News & Views Sunday, June 25, 2017

Easter Music for Piano or Organ 29 February, 2016

recommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Specialists

Easter morning is only a few weeks away! Have you decided what to play yet? We have chosen one each of piano and organ collections to present to church organists and pianists. Both collections are new this year.

Hail Him as Thy Matchless King!” is a collection of ten advanced piano solos. There are hymn arrangements for Palm Sunday through Eastertide. Five different arrangers have arranged these pieces, Mary McDonald and Lloyd Larson among them.

This year’s organ solo offering from Lorenz Music is “With Love That Has No Ending.” There are organ arrangements for Lent, Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and Easter. Douglas Wagner has compiled this collection, with arrangers including Lani Smith and Robert Lau.

For more information about these collections, or other Easter collections, 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!


Latin Music for the Beginning Pianist (A First Book) 26 February, 2016

06-797562recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

This book of Latin sheet music includes downloadable MP3s for all the songs in the book. Arranged by Peter Lansing, this collection of twenty-six Latin favorites from the Southern hemisphere and the Caribbean is accessible to a late first grade or early second grade pianist. Included are “The Mexican Hat Dance,” which is a perennial favorite, lullabies, folk songs, and several tangos. Get a taste of Latin!

“A First Book” is a line of easy piano books from Dover which includes composer collections, blues, jazz, and more.

For more information about this collection or others you may be interested in, 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!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

 


The Great Irish Songbook 25 February, 2016

great irish songbookSaint Patrick’s Day is coming! Dan Fox has arranged a book of Irish sheet music for easy piano with guitar chords and words to the songs. Some jigs, reels and hornpipes have been included as well. There are some traditional Irish songs, and quite a few Irish-American songs. There are over eighty selections for Saint Patrick’s Day, so you won’t run out of music!

For more information about this book of Irish songs or others, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Handbell Music for Lent & Easter 2016 24 February, 2016

recommended by Jennifer Fry, Handbell Music Specialist

Are your ringers ready for a new challenge during the Lenten season? Try one of these excellent selections for Lent and Easter!

lorenz-20_1871sf-fThat Easter Day with Joy Was Bright arr. Anna Laura Page
Full of the joy promised in the title, this piece features a unique chordal accompaniment that beautifully supports the melody, all in celebration of His ascension. Quick in tempo, the music sounds best when felt in one.

Ah, Holy Jesus arr. Terry Osman
With minimal bell changes, this straightforward arrangement lends itself to success in just a few rehearsals. The perfect addition to your Lenten and Holy Week observances, this piece will help your ringers develop their dynamic range from pp to ff.

chorgd-cgb930-fThe Day of Resurrection arr. Cathy Moklebust
This flexible arrangement of the tune LANCASHIRE is given two titles, one for Easter and the other for general use during the church year. All the instrumental and vocal parts are optional, so it can stand on its own as a handbell piece. After a fanfare introduction, stanza 1 is scored for congregation and SATB choir. Stanza 2 begins with the women singing, then the men sing midway through. A brief interlude leads into Stanza 3, which includes a choral descant. A reproducible congregational page is provided for each hymn text.

Easter and Beyond arr. Michael Helman
In this reproducible collection, you will find a wealth of hymn-tune settings by some of today’s most outstanding handbell arrangers for the festive weeks following Easter. Some of these masterfully crafted arrangements can also be performed by six-octave choirs, and many feature an optional two to five octaves of handchimes.

bpi-hb532-fRide On, King Jesus arr. Anna Laura Page
An engaging arrangement of Ride On, King Jesus and Plenty Good Room, this energetic setting uses special techniques to highlight the melody and to provide interesting accompaniments. As the piece progresses it becomes more active, building to a great ending. Don’t miss Ride On, King Jesus!

Beneath the Cross of Jesus arr. Alan Lohr
Written for the Bob Jones University Handbell Ensemble, this lyrical arrangement of the familiar hymn offers an opportunity to expose choirs to key signatures that they may not normally see. Careful bell assignments will help to avoid challenging bell changes.

Ring Glory, Laud and Honor arr. Lloyd Larson
Lloyd Larson creatively uses the tunes ELLACOMBE and ST. THEODULPH in this Palm Sunday composition. This setting actively involves all ringers and shares the melody between the bass bells. This solid arrangement will be a great addition to your ensemble’s repertoire.

