News & Views Thursday, September 18, 2014

College Bound Hornists! 30 August, 2013

If your applied instrument instructor has given you a list of repertoire that they want you to work on this coming year, contact Stanton’s and we can supply all your sheet music needs.  If no specific list has been recommended, consider these top selling materials:

Top Selling Horn Technique Books
EL00082 – Preparatory Melodies to Solo Work – Pottag
03770212 – 335 Selected Melodious and Progressive Etudes Book 1 – Pottag/Andraud
03770622 – 335 Selected Melodious and Progressive Etudes Book 2 – Pottag/Andraud
O2791 – 60 Selected Studies Book 2 – Kopprasch
0021 – Art of French Horn – Farkas
101 – 40 Progressive Exercises for Low Horn – McCoy
AL16857 – 200 New Melodic Studies Book 1 – Maxime-Alphonse
AL16721 – 200 New Melodic Studies Book 2 – Maxime-Alphonse
AL16720 – 200 New Melodic Studies Book 3 – Maxime-Alphonse

Top Selling Horn Solo Literature
50261880 – Four Horn Concertos and Concert Rondo – Mozart
50262600 – Concerto #1 in Eb Op. 11 – R. Strauss
1205 – Sonata in F, Op. 17 – Beethoven
W1634 – Concerto Op. 8 – F. Strauss
AL19955 – En Foret – Bozza
49002318 – Rondo in Bb – Cooke
2111 – Villanelle – Dukas/Chambers
1489 – Concertpiece Op. 94 – Saint-Saens
49004225 – Sonata – Hindemith

New for Middle School Choirs for Fall 2013 29 August, 2013

As you prepare for your first concert of the school year, Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you consider one of these outstanding selections for your middle school choir:

Get On Board in the Mornin’ arr. Audrey Snyder
A lively accompaniment, good part-writing and lots of expressive elements make this pairing of two traditional spirituals an excellent showcase for young singers.

Colorado Trail arr. Linda Spevacek
Linda Spevacek has crafted a gorgeous arrangement of this lovely folk song, complete with rich choral sonorities and a sensitive piano accompaniment. A brief a cappella section adds color, interest, and texture to this beautiful piece that is perfect for school and community choirs.

O Rushing Wind by Mark Patterson
This delightful song about hope and excitement is highly suitable for young singers. Written by Mark Patterson, the free-flowing, range-appropriate vocal line also affords opportunities for rhythmic and metric skill building.

Strike It Up, Tabor arr. John Leavitt
This spirited 3-voice madrigal by Thomas Weelkes with hand drum dances with humor and rhythmic energy! Excellent as a processional or opening number, your singers will enjoy the clever wordplay and vocal effects!

Farewell, My Own True Love arr. Tim Winebrenner
Winebrenner’s arrangement of this melancholy and haunting American folk song for 3-part mixed choir is accompanied with optional flute. The accessible lyric lines are well-constructed, providing a framework for lovely phrasing. Appropriate for concert and festival use.

There Will Come Soft Rains by Ruth Morris Gray
Pensive and poignant, the poem describes nature’s response to war. Haunting and harmonic, the music captures the ear. A perfect marriage of words and music, appropriate for developing mixed choirs as well as advanced ensembles.

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete Middle School Choral promotion for Fall 2013, or contact us!

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College Bound Trumpeters! 28 August, 2013

If your applied instrument instructor has given you a list of repertoire that they want you to work on this coming year, contact Stanton’s and we can supply all your sheet music needs.  If no specific list has been recommended, consider these top selling materials:

Top Selling Trumpet Technique books
Brand New and Best-Selling!00121846 - Modern Flexibilities for Brass – Belck
New Authentic Edition – O21X – Arban’s Complete Conservatory Method – Arban/Hooten/Marotta
O2280 – Technical Studies – Clarke
TP138 – Lyrical Studies – Concone/Sawyer
EL00304 – First Book of Practical Studies – Getchell/Hovey
EL00305 – Second Book of Practical Studies – Getchell/Hovey
27 – Warmups + Studies – Stamp
O1834 – 27 Melodious & Rhythmical Exercises – Small
AL20452 – 36 Etudes Transcendantes – Charlier
04470680 – Selected Studies – Voxman
03770191 – 27 Groups of Exercises – Irons
O3309X – 40 Progressive Etudes – Hering

