News & Views Sunday, May 29, 2016

Mark Hayes Miniatures 27 May, 2016

GetImage.ashxrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Specialists

Mark Hayes has produced another collection of well-crafted piano solos for the church pianist! There are twenty-five “miniatures,” which are pieces lasting one to two minutes. This is perfect for a small church. The pieces are for general use, and some seasonal solos are included. This has been one of our best-sellers at Stanton’s, so check it out!

For more information about this collection or other sacred piano music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email  us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Stanton’s E-Tools: Jukebox 25 May, 2016

website Jukebox image for promoThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier,  faster and more enjoyable. In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

As an extension of our Listening Library, we are proud to offer Stanton’s JukeboxStanton’s Jukebox is a specialized “wish list” where you can add sound samples from our Listening Library, then use it to:

  • Research your music purchases by building a playlist for all the titles you are considering, and then easily compare “apples to apples” as you listen.
  • Arrange your concert program by listening to full-length pieces in order, then rearranging as needed to allow for a variety in tempi and styles.
  • Build specific playlists for each of your different ensembles to assist you with your rehearsal planning and score study.
  • Generate a personalized URL for each playlist that can be emailed to your ensemble to enhance at-home practice – you can even add custom practice/rehearsal notes to appear with each playlist.
  • Forward your playlist to your school administrator or Booster/PTA president when you need to solicit funding for specific music.
  • Design separate playlists for different genres or eras of music for your Music History or Music Appreciation students to use during class or with homework.
  • Create a list of your favorite works for your personal listening pleasure in your home or office, and let it inspire you to continue strengthening your ensembles!

If you have questions about how to use the Stanton’s Jukebox feature, we also have a quick video tutorial that you can watch, as well as a list of “Frequently Asked Questions.” As always, if you need further information, feel free to call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC or email us at greatservice@stantons.com.

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SUPER SESSION is Coming Soon! 24 May, 2016

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/6/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
**NEW LOCATION** Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road 43119
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.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you. 

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


The Stanton’s Difference: Knowledgeable Staff 23 May, 2016

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. Over the next few weeks, 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!

Every teacher has experienced the frustration of trying to explain something musical to a non-musician. Rest assured, that will never happen when you call Stanton’s! All of our sales staff are college graduates with music degrees, many of whom have years of teaching experience in the classroom and/or private studio. Even most members of our non-sales staff are active musicians with a wide range of experiences from rock musician to church pianist!

Want to know what key a piece is in? The range of a trumpet part? How difficult a piano solo is? The tessitura of the tenor part in a choral piece? We will be happy to pull in-stock products for you or research to find an answer.

Our staff also spends hundreds of hours each year listening to all the new releases from countless different publishers. We select the best of each catalog to become Stanton’s “Staff Selections.” Different from publishers interested in promoting certain products or composers, we make our selections with YOU in mind. Our staff chooses quality literature to help you make the most of your teaching time and your budget dollars.

Like you, we enjoy flexing our “musical muscles.” If you have a tricky question, call or email us with your specific needs. Because we see so many products each year, we are able to suggest resources for almost any teacher, no matter how unusual the request.

To talk with one of the friendly members of our staff, visit us online at www.stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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Masterworks for Young Choirs 20 May, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Introducing your ensemble singers to music by master composers from the Baroque and Classical periods is an important part of their musical education – not to mention an important factor in the National Core Arts Standards. But, it can be challenging to find authentic examples for young singers to perform. These selections have been carefully crafted to not only be representative of the original masterwork content, but also thoughtfully edited to meet the musical needs of upper elementary and middle school choirs.

Hallelujah, Amen! by G.F. Handel/arr. Matthew Michaels
From Handel’s oratorio “Judas Maccabaeus,” this chorus has been adapted for two part treble voices in an accessible introduction to the music of the Baroque.

Fair Phyllis by John Farmer/arr. Russell Robinson
Another well-edited arrangement by Russell Robinson from the madrigal repertoire. Sung a cappella, or with the piano, the men’s part spans only six notes in an easy range for changing voices. Charming secular text, light polyphonic texture, changing meters, and contrasting dynamics. “Fair Phyllis” is perfect as a first madrigal or as a Renaissance feature on any program.

