News & Views Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Stanton’s Difference – 10% Educator Discount 17 April, 2015

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music.  That’s why we want to take the opportunity to highlight just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

Did you know that Stanton’s offers a 10% discount on most printed sheet music products to teachers, church musicians and college music majors?  You can use your discount when shopping online, over the phone, or in the store.  Your discount is automatically applied when you use your church or school account ( We’ll tell you more about accounts in a few weeks,) or just mention that you are a teacher when you call to place an order!

10% doesn’t sound like very much?  Think of it this way:  For choral directors, it’s the same as buying 9 copies of an octavo and getting the 10th copy FREE! Or let’s say that you’re an instrumental teacher with 3 groups.  If you buy 3 pieces for each group over the course of the year, that “fun” pop number for the spring concert is like a freebie!  And who doesn’t love FREE?

For more information about the educational discount, visit us online at, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

Originally posted June 9th, 2014…but information worth repeating!


Sonata for Piano, by Justin Dello Joio 16 April, 2015

Dello Joio?  Does that name sound familiar?  Justin Dello Joio is the son of Norman Dello Joio, so Justin has been around the piano and composing since he was born.  Justin Dello Joio has an impressive list of awards and accomplishments.  His latest off-the-press composition is “Sonata for Piano”.  It is dedicated to Vincent Persichetti, with whom he studied piano at the Julliard School.  This is not an easy piece. It is full of energy and intensity.  Especially if you enjoy 20th and 21st century music, you need to check this out.  It’s incredible.  There is a recording of Garrick Ohlsson playing “Sonata for Piano” from Bridge records.  Classical music is not frozen in time at Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.  Classical music is alive, so it changes and grows.  So explore, dive in!

Happy Birthday, Henry Mancini! 16 April, 2015

00-35259Even though we lost Henry Mancini on June 14, 1994, his music lives on.  We still enjoy hearing and playing movie favorites “Baby Elephant Walk” , “Moon River”  and “Pink Panther“, among many others. The “Songs of Henry Mancini“, from Alfred Music Publishing, includes fifteen movie and TV favorites for early advanced piano solo or vocal solo.  Henry Mancini was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924. Over his career, he was presented with two Emmy awards, four Academy awards, and twenty Grammy awards. We are likely to enjoy his music for years to come.  For more information about this collection or other, similar collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Register NOW – Stanton’s Super Session 2015! 15 April, 2015

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/1/2015, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
at Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth St, 43215
REGISTRATION: $55.00 (includes lunch)

Do you need to put a little “spark” in your choral program? Is there just too much new music out there for you to review? Join us for a fun, enriching day of music education with Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin, and Stanton’s own Jen Sper featuring music from Alfred Publications, Shawnee Press and many other choral publishers. Nowhere else will you find such a variety of new choral selections and teaching resources to inspire and motivate you and your students as you begin the school year.

Register NOW online, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“Children’s Songs” for Earth Day 14 April, 2015

00311054Earth Day is just next week!  Do you have your songs ready for the day?  If not, have a look at today’s offering for Earth Day.  Nobody’s down to Earth more than a child, right? So here is a collection, “Children’s Songs“, which is full of “earthy” songs.  There are 110 songs, including “Be Kind to Your Web-Footed Friends” and “Peter Cottontail” to celebrate the wildlife, “This Land is Your Land” and “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” to celebrate the great outdoors, “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” and “Eensy Weensy Spider” to celebrate the weather.  “The Farmer in the Dell” and “Old MacDonald” celebrate the growers of the  food we get from the good Earth.  “The Old Gray Mare” and “Oh Where, Oh where, Has My Little Dog Gone” celebrate our pets.  “Happy Trails to You” celebrates our journeys across our varied landscapes.  So if you are entertaining people, especially kids, this is the collection for you!  For more information about this collection of sheet music or others, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Composer Profile: Caldwell & Ivory 13 April, 2015

by Jen Sper, Choral Music Specialist

The choral works by collaborators Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory are inherently singable and memorable. Often based on musical fragments from various cultures around the world, the rhythmic intensity and creative voice make their music especially captivating for young singers and ensembles – and their experience in working with groups of this age assures their success!

Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory began arranging music together spontaneously in the early 1990s when they were both working with a community-based youth choir in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Their musical partnership was further cultivated from 1993-1997 during summers spent together at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey.