Top Selling Trumpet Solo Literature
FCS01561 – Aria Con Variazione – Handel/Fitzgerald
TS0026 – Sonata – Kennan
TP146A – Concert Etude – Goedicke/Glover
755 – Concerto in Eb – Hummel/Voisin
1985 – Concerto in Eb Major HOB VIIE, #1 – Haydn/Voisin
FCS01560 – Sonata VIII – Corelli/Fitzgerald
49004226 – Sonata – Hindemith
2376 – Concerto – Arutunian/Voisin
AL21923 – Fantasie in Eb – Barat
AL21324 – Andante et Scherzo – Barat

Excellence Clinic 2013 Recap 27 August, 2013

Excellence logo NEWOn Saturday, August 24, Stanton’s Sheet Music hosted our 20th annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic – what an exciting milestone!  Our attendees gathered in the James E. Strouse Workshop Hall with our clinician Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, and some of our choral staff (including our wonderful accompanist, Joyce Stonebraker) and had a fantastic morning reading through a wide variety of high-quality music for choirs at all levels of difficulty.  We spent a little bit of time socializing and catching up with old friends, and A LOT of time discovering beautiful new music!

Did you miss out on this year’s Clinic?  Never fear!  Here are just a few of our favorite pieces that were featured:

For middle school choirs: Let Voice and Instrument Joyfully Sound! arr. Patrick Liebergen
For high school choirs: Measure Me, Sky! by Victor C. Johnson
For college choirs: Let There Be Light by Craig Courtney
For community choirs: Across the Vast, Eternal Sky by Ola Gjeilo
For holiday concerts: Go, Tell It on the Mountain! arr. Stacey V. Gibbs
For women’s choirs: Llamame Cuando Puedas by Kinley Lange
For men’s choirs: Dedication by Richard Burchard

You can still receive the full clinic packet for the registration fee of $15 (while supplies last).  This year’s packet includes over 30 octavos, and contains an incredible amount of repertoire variety!  Contact us if you are interested!

College Bound Bassoonists! 26 August, 2013

If your applied instrument instructor has given you a list of repertoire that they want you to work on this coming year, contact Stanton’s and we can supply all your sheet music needs.  If no specific list has been recommended, consider these top selling materials:

Top Selling Bassoon Technique Books
O2150 – Practical Method for Bassoon – Weissenborn/Ambrosio
03770343 – 48 Famous Studies Op. 31 – Ferling/Thornton
456 – 25 Studies in Scales/Chords Op. 24 – Milde/Kovar
50012330 – Difficult Passages and Solos – Stadio
467 – 50 Concert Studies Op. 26 Book 1 – Milde/Kovar
497 – 50 Concert Studies Op. 26 Book 2 – Milde/Kovar

Top Selling Bassoon Solo Literature
1151 – Sonata in F Minor – Telemann/Veyron-Lacrois/Kovar
03773924 – Allegro Spiritoso – Senaille/Andraud/Pezzi
04476934 – Premier Solo – Bourdeau/Voxman
CU753 – Concerto for Bassoon – von Weber/Schoenbach
1-5124BSN – 6 Studies in English Folksong – Vaughan-Williams

Children’s Songs for Guitar 23 August, 2013

Children love to sing along with the music!  “Children’s Songs for Guitar” is great for the general music classroom.  If you play guitar as well as the piano, this will be a welcome addition to your classroom for kindergarten and first grade. There are 59 classic children’s songs including “Billy Boy” , “Michael Finnegan”, “Itsy Bitsy Spider“, and “Where oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?”  The songs are easy to play and easy to sing. There is a guitar chord dictionary in the back of the book.

