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Save the Date: Organ Music Clinic! 30 June, 2011

Please join us for a Stanton's Sheet Music sponsored Sacred Organ Reading Clinic! Brian Johnson, organist at Broad Street United Methodist Church, will be our featured clinician, and will be presenting music at various difficulty levels from some of the most popular publishers. Spend the morning listening to new selection for Advent and Christmas along with many other recommendations for your church services.

Stanton's Sacred Organ Reading Clinic, Saturday September 10th, 2011
Broad Street United Methodist Church
501 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Registration begins at 8:30 am
Clinic is 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Cost: $10.00

For additional information or to pre-register, please contact the Stanton's keyboard staff at 614-224-4257 ext. 3.

2011 Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic 29 June, 2011

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 18th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic on Saturday, August 27, 2011! This session was designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music's most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles. Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends! For more information, please check out our video below, contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742.

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Zithers and Other Stringed Things 28 June, 2011

From time to time at Stanton’s, we get calls for method books to go with instruments we rarely see.  One of these is a guitar, or concert, zither.  We have a method book that Carl Fischer publishes for that instrument. Â 

People have called about, and sometimes walked in with, a funny “hybrid” instrument called a  ukelin“.  It is half bowed psaltery (violin), half plucked chords (ukulele), hence “ukelin”.  This is a two-fisted instrument, played purely for fun. You bow with the right hand and pluck with the left-at the same time. For more on this strange beastie, check out the link. Â 

Did you find a 4 stringed baby banjo in the closet or attic.  We bet you have found a banjo ukulele. We have books for ukuleles of any stripe. One of the funnest books to learn ukulele is “Jumpin’ Jim’s Tips ‘n’ Tunes“  by Jim Beloff.  A chord chart is in the back of the book, and there are plenty of fun songs to learn, including the most most serious ukulele rendition of  “The Star Spangled Banner”  we may have ever seen (or played).  Contact us at by email or call 1-800-42-MUSIC. No matter what you bought at the flea market or found in the closet, give us a call and we will  see whether we can get you a method book so you can play your newest acquisition.

Stanton's Attends the OCDA Conference at Otterbein University 27 June, 2011

OCDA logoStanton’s Sheet Music attended this year’s OCDA conference held at Otterbein University, June 20th – 22nd.  The Ohio chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) hosts this event annually, and it is always a great opportunity for professional and aspiring choral conductors to learn from exceptional clinicians, go to inspiring workshops, attend high-quality reading sessions, and hear performances from outstanding choirs. We always look forward to getting some “face time” with many customers who we usually only speak to on the phone! This year's conference featured Andre Thomas, Jerry McCoy, Judy Bowers and Robyn Reeves Lana as clinicians. If you have questions about ordering any of the music you heard at OCDA, please contact Stanton’s!

Get Your “Glee” Fix! 24 June, 2011

Are you already missing “Glee” while it's on summer hiatus.  Here's Stanton's latest update of choral titles available from the show to tide you over!

In episode 10 of the second season, “Glee” celebrated Christmas!  The medley A Glee-ful Christmas includes all your favorites - “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year,” “Jingle Bells,” “Merry Christmas Darling” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” - arranged with the typical “Glee” flair.  Also available is Wham!'s Last Christmas, and Deck the Rooftop from the “Glee” Christmas album.

“Glee”'s post-Super Bowl episode (reportedly the most expensive post-Super Bowl episode ever produced) included Need You Now by Lady Antebellum, and a creative mash-up of Michael Jackson's Thriller and Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs as part of the New Directions' half-time show.

“Silly Love Songs” featured Lea Michele's character Rachel Berry in a dynamic performance of Katy Perry's Firework, available in choral arrangements by Alan Billingsley and Mark Brymer.  With its current pop style and hopeful, positive message, this is sure to be a hit at your next performance as well!

In episode 13, “Comeback,” New Directions explores the music of pop phenom Justin Bieber.  Both songs covered in the episode (“Baby” and “Somebody to Love”) are included in Baby! (A Medley of Justin Bieber Hits), arranged by Andy Beck - it's a great choice for younger choirs!

Other new titles from recent episodes include both Just the Way You Are (available in arrangements by Alan Billingsley and Roger Emerson) and Marry You by Bruno Mars, the duet Lucky by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat, a creative choral mash-up of Start Me Up/Livin' On a Prayer, and Katy Perry's Teenage Dream for both SATB and TTBB choirs.  Also newly available for men's choirs is the original “Glee” hit, Don't Stop Believin', and a creative a cappella arrangement of Debussy's Golliwog's Cake Walk, often heard as background music on the show (as sung by the Swingle Singers).

“Glee” returns to the airwaves this fall, and you know you can count on Stanton's to keep you “in-the-know” on all the exciting music featured on the show!

