News & Views Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NEW Adventures with Freddie the Frog! 10 February, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

sharon and freddieHave your students met Freddie the Frog? Freddie (and his musical friends!) was developed by master educator Sharon Burch to introduce fundamental music concepts to preschool and elementary children. Starting with his travels on Treble Clef Island (Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night), you can continue exploring and learning with Freddie as he meets the Bass Clef Monster and the Mysterious Wahooooo, and learns the blues on Crater Island and plays jazz with the Flying Jazz Kitten!

Don’t miss Freddie’s newest adventure…

Freddie the Frog and The Invisible Coqui
Freddie the Frog and Eli the Elephant are led by an unseen guide to the secret world of the invisible coqui. The coqui speak Spanish and love to play salsa music and dance through the night. Help Freddie and Eli learn the Latin rhythms to discover the identity of their mysterious hosts! Audio CD includes a read-along dramatization, a sing-along song, and play-along Latin rhythm tracks. Kid-friendly salsa dance steps are located at the end of the story. Suggested for Grades K-3.

For more quality resources for your elementary music classroom, please contact us!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Announcing SCHOOL CHORAL WEEK 2016! 09 February, 2016

Featuring talented clinicians from major publishers, Stanton’s summer choral clinics are a fantastic way to jump-start your school year! We always look forward to visiting with our regular customers, matching up faces with names of new attendees, and meeting teachers new to Stanton’s from across the country.

Mark your calendar for these dates:

Elementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday August 3, 2016
Clinician: Cristi Cary Miller
JoyOfSinging_30th_TINY THE JOY OF SINGING – 30th Anniversary Celebration!

for Young & Developing Choir
Thursday August 4, 2016
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller & Roger Emerson

for Middle & High School Choir
Friday August 5, 2016
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller & Roger Emerson

Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday August 6, 2016
Clinicians: Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin & Jen Sper

Not sure which session is best for you? Here are some helpful recommendations:

I teach elementary classroom music! (any grades K-6)
Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic is perfect for you! We’ll feature new resources, song collections, activities, and musicals especially designed and selected for classroom music teachers.

I teach elementary school choir! (grades 3-5)
You’ll find great options at both the Elementary General Music Clinic AND the Joy of Singing – Young & Developing Choir sessions (see above and below for more details).

I teach middle school choir! (any grades 5-8)
The Joy of Singing – Young & Developing Choir is a great option. This day will feature new music for the beginning choral singing level (unison or 2-part treble voices), in both octavos and song collections. You’ll also get movement ideas (including videos and choreography notes from John Jacobson), and three spotlight sessions on specific areas. We’ll even look at some musicals too!

If your middle school choir uses 3-part mixed/SAB or developing SATB literature, you may also want to consider the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir and the Stanton’s Super Session (see below).

I teach high school choir! (grades 9-12)
Join us at the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir session OR the Stanton’s Super Session!

At both sessions, we’ll present new choral music in all voicings (SATB/SAB/3-part mixed/2-part/women’s/men’s).

At Joy of Singing, we’ll present new music from Hal Leonard. You’ll also get movement ideas (including videos and choreography notes from John Jacobson), and three spotlight sessions on specific areas. Joy of Singing is usually about 50% concert/festival literature and 50% pop.

At Super Session, we’ll present new music from many publishers including Alfred, Shawnee Press, Heritage Music Press, Choristers Guild, BriLee and Carl Fischer. Super Session is usually about 75% concert/festival literature and 25% pop.

I teach middle school AND high school choir! (any grades 5-12)
Consider the Joy of Singing – Young & Developing Choir, the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir AND the Stanton’s Super Session. Any (or all three!) days will provide you with lots of new repertoire and teaching ideas!

