News & Views Saturday, October 25, 2014

Salute America: New Patriotic Titles for July 4th Parades 31 May, 2013

Although Memorial Day has come and gone, Independence Day is right around the corner, and that means 4th of July parades!  If you’re tired of the same old patriotic arrangements in your library, Stanton’s band staff is happy to present a number of unique, new arrangements that are perfect if you’re looking for something different for this 4th.  Shop Stanton’s for all your patriotic sheet music needs!

America: The Beautiful Stars & Stripes
arranged by Tim Waters
In this stunning treatment of two of America’s most beloved patriotic songs, the theme from Stars and Stripes ripples through the woodwinds as the brass plays the majestic theme of America en route to a dynamic finish.

Fanfare on Battle Hymn of the Republic
arranged by Tim Waters
Tim Waters’ eloquent and powerful treatment of the Battle Hymn of the Republic is a perfect selection for any halftime show or patriotic parade.

A Patriotic Salute
arranged by Ralph Ford
A Patriotic Salute combines five well-known American melodies into a stirring arrangement that is perfect for your next parade, community event, or patriotic halftime show.  Includes The Battle Cry of Freedom; Columbia, Gem of the Ocean; America, the Beautiful; The Stars and Stripes Forever; and Battle Hymn of the Republic.

A Sousa Spectacular
arranged by Dallas Burke
This parade medley by Dallas Burke features some of John Philip Sousa’s most beloved themes including El Capitan, The Fairest of the Fair, The Thunderer, and The Stars and Stripes Forever.  His playable arrangement is perfect for introducing Sousa’s music to younger groups.

Stars and Stripes 1812 Overture
arranged by Shane Porter & Jeff Grant
Two of the ultimate patriotic finales are combined in this high-energy chart by Shane Porter and Jeff Grant.  Features, of course, The Stars and Stripes Forever and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

Three Patriotic Parades for Developing Bands
arranged by Allen Gray
Allen Gray’s set of patriotic tunes is designed especially for young band students marching in their first parade with the low brass in unison and limited range (trumpets never go above a D).  Choose your favorite, or roll off and alternate all three.  Includes Battle Hymn of the Republic; America, the Beautiful; and America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee).

Our band staff also recommends adding these practical, perennial patriotic favorites to your library:

God Bless America, Irving Berlin/arr. Jay Bocook
Patriotic Parade Sequence, arr. Paul Lavender & Will Rapp
Patriotic Spectacular, arr. Steve Barnett
A Star-Spangled March, arr. Mike Story
Stars and Stripes Forever, John Philip Sousa/arr. Mike Story

2013 Greatest Pop & Movie Hits 30 May, 2013

This collection, just off the press, includes many of this year’s top hits.  The suite for  “Downton Abbey“  is in this collection of sheet music.  “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars is included, also “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys.  Two pieces from “The Hobbit“  have made it into this book:  “Misty Mountains” and “A Very Respectable Hobbit”.  Stay up-to-date, and check it out!  For more information about this book of sheet music or other popular collections, 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!

“Where the Boys Are” 29 May, 2013

At one point or another in their career, most choral directors face the challenge of getting enough male singers into their ensembles. In the entertaining DVD Where the Boys Are: Recruiting, Engaging and Maintaining Those Tenors and Basses, experienced educator Christine Bass presents great ideas for building up the male membership in your choirs. What brings them in the door? What gets them engaged in great singing and what keeps them singing? These practical ideas (from a director who has grown her choirs from 11 young men to 100!) will help to bring those singers through your doors!

More ideas from Christine Bass can be found in her first DVD, Vocal Transformation, or visit the DVDs & Videos portion of our website.  Shop Stanton’s for your sheet music needs!

Plan to Attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Reading Session! 28 May, 2013

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mary McDonald as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Mary McDonald’s music and talents have blessed choirs and congregations across the country for nearly thirty years.

