complex pieces of machinery. It not only takes a great deal of skill and training to play them, it also takes a great deal of skill and training to repair them if they break or are in need of cleaning or other servicing. It is not a job for an untrained amateur.

“When in doubt about a repair ¬– don’t!” is an expression used by some trained professionals. It may be tempting to perform what seems like a minor repair, even if you aren’t properly trained, but the pros caution against it. “Such seemingly minor things as key corks can spell disaster if they fall off,” one expert notes. “The thickness of the key corks can also affect the response and intonation of an instrument – there are no one hundred percent foolproof answers to such problems…”

Michael Aamoth

Michael Aamoth

Trained repair personnel typically use small, common tools like square jaw pliers and needle nose pliers. They also used more specialized tools that can only be obtained through an instrument repair supplier. In the hands of a skilled professional, they can bring an instrument back to life.

“I just want to thank you for the repair you made recently to a Fox oboe for my daughter at New England Music Camp,” a New York man said, after the instrument was repaired by the technicians at Midwest Musical Imports in Minneapolis, Minnesota. And a woman in Las Vegas, who also turned to Midwest Musical Imports, was just as thrilled: “All I can say over and over is, THANK YOU … I am so happy that I made the choice to send my instruments to you … I know that I can depend on you from now on!”

Midwest Musical Imports is owned and operated by Michael Aamoth. “Our repair department staff are members of NAPBIRT,” he says, meaning the National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technicians. He is also a trained oboist.