News & Views Thursday, December 14, 2017

Easy Christmas Fake Book 29 November, 2017

00240209Looking for a quick and easy way to make music this holiday season? The Easy Christmas Fake Book is a collection of 100 Christmas songs, all in the key of C. You can “fake” the accompaniment to the songs on piano (chords in the left hand), guitar, mandolin, or any other chorded instrument. The contents include some sacred carols such as “Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella” and “What Child is This,” as well as secular and popular Christmas songs like “Jingle Bells,” “Let It Snow,” “Blue Christmas,” and more. This is a fun collection to play by yourself, or to jam with friends during the Christmas season!

For more information about this collection or other Christmas songbooks, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Recorder Resources for the Classroom 27 November, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

lorenz-5135471Recorder Monster by Mari Schay
Step inside a world of silly lyrics, happy monsters, and rigorous music instruction with this fun and easy-to-use recorder curriculum. Each unit begins with a monster-narrated lesson and a “monster mantra” that reinforces the unit s central skill. Warm-up exercises provide engaging activities to strengthen new notes and rhythms, and recorder repertoire based on traditional songs with silly monster lyrics increases student buy-in. You and your students can visit recordermonster.com to access Recorder Monster resources in or out of the classroom, including demonstration and accompaniment tracks and notated music for all of the songs. Get students excited about their successes with collectible Recorder Monster trading cards that they earn by playing. The teacher book contains printable versions of every poster, monster card, student page, and visual aid you will need. Pre-printed poster packs, trading cards, student books, and an interactive software package are available separately.

lorenz-75_1052h-fRecorder Jazz Time by Darren Fellows
A young musician’s first introduction to jazz can be a powerful experience. This book makes jazz accessible to beginning recorder players by giving straightforward instruction on jazz concepts before each piece. A piano accompaniment includes more extensive jazz music to make the recorder player a part of an authentic jazz experience. The CD also includes backing tracks with piano and other instruments appropriate for each song. Most songs use only the natural notes on the recorder, with a few instances of F-sharp and B-flat.

Find more resources for teaching recorder on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
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.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


Violin Christmas Solos 24 November, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

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Two special collections come to mind when I think of Christmas music for violin. The first is a volume of lovely violin solos from Mel Bay Publications, Christmas Melodies for Violin Solo by Craig Duncan. There are 14 Christmas pieces for violin solo with piano accompaniment included, written mostly in first and third positions and suitable for intermediate to advanced players. “Carol of the Bells” sparkles as it goes through first, third and fifth positions; the lyrical “Gesu Bambino” may just tempt you to get up and waltz; and the rest of the pieces are no less appealing!

For earl99639bcdier level players, Mel Bay offers My Very Best Christmas arranged and edited by Karen Khanagov. It’s a collection of 17 pieces with the choice of violin solo or duet for each piece, as well as a piano accompaniment or CD to play along with. The CD is great to use in performance, or at home to experiment with improvisation.

Whether you play for others or for your own enjoyment, either collection is a delight to play from! For more information about these selections or similar offerings, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at 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 Contemporary A Cappella 22 November, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

alfred-514467Standing Outside the Fire arr. Bryan Sharpe
With changing choral textures supporting a soloist, the rhythmic drive of this Garth Brooks hit works perfectly for pop a cappella groups.

Try Everything arr. Paul Langford
Here is a happy a cappella setting of the upbeat song from the Disney animated film “Zootopia,” reminding us to “Don’t give up! Don’t give in!” A super concert feature, this positive message will give your singers encouragement to work hard and keep trying, no matter what.

Uptown Funk arr. Deke Sharon
Now available for a cappella groups in a fun arrangement, this #1 hit features an absolutely irresistible groove that your audiences will love!

leon-516337I Lived arr. Deke Sharon
A Cappella groups will enjoy performing this song by OneRepublic, with an uplifting and universal message and all the energy and excitement of the original!

Jolene arr. Mark Brymer
In 2016 Dolly Parton and Pentatonix released a vocals-only version of Dolly’s famous 1973 hit, generating much interest. Choirs will enjoy performing this edition with optional rhythm section support or a cappella.