McDonald_Mary_RGBMary is a well-known composer of more than 700 choral anthems, many seasonal cantatas, and keyboard collections. She previously served as a sacred music editor for a major publishing company and continues to serve in editorial consultant role for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. She is published with every major publisher of church music and has had numerous top-selling anthems. Her unique blend of heart, hands, and humor, combined with a wide range of writing and performing styles, keep her in constant demand as a keyboard artist and keyboard and choral clinician.

Your registration includes a packet of over 40 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/10/2013, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University
195 West Park St., Westerville OH 43081
Cost: $20.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30.)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
- Also featuring Mary McDonald
Saturday 8/10/2013, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music,
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

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Memorial Day 27 May, 2013

Memorial Day is one of the handful of days each year that Stanton’s Sheet Music is closed…but we’ll be back and ready to serve you first thing tomorrow morning.

If you need some music in a hurry, check out our digital download site!

Walk a Mile in my Shoes 24 May, 2013

We’ve all heard the expression “Walk a mile in my shoes.”  Even the late Joe South had a hit song by that title back in 1970. It basically means that you shouldn’t judge anyone until you realize what their life experience is.

Can we trade shoes for a moment?  Here is Stanton’s life experience.

At Stanton’s Sheet Music, our sales representatives have virtually all earned Music Education degrees, many have taught in the public and/or private schools, many teach or have taught private lessons, many have worked in church music settings, and many of them are “gigging” musicians.  We are musicians and we speak “Music.”  One of our main objectives, when choosing new music to promote each year, is to find music that we would want to use if we were teaching or programming music for the church and/or school year.

Several of the staff members are also deeply involved in the constant updating of our website, www.stantons.com.  We keep adding website applications that will make things easier and more productive for our customers – things like our Virtual Workshops, our Listening Library, our Wishlist feature, the Stanton’s Jukebox, the advanced search with multiple search options and many others.  Stanton’s website has the capability of allowing customers to download sheet music for many titles, and we also stock tens of thousands of titles on our shelves for immediate delivery.

Our bookkeeping department keeps things clean and simple, with clear, concise invoices and monthly statements for school and church accounts.  We accept itemized and open purchase orders and can set up new institutional accounts in minutes.  We also accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover for personal or institutional purchases.

So if you were in our shoes, what would you want to do to help our customers?  Do you have any suggestions of things we could do to improve our service to you?  Are there things on our website that you like to see presented differently?  Have you ever found yourself thinking, “Gee, if only Stanton’s could…”

If so, let us know!  Share your ideas with us, and perhaps we can institute them – maybe we already do and you just don’t know it!  Email us (greatservice@stantons.com), give us a call (1-800-42-MUSIC – 1-800-426-8742), or stop in and chat (330 S. 4th St., Columbus, Ohio 43215). We want to make our service to you better than anything you’ve experienced at other sheet music companies.  We try to wear your shoes when thinking of how to serve you better, but we don’t know your complete life experience.  We’ve been here for our customers since 1960, and know that if we can help you to be successful, we will be successful. Please let us know anything we can do to enhance your music purchasing experience!

FREE Summer Concerts in Central Ohio 23 May, 2013

Many of us here at Stanton’s Sheet Music are looking for ways to spend less on summer entertainment this year. Did you know that many of the Columbus, OH suburbs offer FREE summer concert series?! You can spend an afternoon or evening outdoors enjoying great music and mingling with your neighbors—you could even pack a picnic. Below are some links to online information about concerts in various Central Ohio communities, but if you don’t see your city listed, contact your local visitor’s bureau or department of parks and recreation to see what they have to offer!