Evening at Stanton's 23 June, 2011

Wednesday evening, June 15th, band directors attending The Complete Band Director Workshop at Capital University were treated to the sheet music equivalent of amusement park exclusive ride time. Snacks and beverages were provided and attendees had the opportunity to shop for new music for their band programs (including the latest new issues), draw on the expertise and insight of Stanton’s instrumental staff, and share stories, ideas and comraderie. This annual after-hours event is a workshop highlight for both the directors and the Stanton’s staff.

Other workshop features include working with workshop director and clinician James Swearingen, guest clinicians Ralph Ford and Tim Lautzenheiser, performances by featured school band programs, and the new music reading sessions – marching band with Stanton’s Kent White and jazz band with Stanton’s Ben Huntoon. Truly comprehensive in addressing all aspects of the band program – marching band, concert band and jazz band, teaching techniques and insights, as well as sessions on specific topics – The Complete Band Director Workshop provides a fun, practical professional development opportunity. For more information, click here.

Teach Yourself to Play Accordion 22 June, 2011

So you discovered the accordion in the back of your closet, or maybe Uncle Henry gave you his old accordion–now what? Alfred’s  Teach Yourself to Play Accordion can get you started! It is for beginners with no prior training, or for those who haven’t played in years. The book includes pictures and a CD of the examples in the book so you can make sure you are on the right track.
It’s fun to play accordion for yourself and your family! When you get adventurous, there are many styles of playing to explore: Polish Polkas, German folk dances, Cajun music, etc. Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC or check us out at stantons.com to learn more.

Stanton's Launches its New Website! 21 June, 2011

On Wednesday, June 8th, Stanton’s launched its brand new, redesigned website to the public! After a year of planning, site design graphics and new programming, Stanton’s is proud to debut its newest creation. Â The new website is actually three websites in one: Stanton’s main homepage–built for everyone to use and encompassing most everything a musician would want to see, the Stanton’s Digital Delivery page–for customers who want music instantly and don’t mind music not having a cover or fancy artwork, and Stanton’s Listening Library–designed especially for music educators looking for product recordings to help in building their concerts and programs.

In developing the new website, Stanton’s focused on enhancing communication with the customer, including suggestions of new products, timely recommendations and ease of use in navigating the website. To help highlight new products, Stanton’s incorporated its social networking features–our Facebook page, WordPress blog and Twitter feed–directly onto the website. Many of our recommendations are written and published daily, so the website’s new design layout displays the latest articles, postings and tweets using RSS feeds directly from the networks!

Throughout the redesigned website is an ever changing list of new products hot off the presses! There are multiple flash viewers that display the latest new products for customers to see.  Also designed into each of the main categories is an area with click-able “tabs” that allows the Stanton’s staff to present events, products, features, staff picks, favorites, seasonal suggestions, best sellers, videos, or anything that we feel relates best to our customers. Â Each of these main category pages is specific to a particular musical focus–like “Orchestra Music“–and as the seasons change, so do the subjects and suggestions in this area. We’re very excited about this new feature, allowing Stanton’s the flexibility to be ever evolving.

We’d be so honored if you would take the time to explore our new site and provide us with some feedback–we hope that you’ll find it makes your shopping experience even easier!

FREE Sacred Piano Reading Session! 20 June, 2011

Plan to attend:

Stanton’s 11th Annual
Sacred Piano Reading Session
with Mark Hayes
Saturday, August 13, 2011
2:00-4:30

Stanton’s Sheet Music
James E Strouse Workshop Hall
330 S. Fourth Street
Columbus, OH 43215

For more information on this FREE session, please contact our keyboard department!

Beach Reading for Band Directors! 17 June, 2011

 In between the latest Tom Clancy book and the Harry Potter novel you’re reading this summer, there is a new book from Meredith Publications that is well worth your time.

By seasoned music educator, author and clinician Gary Stith,  SCORE REHEARSAL PREPARATION is a wonderful “quick read” that will help focus and tune up your score preparation. This text is sure to provide the most practical approach to orchestra and wind band score study ever published. It methodically simplifies preliminary score study and initial rehearsal preparation for all conductors of band, orchestra and chamber ensembles. It is enormously valuable for practicing conductors from elementary school to those leading professional ensembles. As a supplement to undergraduate and graduate level instrumental conducting classes, it is an extremely effective text.

Don’t forget to reapply your sunblock!

Picture Yourself Playing Cello! 16 June, 2011

If you have always wanted to play the cello, but never knew where to start, do we have a book for you!

Picture Yourself Playing Cello – a Step-by-Step Introduction for Playing the Cello by Jim Aikin is either for absolute beginners, young or old, wondering if it might be fun to rent an instrument and try it out; or for students in school who are thinking of signing up for an orchestra class; or for budding cellists who have been playing for a year or two and are looking for ways to develop a better technique and a better sound.