Light in the Hallway arr. Jacob Narverud
This tender, original ballad from pop a cappella superstars Pentatonix, is now available for SATBB choir! Close harmonies support the melody as it deftly weaves between voice parts. Beautifully shaped phrases lend themselves well to expressive singing.

Thinking Out Loud arr. Deke Sharon
Feature your best soloists with this 2015 chart-topper by Ed Sheeran. This a cappella setting has a heartwarming message that will captivate everyone!

Don’t miss the brand new resource A Cappella Warm Ups for Pop & Jazz Choirs as well – it’s full of GREAT information about teaching your singers to sing in all styles (classical/pop/jazz/Broadway/etc), as well as perfect warm ups for building skills in the areas of rhythm, tone, syllable production, intervals, dynamics, and more!

Need more suggestions? Contact us! And, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
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.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


The Cantolopera Collection 20 November, 2017

recommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal Music Specialist

The Cantolopera series from Ricordi is a unique and exciting series designed to give you the chance to learn some of the greatest arias of the opera tradition with full orchestral backing tracks. Cantolopera proposes a totally new way to approach the new opera repertoire; versions for voice and piano of the most famous arias, accompanied by a compact disc containing the corresponding orchestral bases, recorded with a 130-piece orchestra, to allow the professional, student, or opera fan to practice, as well as a version sung by an established artist for reference. Each volume contains a piano and vocal score, the complete lyrics of the arias, plus a short summary and background information on the orchestra and performers. An excellent rehearsal tool, or the ideal way to introduce your voice to the wonders and rigors of the opera.

The newest editions in the Cantolopera series are perfect for building a library of opera repertoire for studio study or professionals in the field:

leon-519091Soprano: MOZART: Non mi dir, bell’idol mio (Don Giovanni) • DONIZETTI: Piangete voi? – Al dolce guidami castel nation (Anna Bolena) • BELLINI: Ah! non credea mirarti (La sonnambula) • BELLINI: Casta diva (Norma) • BELLINI: Qui la voce sua soave – Vien, diletto (I Puritani) • VERDI: Tacea la notte placida – Di tale amor (Il trovatore) • VERDI: E strano! e strano – Sempre libera (La traviata) • GOUNOD: Il etait un Roi de Thule – Ah! Je ris de me voir si belle (Faust) • VERDI: Tu che le vanita (Don Carlo) • VERDI: O terra, addio (Aida) • PUCCINI: Se come voi piccina io fossi (Le Villi) • PUCCINI: Vissi d’arte (Tosca) • PUCCINI: Quando me’n vo (La boheme)

leon-519089Mezzo-Soprano: GLUCK: Che faro senza Euridice (Orfeo ed Euridice) • MOZART: Non so piu cosa son, cosa faccio (Le nozze di Figaro) • MOZART: Voi che sapete (Le nozze di Figaro) • ROSSINI: Di tanti palpiti (Tancredi) • ROSSINI: Cruda sorte! (L’italiana in Algeri) • ROSSINI: Una voce poco fa (Il barbiere di Siviglia) • ROSSINI: Mura felici – Elena! oh tu, che chiamo! (La donna del lago) • BELLINI: Se Romeo t’uccise un figlio (I Capuleti e i Montecchi) • DONIZETTI: O mio Fernando! (La favorita) • MEYERBEER: Ah! mon fils, sois beni! (Le Prophete) • GOUNOD: Faites-lui mes aveux (Faust) • THOMAS: Connais-tu le pays? (Mignon) • GOUNOD: Depuis hier – Que fais-tu, blanche tourterelle (Romeo et Juliette) • BIZET: L’amour est un oiseau rebelle (Carmen) • SAINT-SAENS: Printemps qui commence (Samson et Dalila)