For more information about this collection of sheet music or other children’s song books, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC or email us. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

College Bound Saxophonists! 22 August, 2013

If your applied instrument instructor has given you a list of repertoire that they want you to work on this coming year, contact Stanton’s and we can supply all your sheet music needs.  If no specific list has been recommended, consider these top selling materials:

Top Selling Saxophone Technique Books
04470690 – Selected Studies – Voxman
03770578 – Melodious and Progressive Studies Book 1 – Hite
03770715 – Melodious and Progressive Studies Book 2 – Hite
O532 – Universal Method – DeVille
AL20402 – 48 Studies After Ferling – Mule
0057 – Art of Saxophone Playing – Teal

Top Selling Alto Saxophone Solo Literature
AL19714 – Aria – Bozza
35020966 – Sonata Op 19 – Creston
AL19256 – Concerto in Eb – Glazunov
50411800 – Scaramouche – Milhaud
49002698 – Sonata – Heiden

Top Selling Tenor Saxophone Solo Literature
50330570 – Solos for the Tenor Saxophone Player – Teal
00227447 – Fantasia – Villa-Lobos
W1736 – Concerto in G Minor – Bennett

Songs for Beginners-Drum Set 21 August, 2013

There aren’t many fun collections for drum set, but this is one of those rare gems.  From Hal Leonard’s Drum Play-Along series, this collection has beginning drum set arrangements for  eight songs, including Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”,  “Helter Skelter” by The Beatles, and Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”.  A CD is included to play along with.  If you have  Mac or PC, you can adjust the tempo on the CD without changing the pitch.  This collection offers drummers the opportunity to apply all that technique they’ve practiced to some real songs.  For more information about this collection or other collections for drum set, call 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!

College Bound Oboists! 20 August, 2013

If your applied instrument instructor has given you a list of repertoire that they want you to work on this coming year, contact Stanton’s and we can supply all your sheet music needs.  If no specific list has been recommended, consider these top selling materials:

Top Selling Oboe Technique Books
03770173 – 48 Famous Studies and 3 Duos Concertantes (First Oboe) – Ferling
03770175 – 48 Famous Studies and 3 Duos Concertantes (Second Oboe) – Ferling
48007048 – Barret Oboe Method – Barret
04470710 – Selected Studies – Voxman
O1524 – Method for Oboe – Niemann/Lobate

Top Selling Oboe Solo Literature
03773788 – Concerto in C minor – B. Marcello/Andraud
48009057 – Concerto in C Minor – Cimarosa/Benjamin
14023895 – Oboe Solos – ed. Arnold
48009001 – 6 Metamorphoses After Ovid Op. 49 – Britten
03770183 – Concerto in G Minor/3 Sonatas – Handel/Andraud

Top Selling English Horn Solo Literature
164-00116 – Parable (unaccompanied) – Persichetti
49004240 – Sonata – Hindemith
4847 – Concertino – Donizetti/Meylan

New for High School Choirs for Fall 2013 19 August, 2013

As you prepare for your first concert of the school year, Stanton’s Sheet Music suggests that you consider one of these outstanding selections for your high school choir:

Awaken the Music! by Greg Gilpin
Inspirational with drive and spirit, this original work is suitable for concert, festival and graduation. Powerful lyrics propel musicians to awaken the music within and achieve their dreams. “Awaken the music. Go tell the world who you are!”

Lake Isle of Innisfree arr. Robert Sieving
Based on one of the most beloved violin pieces, the 2nd movement of Concerto No. 2 by Polish composer Henryk Wieniawski, the text chosen for the piece is famous poem by William Butler Yeats. Arranger Sieving has cleverly crafted an outstanding choral composition, the beautiful melodies of the piece a joy to sing, the drama of the original intact.

Sing with the Lark by Laura Farnell
Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar provides the text for this uplifting work with a memorable melody and excellent ranges for developing choirs. Add the optional flute part for a lush concert experience.

Savor So by Darmon Meader
The verb “savor” is defined “to enjoy with zest, to relish.” And so this lush, soulful a cappella choral should be “savored” by all, as it identifies those many earthly joys we treasure in life.