It has easy-to-follow instructions and excellent photographs (many from various angles) and diagrams to show you how to hold the cello, how to use the bow and how to finger the strings to play music.  Plus, many sections of the book are linked to video tutorials on the included DVD that has demonstrations of many of the techniques that are possibly a bit difficult to grasp while you’re just reading about them.  Sometimes “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  It’s almost as good as having a teacher right there to help you with your technique.  Mr. Aikin, the author, is a teacher himself and so approaches the lessons as if he were teaching them to you personally.  He does recommend that you get a private teacher and use this book as a supplement to your private lessons.

The book starts with learning about the cello itself and various equipment and tools you may need for ease of playing as well as care and maintenance of your instrument.  It then gets into tuning your cello, how to use the bow with the right hand, then fingering with the left hand, running through a myriad of exercises for each hand.  Included are many photos of good hand positions as well as examples of incorrect hand positions to avoid.  A section follows on the basics of music theory and how it applies to reading music, then offers many tunes to play from classics to folk songs and holiday music.  It also includes suggestions for more advanced literature, recommends some famous cellists to learn about and listen to and encourages playing in groups large and small with other musicians.

A very thorough book and DVD set, it makes clear what you need to become a good cellist but also reminds you that building any sort of technical mastery will assuredly take years of patient daily effort.

Piano Teachers: Mark Your Calendars! 15 June, 2011

Mark your calendars now:

Piano Teacher’s Clinic
with Melody Bober
Friday August 12, 2011
9-12:30

Stanton’s Sheet Music
James E Strouse Workshop Hall
330 S. Fourth Street
Columbus, OH 43215

For more information about this FREE session, please contact our keyboard department!

Cheryl Lavender to Present at Stanton's Elementary Clinic! 14 June, 2011

You can pre-register NOW for Stanton’s 2011 Elementary General Music Clinic, scheduled for Wednesday, August 3rd.

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Stanton's is excited to welcome back Cheryl Lavender as our clinician for the 29th edition of our Elementary General Music Clinic. This is one of Stanton's longest running and most successful clinics, where we showcase 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!

William Billings - American Masterpieces: Choral Music 13 June, 2011

The National Endowment for the Arts' American Masterpieces: Choral Music initiative is designed to celebrate our national musical heritage by highlighting significant American choral composers and their works of the past 250 years.  Stanton's Sheet Music is proud to present this series highlighting the composers and their works featured in this groundbreaking project.

(from NEA.gov)
Bostonian William Billings (1746-1800) was a tanner by trade. Lame, blind in one eye, rude in manner, and noted for “an uncommon negligence of person,” he was nevertheless the most important American composer of choral music in the 18th century. There were composers and music arrangers before him, but none whose names are familiar to anyone but scholars of Colonial times.

Although Billings professed a free spirit (“I don't think myself confin'd to any Rules for Composition”), he shared with many of his predecessors a strict adherence to the unaccompanied psalm-singing of the Calvinist Protestant tradition, i.e., “psalmody.” This music, strongly modal in flavor, was directly descended from Medieval and Renaissance choral singing. It is fascinating to find early American music more ancient in sound and structure than music of the same time in Europe, during the periods of Handel, Haydn, and Mozart.

In 1770 Billings published 120 vocal works under the title The New-England Psalm-Singer, which included a long preface of instruction. The frontispiece was engraved by none other than Paul Revere - some say he also engraved the music, but there is no proof. This was followed by more collections, the most popular being The Singing Master's Assistant of 1778, which went through four editions.

Though mostly self-taught, Billings was a natural musician of great originality (if often rough technique), who by the time of the American Revolution was being touted as “the father of our new England music.” Sadly, his last years were spent in spiraling poverty, and by the time of his death he was so far forgotten that his place of burial was unrecorded, and is unknown to the present day.

Selected Works:
Be Glad Then, America
David's Lamentation
I Am the Rose of Sharon
The Lord Is Risen (An Anthem for Easter)
Modern Music
O Praise the Lord of Heaven (An Anthem for Thanksgiving)
When Jesus Wept

For more distinguished choral repertoire suggestions, please contact us.

Come and Dance with John Jacobson! 10 June, 2011

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Stanton’s Sheet Music invites you to the 2011 John Jacobson Workshop–wear your comfy clothes and tennis shoes because you're gonna get a workout! Recharge your battery, renew your enthusiasm and review the best new titles for show choir with the master of choreography, John Jacobson and special guest, Mac Huff. You will receive all the music and choreography notes for 20 complete routines and a DVD of some of the titles covered in this session. Contact us for more information, or register online NOW!