leon-519090Tenor: MOZART: Dalla sua pace (Don Giovanni) • MOZART: Il mio Tesoro intanto (Don Giovanni) • MOZART: Un’aura amorosa (Cosi fan tutte) • ROSSINI: Ecco ridente in cielo (Il barbiere di Siviglia) • DONIZETTI: Quanto e bella (L’elisir d’amore) • DONIZETTI: Una furtive lagrima (L’elisir d’amore) • DONIZETTI: Spirto gentil (La favorita) • DONIZETTI: Ah! mes amis – Pour mon ame (La Fille du regiment) • DONIZETTI: Sogno soave e casto (Don Pasquale) • DONIZETTI: Povero Ernesto! – Cerchero lontana terra (Don Pasquale) • VERDI: La donna e mobile (Rigoletto) • GOUNOD: Salut! Demeur caste et pure (Faust) • MEYERBEER: Pays merveilleux (L’Africaine) • BIZET: La fleur que tu m’avais jetee (Carmen) • VERDI: Dal labbro il canto estasiato vola (Falstaff) • PUCCINI: Che gelida manina (La boheme) • PUCCINI: Avete torto! – Firenze e come un albero fiorito (Gianni Schicchi)

leon-519092Baritone: ROSSINI: Largo al factotum (Il barbiere di Siviglia) • ROSSINI: Resta immobile, e ver la terra (Guglielmo Tell) • DONIZETTI: Udite, udite, o rustici (L’elisir d’amore) • DONIZETTI: Cruda, funesta smania (Lucia di Lammermoor) • BELLINI: Ah! per sempre io ti perdei (I Puritani) • DONIZETTI: Vien Leonora, a’ piedi tuoi (La favorita) • DONIZETTI: Gioco dir ea fortuna – O Lisbona, alfin ti miro (Don Sebastiano) • VERDI: Gran Dio! – Oh de’ verd’anni miei (Ernani) • VERDI: Pieta, rispetto, amore (Macbeth) • VERDI: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (Rigoletto) • VERDI: Sacra la scelta e d’un consorte – Ah! fu giusto il mio sospetto (Luisa Miller) • VERDI: Di Provenza il mar, il suol (La traviata) • BIZET: Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre – Toreador, en garde! (Carmen) • PONCHIELLI: Pescator, affonda l’esca (La Gioconda) • LEONCAVALLO: Si puo?… – Un nido di memorie (Pagliacci) • LEONCAVALLO: Scuoti, o vento (La boheme) • LEONCAVALLO: Zaza, piccolo zingara (Zaza)

leon-519093Bass: PERGOLESI: Son imbrogliato io gia (La serva padrona) • MOZART: Aprite un po’ quegli occhi (Le nozze di Figaro) • MOZART: Madamina! il catalogo e questo (Don Giovanni) • MOZART: In diesen heil’gen Hallen (Die Zauberflote) • ROSSINI: Gia d’insolito ardore (L’italiana in Algeri) • ROSSINI: La calunnia e un venticello (Il barbiere di Siviglia) • ROSSINI: Io! Medaglie incomparabili (Il viaggio a Reims) • BELLINI: Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni (La sonnambula) • DONIZETTI: Udite, udite, o rustici (L’elisir d’amore) • BELLINI: Cinta di fiori (I Puritani) • VERDI: Uldino! Uldin! – Mentre gonfiarsi l’anima (Attila) • VERDI: Studia il passo, o mio figlio! – Come dal ciel precipita (Macbeth) • VERDI: O tu Palermo, terra adorata (I vespri siciliani) • VERDI: Il lacerate spirito (Simon Boccanegra) • GOUNOD: Vous qui faites l’endormie (Faust) • VERDI: Ella giammai m’amo (Don Carlo)

About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.


Choral Music from HAMILTON 17 November, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

6358377242196606171841502652_55f72d3f81c0c2a86eeb2dda_hamilton-poster“Hamilton” continues it’s popularity as a driving force in the theatrical world, even over two years after the Broadway opening. With extended runs currently in Chicago and opening soon in the West End, plus a second national tour starting in 2018 – and talks of a future film adaptation!! – now is a great time to incorporate this fantastic music and historic storytelling into your choral program.

alfred-511029Hamilton (Choral Medley) arr. Lisa DeSpain
Straight from the Broadway stage to your rehearsal room, this fantastic nine-minute medley is sure to make a big impression! There’s no shortage of solo opportunities, allowing you to feature some of your strongest performers. Includes: “Alexander Hamilton,” “My Shot,” “The Schuyler Sisters,” “The Room Where It Happens,” “Helpless,” and “The Battle of Yorktown.”