The Roof by Andrea Ramsey
With a poetic text written by a young poet, this work perfectly captures the vulnerability of growing up, with beautiful imagery of a roof as steady, sheltering, inclusive and warm – things all people need, but especially the young. With rich harmonies, arching phrases and violin obbligato, this is a stunning work for concert and festival programming.

Under Winter Moon by Andy Beck
Accompanied by a delicate piano (symbolizing falling snow) and an optional cello (the lustrous moon), expressively rich choral parts capture the beauty of a winter night. It quiets the mind and touches the soul.

For more suggestions, check out our video below, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Fall 2013, or contact us!

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Classroom Prizes 16 August, 2013

Kids are very motivated by the prospect of earning prizes for class work.  Stanton’s has a line of  music related gift items that make great prizes!  From 40-cent pencils and up, there is something for everyone.  We have sheets of shiny Mylar stickers.  Each sheet has over 40 stickers, $2.95 per sheet.  There are sticky pads of about 20 pages for $1.98.  They are shaped like a grand piano, a pair of notes, or a page of blank staff paper.  Flat refrigerator magnets cost $1.50. There are violin magnets, keyboard, and “Got Music?” designs.

Do your students earn points so they can “buy” their prizes?  Do you reward them for a specific task they complete? Check out our gift line, and stock up your classroom “treasure chest”!  For more information about our gift line or music books, call 1-800-42-MUSIC or email us.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Modern Blues Guitar 15 August, 2013

Blues Guitar Tab” is a collection of  twenty three transcriptions of modern blues guitar’s greatest performances.  This collection is from the “Recorded Versions Guitar” series from Hal Leonard, so the guitar solos are note-for-note as you hear them on the recordings.  Solos include “Voodoo Daddy” by Lonnie Brooks, “Rugged Road” by Robben Ford, “Empty Arms”  by Stevie Ray Vaughn, and “Rock Me Right” by Susan Tedeschi.   Each song has the melody line and the lyrics, then the guitar part in tablature.  Under the guitar tablature line, there is the guitar solo written in standard notation.  This collection of guitar sheet music will keep a player happily busy for hours.  For more information about this collection or other Blues 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!

A Sure Cure for Inflation (Egos that is) 14 August, 2013

It’s the final dress rehearsal of the Noname Symphony Orchestra before their two week American tour.  The conductor complains of chest pains before taking the podium and then collapses backstage. An ambulance is called and the paramedics say that the conductor should pull through, but he will be out of commission for several weeks.

As they rush him to the hospital, the agitated orchestra personnel manager takes the podium and asks if any of the orchestra members feel capable of conducting the rehearsal.  A fellow at the back of the second violins, who has experience as a community orchestra conductor, raises his hand and is given the job of leading the orchestra through their concert program.  He does so well, that the powers that be ask him to conduct all the concerts on the tour, to which he graciously agrees.

The lack of their normal maestro is played down, so there are no huge expectations and the two week concert tour ends up being a smashing success.  The orchestra was well received and they played extremely well, so everyone was happy.  The maestro, now recovered from his rather mild heart attack, was pleased that everything worked out well.  At the first rehearsal after the tour, he was back on the podium to begin working on new repertoire for the next concert.

The violinist who had conducted the concert tour took his normal seat at the back of the second violins.  His stand partner looked at him strangely and said, “Where in the heck have you been?”

College Bound Flautists! 13 August, 2013

If your applied instrument instructor has given you a list of repertoire that they want you to work on this coming year, contact Stanton’s and we can supply all your sheet music needs.  If no specific list has been recommended, consider these top selling materials:

Top Selling Flute Technique Books:
00970024 – Melodious and Progressive Studies Book 1 – Cavally
00970025 – Melodious and Progressive Studies Book 2 – Cavally
AL17204 – 17 Grand Exercices Journaliers de Mechanisme – Taffanel/Gaubert
04470700 – Selected Studies – Voxman
14036434 – Practice Book Vol. 1 – Tone – Wye
O4739 – Top Register Studies – Filas
AL18025 – 24 Petites Etudes Melodiques – Moyse
50328200 – Daily Exercises – Maquarre
AL16638 – Exercices Journaliers – Moyse
414-41171 – Orchestral Excerpts – Baxtresser