Caldwell and Ivory works have become staples in the repertoire of many of the world’s finest ensembles. Their music has been telecast on PBS and A&E and performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, the Sydney Opera House, and throughout Europe, Asia and Africa. Their commissions have been premiered by conductors Judith Willoughby, Anton Armstrong, Pearl Shangkuan, Cheryl Dupont and Barbara Tagg.

Sean directs the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus, an affiliate organization of the Grand Rapids Symphony. He is also the choral director at Forest Hills Central High School and an affiliate artist with the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago. He lives in Grand Rapids with his wife Leah and their children, Emma, Samuel and Meredith.

Paul is Artistic Director of the Youth Choral Theater of Chicago. In recognition of his work in this capacity, he and his chorus were awarded the 2006 Chorus America/ASCAP prize for Adventurous Programming. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Chorus America and on the Advisory Board of the New Orleans Children’s Chorus. He was recognized for his contribution to the choral community nationwide at the 2008 National Performing Arts Conference when he was selected as the recipient of Chorus America’s Michael J. Korn Founders Award for Philanthropic Contribution to the Arts.

The music of Caldwell & Ivory is available through Stanton’s from both Earth Songs Music and Hal Leonard Corporation. For more information about Caldwell & Ivory and their music, please visit their website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Msilale Wanawake, Go Where I Send Thee, Hope for Resolution

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.

NEW!!!! G. Schirmer Violin Anthology 10 April, 2015

G. Schirmer Violin Anthology – 24 Works from the 20th and 21st Centuries

recommended by Dan Clark, String Specialist

g schirmer violin anthologyDo you have advanced students to whom you would like to introduce some “modern” composers without spending an arm and a leg on a sonata or concerto from a single writer?  This new collection is for you!  Subtitled “A Variety of Approachable Music for the Advanced Player” these are 24 short pieces or movements from larger works that have been gathered together for study and/or performance.  Selections are  from such prominent composers as Samuel Barber, Lili Boulanger, John Corigliano, Paul Creston, Bernard Heiden, Karel Husa, Charles Ives, Aram Khachaturian, Boruslav Martinu, Walter Piston, Andre Previn, Sergei Prokofiev, Bright Sheng, Augusta Read Thomas, Virgil Thomson, and Joan Tower and others.  There are also nine enthralling pages of notes about the pieces and their composers as well as the dates they were written and first performed, some even written by the composers themselves.  Five of the pieces are unaccompanied, but the other 19 have a piano part included.  The music is quite challenging as you might expect, but well worth working on, not only to learn some contemporary literature but also to open your students’ ears to modern melodic and harmonic concepts.

G. Schirmer Violin Anthology – 24 Works from the 20th and 21st Century  (50498777)……………….$24.99

Dan Clark has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions.  A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday.  He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

So it’s “out of print” 09 April, 2015

sheet_music_sing_birdie_sing_colored_lithograph_s_brainard_co_cleveland_frameSo what’s the story with “out of print” music?   First, something may be temporarily out of print.  That can mean that the music hasn’t been reprinted at the publisher yet.  It also may mean that a new edition of the music is in the works, but not yet printed.  Sometimes we can find out when the publisher plans to reprint something.  It’s a matter of waiting for the music to be reprinted.  The second category of  “out of print” is permanently out of print.  That means that, unless by some happy happenstance we have something still in stock,  we can’t get it because no one is still printing it.  Just because something is permanently out of print, it doesn’t mean that you can legally copy it.  Someone owns the copyright.  The owner simply elects not to print that music.  Sometimes, we can find the holder of the copyright, and we can give you the name, address, and maybe the phone number of that company. Then you can contact them for permission to copy.  If you have questions about copyright, give us a call.  We can answer your questions.  Call Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website,  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 08 April, 2015

Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2

Recommended by Rachel Steele, School Choral Specialist

choir builders 2 for growing voicesWhile a consistent routine in your rehearsal is great for students, changing up a couple of warm-ups can really liven things up.  Rollo Dilworth, renowned composer, conductor and educator, has come out with a second volume featuring 24 fun and instructional warm-ups for your elementary or middle school choirs.  Each of the 24 selections details which vocal skills are enhanced by that particular warm-up, and includes optional accompaniments for body percussion, classroom instruments and/or Orff instruments.  If you are less than comfortable with your piano skills, an accompaniment CD is also included.  The CD’s demonstration tracks can be used for listening or quick learning, while the accompaniment-only tracks are great for assessing your students’ progress.  Come back after break with a fresh spring in your step that will engage your students for the rest of the year.

Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 – by Rollo Dilworth (00123577) ……………………………………..$19.99

Choir Builders for Growing Voices – by Rollo Dilworth (09971400)………………………………………..$19.99

Rachel Steele has been at Stanton’s since 2013. She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from The Ohio State University. Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington OH), Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread….REAL-ly! 07 April, 2015

Recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Education Specialist

real easy bookWhat was one of the best books for teaching jazz improvisation is even better! Volume 1 of The Real Easy Book from the Sher Music Company is now published in a 3-horn edition including a 2nd harmony part and 3rd harmony part along with the lead sheet melody. For a mere $3 more (now $28) you get fully fleshed-out arrangements along with great sample bass lines, chord voicings and useful scales for improvisation. All that in ALL FOUR TRANSPOSTIONS… C book (cat #122), Bb book (cat #123), Eb book (cat #124) and bass clef (cat #125).

Additional educational material is also in each volume. Chords with complimentary scales for improvisation, basic drum patterns and a discography so your students can hear how the masters did it.

If you dig this book you also have to check out Real Easy Book, volume 2 which is just a little more advanced. Real Easy Book, volume 3 has all of the tunes organized by style periods…. GREAT for teaching jazz history. Volume 4 is all about Latin jazz from sambas and biaons to merengues and cha-chas.

One of the most versatile jazz combo books on the market! This book is also great for those high school jazzers looking to up their game a notch. Order today for programming on your final concerts of the school year or for your summer jazz camps.

Click here for a table of contents showing the number of REAL jazz tunes included in The Real Easy Book, volume 1.

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.

“Joy of Singing” and “John Jacobson Workshop” 2015! 06 April, 2015

logo JJWStanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to invite you to our 2015 “John Jacobson Workshop” on July 30th and “Joy of Singing” on July 31st – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

John Jacobson Workshop
Thursday 7/30/2015, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $60.00 teacher/$40.00 student, Both fees include lunch

logo JOSJoy of Singing
Friday 7/31/2015, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50.00 (includes lunch)

Register NOW online, or contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or for more information.

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

New! Decade Series, 1920s to the 2000s 03 April, 2015

00137601New from Hal Leonard is an updated series of nine Decade song collections, beginning with the 1920s and continuing to the 2000s. Each collection of popular sheet music includes dozens of the best hits from each decade.  The spine is bound so it is easy to keep the book open without having to break the back.  Each volume also includes “Online Audio Backing Tracks“. This means that no matter which book you get, you have access to backing tracks for all the songs in that book.  Whether you just want the fun of singing along, or you need to have the backing tracks, you can do it! Check out this newly released series! You can contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 02 April, 2015

Stanton’s Employee Orchestra 01 April, 2015

10849837_10154965200825052_5872004811299345621_nMeet  Stanton’s Employee Orchestra.  This unique orchestra includes instruments from A to Z, literally.  It includes autoharp to zither, (Three zithers).  From front, left , a small zither is being played. A larger, “Perfecta” zither is in the middle row on the right. The book to learn to play these instruments is  the Darr Method for Zither. Front row, second from left is an autoharp (with 21 chords).  Books of all kinds are available to learn to play the autoharp, or chromaharp.  First row front, third from left, is a merry mandolinist.  We have lots of music for mandolins, too. In the back row, third from left, is a different sort of mandolin.  It is a banjo mandolin.  In the front row on the right is a type of plucked psaltery called a “Melody Harp”. If you check out this link, you can find out how to get one and the music for it.  We have two ukuleles in our orchestra. In the middle row to the left, there is a tenor ukulele.  In the back row on the left, there is a banjo ukulele (soprano version).  Of course, we have lots of ukulele music.  In the middle row, second from the left, is another type of zither It’s a Jubel Tone zither.  You kind of have to figure it out for yourself, but if you are a string player, it’s easy.  In the middle row third from the left is a ukelin.  Follow this link to find out about this one. In the back row second from left is one of the more “normal” instruments in our orchestra.  It is a guitar.  Sure, we got music for that!  Our last instrument is in the back row on the right.  This is a tenor banjo. Yep, there is some music for that, too.  Come visit and hear us play, sometime. (We dare you!)