My Shot
In this stand-out selection from the show, the lead characters lay out their plans for victory, despite their personal hardships. Packed with intense hip-hop rhythms and rhymes, there are plenty of opportunities to feature soloists and small groups, while the full choir joins in on the infectious and driving chorus.

[NOTE: There are two arrangements of “My Shot” available: by Roger Emerson (SATB, SAB, SSA, and TTB) and by Alan Billingsley (SATB, SAB, SSA). They are VERY similar in the choral parts, solos, and piano accompaniment, and are both very authentic to the original number as performed in the show. Both have accompaniment CDs available, but only the Emerson arrangement has instrumental combo parts.]

alfred-514355Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story arr. Andy Beck
This simple, yet deep question frames the legacy of Alexander Hamilton as being the one thing out of his control. While we all desire to be remembered for certain things, history may tell a different story. Reflective and moving!

Contact us for more programming ideas, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
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.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


NEW for High School Jazz Ensemble 15 November, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Some much jazz and so little time!!! That’s why The Jazz Guy at Stanton’s has slogged through the quagmire of new jazz music and selected the very best for teaching as well as performing. Whether it’s a ballad featuring your hot tenor player or the latest samba, we’ve done the legwork for you. Still unsure? We can send up to 6 choice selections to you on a 21-Day trial to read with your band. Instrumentation not the greatest but you have advanced players? The Jazz Guy knows that you still need to present them with challenging music. Check out the Little Big Band Series. Real music for real players!

leon-07012982-fMr. Funkyman! by Mark Taylor, Grade 4
Every band needs a good funk chart to add to its festival or concert repertoire and Mr. Funkyman! from Mark Taylor is sure to fit the bill. Using a moderate tempo, the rhythm section churns throughout as the brass and saxes provide powerful riffs and punches. This is also a rare chance for your guitarist to turn loose on a solo!

One for Daddy-O by Nat Adderley/arr. Mike Tomaro, Grade 4
This minor blues was written by Nat Adderley for Chicago DJ, Holmes “Daddy-O” Daylie and was first heard on Cannonball Adderley’s seminal album, “Somethin’ Else.” This well-crafted arrangement swings just like the original, and includes a flexible solo section for any soloist. Written-out bass lines and piano voicings are included as well as chord/scale sheets in all keys. Highly recommended!

leon-07012918-fThe Sweetest Sounds arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 4
Although originally composed for the 1962 musical No Strings, this Richard Rodgers song has become a familiar standard often recorded by jazz artists. Beautifully arranged here as a solo vehicle for alto sax, Mark Taylor’s setting in a moderate samba groove features the soaring lyricism of the original melody along with plenty of spots for the full ensemble to shine as well.

New Rhumba by Ahmad Jamal/arr. Erik Morales, Grade 3
Played around 160 BPM, this jazz standard was originally recorded by Miles Davis and has now been arranged by Erik Morales. This superb chart is a funky-swing version to provide a contemporary flavor. Solos are provided for tenor and trumpet 2. Brass ranges are accessible with some great sax section solis. Wonderful chart.

alfred-46163-fThis Can’t Be Love arr. Scott Ragsdale, Grade 3
This hot samba is played around 190–200 BPM. The trombones grab the melody and are featured throughout with written suggested solos for ‘bones 1 and 2. Lead trumpet range is to written A above the staff and the usual optional parts to include vibes.

Acronym Blues by Doug Beach, Medium
Commissioned by friends and colleagues of noted music educator Cliff Kaminsky, this medium level piece is dedicated to his memory. This hard driving shuffle has plenty of ensemble work for everyone and is a perfect choice as an opener or closer. A written or ad lib open solo section for blowing is included, with solo sheets provided for all.

kendor-61165-fEdge of the Earth by Jeff Jarvis, Grade 4
This chart conjures up mental images of driving on a curvy mountain road overlooking a picturesque desert valley. This exciting chart for advancing groups has a driving 12/8 funk feel that is sure to engage your band and audiences with its relentless intensity – but without excessive brass range demands (trumpet: D6 and trombone: G4). The harmonies are sturdy and the melodies are memorable. All instrumental sections have interesting, well-articulated parts and solo space is provided for guitar and piano. A guitar chord chard by Jim Greeson is included in each set.