Let Voice and Instrument Joyfully Sound! by Henry Purcell/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
Introduce your younger choirs to Baroque style with this short and festive selection adapted from a larger work by English composer Henry Purcell. Featuring a pair of flutes, the rhythmic exuberance of the piece will be a welcome addition to concert, contest and festival performances throughout your year! Flute 1-2 parts included.

Lascia Ch’io Pianga by G.F. Handel/arr. Russell Robinson
Singers have long cherished this staple of the solo repertoire, and now it is beautifully set for choral groups of any size. Teach all of the same lessons you learned from your favorite vocal instructor as you share this baroque aria with a new generation. Not difficult, but rewarding.

For more quality suggestions for your elementary and middle school choirs, 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.


Composer Profile: Dan Davison 18 May, 2016

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

7773126As a long-time junior high school choir director, Dan Davison brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his compositions. Navigating the complexities of the adolescent voice is no easy matter, and Dan’s music can always be trusted to be pedagogically sound (for the teacher!) and musically intriguing (for the young singers!).

In addition to conducting four ensembles at Ballou Junior High in Puyallup, Washington, Dan manages numerous teaching and mentoring responsibilities, and, most notably, sings professionally with Male Ensemble Northwest. Dan is also experienced as a church choir director, and has directed choirs at Western Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University.

Mr. Davison has been received numerous awards for his role in music education, including the 1996 State Of Washington Christa McAuliffe Educator Of The Year, The Educator Citizen Of The Year for 2010 for Communities In Schools In Puyallup, Washington, and also the “Outstanding Choral Director Award” for 2010 from the Washington chapter of The American Choral Director’s Association.

The music of Dan Davison is available through Stanton’s from a number of publishers, most notably Walton Music. For more information about Dan and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Regina Coeli, Follow the Drinking Gourd, Elijah, El Grillo, Wonderful Peace, Yellow Bird

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.


30th Anniversary JOY OF SINGING 17 May, 2016

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce the 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of The Joy of Singing – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

JoyOfSinging_30th_TINYTHE JOY OF SINGING: Young & Developing Choir
Thursday 8/4/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the beginning choral singing level (unison/2-part). Includes choreography and three spotlight sessions on specific areas.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/5/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and three spotlight sessions on specific areas.

REGISTRATION SPECIAL: Attend BOTH days (8/4 and 8/5) for $79!

Our clinicians this year will be John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller, and Roger Emerson. Each director will receive a packet of complimentary booklets containing complete editions of arrangements suitable for both school and community choirs. You’ll have ample time to browse Stanton’s on-site store and chat with the clinicians throughout the day.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you.

Registration is now open! Contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Meet the Stanton’s Team – Judy H. 16 May, 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!

Judy HenryJudy H. 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.

What department do you work in at Stanton’s? – Choral Department

What do you consider your specialties here? – Reviewing new choral music for church choirs, and assisting directors in finding the perfect anthem for their choir

How long have you been working at Stanton’s? – 40 years!!

What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – Reviewing new music – I’m always so excited when we find a real gem!

What is your hometown? – Zanesville, Ohio

Where did you go to college? – Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University

What is your major instrument? – Voice and piano

Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? – I currently enjoy singing with the Grove City Chamber Singers, but in a “previous life” I directed the Columbia Gas Company Chorus for many years!

What do you like to do in your spare time? – Spend time with my four grandchildren, read, and take walks outside

What days are you available at Stanton’s? – Just Monday-Tuesday

What is the last song/piece you listened to? – Right now, we’re in the midst of listening to NEXT YEAR’S new Christmas music!!

What is the last song/piece you played/sang? – “Will We Know Him?” by Don Besig

If you had a chance to perform with three musicians, living or dead, who would it be? – John Rutter, J.S. Bach, and Eric Whitacre

What is your most memorable musical moment? – Seeing Liza Minelli perform live!

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

What is the most unusual performance you have ever been a part of? – Performing Leonard Bernstein’s “Mass”

What musical sound or noise do you love? – Hearing Wynton Marsalis play the trumpet on “CBS Sunday Morning”

What musical sound or noise do you hate? – “Bad” recordings in children’s toys

If you had your choice watching a great concert tonight or performing in a great concert tonight, which would you choose and why? – Definitely perform – I love to sing!