Top Selling Flute Solo Literature:
50331090 – Flute Music by French Composers – ed. Moyse
00970038 – 24 Short Concert Pieces – ed. Cavally
ATF104 – Solos for Flute (36 Repertoire Pieces) – ed. Peck
14025929 – Sonata for Flute and Piano – Poulenc
49003799 – Sonata – Hindemith
50418660 – Danse de la Chevre – Honegger
524-00213 – Syrinx (Unaccompanied) – Debussy
X586918 – Suite Antique – Rutter

Blues Guitar 12 August, 2013

Blues” is the name given to a musical form that started in the deep South among the African-American communities in the late 1890s. The “twelve bar blues” chord progression  is the most common form.  The Blues is an enduring form.  Many people love to play the blues, some on the piano, some on the guitar, and some on the harmonica.

Alfred’s  “Learn to Play Blues Guitar“  comes with a DVD that has over 4 1/2 hours of video instruction on it.  The book explains about playing tablature, how to play rhythm blues guitar, and techniques used to play the blues.  If you have wanted some clear instruction about playing blues guitar, then this “Alfred’s Learn to Play Blues Guitar” will get you started.  There are over one hundred pages of instruction,  songs, and licks.  For more information about this music book or other books of the Blues, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

A-ca-scuse me?!? 09 August, 2013

pitch perfectOne of the highest grossing musical comedies of all time, “Pitch Perfect” tells the story of The Barden Bellas, an all-girl college a cappella group, as they compete against another group from their college to win Nationals. Now your a cappella ensemble can perform some of the exact arrangements from the movie, including the “Pool Mash-up” Just the Way You Are/Just a Dream, Right Round, Don’t Stop the Music, Party in the U.S.A., Bright Lights Bigger City/Magic, Since U Been Gone and Bellas Finals, which clinched the national title for the Bellas!

“Non-a cappella” ensembles can get in on the action too – accompanied arrangements of Bellas Finals, Don’t Stop the Music and the viral sensation Cups (When I’m Gone) maintain the spirit and energy of the original performances while adding supportive accompaniments.

For more fun a cappella repertoire suggestions, visit Stanton’s online or contact us!

Baritone Ukulele 08 August, 2013

Did you know that there are several types of ukulele?  Everyone is familiar with the little soprano ukulele.  Next is the “concert” ukulele, which is just a little bit bigger than the soprano.  The tenor ukulele is bigger than the concert ukulele.  It is tuned the same as the soprano and concert ukes, except for the “G” string, which is one octave lower than on the soprano and concert ukes.

Then there is the baritone ukulele, sometimes also called a tenor guitar.  It is tuned the same as the first four (high) strings on the guitar: E, B, G, D.  The size is close to that of a standard size guitar. “The Bari Best” by Jumpin’ Jim Beloff is a collection of 30 tunes arranged for baritone ukulele. “Fun With Strums” from Mel Bay for baritone ukulele has easy to play songs, chords and strumming patterns.   Adding the baritone uke to a ukulele orchestra gives the orchestra a bit of a “bass” feel, and adds a different kind of ukulele “voice” that makes the group’s sound more interesting.

For more information about any of our ukulele sheet music books, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us, or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

New to the OMEA list for Orchestra 07 August, 2013

Attention:  Ohio School Orchestra Directors – and beyond!  An Ohio Adjudication Committee recently met at Stanton’s Sheet Music to select new titles for the Ohio Full and String Orchestra Large Group Adjudication Lists.

All of the committee members, being current or former school orchestra directors themselves, brought a wealth of experience and expertise to the meeting and selected a great new bunch of pieces for the 2013-2014 school year.

Not only can Ohio directors benefit from the new pieces selected, directors from all over the country can rest assured that these pieces would be good additions to any school orchestra library, since they were chosen by fellow teachers who know what life is like in the “trenches.”

