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Music students who desire to enlarge their musical library will do well to look over our premium list, and by getting a few subscribers, they can obtain some of our books as premiums. Send for premium list.
 
We have received during the past months about thirty packages of on-sale music returned for which we cannot find the owners. The packages were received without name and address, and there is no way of tracing them. Patrons on returning music will always please remember that it is necessary to place the name on the outside of the package as well as in the inside. It is not absolutely necessary to send a letter stating that the music is returned.
 
The progressive teacher is always looking for superior music, for he has the idea that he should put his instruction and his pupil's time upon music that is worth the pains and price. About two-thirds of the space in Landon's Reed Organ Method is taken up with music of very superior character. It is such music as will improve the taste of the pupils, and lead them into successful and interested study. It will make musicians of them as well as players. We are receiving many orders for this book, where it is to be used as a collection of musical gems rather than an instruction book. Send for a sample copy.
 
Music Life and How to Succeed in It, by Thomas Tapper, will be ready before the 1st of August. We will allow the special offer to continue during the month of July. We will send the work, when published, postpaid, for only 50 cents. We have printed in another part of the journal a full table of contents; please read it and note the rich store of information and inspiration that can be had from this volume. The success of his former volume, "Chats with Music Students," has been unparalleled; there has never been published a work on music that has met with such success. The second volume is written in the same vein, and is, if anything, superior. We would advise every reader of The Etude to send in 50 cents and procure this volume. The offer will positively close on the first day of August.
 
Five years under our best progressive teachers of to-day will advance the pupil farther and that more thoroughly than would seven years under the teachers of the last generation. Much of this improvement is due to the attention given to the art of teaching, and much to improved methods of technics and helps that make the pupil a thinking student and lend him aid at those points where help is indispensable. One of the most important of recent helps for the student of music is Mr. Bernardus Bockelmann's invention of printing the parts of a fugue in colors. The chief theme is printed in red, the counter-theme in green, and where triple counterpoint is used, purple is the additional color. Besides the colors there are different shapes given to the notes, for indicating more clearly the analysis. On the second page of each piece there are full annotations, directions and analysis, and other helps for the student. This edition can be ordered through this office.
 
Good theories are valuable, but when these have been proven to be so by experience they are doubly valuable; furthermore, if they have been improved by the careful study and experiment of many competent persons, they are of inestimable value, for "in the counsel of many there is wisdom," so the Wise man said. Dr. William Mason, whose system of pianoforte technics has marked an epoch in the history of music teaching, is now hard at work on a final revision of his famous method, which is to be an entirely new work, a work embodying his own experience of more than thirty years and that of a multitude of his best scholars who are now teachers, which has been gathered by an extensive correspondence as well as by many personal interviews. We offer this work, which will be in four Parts, "Two-Finger Exercises," already published; "Mason's Complete Scales,"
 
 Mason's System of Arpeggios," and "School of Octave Playing," price one dollar a volume; but according to our usual custom, we offer them at 25 cents each. To those ordering, all four books, including the Two-Finger Exercises, they can be had for one dollar. Cash must accompany the order. A complete descriptive circular sent on application. This work is one of transcendent importance to every piano-teacher. The arpeggios will be ready for delivery very soon. It will contain twenty-two illustrations of hand-position. Hundreds of teachers have ordered advanced copies. Please write order on separate slip. Enclose one dollar and receive Part I (Two-Finger Exercises) now, and the other parts as they are issued.
 
Pupils are divided into two classes: those that take music lessons because they are made to, and those who delight in its study. Patrons are of two kinds; those who have their children study music as an accomplishment, and because it is the proper thing; and those who have them take music because they know that it is an art that will make their children better and wiser, as well as furnish them with a means of pure and elevating enjoyment throughout life. The latter kind of patrons are the ones whose children study music with interest and delight. And these people are discerning, they employ only such teachers as are musicians and that have the faculty of making their pupils enthusiasts. These discerning patrons know who of the teachers of their aquaintance (sic) take the leading educational musical magazines, and who are progressive and growing; they know who is doing the most and best for their pupils, which teachers are teaching the new and best methods, and who give the best music and who are doing the best and most thorough work. Like, seeks like. The best people and pupils seek the best teachers. The best teachers have the best pupils. The Etude will be found in the homes of this better class, and it helps maintain and many times to create this better class of patrons, of teachers and pupils. The flash and society novel is found in families that are the gossips of a community; they are the people who think of music as an amusement. Standard literature and good music are to be found in families of cultivation. The latter believe that music has a mission for good.
 
Send us the addresses of these kind of teachers and pupils, and we will send them sample copies of The Etude.

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