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Article Archive: Musical Toys
Setting the mood: What music should you play in your store?
CD sales are way down, and you still need something to play in your store - but what?...

3/1/2015



Top-10 Most-Wanted Musical Toys
Digital music is here to stay, and these days, when it comes to music, specialty toy store owners are focusing on instruments and toys rather than CDs...

2/1/2015



Specialty Toy Review: Schoenhut Fancy Baby Grand Piano
"Awesome" – that's the word my 6 year old daughter Bali gave me when I asked her to describe the Schoenhut Fancy Baby Grand Piano in one word...

10/1/2014



Schoenhut Is Electrifying!
Schoenhut Piano Company could easily rest on its well-earned laurels; since 1872 it's been producing high-quality toy pianos that last for generations. But Len and Renee Trinca, owners since 1996, know that being great isn't enough...

6/1/2014



TDmonthly 2014 Top Toy Debut Award Winners: Musical Toys
The following outstanding toys have been nominated for Top Toy Debut Awards based on editorial review and retailer feedback...

5/1/2014



Why Schoenhut® Piano Company Teamed Up With Raggs
At the most recent annual American International Toy Fair in New York City, Schoenhut Piano Company announced that a recent partnership with Raggs had resulted in the creation of a unique new product line, Twinkle Tunes Pianos with Songbooks...

5/1/2014



Top-7 Most-Wanted Musical Toys
When TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers in January 2014, we learned that many specialty retailers no longer sell CDs, and that the music toys they are selling tend to be simple classics...

2/1/2014



Schoenhut's Warmth Flows Generously
Strong relationships are at the root of success for Len and Renee Trinca, CEO and President of the 140-year-old Schoenhut Piano Company...

7/1/2013



Schoenhut Pianos: More than Just a Toy
In addition to Schoenhut® Piano Company's traditional instruments, popular for over a century, CEO Len and President Renee Trinca believe that offering new choices each year is what keeps the product lines fresh and exciting...

2/1/2013



Top-10 Most-Wanted Musical Toys
TDmonthly Magazine interviewed retailers about their bestselling musical toys, to help you get a sense of what products are selling well in specialty...

2/1/2013



Schoenhut's Warmth Flows Generously
Strong relationships are at the root of success for Len and Renee Trinca, CEO and President of the 140-year-old Schoenhut Piano Company...

2/1/2013



TDmonthly Seal of Approval - Books & Music
See the TDmonthly Seal of Approval winners for the Books / Musical Toys category...

1/1/2013



Charity Is "Instrumental" to Schoenhut Piano Company
Renee Trinca, President of Schoenhut Piano Company and her husband Len, CEO of Schoenhut, have signed on for a third TDmonthly Charity promotion – the second in 2012. What makes the program so appealing to the Trincas is that it is in perfect alignment with their company's mission and their personal goal to bring the joy of making music to as many people as possible. In her own words, Renee shares her passion for Schoenhut's finely crafted instruments...

11/1/2012



Woodstock Music Collection® Teams with St. John's University
During the 2011-2012 academic year The Woodstock Chimes Fund, the charitable arm of Woodstock Percussion, Inc., makers of Woodstock Chimes® and the Woodstock Music Collection®, teamed with St. John’s University’s "Discover New York" freshman transition course to bring music to homeless children and their families...

7/1/2012



Schoenhut Piano Company Tuned In
Schoenhut Piano Company was thrilled with the outcome of their second big TDmonthly charity giveaway. This year, Schoenhut participated in TDmonthly's "2012: A Year of Charity" giveaway promotion where specialty retailers vied for the chance to give to their local charities more than 100 high-quality toys and instruments from specialty manufacturers...

6/1/2012



Top-10 Most-Wanted Musical Toys
In 2011 digital music sales surpassed physical album sales for the first time, according to a report by CNN. It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that when TDmonthly interviewed retailers about their best selling CDs and musical toys, 10 of the 13 said that they don't sell CDs at all anymore...

2/1/2012



Auditory Toys For Children With Sensory Processing Disorders
The fundamental senses of seeing, tasting, hearing, smelling and feeling encourage a child’s curiosity and activate their young minds to discover the things around them. However, for many special needs children these senses may be absent or delayed...

11/1/2011



Q & A With Pat Gesualdo, Pioneer of Drum Therapy
Pat Gesualdo, founder of non-profit D.A.D. (Drums and Disabilites) and creator of the Drum Therapy Kit for children with special needs, formed his company after overcoming his own disability through drumming...

10/1/2011



Schoenhut Toy Pianos: History in Music
Founded in 1872 by Albert Schoenhut, the award-winning Schoenhut Toy Piano Company has moved into the 21st century with finesse...

5/1/2011



February Staff Picks
Leave a new personalized message every day in your child's lunchbox with Princess Linens' Doodlebugz Crayola Chalkboard Lunchbox, customize classic board games from I Built It Games, and create music with instruments by Zither Heaven made from sustainable wood...