If heaven exists, when you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what heavenly ensemble would you like to be assigned to? – A vocal ensemble

What profession would you not like to do? – Telemarketing

On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are? – 6??? (It depends on the day)

Who was your first crush (if not a celebrity, some explanation)? – My classmate Pete in 3rd grade

Do you love or hate roller coasters? – Hate

How many pairs of shoes do you own? – 15

Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? – I’m going to say perfect job, but is there really such a thing?!?

If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? – Veggie pizza


Fanny Crosby’s Inspiring Hymns: Arranged by Mary McDonald 13 May, 2016

GetImage.ashxrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Specialists

This is My Story” is a collection of  hymns by Fanny Crosby, one of the most gifted hymn-writers of the 19th century. She wrote more than 8,000 hymns during her life, many of which are still sung in today’s churches. Two of these enduring hymns are “To God Be the Glory” and “He Hideth My Soul,” both included in this collection.

Mary McDonald has masterfully arranged eight of the hymn tunes for piano solo. Each arrangement is four pages long, and these pieces are suitable for general use. This is a great addition to the repertoire for a pianist who plays sacred music for church, or for pleasure at home!

For more information about this collection of piano sheet music or other sacred piano works, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

 


For Summer Church Choir 11 May, 2016

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

As we head into summer, we recommend both the Easy Anthems and Singing Men series as excellent options for summer church choirs – with many full choirs on summer hiatus or with members traveling out of town, it can be a challenge to find repertoire to effectively lead your congregation while still being musically achievable! New this year:

Easy Anthems Vol. 6 compiled by Jane Holstein
Here is the 6th volume in our successful series of accessible voicings of top-sellers in the Hope Publishing catalog. There are pieces for Advent, Christmas, Palm Sunday, Lent, Communion and general occasions in a variety of styles. All of these are proven winners from composers and arrangers: Joel Raney, Lloyd Larson, Joe Martin, John Carter, Jay Althouse, Marty Parks, and Ruth Elaine Schram. Each is set for SAB or Two-Part Mixed choirs.

Singing Men Vol. 5 arranged by Lloyd Larson
Here is the 5th volume in our successful series of TTBB voicings of top-sellers in the Hope Publishing catalog. All of these are popular contemporary songs are top-selling arrangements from Lloyd Larson.

For more recommendations for your church choir, please contact us!

About the Authors:
Judy H. 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 F. 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.


Elementary General Music Clinic 2016 10 May, 2016

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday 8/3/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $20.00
Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome Cristi Cary Miller as our clinician for the 34th edition of our Elementary General Music Clinic. This is one of Stanton’s longest running and most successful clinics, showcasing the best new teacher resources, song collections, games, musicals and more! We are sure that you will find materials that will keep you and your students interested throughout the year. Get your school year started on the right foot!

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Music Express Magazine 2016-2017: NOW AVAILABLE! 09 May, 2016

titleMEJohn Jacobson’s MUSIC EXPRESS is the classroom magazine for young musicians in grades K-6. We’re excited to announce that annual subscriptions are now available through Stanton’s Sheet Music!

Says John, “MUSIC EXPRESS is the magazine designed to help you, the everyday hero, as you share music with young people in your classrooms. It will bring you fresh ideas from some of the best music educators in the country in a format that’s easy to use and fun!”

In your yearly subscription, you’ll get 6 issues with:

  • digital interactive lessons to use with your classroom technology
  • 90+ songs for classroom and concert
  • over 180 professional recordings
  • step-by-step lesson plans correlated to the National Core Music Standards
  • 36+ choreography videos by John Jacobson
  • 6 video lessons by John Jacobson
  • 6 NEW episodes of The Music Show
  • 6 interactive listening lessons with recordings
  • 5 artist spotlights or video walkthroughs
  • 3 complete concert programs
  • songs and lessons Orff, recorder, and classroom percussion instruments
  • movement songs, assessment songs, and concept teaching songs
  • creative writing activities, movement activities, extension activities
  • 6 motivational articles by John Jacobson
  • clearly-stated lesson objectives, assessments, worksheets, vocabulary words, tech tips, material lists
  • AND MORE…all delivered to your school 6 times a year!

