Do Your Homework When Ordering Music Online

Be Aware of Music Prices When Ordering Online! 

Read the following story, written by one of our long-time loyal customers, which explains why she still shops with Ellis Piano.

As a private piano instructor for over 35 years, I am always looking for music that not only challenges but entertains my students. I recently remembered a piano duet, “Chop Sticks Here and There” by David Carr Glover, that I had taught a student over 30 years ago. It was such a fun piece of music, based on the old-timed-favorite “Chop Sticks,” interwoven with popular melodies from countries around the world. I was having no luck locating it because I had forgotten the complete title and who had written it.

Last week, while surfing a very major online retail site, I happened to come across the sheet music I’d been looking for. My excitement was quickly dampened when I noticed that the price listed by the seller was $12.00 for a single piece of sheet music. I quickly went to the competitor of this site and found the same music for $17.00.

My first thought was that the music must be out of print and the sellers were taking advantage of the scarcity of it by charging outrageous prices.   I went to another online piano music retailer and their price of $5.50 seemed more reasonable, but I had to make a $15.00 minimum purchase.

In my frustration over the matter, I posted on social media the whole situation. I also tagged my wonderful friend and mentor, Loretta Pritchard, Music Department Manager at Ellis Piano in Birmingham, Alabama. She immediately looked up “Chop Sticks Here and There,” and not only did she discover it was still in print with Alfred Music, she informed me that the actual price was only $5.50 and that she could order it for me and apply my teaching discount.

The last several days have shown me how valuable it is to have a working relationship with my local piano/music store. In supporting them, I am guaranteed a great selection of quality instruments and a music that benefits both my students and my studio.

I want to thank Loretta and Ellis Piano for supporting me in my endeavor to teach and supply my students with music that makes their journey more successful. I will continue to make the hour drive to Birmingham for my music needs!”

Beth Larpenter-Shurbutt

Piano Teacher for over 35 years

Oxford, Alabama