For more great recommendations, contact us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jennifer Fry 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.


30th ANNIVERSARY! The Joy of Singing 23 February, 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 will open on April 1st – contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Music Games by D. Brian Weese 22 February, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Music teacher D. Brian Weese teaches elementary music in Walton County GA, and also enjoys working in church music with children’s choirs, adult choirs, and instrumental groups. Brian completed his undergraduate degree in music education at Grand Canyon University, and holds a master’s degree in church music from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Brian’s series of music games from Heritage Music Press are perfect for the elementary classroom music teacher (or sub tub!). They cover a wide range of music concepts, including rhythms, music symbols, note spelling, recorder fingerings, and solfege. And, they’re not easy! – great for assessment of skill development at different grade levels.

lorenz-75_1005h-fColor by Music
This colorful collection of reproducible worksheets will keep students engaged as the images come alive on the page. Covering a wide range of music concepts, including rhythms, music symbols, note spelling, recorder fingerings, and solfege, and featuring easier and more difficult versions of each puzzle, teachers and substitutes will value this versatile resource.

Mysterious Mazes
Feeling lost when it comes to reinforcing music concepts? Let your students navigate these entertaining and challenging reproducible puzzles to strengthen their knowledge! Students will be on task as they wind their way through composer timelines, twist and turn along the route to rhythm skills, blaze a trail through instrument families, and much more! It’s simply a-maze-ing!

lorenz-30-2557h-fMusic FUNdamentals
You and your students will enjoy working your way through these forty-four fabulous, fundamentally sound, leveled, REPRODUCIBLE worksheets that reinforce melodic and rhythmic concepts. This jam-packed resource includes at least three different-leveled versions for every game, making it perfect for the music teacher or music substitute. Also available in a second volume – MORE Music FUNdamentals.

Perplexing Puzzles
Sssh, can you hear their musical minds turning? “Perplexing Puzzles” will keep your students quietly engaged while reinforcing musical concepts and terms. This book of twenty-six REPRODUCIBLE puzzles is leveled and includes worksheets for students in the second through sixth grades. With easy-to-follow directions, you can use these puzzles as part of your own instruction or leave them for a substitute with little musical background.

lorenz-25_1030h-fMix and Match Music
Who says that sight reading has to be dull? This innovative resource encourages students to mix and match phrases from familiar tunes to create wacky new songs. Engaging graphics and animation with three levels of play will keep your beginning and intermediate players tuned in to reading music.

Nothing But Notespellers
These seventeen reproducible games are definitely notespellers, but there’s nothing ordinary about them. Your younger students will enjoy the mazes and color-by-pitch worksheets, and you can challenge your upper elementary students to name ledger-line and bass-clef notes and match pitches displaced across an octave. And with content ranging from profiles of famous composers to aural-skills development, the learning opportunities extend far beyond the staff. Thanks to Brian and his inventive take on the traditional notespeller, you’ll have nothing but super spellers and (should you choose) satisfied subs.

For more quality resources for your music classroom, visit our website or 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.


Sousa’s Great Marches 19 February, 2016

06-231321Sousa’s Great Marches” is a collection of Sousa’s best, selected and introduced for  piano solo by Lester S. Levy. This collection of original sheet music for twenty-three of Sousa’s marches, including a reproduction of each cover page, is great for patriotic occasions, concerts, or recitals. Among others, the best known marches included are “The Gladiator,” “Semper Fidelis,” “The Washington Post,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Order your copy today, and enjoy these fun-to-play transcriptions!

For more information about this collection or other music you have an interest in, 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!


Kid’s Korner for Spring 2016 17 February, 2016

recommended by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Involve your youngest singers in worship this spring with one of these great anthems for children’s choirs!

Come, Sing a Joyful Alleluia! by Dan Edwards
A classical-sounding piece for the Easter season! Voices shine in this new anthem from Dan Edwards, which is an excellent choice for worship, festival, or concert setting. This cheery piece is written in a terrific range for treble choirs. Also great to use as a liturgical selection – and appropriate as an Introit, Hymn of Praise, Gospel Acclamation or Offertory.