Art of the Matter by David Springfield, Grade 4
Inspired by the music of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, this medium swing original for advancing groups features a combo style melody and a hard-driving rhythmic feel. The written or ad lib solo section can be played by any player, and there is plenty of space for drum fills throughout. Notated piano voicings and bass lines are provided, and a guitar chord chard by Jim Greeson is included in each set.

Find more repertoire for high school jazz ensembles on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.


Ken’s 10: New Pieces for Young Band 14 November, 2017

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Ah, the Top 10 list; tired and overdone yet convenient and ubiquitous, packaging anything you can imagine into digestible groups of information providing variety and selection, but not too much.  To share some of my favorite titles, composers, etc. for concert band (and present them in manageable amounts!), I’ve decided to do an occasional series of personal, unranked Top 10 posts (in spite of them being tired and overdone).  Besides, it rhymes with my name!

My first 10 are from our Signature Selections for Young Band for this year (2017-18).  Yes, there are many more titles that I like and ranked highly.  In fact, I support and like all of our choices, but these are my favorite 10 from the bunch.  They include programmatic pieces, a lyrical work, 2 unique marches, and a wonderful reverent work based on Taps, so there is plenty of variety – almost enough for an entire program.  I know your students will enjoy playing them, and I hope you find some new favorites, too.  Enjoy these awesome titles, and look out for the next post featuring Ken’s 10!

Blaze!
Rob Romeyn – Grade 2
Bold, exciting, and aggressive Blaze! begins with an explosion of sound (and horns!), leading to a memorable syncopated theme. Layered part writing make it sound interesting and mature.  A perfect concert opener!

The Boom-Boom Galop
Randall D. Standridge – Grade 2.5
A humorous circus-style galop with a Germanic sound, this invigorating march takes adrenaline to a whole new level! Contrasting sections punctuated by the humorous “boom-boom” exclamations of the bass drum make for a fun-to-play, seat-of-your-pants experience that is a blast!  Careful with that tempo!

Congolese
William Owens – Grade 2.5
Embark on a beautiful and mysterious musical journey through the African Congo in this refreshing new work! The lively allegro sections and the haunting andante section explore a wide spectrum of sounds and rhythms.  There is plenty of adventure to be had (and playing style and independence to be learned) in this brilliant work by one of my favorite contemporary composers.

Gently, I Wander
Robert Sheldon – Grade 1
For a moment of quiet musical escape during your next performance you can’t do better than Robert Sheldon’s writing. Simple, elegant lines combine with rich harmonies and counterpoint to provide an uplifting moment of repose.  Gorgeous, lyrical, and beautiful!

Marzo Zingaro
Randall D. Standridge – Grade 1.5
Another work of unique style, Marzo Zingaro seeks to portray the image of a lone wanderer, happily marching across the Italian countryside.  It succeeds. The first strain portrays a more daring mood, while the trio and finale portray a happier style while dynamic contrasts and articulation set the style.  Translated as March of the Gypsy, what more needs to be said?

Moai (Song of Ancient Giants)
Michael Sweeney – Grade 1.5
The giant stone statues of Easter Island (known as “Moai”) have long been a source of mystery and wonder. Using hints of Polynesian drumming, haunting ancient-sounding melodies, and pyramid entrances this accessible work for 2nd year players creates a feeling of exotic majesty.

Resplendence
William Owens – Grade 1.5-2
A wonderful band overture that opens with brilliant woodwind passages, colorful percussion and a strong trumpet statement, Resplendence draws inspiration from the music of the early Greek Orthodox Church.  Largely characterized by its brisk, free-flowing quality, the pleasant melody passes through several sections of the ensemble against resplendent variations in tonal color. The music becomes gradually slower and stronger as the ending approaches, yielding a powerful final chord.  A perfect program opener!

Shadow Warriors
Chris M. Bernotas – Grade 1
The mystery of the ninja comes to life in this dramatic piece for young band. Students can create their own adventurous storyline to enhance the strong rhythms and pentatonic sound.  A fellow band director, Chris knows how to create pieces that musically and conceptually are a perfect fit for beginning band!