Notice that not every level has new entries.  Also you will see that some pieces are on both lower level high school and upper level junior high/middle school lists since there is some natural overlap between the two.  Finally, be aware that each class allows a small spread of grade levels since the grading process is rather subjective and varies slightly from publisher to publisher.

Here are the New 2013-2014 Additions to the Ohio High School and Junior High/Middle School Full and String Orchestra Adjudication Lists:

High School Full Orchestra Class A (Grade 3.5 and up)
10200107 – Cossack Dance from Mazeppa – Tchaikovsky/Dackow
40448 – Romeo and Juliet – Tchaikovsky/Brubaker
STANO471723 – Symphony #1 Movement 4 – Mahler/Rich

High School Full Orchestra Class B (Grade 3 – 3.5)
40056 – Huapango Del Oso – Musello
29747 – Soliloquy – McBrien
33738 – Themes from Scheherezade – Rimsky-Korsakov/Meyer

High School Full Orchestra Class C (Grade 2.5 – 3)
40421 – King William’s March – Clarke/Phillips

Junior High/Middle School Full Orchestra Class A (Grade 2.5 – 3)
No new entries

Junior High/Middle School Full Orchestra Class B (Grade 2 – 2.5)
40421 – King William’s March – Clarke/Phillips

Junior High/Middle School Full Orchestra Class C (Grade 1 – 2)
No new entries

High School String Orchestra Class A (Grade 3.5 and up)
ST6314 – Lyric Metal – Balmages
M8053 – Musetta’s Waltz – Puccini/McAlister
40480 – Symphony #8 in G Major – Dvorak/Parrish

High School String Orchestra Class B (Grade 3 – 3.5)
ST6311 – Allegro Barbaro – Bartok/Lipton
40471 – Sonata Pathetique – Beethoven/Caputo
50250068 – Three Movements from Lincolnshire Posy – Grainger/Longfield

High School String Orchestra Class C (Grade 2.5 – 3)
40475 – Dove’s Vagary – Atwell
50250063 – Grand March from Aida – Verdi/Hall
ST6310 – In Paradisum – Faure/Lipton
YAS119 – The Red Gully – Sweet
50250033 – The Rough Riders – Hall
10350098 – Sarabande and Gavotte – J. S. Bach/Longfield
ST6302 – Wired – Bernofsky

Junior High/Middle School String Orchestra Class A (Grade 2.5 – 3)
YAS119 – The Red Gully – Sweet
50250033 – The Rough Riders – Hall
10350098 – Sarabande and Gavotte – J. S. Bach/Longfield
40416 – Swan Lake – Tchaikovsky/Bullock

Junior High/Middle School String Orchestra Class B (Grade 2 – 2.5)
GMMOR104 – A Festive March – Handel/Wilcott
CAS67 – The Ides of March – O’Loughlin
40422 – Marche Militaire – Schubert/Cerulli
40458 – Sleeping Beauty Waltz – Tchaikovsky/Dabczynski

Junior High/Middle School String Orchestra Class C (Grade 1 – 2)
SO336C – Into the Dragon’s Den – Brown
8614 – A Song of Peace – Traditional Hebrew/Monday

THIS SATURDAY! – Church Clinic with Mary McDonald 06 August, 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_RGB 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

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

New Grade 3-4 for Orchestra 05 August, 2013

Hey String Teachers! Holy Cow! Have you looked at your calendar? It’s almost August! School is just around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about what music you are going to use to start the new school year!

Here are some of the pieces that got the most positive responses at the Stanton’s Sheet Music New Music Reading Sessions at the Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop in early July. Check them out on our sheet music website:

THE MOLDAU by Bedrich Smetana/arr. Albert Wang
Ludwig/Masters    50250071    Gr. 3    $45.00
-Explore E minor/G major contrasts, as well as Ab major, 6/8/ time, shifting in all but 2nd violin
-Being a full orchestra pieces redone for strings only, everyone has active parts to make it shine
-Solid, programmable string arrangement of the famous Bohemian River programmatic gem.