Canal Winchester: Music and Art in the Park

Clintonville: Park of Roses Concert Series

Downtown (Genoa Park): WaterFire Columbus
Downtown (Columbus Commons): Downtown Live

Dublin: Sundays at Scioto Concert Series

Gahanna: Music in the Park and Creekside Live @ 5

Grandview: Concerts on the Library Lawn

Grove City: Summer Sizzle Concert Series

Hilliard: Arts Council Summer Concert Series

Pickerington: Giant Eagle Summer Concert Series

Upper Arlington: Cultural Arts Division “Music in the Parks”

Westerville: Sounds of Summer Concert Series

Worthington: Concerts on the Green

If you know of more free concert series, please let Stanton’s know (so we can attend them too). Also, be sure to check out the Experience Columbus events calendar for more great, FREE ideas for summer!

Wedding Albums for String Trios, Duets and Solos 22 May, 2013

String Players – do you play wedding gigs through the summer?  These Latham Music collections are “must-haves” for your gig folders.

String Trio
Wedding Album 1 for String Trio
arranged by Lynne Latham
for Violin, Viola and Cello, with optional Violin 2 for Viola
16 wedding standards much like the quartet book – plus Pachelbel’s Canon, which is not included in any of the quartet collections.

Wedding Album 1 for Piano Trio
arranged by Lynne Latham
for Piano, Violin and Cello
16 wedding standards same as the string trio book.

Wedding Album 2 for String Trio
arranged by Lynne Latham
for Violin, Viola and Cello, with optional Violin 2 for Viola
9 prelude/postlude pieces including Mozart’s Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Bach’s Wachet Auf , Sheep May Safely Graze and more – same as the second quartet album.

Wedding Album 2 for Piano Trio
arranged by Lynne Latham
for Piano, Violin and Cello
9 prelude/postlude pieces same as the string trio book.

Wedding Album 3 for String Trio
arranged by Lynne Latham
for Violin, Viola and Cello, with optional Violin 2 for Viola
7 prelude/postlude pieces including Charpentier’s Te Deum, Bach-Gounod’s Ave Maria, Massenet’s Meditation from Thais and a suite of four pieces from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and more – same as the third quartet album.

Wedding Album 3 for Piano Trio
arranged by Lynne Latham
for Piano, Violin and Cello
7 prelude/postlude pieces same as the string trio book.

String Duo
Weddings for Two
arranged by Lynne Latham
for two violins or violin and viola or violin and cello
Violin 1 (first part)
Violin 2 (second part)
Viola (second part)
Cello (second part)
Must have first violin, then add one of the other books.  23 standard wedding and prelude/postlude selections as found in the quartet and trio collections.

String Solo with Accompaniment
Violinist’s Wedding Album 1
arranged by Lynne Latham with piano accompaniment
Violinist’s Wedding Album 1 w/CD
arranged by Lynne Latham with CD accompaniment
22 wedding and prelude/postlude standards

Violinist’s Wedding Album 2
arranged by Lynne Latham with piano accompaniment
11 prelude/postlude pieces

Violist’s Wedding Album 1
arranged by Lynne Latham with piano accompaniment
22 wedding and prelude/postlude standards

Cellist’s Wedding Album 1
arranged by Ted Hunter and Lynne Latham with piano accompaniment
11 wedding standards

Cellist’s Wedding Album 2
arranged by Lynne Latham with piano accompaniment
14 prelude/postlude pieces

For more information on these and other materials for strings, contact Stanton’s Orchestra Department. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Strive for Excellence with your Choir! 21 May, 2013

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 20th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic on Saturday August 24, 2013! 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. Register online NOW!

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Wedding Albums for String Quartet 20 May, 2013

String Players – do you play wedding gigs through the summer?  These Latham Music collections are “must-haves” for your gig folders.

Wedding Album 1 for String Quartet
arranged by Lynne Latham
12 wedding standards, including the Wagner and Mendelssohn wedding marches, Clarke’s Trumpet Voluntary, Purcell’s Trumpet Tune, Schubert’s Ave Maria and more.

Wedding Album 2 for String Quartet
arranged by Lynne Latham
9 prelude/postlude pieces including Mozart’s Alleluja from Exultate Jubilate, Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, Bach’s Wachet Auf , Sheep May Safely Graze and more.