Hosanna, Hosanna! by Patti Drennan
This joyful anthem for Palm Sunday retells the story of Jesus entering Jerusalem as crowds shouted, “Hosanna, hosanna! Blessed is He who comes!” Written in 6/8 meter with optional handbells, the piece works well as an opening processional or a stately service anthem for any choir of unison voices from children to adults.

Risen Today! by Cindy Berry
Celebrate the miracle of Christ’s resurrection with this dynamic anthem set in ABA form. A stirring refrain, seasoned with gentle syncopation, recurs throughout the piece and later combines with an optional descant that brings the piece to a glorious conclusion.

Springtide Birds Are Singing, Singing by Nancy Raabe
This poetic anthem combines a youthful melody and a historical text, expertly crafted by Nancy Raabe. Perfect for Easter Sunday or any Sunday in the Easter season, we are reminded of the hope we have because of Christ’s death and resurrection. “Life for death on death’s throne meeting, joy for sorrow, faith for fear; Christ is ris’n, he is not here!”

God Is Never Late by Nathan Smith
A fun, imaginative composition from Nathan Smith! With lighthearted syncopation sure to delight your choristers, this anthem is a great way to introduce concepts of musical rhythm while teaching an important lesson of faith – we may not always see God at work, but we know and trust God to be faithful. Simple rhythm instruments add to the fun!

Want more suggestions from Stanton’s? Contact our Choral Department at 1.800.426.8742! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy Henry 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 Fry 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 16 February, 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 opens on April 1st! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


New POPS for Spring 15 February, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

If you’re planning a concert of popular music with your choir this spring, we’ve got some great recommendations for you! Lighter repertoire is a fun option for end-of-year concerts, but don’t forget to find some good musical challenges for your students as well – you want to showcase all the progress they’ve made throughout the school year!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
Fight Song arr. Roger Emerson
This anthem from Rachel Platten has become a summer favorite! Now sing it with your own choirs – it’s infectious!

Geronimo arr. Roger Emerson
From the Australian pop band Sheppard, this uplifting song has a driving rhythm fused with folk elements and powerful vocals for great dramatic impact and mainstream appeal.

Truly Brave arr. Mac Huff
“Truly Brave” is a special mash-up of two great songs: “Brave” and “True Colors.” As a part of the NBC Today Show’s “Shine a Light” series, Hoda Kotb brought together Sara Bareilles and Cyndi Lauper to create this arrangement and to raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer. Most importantly, it captures the heart-breaking strength and live-for-the-moment attitudes that these kids with cancer have.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
Budapest arr. Mac Huff
George Ezra’s popular tune is now in a choral format for students to enjoy. The infectious “oohs” in this song will be fun to sing, and would even work as a good warm up!

Homeward Bound arr. Roger Emerson
This iconic song by Paul Simon from the 1966 Simon & Garfunkel album Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme was also a hit single that same year. With lyrics that express loneliness and longing for home and well-loved and familiar harmonies, choirs will enjoy recreating the sound of an earlier era.

Sweet Home Chicago arr. Roger Emerson
Introduce your young singers to the blues with this Robert Johnson classic from 1937, memorably covered by The Blues Brothers. With the shuffle style rhythm, vocal fall-offs and accessible jazz harmonies, learning opportunities abound!

FOR WOMEN’S CHOIRS
It’s the Girls (Medley) arr. Mac Huff
From the Bette Midler album of the same name, this 5-minute medley of hits is a salute to the super girls’ groups of the past! Songs include: Be My Baby (the Ronettes), One Fine Day (The Chiffons), Tell Him (The Exciters).

Let Me In arr. David Kirkendall
Emmy Award-winning composer Kurt Bestor, best known for “Prayer of the Children,” teamed with Sam Cardon on this hauntingly beautiful selection. Flowing vocal lines, moving lyrics, and an optional violin obbligato combine to make this a new favorite.

FOR MEN’S CHOIRS
Drift Away arr. Kirby Shaw
Now available in an irresistible a cappella setting that echoes its roots, this song shot to the top of the charts in 1973 with strong lyrics and great hook, “Give me the beat, boys and free my soul.”

The Impossible Dream arr. Mark Hayes
Inspirational lyrics, a lush accompaniment, and well-crafted vocal harmonies. What more could you ask from this thrilling new arrangement by Mark Hayes? A real tour de force that is equally moving with either the full piano accompaniment or the complete orchestration.

For more suggestions, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Spring 2016, or 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.