New for this year, all subscribers will receive improved and expanded digital content, and can also receive printed student editions on request. With both Premium and Premium Plus subscription options, we know you’ll find the right choice for your classroom. Contact Stanton’s now to subscribe!


Stanton’s E-Tools – Listening Library 06 May, 2016

listening libraryThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier, faster and more enjoyable.  In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

What is the Listening Library?

When you are searching for new music that fits your group, sometimes looking at or even playing through a score is not enough. Music is meant to be heard, not just seen. That is why we have recordings of almost 70,000 titles available in the Stanton’s Listening Library. The Library files are in an easy-to-use MP3 format and are created from “promotional recordings” produced by the publishers. Whenever possible, Stanton’s uses the full-length recording, but due to the fact that some tracks were only made available as “publisher promotional copies” some of the tracks may be excerpted. We are constantly adding to our library, so check back often for updates!

How do I know if Stanton’s has a recording of the piece I’m looking for?

When browsing or searching our website, you will see the “globe with headphones” icon (pictured above) next to any item that has a recording available. Clicking on that icon will take you to a recording of that piece. Having trouble hearing? Check to make sure that your speakers are turned up and not set to mute, or that your headphones are plugged in.

Can I access the Listening Library from my smart phone or tablet?

Absolutely! The Stanton’s mobile website is compatible with all tablets and smart phones. Just touch that “globe with headphones” icon to get started. If you download the Stanton’s Barcode Scanner App, you can even use the tablet or phone’s camera to scan the bar code on a piece of music, and you will be immediately directed to that item’s recording. It makes shopping for music (or browsing your own music library) a breeze!

For questions about how to use our Listening Library, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit us online or in person!

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Cat Songs by Vera Mohrs 04 May, 2016

Cat Songs” is a delightful collection of twelve narrative musical stories about the kitten that Timmy 49045005gets for his birthday. She sits in his lap and purrs, she plays in the garden with another neighborhood cat, and she goes for a walk in the snow, among other pursuits. This would be a great recital collection, with a child reading the bit of the story that goes with the piece they play, until the story is finished and the pieces all played. “Two Cats Playing” is appropriately bouncy, and “Raining Cats and Dogs” has repetition reflecting how bored the kitten is because she has to stay indoors. An adult could play this and tell the story to children, too.

For more information about this collection, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


New Contemporary A Cappella 02 May, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Contemporary a cappella music gets more and more popular every year! With high-profile features like “The Sing-Off” and “Pitch Perfect,” and the explosive success of groups like Pentatonix, many high schools and colleges are getting in on the action as well! Here are a few of our new favorites for contemporary a cappella ensembles:

FOR MIXED GROUPS
Fame arr. Ben Bram
This favorite Golden Globe and Academy Award winner really kicks in Ben Bram’s new pop a cappella arrangement. A perfect choice to open or close any concert.

How Can I Keep from Singing? arr. Kirby Shaw
You’ve heard many arrangements of this beautiful American folk hymn, but none quite like this. Kirby Shaw’s unique style brings out the inherent joy of the traditional text. Throughout the piece, sections of the choirs are used as accompaniment, and a bright chord structure yields a current sound. Fresh!

Kids in America arr. Deke Sharon
This perennial New Wave hit was the exciting opening number featured in the 2014 edition of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” This a cappella setting by “Sing-Off” music arranger and coach Deke Sharon will be an awesome selection for your group as well!

FOR MEN’S GROUPS
Gravedigger arr. Timothy Takach
From the hushed opening this choral lament grows in sound and intensity to a powerful outpouring of sorrow. The song, originally from the Dave Matthews Band, was arranged for the Minneapolis-based vocal ensemble Cantus. A showpiece!

FOR WOMEN’S GROUPS
Bellas Finale (from “Pitch Perfect 2”) arr. Deke Sharon
As in the first movie, this mashup weaves together several great songs and storylines from throughout the film, with a twist of an ending. Songs include “Run The World (Girls),” “Where Them Girls At,” “We Belong,” “We Got The World,” and “Flashlight.”

Wake Me Up! arr. Deke Sharon
From Swedish DJ and artist Avicii, this 2013 chart hit in a fun and accessible a cappella setting!

For more a cappella suggestions, visit our website or contact our Choral Department at 1.800.426.8742, ext. 1.

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.