2/1/2011



Holiday Preview: CDs & Musical Toys
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7/1/2010



WATCH VIDEOS: TDmonthly Goes Inside ... Thinker Things, Calif.
Jane Naisbitt, an elementary school teacher, opened Thinker Things toy store in Del Mar, Calif., in 1974, when son John was still in high school. Jane chose educational and fun toys to stock her shelves...

7/1/2010



Hear Musical Instruments Perform on Video
Want to create a beautiful, orchestral arrangement? It's all in your hands with The Beamz, a laser-beam "instrument" for error-free music making...

6/1/2010



Top-10 Most-Wanted Infant and Toddler Toys
Items like the Fill & Spill Mailbox from Melissa and Doug represent classic play patterns for young children, according to a nationwide survey of 39 specialty retailers discussing best-selling playthings for babies...

5/1/2010



Top-10 Most-Wanted Musical Toys
TDmonthly Magazine recently interviewed 47 specialty toy-store owners around the country (plus one in Canada) to find out what's selling in their music departments...

2/1/2010



TDmonthly’s Charitable Kid Looks Back
It’s been seven months since Kimberly 14, of South Carolina, won the title of TDmonthly’s Charitable Kid ... Thanks to Kimberly and Schoenhut Piano Co., there are now dozens of happier children in the world!...

2/1/2010



January Toy Videos Go Traveling
This month's toys have legs. Pull-along elephants, a world explorer kit and travel-friendly pacifiers let kids trot the globe...

1/1/2010



TDmonthly Charitable Kid Keeps on Giving!
TDmonthly’s Charitable Kid, Kimberly (14) of South Carolina, has continued a giving streak made possible by the generosity of the Schoenhut Piano Co. Inc...

12/1/2009



Musical Toys & CDs
Go back to main article: "Award-Winning Toys for a Hassle-Free Holiday"...

12/1/2009



14-Year-Old Kimberly Makes Music for Needy Kids
Dozens of special needs and foster children are unexpectedly making music on high-quality toy pianos, thanks to the Schoenhut Piano Company and TDmonthly Magazine's Charitable Kid, 14-year-old Kimberly from South Carolina...

11/1/2009



TDmonthly’s Charitable Kid Picks Her Charities
TDmonthly Magazine’s Charitable Kid Contest winner, 13-year-old Kimberly of South Carolina, has consulted with her mother and pastor to come up with the first few charities that will accept the prize of Schoenhut My First Piano IIs:...

9/1/2009



Why Kimberly Is a TDmonthly Charitable Kid
Michelle from South Carolina entered her 13-year-old daughter Kimberly in the TDmonthly Magazine Charitable Kid Contest without Kimberly's knowledge. She thought the contest was perfect for her daughter...

8/1/2009



TDmonthly Goes Inside ... Ventura Toys, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Ibrahim Victory first opened Ventura Toys in Sherman Oaks, Calif., more than 20 years ago...

7/1/2009



The Yin and Yang of a Successful Event
The Schoenhut Piano Company has a history of participating in and funding unusual events that bring their chime-like toy pianos — and the newer 44-string mini grand piano — before the public...

7/1/2009



Will YOUR Customer Give Away 100 Schoenhut Pianos?
Schoenhut Piano Co. Inc. has generously agreed to donate 100 25-key My First Piano IIs to be given to needy children by a child who wins the TDmonthly Charitable Kid Contest!...

6/1/2009



Top-10 Most-Wanted Bath Toys
To say that toys by Alex-Panline dominate bath time would be an understatement. Nearly 70 percent of 64 specialty retailers surveyed this spring named the Alex line, or particular products from it, when discussing best-selling bath toys,...

5/1/2009



TDmonthly’s Charitable Kid Contest #1: Schoenhut Piano Co. Inc.
Will YOUR Customer Give Away 100 Schoenhut Pianos? TDmonthly Magazine is teaming up with manufacturers, specialty retailers and kids to bring joy – and toys! – into the lives of needy children...

5/1/2009




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alison Marek, Managing EditorPhone: (310) 979-4330Email: alison@toydirectory.comwww.tdmonthly.comwww.toydirectory.com Charitable Kid to Give Away 100 Toy PianosContest by Schoenhut and TDmonthly Magazine® Encourages Generosity Los Angeles, Calif. (May 13, 2009) ― With times being tough for so many families around the nation, TDmonthly Magazine has teamed up...

5/1/2009



In This Issue
Did you miss last month's announcement about our 2008 award winners and Promising Toys for a Promising Future(tm): TDmonthly Magazine's 2008 Specialty Toys Report?...

9/1/2008



TDmonthly’s Top-10 Most-Wanted CDs and Musical Toys
When TDmonthly Magazine recently spoke to 68 retailers about their sales of music for children, most expressed that it’s a steady, stand-by category with an emphasis on simple instruments...

9/1/2008



TDmonthly's Top-10 Most-Wanted Musical Toys
Kids are hitting and banging their way to musical joy...