Wedding Album 3 for String Quartet
arranged by Lynne Latham
7 prelude/postlude pieces including Charpentier’s Te Deum, Bach-Gounod’s Ave Maria, Massenet’s Meditation from Thais and a suite of four pieces from Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and more.

Wedding Album 4 for String Quartet
arranged by Lynne Latham and Catherine McMichael
10 pieces subtitled Beautiful Music for Meditation including Faure’s Pie Jesu from Requiem, MacDowell’s To a Wild Rose, Prayer from Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Adagio from Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata and more.

Wedding Album for Trumpet and String Quartet
arranged by Lynne Latham
10 wedding standards for Trumpet and String Quartet, including the Wagner, Mendelssohn, Clarke and Purcell from the Wedding Album 1 for String Quartet plus trumpet-worthy selections such as La Rejouissance from Handel’s Royal Fireworks, Mouret’s Rondeau, Hornpipe from Handel’s Water Music, Purcell’s Sonata for Trumpet and Strings and more.

For more information on these and other materials for strings, contact Stanton’s Orchestra Department. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Autoharpin’ 17 May, 2013

In 1881, Charles Zimmerman invented the Autoharp.  In the 1960′s, Rhythm Band began to import Chromaharps from Japan.  They are much the same instrument.  Both have 36 strings and buttons on bars to press down, each bar pressed down produces a different chord.  Elementary music teachers nearly always have one or the other in the instrument cabinet in the classroom.  Much more can be done with an Autoharp or Chromaharp than simple strumming.  Fancier strums can be employed, and there is a way to do some picking. Folksingers often include an Autoharp in their collection of  instruments they use to accompany themselves. Mother Maybelle Carter is one of the best known autoharp players. It’s a much more versatile instrument than many people realize.  Mel Bay’s Complete Method for Autoharp or Chromaharp has 48 lessons teaching everything from learning to read music and tuning to advanced strumming.  This book of sheet music for Autoharp was written by Meg Peterson, and includes a CD.  For more information about this or other Autoharp music, please 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!

“The Educator’s Guide to Grants” 16 May, 2013

Would you like funding to update your music technology resources? Do you need uniforms or instruments for the marching band? Are you searching for funding for professional development or travel to study abroad? The Educator’s Guide to Grants is designed to help schools and non-profits find funding and create proposals to access funds successfully. Novices just learning to negotiate grant writing and more experienced writers seeking million-dollar awards will find insight and assistance with this guide. A CD-ROM included with the book features a screened list of hundreds of funding sources matched to each grant area.

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Attention: Elementary Music Teachers! 15 May, 2013

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday 7/31/2013, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $20.00
Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome back Cristi Cary Miller as our clinician for the 31st 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!

First Lessons Dulcimer 14 May, 2013

Have you recently acquired a lap dulcimer, and now want to know what to do with it?   It’s not too hard to learn: there are a lot of helpful books, DVDs and CDs available!

Joyce Ochs has written a helpful method book for the dulcimer in DAD tuning.  First Lessons Dulcimer  includes a CD that will help you tune your dulcimer and what the songs are supposed to sound like. All the basics are here. Basic chords and strums are taught, and beginning melody picking is introduced.

When you are comfortable with your dulcimer,  Stanton’s has a selection of more dulcimer books to choose from. There are dulcimer hymns and books of folk songs for dulcimer.  For more dulcimer 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 Hosts RPMDA! 13 May, 2013

Stanton’s was honored to be the host dealer for this year’s RPMDA Convention held May 1-4.  RPMDA is an organization of sheet music retailers and publishers who meet annually to discuss topics related to selling print product. As the host dealer for the convention, Stanton’s opened our doors for a tour of the store and a private “Tailgate Party” for our guests.