ASPIRE – A Dream Fulfilled by Bob Phillips
Highland/Etling/Alfred    40490    Gr. 3    $48.00
-Mixed meter with constant quarter note pulse, accidentals, shifting in all but 2nd violin
-Gorgeous, flowing melodies and counter-melodies will keep everyone satisfied
-Absolutely beautiful & modern, but not far out; a soul soaring experience

DOMINI FILI (from Gloria) by Antonio Vivaldi/arr. by Steven Frackenpohl
Kendor    10001    Gr. 3+    $52.00
-Hooked bowing lesson on dotted eighth/sixteenth rhythms; scales and arpeggios
-Vivaldi’s string and choral parts wonderfully melded together so all parts are active
-Joyous piece performable any time of year in concert or adjudication settings

GALLOP AND WALK by Almon C. Bock II
Highland/Etling/Alfred    40482    Gr. 3.5    $48.00
-Experience all the rhythmic options of 6/8 time, dabble in Bb, pit 3 against 2
-Everyone’s part is active and they all rely on one another for cohesion
-Challenging, playable, enjoyable musical depiction of English horseback riding.

PIZZICATO BLUES by Darren Mitchell
Grand Mesa Music    GMMOR100    Gr. 4    $50.00
-Keeping the internal pulse within syncopation.  Lots of accidentals.  All pizzicato.
-Syncopated, independent parts that rely closely on one another.  Beat one is rare!
-Impressive when polished, students will love the video game music feel of it.

Contact Stanton’s Orchestra Department for more great recommendations!

Vocalize! 02 August, 2013

Vocalize! by Andy Beck is an invaluable new vocal resource from Alfred Music Publishing. Each exercise is designed to reinforce fundamental vocal concepts for choral and solo singers of any age. Organized in 11 focused categories, the purpose of every warm-up is evident, and clearly-stated directions optimize growth. Supportive piano accompaniments, including progressive modulations, are lightly-orchestrated on the enclosed recording – perfect for ensemble rehearsals, studio lessons, or at-home practice. As an added bonus, PDF files on the enhanced CD provide extracted vocal lines on reproducible singer pages. This is an instructional book you will use again and again!

For more vocal resources for choirs or private study, call Stanton’s at 1.800.426.8742!

New Grade 2 Orchestra 01 August, 2013

Hey String Teachers! Holy Cow! Have you looked at your calendar? It’s almost August! School is just around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about what music you are going to use to start the new school year!

Here are some of the pieces that got the most positive responses at the Stanton’s Sheet Music New Music Reading Sessions at the Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop in early July. Check them out on our sheet music website:

MYSTIC FAWN by Keiko Yamada
Carl Fischer    YAS125    Gr. 2    $50.00
-4 separated quarter notes in one bow (“squeeze” technique) G major/E minor contrast
-Close harmony in 1st/2nd violins, nice counter-melodies in viola and cello with bass anchor
-Carefree & gentle concert contrast; a misty, musical depiction of a deer in early morning

PASTORELLA by Richard Meyer
Highland/Etling/Alfred    40476    Gr. 2    $48.00
-Learn the finite rhythmic options of 6/8 time, plus Bb, Eb, F natural accidentals
-A high voice tune and a low voice tune are introduced, then woven together
-Gracious, Spanish flavored charmer briefly shows off your first stand of violins

CHICKEN FOOT TRANSPLANT by Matt Turner
Carl Fischer    YAS116    Gr. 2.5    $50.00
-Pop music special effects – syncopation, scoops, strums, glissandi, wood taps, fall offs
-Your string orchestra becomes a Blues/Funk/Fiddle band, with optional improvised solo
-High energy “alternative style” with a Bo Diddley groove – a real crowd pleaser

GAVOTTE AND RIGADON by Georg Phillip Telemann/arr. Janet Farrar-Royce
Belwin/Alfred    40423    Gr. 2.5    $48.00
-Work on G#, D# and Bb, staccato bows, first and second endings
-All parts are active and involved, making it fun for everyone
-Play one or both movements to show off the Baroque charm that makes strings sing

Contact Stanton’s Orchestra Department for more great recommendations!