FREE READING SESSION: In One Month! 12 February, 2016

12345515_10156308289185052_7821812229987126165_nIt’s been a long time since those reading sessions at the end of last summer…come refresh your memory with our recommended choral music for finishing out the school year!

FREE
SPRING CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday, March 12 from 10:00-11:30

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

We will read selected titles for SATB, men’s, and women’s ensembles appropriate for high school spring concerts and graduation. Because we will be reading music directly from our large inventory and sharing the expertise of Stanton’s School Choral staff, Jen Sper, we are able to offer this reading session at no cost to you!

For more information, email us or call 1.800.426.8742 ext. 1.


Boogie and Rags 11 February, 2016

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

14003831Beginning Boogie & Rags for Piano” is an easy-to-play collection of fourteen arrangements of music by Scott Joplin, George Botsford and Frank Metis, among others. This is a great introduction to boogies and rags for any student or early level player who would like to explore other styles of music for piano. “The Entertainer,” “Palm Leaf Rag,” “Ragtime Cowboy Joe” and “Ballin’ the Jack Boogie” are among the pieces presented here. Jump in and get your feet wet, try something new!

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!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

 


NEW Adventures with Freddie the Frog! 10 February, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

sharon and freddieHave your students met Freddie the Frog? Freddie (and his musical friends!) was developed by master educator Sharon Burch to introduce fundamental music concepts to preschool and elementary children. Starting with his travels on Treble Clef Island (Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night), you can continue exploring and learning with Freddie as he meets the Bass Clef Monster and the Mysterious Wahooooo, and learns the blues on Crater Island and plays jazz with the Flying Jazz Kitten!

Don’t miss Freddie’s newest adventure…

Freddie the Frog and The Invisible Coqui
Freddie the Frog and Eli the Elephant are led by an unseen guide to the secret world of the invisible coqui. The coqui speak Spanish and love to play salsa music and dance through the night. Help Freddie and Eli learn the Latin rhythms to discover the identity of their mysterious hosts! Audio CD includes a read-along dramatization, a sing-along song, and play-along Latin rhythm tracks. Kid-friendly salsa dance steps are located at the end of the story. Suggested for Grades K-3.

For more quality resources for your elementary music classroom, 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.


Announcing SCHOOL CHORAL WEEK 2016! 09 February, 2016

Featuring talented clinicians from major publishers, Stanton’s summer choral clinics are a fantastic way to jump-start your school year! We always look forward to visiting with our regular customers, matching up faces with names of new attendees, and meeting teachers new to Stanton’s from across the country.

Mark your calendar for these dates:

Elementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday August 3, 2016
Clinician: Cristi Cary Miller
JoyOfSinging_30th_TINY THE JOY OF SINGING – 30th Anniversary Celebration!

for Young & Developing Choir
Thursday August 4, 2016
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller & Roger Emerson

for Middle & High School Choir
Friday August 5, 2016
Clinicians: John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller & Roger Emerson

Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday August 6, 2016
Clinicians: Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin & Jen Sper

Not sure which session is best for you? Here are some helpful recommendations:

I teach elementary classroom music! (any grades K-6)
Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic is perfect for you! We’ll feature new resources, song collections, activities, and musicals especially designed and selected for classroom music teachers.

I teach elementary school choir! (grades 3-5)
You’ll find great options at both the Elementary General Music Clinic AND the Joy of Singing – Young & Developing Choir sessions (see above and below for more details).

I teach middle school choir! (any grades 5-8)
The Joy of Singing – Young & Developing Choir is a great option. This day will feature new music for the beginning choral singing level (unison or 2-part treble voices), in both octavos and song collections. You’ll also get movement ideas (including videos and choreography notes from John Jacobson), and three spotlight sessions on specific areas. We’ll even look at some musicals too!

If your middle school choir uses 3-part mixed/SAB or developing SATB literature, you may also want to consider the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir and the Stanton’s Super Session (see below).

I teach high school choir! (grades 9-12)
Join us at the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir session OR the Stanton’s Super Session!

At both sessions, we’ll present new choral music in all voicings (SATB/SAB/3-part mixed/2-part/women’s/men’s).

At Joy of Singing, we’ll present new music from Hal Leonard. You’ll also get movement ideas (including videos and choreography notes from John Jacobson), and three spotlight sessions on specific areas. Joy of Singing is usually about 50% concert/festival literature and 50% pop.