RPMDA1For an event of this size, we needed to secure a noise permit, a fire permit and a building permit to erect the 3200 square foot tent from Lasting Impressions event rental. With a “tailgate” themed party, we turned to JP’s Barbeque for catering and Hospitality Inc. for setting up the open cocktail party. The tent and party was set up in the South side of our ample parking lot, and guests could easily mingle and socialize inside and outside of our large store. For entertainment, we asked Ben Huntoon, Stanton’s resident “Jazz Guy,” to put together an 18-piece big band featuring some of Columbus’ top jazz players.  The “Stanton’s Reading Band” included jazz educators from The Ohio State University, Capital University,  Otterbein University, Denison University, Columbus City Schools, members of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, as well as alumni of the Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Bill Watrous and Woody Herman RPMDA2bands. So did we hire a good band…no, we hired a GREAT band! The band’s 2-hour set was some of the best powerhouse jazz played in Columbus, and was certainly a highlight of the convention. Over the next few days, many guests from the party told us that it was one of the best activities they’d ever attended associated with RPMDA!

Stanton’s Sheet Music is so proud to have had this opportunity to open our store up to the network of music store owners, buyers and publishers across the country. With the success of our party and the vibrancy of our Downtown, Arena District and Short North areas, we hope that all the convention participants were assured that Columbus is an exciting, metropolitan capital. Thanks to all who attended and see you next year in Dallas!

Music Budget – Use It or Lose It! 10 May, 2013

String Teachers – do you still have money left on a Purchase Order that you need to spend – or you’ll lose it? Get the best “Bang for your Buck” with one or more of the newest String Supplement books for young players:

Essential Musicianship for Strings – Fundamental Ensemble Concepts
Essential Musicianship for Strings – Intermediate Ensemble Concepts
by Michael Allen, Robert Gillespie and Pamela Tellejohn Hayes
*Rounds and Arrangements, correlating with the Essential Elements 2000 for Strings, Book 1 and 2
*The Fundamental book centers around the keys of D, G and C major
*The Intermediate book is based on the keys  D, A, F, Bb major plus g and d minor
*Through rounds, teach how different musical lines can be performed at the same time
* Establish a foundation for playing ensemble music as they learn to listen and play with other parts

Steps to Successful Ensembles
by Jeremy Woolstenhulme
*For first to second year players, loosely correlated with String Basics method book
*More advanced players can use it for sight-reading practice
*24 ensemble pieces, original compositions and arrangements, sequentially presented in order of difficulty
*Starts with short all-pizzicato selections and concludes with J. S. Bach’s Peasant Cantata
*Each piece has optional piano accompaniment, three have optional percussion

Sound Innovations – Sound Development
Warm-Up Exercises for Tone and Technique for Intermediate String Orchestra
by Bob Phillips and Kirk Moss
*Emphasis on playing with a characteristic beautiful string sound
*Tone – Bowing lanes, bow weight, bow speed
*Bowing – right hand skills and specific techniques – hooked bowings, martele, spiccato, colle
*Shifting – starting with harmonics and presented through finger patterns.  3rd & 5th and an introduction to 2nd & 4th
*Scales/Arpeggios – one or two octaves, up through 3 sharps and 3 flats, traditional and alternate fingerings
*Chorales/Rhythms – harmonized chorales and drones plus rhythm exercises in a variety of meters

and coming off the press soon…
Sound Innovations – Sound Development
Warm-Up Exercises for Tone and Technique for Advanced String Orchestra
by Bob Phillips and Kirk Moss

Contact Stanton’s orchestra department for more information on any of these products. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

“You’ll Be In My Heart” 09 May, 2013

You’ll Be In My Heart, the classic ballad from “Tarzan” by Phil Collins is now available in a remarkable setting for more advanced choirs! Opening as a gentle lullaby, the vocal lines build into an expansive concert work with fully voiced choral harmonies and sweeping piano arpeggios. The arrangement builds through several exciting modulations before returning to the gentle strains of the opening. This arrangement is a perfect choice for end-of-year concerts or graduation!

For more repertoire suggestions for closing out your school year, please contact us!  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Stanton’s Super Session – Register NOW! 08 May, 2013

ss logoDo 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.

Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/3/2013, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
at Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth St, 43215
REGISTRATION: $55.00 (includes lunch)

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.

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Happy Birthday, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky! May 7, 1840 07 May, 2013

The Seasons, Opus 37b

This collection of twelve pieces, one for each month, came about because of a commission from N. M. Bernard, editor of the St Petersburg music magazine, Nuvellist. Each month  during 1876,   Tchaikovsky wrote a short piano piece portraying subjects  and activities typical of that month, and it was published in that month’s edition of Nuvellis.  The result is this lovely collection of character pieces.  “Troika”, written for the month of November, stands on its own. It is bright and bouncy, like riding in a troika being drawn by fast horses.  It was a favorite encore of Sergei Rachmaninoff.    “Barcarolle“, written for June, is so pretty that it has been arranged for flute, violin, viola, string bass, and orchestra.  Written on an intermediate to advanced level, this entire work is considered standard literature for today’s pianists. For more information about this collection of sheet music or other collections of piano music, please contact 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.

Deluxe Accordion Method 06 May, 2013

Not so long ago, a customer remarked to me that the accordion was “coming back” (into favor).  Momentarily, I was puzzled. For me, as a member of the folk music/dance community, the accordion never “went away!”

How do today’s players learn to play? One very helpful resource is Mel Bay’s Deluxe Accordion Method, written by Frank Zucco. How to read music , rhythms,  how to use the bass keys, and how to best control the bellows are all taught in a book that is easy to understand. Although written for children, this instruction book is easily used by adults, also. In addition, there are other books of sheet music for accordion.  There are collections of pop tunes, polkas,  international dance tunes, Irish songs, and other ethnic collections.

If you are dusting off your old accordion, or you are aspiring to become an accordionist, we have a good selection of methods and sheet music books for you! For more information about accordion music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check out our website at http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Register TODAY – Hal Leonard Reading Sessions 03 May, 2013

logo JJWStanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to invite you to our 2013 “John Jacobson Workshop” on August 1st and “Joy of Singing” on August 2nd – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

John Jacobson Workshop
Thursday 8/1/2013, 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 8/2/2013, 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 choral@stantons.com for more information.

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Keep your sight-reading sharp! 02 May, 2013

Have you ever done this?

To keep up your sight-singing/sight-reading skills, try this, if you haven’t already!  At church, when singing out of a hymnal (especially when there are four verses) sing the soprano line on the first verse, the alto line on the second, tenor on the third and bass on the fourth.  Your eyes have to look down for the lyrics on each verse, so push yourself a little more and read a different harmony on each verse too.  If your organist tends to freely harmonize the last verse, try going the other way – bass on the first verse, tenor on the second, alto on the third and soprano on the fourth, so the melody will still fit the free harmonization on the last verse.  It’s a fun challenge and good musical exercise!  Have fun!

Wolfgang’s “Wunderkind” Sonatas 01 May, 2013

Young Wolfgang A. Mozart was already composing keyboard music by the age of seven.  The Sonatas Vol. 1 (Wunderkind) were published by the end of February 1764 in Salzburg, when Wolfgang was eight years old.  Four sonatas were included: KV 6 and 7,  (called Opus 1 by the publisher) and KV 8 and 9, (called Opus 2 by the publisher).  The Sonatas Vol. 2 contains “The London Sonatas”, KV. 10-15, published as “Opus 3″  in March of 1765.  Sonatas Vol. 3 contains KV 26-31, written while the family was in The Hague, published in April of 1766 as “Opus 4″.  Note: “Wunderkind” means “wonder child”,  apt for a child prodigy!   These collections are on an early intermediate to intermediate level. The early sonatas are delightful to play.  It is interesting to note the progress of young Mozart’s maturity from Sonatas Vol. 1 to Sonatas Vol. 3.  Any one of these collections is a worthy addition to a pianist’s library.  If you would like to know more about these collections or other piano solo music, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!