Also in August 2016:

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday August 13, 2016
Clinician: Mark Hayes
(no pre-registration for this session)
Excellence in Choral Literature
Saturday August 27, 2016
Clinician: James Gallagher

Registration will open on April 1st. For more detailed information regarding any of these clinics, contact the choral department at 1-800-426-8742, extension 1. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz for Beginning Ensembles 08 February, 2016

recommended by Ben H., Jazz Music Specialist

The Stanton’s crew has just finished an exhausting season of music conventions from New York to Chicago and points in between. Although we’ve sold loads of great new jazz music and books, a jazz education standout has been the latest entry in the popular Teaching Music Through Performance Series. Released in time for the December 2015 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic on Chicago, Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz for Beginning Ensembles, is bound to become a staple on the shelves of music educators and college jazz methods classes. It serves as a veritable “how-to” for newbie teachers and seasoned professionals. The book is chock-full of tips and information from prominent jazz educators as well as analyzation of over sixty charts at the grade 1 – grade 3.5 level that are currently in print!

Read on for a description of this fantastic new jazz publication from GIA Publications.

“Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz for Beginning Ensembles”
Editor : Richard Miles
© 2016 GIA

Contributors: Ronald Carter, Roosevelt Griffin, Ben Huntoon, Brian Logan, Rob Parton, Willis Rapp, and Dean Sorenson

With this volume, the celebrated Teaching Music through Performance series is available for the first time for leaders of beginning jazz ensembles. This edition pairs practical perspectives from world-class jazz educators and performers— who specialize in working with beginning ensembles—together with Teacher Resource Guides for more than 60 of the best jazz charts published for beginning ensembles.

Part II: Conductor as Teacher focuses on the best jazz repertoire published today for beginning ensembles and provides a Teacher Resource Guide for each work. Each Teacher Resource Guide includes background information on both the composer and the history of each chart, technical and stylistic considerations, a discussion of musical elements of the work, and measure-by- measure rehearsal tips for the best jazz repertoire tailored for beginning ensembles. The repertoire covers Grade 1 through Grade 3.5.

This book is a truly significant resource for both beginning jazz educators and their students, and an invaluable contribution to the field.

For a complete listing of works covered in this volume, visit

Chapter 1: Recruitment and Rehearsal Strategies for the Beginning Jazz Ensemble; Chapter 2: Scheduling Options for the Beginning Jazz Ensemble; Chapter 3: Beginning Jazz Ensemble Instrumentation; Chapter 4: Basiz Jazz Articulations for Beginning Jazz Band; Chapter 5: Beginning Jazz Improvisation; Chapter 6: Selected Resources”

Stanton’s Sheet Music is proud that our own “Jazz Guy,” Ben Huntoon was a writer for this volume and chaired the committee selecting the charts to be included.

Buy your copy today!!!

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

New Church Anthems for Spring 2016 05 February, 2016

recommended by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, Sacred Choral Music Specialists

It may still be cold and snowy outside, but it’s certainly not too early to be planning your choral anthems for this spring! We have carefully chosen these pieces to be appropriate for a variety or worship styles and services throughout the coming months.

For the Lenten season and Holy Week, Mercy is an excellent choice. A powerful, poignant song of confession combined with a plea for Mercy, “Kyrie eleison” in ever increasing complexity and voice layering. Scored for SATB with piano accompaniment. Suitable for any time of introspection and reconciliation and particularly appropriate on Maundy Thursday. In another option, Lloyd Larson brings us to the garden in Gethsemane, combining chilling music with Susan Boersma’s compelling text to express Christ’s final plea: “Abba, take this cup from Me, yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord is a spirited Palm Sunday processional. This anthem includes the first verse of “All Glory, Laud and Honor” for the congregation to participate, as well as an optional children’s choir part.

A splendid Easter opener, Ring the Easter Bells with Gladness joins choir and congregation in a mighty acclamation of the resurrection of Christ. Using a prominent hymntune makes this an almost instantly learned piece in the classic “Fanfare and Concertato” format. Each verse receives its moment, and the anthem is bookended by choral and brass flourishes, all creating an exalted effect!