At Super Session, we’ll present new music from many publishers including Alfred, Shawnee Press, Heritage Music Press, Choristers Guild, BriLee and Carl Fischer. Super Session is usually about 75% concert/festival literature and 25% pop.

I teach middle school AND high school choir! (any grades 5-12)
Consider the Joy of Singing – Young & Developing Choir, the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir AND the Stanton’s Super Session. Any (or all three!) days will provide you with lots of new repertoire and teaching ideas!

Also in August 2016:

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday August 13, 2016
Clinician: Mark Hayes
(no pre-registration for this session)
Excellence in Choral Literature
Saturday August 27, 2016
Clinician: James Gallagher

Registration will open on April 1st. For more detailed information regarding any of these clinics, contact the choral department at 1-800-426-8742, extension 1. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz for Beginning Ensembles 08 February, 2016

recommended by Ben H., Jazz Music Specialist

The Stanton’s crew has just finished an exhausting season of music conventions from New York to Chicago and points in between. Although we’ve sold loads of great new jazz music and books, a jazz education standout has been the latest entry in the popular Teaching Music Through Performance Series. Released in time for the December 2015 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic on Chicago, Teaching Music Through Performance in Jazz for Beginning Ensembles, is bound to become a staple on the shelves of music educators and college jazz methods classes. It serves as a veritable “how-to” for newbie teachers and seasoned professionals. The book is chock-full of tips and information from prominent jazz educators as well as analyzation of over sixty charts at the grade 1 – grade 3.5 level that are currently in print!

Read on for a description of this fantastic new jazz publication from GIA Publications.

“Teaching Music through Performance in Jazz for Beginning Ensembles”
Editor : Richard Miles
© 2016 GIA

Contributors: Ronald Carter, Roosevelt Griffin, Ben Huntoon, Brian Logan, Rob Parton, Willis Rapp, and Dean Sorenson

With this volume, the celebrated Teaching Music through Performance series is available for the first time for leaders of beginning jazz ensembles. This edition pairs practical perspectives from world-class jazz educators and performers— who specialize in working with beginning ensembles—together with Teacher Resource Guides for more than 60 of the best jazz charts published for beginning ensembles.

Part II: Conductor as Teacher focuses on the best jazz repertoire published today for beginning ensembles and provides a Teacher Resource Guide for each work. Each Teacher Resource Guide includes background information on both the composer and the history of each chart, technical and stylistic considerations, a discussion of musical elements of the work, and measure-by- measure rehearsal tips for the best jazz repertoire tailored for beginning ensembles. The repertoire covers Grade 1 through Grade 3.5.

This book is a truly significant resource for both beginning jazz educators and their students, and an invaluable contribution to the field.

For a complete listing of works covered in this volume, visit http://www.TeachingMusic.org.

Chapter 1: Recruitment and Rehearsal Strategies for the Beginning Jazz Ensemble; Chapter 2: Scheduling Options for the Beginning Jazz Ensemble; Chapter 3: Beginning Jazz Ensemble Instrumentation; Chapter 4: Basiz Jazz Articulations for Beginning Jazz Band; Chapter 5: Beginning Jazz Improvisation; Chapter 6: Selected Resources”

Stanton’s Sheet Music is proud that our own “Jazz Guy,” Ben Huntoon was a writer for this volume and chaired the committee selecting the charts to be included.

Buy your copy today!!!

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


New Church Anthems for Spring 2016 05 February, 2016

recommended by Judy Henry and Jennifer Fry, Sacred Choral Music Specialists

It may still be cold and snowy outside, but it’s certainly not too early to be planning your choral anthems for this spring! We have carefully chosen these pieces to be appropriate for a variety or worship styles and services throughout the coming months.

For the Lenten season and Holy Week, Mercy is an excellent choice. A powerful, poignant song of confession combined with a plea for Mercy, “Kyrie eleison” in ever increasing complexity and voice layering. Scored for SATB with piano accompaniment. Suitable for any time of introspection and reconciliation and particularly appropriate on Maundy Thursday. In another option, Lloyd Larson brings us to the garden in Gethsemane, combining chilling music with Susan Boersma’s compelling text to express Christ’s final plea: “Abba, take this cup from Me, yet not My will, but Yours be done.”