Tribute for Band
arr. Michael J. Miller – Grade 1
Tribute for Band is a thoughtful patriotic piece based on the famous civil war bugle call “Taps.”  Hints of several well known patriotic melodies are heard in this respectful, moving work designed to pay homage to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.  It is also fitting as a tribute to fallen first responders.

Voyage of the Dragon Armada
Timothy Loest – Grade 0.5
Another middle school band director, Tim Loest creates pieces that are great for beginners and always a hit, too! This gripping work depicts the epic voyages of China’s great naval Admiral Zheng He who commanded 250 ships and 28,000 men a century before Columbus set sail for the New World. The captivating pentatonic melody is immersed in vivid orchestration and colorful percussion writing.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty, and The Tragically Hip have been in heavy rotation lately.  Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (especially the 5x Stanley Cup Champion Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


Ready, Set, Go – ORFF! 13 November, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Kodaly, Orff, Dalcroze, Suzuki, Gordon – there are so many different approaches to teaching music to elementary school students! If you’re specifically looking for resources to support Orff methodology in your classroom, here are some the best new options:

leon-513814It’s a Great Day for Music by Jane Lamb
Suggested for Grades K-5
This inspiring Orff collection is jam-packed with musical creativity for your K-5 Orff classroom. Songs for rhythm speech and exact pitch singing are included and written to teach steady beat, movement and use of barred and non-pitched percussion ostinato. Other teaching highlights include rhythmic and melodic writing for students, improvisation, musical styles and solfege. Think of each piece as a starting point for your students to unleash their creativity!

Full scores, helpful teaching suggestions, lesson objectives and extensions are provided, along with digital access to PDFs of singer songsheets and separate Orff and classroom percussion parts. 23 songs including: Animal Sounds, Beat Bear, Caterpillar Caterpillar, The Color Song, Five Frogs on a Log, Howdy Do, I Like to Go to School, Katy Kangaroo, Pizza, Play Your Name, School Is Cool and more!

leon-510990Ready Set Go Orff! by Cristi Cary Miller & Kathlyn Reynolds
Suggested for Grades 1-3
Are you “ready” for a way to “set” your students up for music success? Well, let’s “go orff!” Using Carl Orff’s approach of sing, say, dance, play, this collection will give you multiple ways to introduce your children to the world of music making. Within the pages of this resource, you will find songs that involve singing games, Orff and unpitched instrumental accompaniments, simple choreography and extension activities. In addition, there are colorful interactive slides to assist in learning and playing games.

The collection features reproducible singer songsheets and step-by-step teaching suggestions for the songs, games and Orff parts. For extra value, projectable, full color song charts are included via digital access and viewed in your browser, so there is no need for special software. Just download the files onto your computer and you’re ready to go! These charts include song lyrics and interactive activities for enhanced learning. Songs include: Name Game, ‘Round the Circle, Pay Allegiance to America, Little Turkey in the Woods, Decorate the Tree, Make New Friends, Do Your Best, We Are Marching, and more!

You can find more Orff methodology resources on our website, or contact us for more ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
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.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


A Very PTX Christmas 10 November, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!! Pentatonix is THE hot a cappella group, and their creative vocal style brings great variety to a holiday choral program. All of these new arrangements are very nicely adapted for high school ensembles – ranges are generally appropriate (basses may stretch a little out of their comfort zones; try adding an electric bass for support, or mic them!), and most can be performed entirely a cappella or with the well-crafted supportive accompaniments.

leon-516423A Pentatonix Christmas (Medley) arr. Mark Brymer
The Pentatonix Christmas albums are among their most popular. This 7.5-minute medley combines four of their recent holiday hits for a wonderful seasonal showcase for pop, jazz and concert choirs. Includes: “Coventry Carol,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays arr. Roger Emerson
From the 2016 album “A Pentatonix Christmas,” the popular vocal group puts their unique stamp on the 1998 holiday song by NSYNC. Recreate the rhythmic groove of this upbeat song a cappella or with the optional rhythm track.

leon-515029New Year’s Day arr. Jacob Narverud
This warm and creative original song comes from the 2015 album release “Pentatonix.” This fantastic arrangement can be done a cappella but allows for optional accompaniment so that choirs can use simple synthesizer, percussion and bass to enhance their performance.