For other Sundays this spring, try I Surrender All – this sumptuous setting of the classic hymn from gospel’s golden age is an example of Victor Johnson at his artistic best. An elegant piano accompaniment surrounds a stunning a cappella verse, creating a musical contrast that will be inspiring to hear and sing. Other excellent options include O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (a powerful and majestic new setting of the text), Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled (a soulful Mary McDonald gospel anthem), and Give Me a Song (an earnest new text set to the hymntune GERMANY).

Did you miss out on our Sacred Choral Music Reading Session? If you’re interested in receiving a packet from this year’s clinic (including these and many more selections for spring worship), please contact us!

You can also click here to view our entire Sacred Choral promotion for Spring 2016, or visit our Virtual Workshop. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy Henry has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer Fry is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

Meet the Stanton’s Team – Michael S. 03 February, 2016

We’ve written before on the Stanton’s blog about our knowledgeable staff. Now, we’d like to give you a chance to get to know our staff on a more personal level. Over the next several months, we will be having members of the Stanton’s team take our “30 Questions in 60 Seconds” questionnaire. We hope you will get to know the “real” us, and learn how we might better be of service to you!

Michael SliclenMichael S. has been processing your orders and wrapping and shipping your music packages for years! He’s also an active musician in the Columbus regional area, playing bass guitar with his band, EYE.

1. What department do you work in at Stanton’s? – Receiving

2. What do you consider your specialties here? – I’m an expert package wrapper!

3. How long have you been working at Stanton’s? – 17 years

4. What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – Receiving and processing our orders from the publishers

5. What is your hometown? – Ridgewood Township in Queens, New York

6. Where did you go to college? – Columbus State Community College

7. What is your major instrument? – Bass guitar and upright bass

8. Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? – Various regional venues with EYE

9. What do you like to do in your spare time? – Practice (editor’s note – EVERY musician’s answer should be “practice”!), and D&D

10. What days are you available at Stanton’s? – Monday-Friday

11. What is the last song/piece you listened to? – D-Rider by Hawkwind

12. What is the last song/piece you played/sang? – Restorers by EYE

13. If you had a chance to perform with three musicians, living or dead, who would it be? – Dick Dale, Christian Vander, Herbie Hancock

14. What is your most memorable musical moment? – Accidentally bludgeoning my headstock into the face of some naked guy who was on acid. (Showbiz, right?)

15. If you could be instantly proficient on an additional instrument, what would you choose? – Flute

16. What is the most unusual performance you have ever been a part of? – I was once a prop in a drag king show.

17. What musical sound or noise do you love? – Mellotrons!

18. What musical sound or noise do you hate? – Vocal pitch correct, and techno beats

19. If you had your choice watching a great concert tonight or performing in a great concert tonight, which would you choose and why? – Some days both, some days neither

20. If heaven exists, when you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what heavenly ensemble would you like to be assigned to? – N/A – I believe in reincarnation.

21. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? – Sci-fi writer

22. What professional would you not like to do? – Work in a gas station

23. On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are? – 5

24. Who was your first crush (if not a celebrity, some explanation)? – Jessica Lange in “King Kong”

25. Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion? – Tricorn hats

26. Do you love or hate roller coasters? – Eh, ambivalent

27. If you were a super hero, what powers would you have? – ALL OF THEM

28. How many pairs of shoes do you own? – 3

29. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? – Win the lottery, and then give myself the perfect job

30. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? – I think I’d starve!

Selections from “Final Fantasy” 01 February, 2016

00148699“Selections from Final Fantasy” is a collection of intermediate  piano arrangements of twelve favorite themes from one of the most popular video games in the world. “Theme of Love” is well arranged, it still has the light, lyrical feel of the video game version.  “The Prelude” can be found in several places on Youtube.  Different people have tried to transcribe it.  The transcription in this collection is done well.  No more guesswork!  Pick up a copy of this gem, and enjoy yourself playing the music! For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!