Blessed Is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord is a spirited Palm Sunday processional. This anthem includes the first verse of “All Glory, Laud and Honor” for the congregation to participate, as well as an optional children’s choir part.

A splendid Easter opener, Ring the Easter Bells with Gladness joins choir and congregation in a mighty acclamation of the resurrection of Christ. Using a prominent hymntune makes this an almost instantly learned piece in the classic “Fanfare and Concertato” format. Each verse receives its moment, and the anthem is bookended by choral and brass flourishes, all creating an exalted effect!

For other Sundays this spring, try I Surrender All – this sumptuous setting of the classic hymn from gospel’s golden age is an example of Victor Johnson at his artistic best. An elegant piano accompaniment surrounds a stunning a cappella verse, creating a musical contrast that will be inspiring to hear and sing. Other excellent options include O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (a powerful and majestic new setting of the text), Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled (a soulful Mary McDonald gospel anthem), and Give Me a Song (an earnest new text set to the hymntune GERMANY).

Did you miss out on our Sacred Choral Music Reading Session? If you’re interested in receiving a packet from this year’s clinic (including these and many more selections for spring worship), please contact us!

You can also click here to view our entire Sacred Choral promotion for Spring 2016, or visit our Virtual Workshop. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy Henry 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 Fry 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.


Meet the Stanton’s Team – Michael S. 03 February, 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!

Michael SliclenMichael S. has been processing your orders and wrapping and shipping your music packages for years! He’s also an active musician in the Columbus regional area, playing bass guitar with his band, EYE.

1. What department do you work in at Stanton’s? – Receiving

2. What do you consider your specialties here? – I’m an expert package wrapper!

3. How long have you been working at Stanton’s? – 17 years

4. What is your favorite task at Stanton’s? – Receiving and processing our orders from the publishers

5. What is your hometown? – Ridgewood Township in Queens, New York

6. Where did you go to college? – Columbus State Community College

7. What is your major instrument? – Bass guitar and upright bass

8. Where or with whom do you currently perform/teach? – Various regional venues with EYE

9. What do you like to do in your spare time? – Practice (editor’s note – EVERY musician’s answer should be “practice”!), and D&D

10. What days are you available at Stanton’s? – Monday-Friday

11. What is the last song/piece you listened to? – D-Rider by Hawkwind

12. What is the last song/piece you played/sang? – Restorers by EYE

13. If you had a chance to perform with three musicians, living or dead, who would it be? – Dick Dale, Christian Vander, Herbie Hancock

14. What is your most memorable musical moment? – Accidentally bludgeoning my headstock into the face of some naked guy who was on acid. (Showbiz, right?)

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

16. What is the most unusual performance you have ever been a part of? – I was once a prop in a drag king show.

17. What musical sound or noise do you love? – Mellotrons!

18. What musical sound or noise do you hate? – Vocal pitch correct, and techno beats

19. If you had your choice watching a great concert tonight or performing in a great concert tonight, which would you choose and why? – Some days both, some days neither

20. If heaven exists, when you arrive at the Pearly Gates, what heavenly ensemble would you like to be assigned to? – N/A – I believe in reincarnation.

21. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? – Sci-fi writer

22. What professional would you not like to do? – Work in a gas station

23. On a scale of 1-10, how funny do you think you are? – 5

24. Who was your first crush (if not a celebrity, some explanation)? – Jessica Lange in “King Kong”

25. Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion? – Tricorn hats

26. Do you love or hate roller coasters? – Eh, ambivalent

27. If you were a super hero, what powers would you have? – ALL OF THEM

28. How many pairs of shoes do you own? – 3

29. Would you rather win the lottery or work at the perfect job? – Win the lottery, and then give myself the perfect job

30. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? – I think I’d starve!


Selections from “Final Fantasy” 01 February, 2016

00148699“Selections from Final Fantasy” is a collection of intermediate  piano arrangements of twelve favorite themes from one of the most popular video games in the world. “Theme of Love” is well arranged, it still has the light, lyrical feel of the video game version.  “The Prelude” can be found in several places on Youtube.  Different people have tried to transcribe it.  The transcription in this collection is done well.  No more guesswork!  Pick up a copy of this gem, and enjoy yourself playing the music! For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!