O Come, All Ye Faithful arr. Jacob Narverud
Get into the holiday spirit with this stand-out arrangement which reached No. 2 on Billboard 200. Set a cappella, it includes optional piano accompaniment and percussion making a fresh new take on the timeless carol and sure to be a holiday staple year after year.

Find more holiday pops on our website, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
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.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


Community Band Spotlight: Salute The Greatest Generation 08 November, 2017

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

This post is part of a series highlighting music for community bands.

As we approach Veterans’ Day, I wanted to highlight some unique new titles that are perfect for community bands.  In lieu of the typical patriotic selections there are several new pieces that are ideal for saluting The Greatest Generation, those who served at home and abroad during World War II.  From President Roosevelt’s Pearl Harbor address and the advent of The Voice of America radio, to songs made up by POW’s and a narrated tribute commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, there are several excellent options for your concert, or program them all and devote a entire portion of your concert to honoring these men and women who gave so much.

The Greatest Generation
Robert W. Smith
RWS Symphony Band – Grade 4
RWS Concert Band – Grade 3
Written for the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor and gathering of heroes from around the world in December of 2016, this stirring composition pays tribute to America’s “Greatest Generation.” Narrated by World War II and Normandy veteran Col. Arnald D. Gabriel, this is the perfect selection to honor those that have served in the armed forces past and present. The available grade 3 setting is more technically accessible.

Freedom’s Voice
David Shaffer
Barnhouse Concert Band – Grade 3
Freedom’s Voice was commissioned to commemorate “The Voice of America,” which began broadcasting in 1942 to combat Nazi propaganda with truthful news and information. VOA has served the world with a consistent message of truth, hope and inspiration. Opening with a mysterious and haunting melody representing the axis powers during the 2nd world war, the piece quietly builds into a voice of hope with the introduction of fanfare figures woven into a stoic rhythmic melody. The piece builds forcefully utilizing just these 2 simple musical elements into a broad finale representing the glory of freedom and free speech.

In Infamy
Jack Wilds
FJH Young Band – Grade 2.5
Commissioned to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, In Infamy is a reaction to the emotional arc of President Roosevelt’s Pearl Harbor address. A foreboding opening gives way to an intense call to action. A moving setting of America closes the work on a hopeful note. Perfect for patriotic programs and as a salute to a day that will forever live “in infamy.”

Spirit of ‘44
Bob Cotter
RWS Developing Band – Grade 2.5
Toward the end of WWII, both sides had amassed a great number of POW’s. These people were used as labor to build roads and bridges. To keep morale high, the POW’s made up songs that were sung or whistled. These tunes made the work go faster and were used to communicate messages. The Spirit of ‘44 was written in honor of those valiant men and women. Try whistling the melody. It might raise your spirits, too.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004.  His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Dave Matthews Band, Tom Petty, and The Tragically Hip have been in heavy rotation lately.  Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (especially the 5x Stanley Cup Champion Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


NEW from Eric Whitacre 06 November, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

Eric-Whitacre-2-high-res-Credit-Marc-Royce2-1-533x800Composer Eric Whitacre needs little introduction. As one of the most popular and well-known contemporary choral composers, new works from Whitacre are usually highly anticipated. Here are some his newest publications, and some of his most creative works yet!

The Star-Spangled Banner
A remarkable setting of the national anthem, filled with colorful effects and vivid dissonance. Challenging and impressive!

Equus
A virtuosic showpiece for wind symphony, Whitacre has recently composed accompanying choral parts for “Equus.” Latin for horse, this moto perpetuo perfectly captures the fury and majesty of this magnificent animal. Not for the faint of heart!

Each Morning She Walks
Frequent collaborators Charles Anthony Silvestri and Eric Whitacre mixed things up and switched roles for “Each Morning She Walks,” with Tony writing the music and Eric writing the text. The mystical poem is brought to life through haunting ostinato-like figures and a lovely melodic line capture the essence of the mysterious hunter. A great opportunity to explore harmonies, tuning, and balance within your choir.

Coming soon – Deep Field (inspired by the Hubble Deep Field, as viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope) and Godzilla Eats Las Vegas (another concert band piece with newly composed choral parts).