9/1/2007



Woodstock Chimes Rings True
In 1979, Garry Kvistad was teaching music at a Midwestern university when he decided to make his first instrument — a xylophone constructed of aluminum lawn-chair tubes that he hung to be played by the wind...

9/1/2007



Wind Instruments Blow Past Electronics
Of the 32 specialty toy-store owners recently surveyed by TDmonthly Magazine in an effort to gauge musical toy sales, 25 cited plain musical instruments with little to no electronic pizzazz...

9/1/2007



Baby Roundtable: Tots Tickle the Ivories
This month, TDmonthly Magazine’s Infant/Toddler Roundtable participants evaluated SCHOENHUT PIANO CO.’s My First Piano II, which received glowing reviews...

9/1/2007



Schoenhut Plays Beautifully With Kids
When Frank Trinca bought the Schoenhut Piano Company in 1984, he invited his brother Len and sister-in-law Renee aboard as silent partners...

9/1/2007



Jingle Bell Rocks
Kids and the old folks can get their groove on with everything from zithers to electric axes...

7/1/2007



Showcase the Music
What goes into creating a kid song that works? TDmonthly Magazine talked with the creators and distributors of children's CDs...

9/1/2006



Low-Tech Band Aids
In every child is music. Sometimes it comes out through banging on a pot or a pan...

9/1/2006



TDmonthly's Top 10 Most Wanted Sing-Along Toys
TDmonthly Magazine talked to over 30 retailers, manufacturers and parents who were all “singing” the praises of the latest sing-along products...

5/1/2006



TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Loud Toys
If there’s one word that describes a truly successful toy, it’s LOUD...

2/1/2006



One Odd Bird of a Store
Lark in the Morning, a successful West Coast music store chain, has survived in a peculiar niche because its owners care about musicians and the instruments they play...

11/1/2005



Are Music Teachers Passé?
Does your store carry software that teaches kids music? If not, then maybe it should...

11/1/2005



Today’s Kids Rock Out for Real
These days, children’s instruments are less about child’s play and more about learning the basics...

11/1/2005



New Products: Musical Toys

7/1/2005



New & Notable Toys: Musical Toys
Check out these new and noteworthy toys...

7/1/2005



Musical Furnishings: Handcrafted Instruments
Tor Clausen, an artist based in Olympia, Washington, started Musical Furnishings with intent to succeed, but some thought he was nuts...

2/1/2005



Bells and Whistles: Musical Toys for Infants and Toddlers
Music comes in many shapes and forms, and thank goodness it does! From plush toys that play traditional music to interactive DVDs, the musical toys on the market with have infants and toddlers singing and dancing with delight!...

11/1/2004



Making Mozarts: Interactive Musical Learning Devices
Interactive playthings that teach sounds and composition skills bring the classics into the 21st century and old favorites are made even better with kid-friendly features and engaging designs...

11/1/2004



Musical Toy Industry Faces Competition but Parents Still Encourage Music
Experts also point to the additional benefits of music referred to as the "Mozart Effect." Findings from a study at UC Irvine in 1993 found that music improved spatial and sequential memory and communication skills, and since then, parents have been rushing to the toy shelves to provide the boost to their child´s development through all types of musical toys and musical instruments...

11/1/2004



Musical Training Can Start with Toys
Toy Symphony products, were developed by Tod Machover, a composer and professor of music and media, and his research team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The project is co-sponsored by MIT Media Consortia Fund, Yamaha, Sega, Fisher-Price, and Mattel...

11/1/2004



Music and a Child´s Intellectual Development
While funding for school music programs have been slashed from many public school budgets nationwide during the past decade, organizations such as The National Association for Music Education (MENC), VH1 Save the Music, Music Friends.org, and many others are working to promote the study of music by children...

11/1/2004



Groth Music Company: Selling Children´s Instruments
"The biggest factor in our success has been the wonderful talented employees that I have surrounded myself with. In the past five to ten years we have relocated to a much larger building, upgraded our use of technology, and have increased our market area to include the entire United States through advertising on the Internet"...

11/1/2004



Schoenhut Toy Pianos: History in Music
Founded in 1872 by Albert Schoenhut, the award-winning Schoenhut Toy Piano Company has moved into the twenty-first century with finesse. Emphasizing an individualized rather than an assembly line approach to manufacturing, this historic toy company is a timeless contributor to early childhood music education...

11/1/2004



MUSIC
Babyscapes™ The Miracle of Mozart videotape combines visual stimulation with the calming sounds of classical music. The Miracle of Mozart will improve attention span, increase multi-sensory learning and maximize early stimulation for brain growth and development. Both parents and children enjoy this entertaining video that targets development that is...

7/1/2004



Music In Your Pocket
A line of stylish, wearable Micro Music systems that play postage stamp-sized, interchangeable clips...

5/1/2004



MUSIC
A New Spin On the Toy Piano The Baby Grand Piano (Black or White) from Imagiix (ToyDirectory) is a totally new concept in the design and manufacture of toy pianos, designed to encourage and enable children 3 and up to "conduct concertos." Features of the 25 key piano include...

3/1/2004




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