Hal Leonard Banjo Method Book 1 09 June, 2011

Hal Leonard has a new banjo method! There are plenty of tunes to help you learn how to play the chords, read tablature, learn to “roll,” “hammer-on,” and other banjo techniques. There is a CD included to help tune your banjo and to play examples of the strums, chords, etc.
The tunes include “Rye Whiskey,” “Cripple Creek,” “Hard, Ain’t it Hard” and more–all songs good for a jam session!

Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC to inquire, email us or visit our website to have a closer look.

Summertime Fun with BoomWhackers! 08 June, 2011

Any time is a great time for BoomWhackers, but during the summer it can be even more fun! Kids can use these magnificent musical tools to enhance and explore their musical knowledge and abilities.  The BoomWhackers can be played by an individual or by a group of players.  The Diatonic set of musical tubes are tuned to the notes of the C Major Diatonic Scale and can be played using mallets, or by hitting the tubes on a table or by hitting them against each other (tubes that is, NOT kids!!)  Here at Stanton’s, we have many different books on the art of playing the BoomWhacker. Some of our biggest sellers are Wack-a-doodle Doo and Wack-a-doodle Too. Other good books are Bible Boomers; Boom-a-Tunes, Vol.1-5; Tube Jams; Whacked on Classics and many more. Visit our website to see all the different song books and BoomWhackers we have to offer. You may also email us or call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC with any questions.

Don't Miss the 2011 Tony Awards! 07 June, 2011

The 2011 Tony Awards are right around the corner!  Check out this year's nominees for  BEST MUSICAL:

The Book of Mormon - from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of “South Park,” comes a new Broadway musical that follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get!

Catch Me If You Can - a high-flying new musical comedy based on the hit DreamWorks film and the incredible true story of Frank W. Abagnale, Jr., a teenager who runs away from home in search of the glamorous life with nothing more than a boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks.

The Scottsboro Boys - this daring and wildly entertaining musical explores a fascinating chapter in American history with arresting originality.  The show is based on the notorious “Scottsboro” case in the 1930s, in which 9 African-American men were unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

Sister Act - based on the smash-hit film, “Sister Act” features an original score by 8-time Oscar and 10-time Grammy Award winner Alan Menken.  Disco diva Deloris Van Cartier has dreams of hitting the big time, but when she walks in on a “hit” of a different kind, the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look - a convent!

The nominees for BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL are Anything Goes (starring Sutton Foster) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (starring Daniel Radcliffe).

Want to perform the music from these great Broadway shows.  Contact us and we'll help you find what's available for voice, piano, choir, band, orchestra, and more!  The 65th annual Tony Awards will air on Sunday, June 12, 2011, live from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.  Leave us your comments with YOUR predictions for this year's winners!

Plan Now for Your Fall Programs 06 June, 2011

Celebrate falling leaves, marching bands, harvest, patriotism and the message of Veterans Day with Fall Festival, a creative program  resource from Hal Leonard Publications! Perfect to perform in late October or November. This program package has it all: piano/vocal arrangements, reproducible vocal lines and connecting narration,costuming and staging tips.

 Another  good resource for fall programing is Programs A-Plenty .  This book has a customizable script with song suggestions for each of 12 major holidays marked on the school calandar, such as Grandparent’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Valentine’s Day and more.  These are not your typical holiday planners. 

Check out these two great resources for the Fall of 2011!   For more information please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us or visit our website.

Register NOW for Stanton's Super Session! 03 June, 2011

Stanton's Sheet Music is pleased to invite you to the 2011 “Stanton's Super Session,” a day-long choral reading session of new music from a variety of publishers! Pre-registration is now open – register online, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Check out our video below for a “sneak peek” at what we have in store!

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Discover the “Joy of Singing!” 02 June, 2011

Stanton’s Sheet Music proudly invites you to the 2011 “Joy of Singing” on Friday, August 5th!

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The clinic features music for all levels of choral ensembles – elementary through adult – presented by clinicians Rollo Dilworth, Mac Huff, John Jacobson, Stan McGill and Audrey Snyder. Each director will receive a packet of new music valued at over $100.00 containing arrangements suitable for both school and community choirs. You will have ample time to browse the Stanton’s on-site store and chat with the clinicians throughout the day.

You can register online, email or call us at 1-800-426-8742, ext. 1 for the choral department. We can’t wait to see you!

Popular Patriotic Marches 01 June, 2011

No community band concert would be complete without a rousing march–the audience just wouldn’t stand for it! Below is a list of Stanton’s most requested patriotic marches:

Americans We
Fillmore/Fennell

E Pluribus Unum
Jewell/Paynter

Emblem of Freedom
King/Glover

Liberty Bell March
Sousa/Brion

Old Glory Triumphant
Duble/Glover

National Emblem
Bagley/Schissel and Bagley/Fennell

Stars and Stripes Forever
Sousa/Brion/Schissel and Sousa/Brion

Program your favorite, crowd-pleasing march and you’re sure to get rave reviews from your band and your audience!