Find more from Eric Whitacre on our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742 for more creative programming ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
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.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


World Music for Orchestra 03 November, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Thinking multicultural for your next string orchestra concert? Consider these top-notch selections! A variety of countries and a span of grade levels are represented in these wonderful world music selections for string orchestra. There are bound to be some that will fit your programming needs and your students’ abilities. These are all pieces that fit the string medium extremely well, and will give your students a taste of music that may not be heard often in this country. That, along with the inclusion of all kinds of musical techniques make them win-win as teaching pieces, plus they make unique concert and festival literature.

grandm-gmmor175-fBrave Spirit by Randall Standridge, Grade 3
Inspired by Adeline Yen Mah’s autobiography “Chinese Cinderella,” this spirited and unique string work incorporates a pentatonic scale to help paint a picture of a young Chinese woman who struggles finding acceptance in a primarily patriarchal society. With your concert master as the protagonist and principal cello as her grandfather, a conversation ensues that evolves into a joyful dance, then the reflection of inner peace that the author strived for. With its powerful story, your students and audience will surely be enthralled.

Hakenbogen Schottisch by Bud Woodruff, Grade 2
Hakenbogen means “hooked bow” and a Schottische is a country dance for partners that probably originated in Bohemia, so there is all kinds of teaching potential with this one. There are two key changes to maneuver and the need to keep the accompaniment pizzicato dynamically under the string bass melody when they actually get it. (Woo-woo basses!) This winner will get toes a-tapping!

master-50250117-fGreen Cello Jig by Lynne Latham & Clarence Barber, Grade 2
Written by well known string pedagogue Lynne Latham with some help from her friend, Clarence Barber, “Green Cello Jig” is in memory of Anne Sellitti, a cellist who played her green carbon-fiber cello all around North Carolina, much to the delight of youngsters and oldsters. In a happy 6/8, it is a first-rate lesson in the rhythms within that time signature as well as hooked bowing. The quirky, chromatic melody is generously shared, but is often in the cellos. It will certainly tickle the ears of your audience with its Celtic twist.

El Condor Pasa arr. Janelle Zook Cunalata, Grade 2.5
Diversify your concert program with this captivating arrangement based on the 1913 Peruvian melody and inspired by traditional Andean mountain music. This arrangement will interest your students as it contains great expressiveness, gorgeous harmonies, a smooth and rustic contrast in the accompaniment, the quotation of the famous “Dies Irae” Gregorian chant, optional solo parts for violin and cello, and a dramatic ending.

wj-3035691-fFinnish Folk Song Suite arr. Francis Caravella, Grade 2
The three songs of the “Finnish Folk Song Suite” were chosen for their common connection to nature. Everyone gets a chance at the melody in this collection of minor key folk songs that are reminiscent of Bartok’s “Romanian Folk Dances,” but much easier to play!

Need more creative choices for your string orchestra? Contact us, or visit our website! And as always, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Thanksgiving Music for Organ 02 November, 2017

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

As you prepare for upcoming worship services, we recommend two fine collections to celebrate the Autumn festivals:

975360The first is “Hymn Preludes for the Autumn Festivals” by Wilbur Held. There are seven hymn arrangements that cover the Autumn festivals from All Saints’ Day through Thanksgiving. This collection is for an advanced player – the pedal part is busy, and there is plenty of action between the right and left hands, making for interesting and pleasing listening.

10-778The second collection is “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” arranged by Matthew Corl. This contains four Thanksgiving preludes for organ (DIX, KREMSER, NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT, and ST GEORGE’S WINDSOR). Each piece is only two or three pages long, so if you need to play something fairly short, this is perfect!

For more information about these selections or others, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Take a “Journey to the Past!” 01 November, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

Based on the 1997 film, the Broadway musical “Anastasia” transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

Now available for choir, these new arrangements feel both warmly nostalgic and creatively fresh:

leon-514932Journey to the Past arr. Audrey Snyder
An uplifting and powerful arrangement, featuring skillful blending of original and new music.

Once Upon a December arr. Audrey Snyder
A beautiful and elegant arrangement of the tender music box song. A perfect “last minute” addition to your December concert!

Find more from the show, including eight new songs written especially for the new Broadway production, in the Vocal Selections folio, or contact us for more programming ideas. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
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.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.