News & Views Thursday, February 22, 2018

Category: Folk Music

Learn to Play the Folk Harp 22 February, 2018

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So you bought a folk harp and now you want a book to help you learn to play it! Well, how big is it? How many strings does it have? What’s with the blue and red strings? Just how do you use those levers? Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp by Sylvia Woods is one of the best books to help you learn all that stuff. Sylvia has written a short history of the harp, how to hold it, proper hand position, reading music, and how to replace and tie harp strings. There are plenty of songs to play as you learn new techniques. Who knows? Maybe by Christmas, you will be confident enough to play in church! Stanton’s has plenty of books to learn to play the folk harp, and plenty of books of solos for the harpist.

For more information about this book or other books of sheet music for folk harp, call us at 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!

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.

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!


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.


Bluegrass Songs 25 October, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00311484-wlWhat is bluegrass music, anyway? It’s music from Scotland, Ireland, and England that is influenced by the American Appalachian region, plus “home-grown” tunes with that British Isles flavor and the dash of Appalachian salt. “Hear the Wind Blow” shares some melodic content with “Connemara Cradle Song,” an Irish lullaby, for instance.

The Big Book of Bluegrass Songs contains seventy-two bluegrass songs, some collected by or written by A.P. Carter, some by Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, and others. There is plenty of material here to play and to sing. Written for piano and vocals with guitar chords, these songs can also be easily adapted for string band, or for a guitar player looking for new repertoire. Remember, 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.


Ukulele for All 01 September, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

KG15_Ukulele for All by Jenny Peters and Rebecca Bogart is an easy-to-use beginning ukulele method for kids. Students learn to read standard notation, ukulele tablature, and chord symbols. This method book also includes access to Kjos’ Interactive Practice Studio, featuring videos, play-along accompaniments, an online recording studio, tuner/metronome, media downloader, and “My Files,” which accesses saved recordings for playback and sharing! A great resource for classroom use, too, and there is a teacher’s guide available.

Looking for a fun, quick way to learn to play ukulele? Here’s the answer! 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.


Recorder Music to Dance To 18 August, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

49045581In 1651, John Playford (1623-1686) published a comprehensive collection of 105 short country dances that were very popular at the time under the title “The English Dancing Master.” The tunes, given as a single melodic line, were followed in each case by a description of the dance. Playford’s collection was evidently very popular – by about 1728 it had been revised several times and reissued seventeen times under the title “The Dancing Master.” When the eighteenth version was printed, it had expanded to include over a thousand pieces!

This delightful collection of 5 Easy Dances from “The Dancing Master” is at a Level One difficulty for the soprano recorder, and also includes an easy piano accompaniment, plus chords for guitar accompaniment and an easy hand drum part in some cases. A description  of each dance is included. It isn’t easy to find easy recorder music with piano or guitar accompaniment, and if you are a folk dancer or you dance English Country dance, you may already be familiar with one of more of the tunes, and with the steps of the dances!

This little gem of a collection is worth a look for  its use as an easy recorder collection and for the possible use as live music for a dance group! Remember – 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.


Celtic Jam Session 01 August, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00215696-wlNewly available in the Hal Leonard “Strum Together” series is the collection Celtic Songs. It is designed for five different instruments to play from together: soprano ukulele, baritone ukulele, guitar, mandolin and 5-string banjo (or any combination or number of those instruments). It contains seventy Celtic songs from the British Isles, including: “All Through the Night” from Wales, “Barbara Allen” from England, “The Blue Bells of Scotland” from Scotland, and “The Wild Colonial Boy” from Ireland. The melody line is included, so a fiddle could play along, too! Another couple of tricks – an Irish tenor banjo can play from the mandolin chords, and a tenor ukulele can play from the soprano uke chords, to bring more instruments in on the fun! This collection can provide hours of music for one person or many, so gather your friends and “Strum Together!” 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.


A Violinist’s Guide to Scottish Fiddling 21 June, 2017

recommended Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

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Especially designed for violinists who have never fiddled in the Scottish style or for anyone who would simply like to brush up on their “Scottishness,” this guide discusses ornamentations and their applications, bowing styles, rhythmic issues and stylistic interpretations. It covers five basic types of tunes: airs, marches, jigs, reels and strathspeys, as well as Scottish fiddle history and regional styles. Each technique is clearly defined and supported with an abundance of tunes and assessments for maximum learning. Accompanying video clips demonstrated by former U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion Melinda Crawford show how to execute all of the different techniques and how to perform more than 44 full-length traditional Scottish fiddle tunes. Even the most classical player will be jamming!

For more information on this book or other fiddling resources, please contact us! And remember – 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.


Songs for Children 21 March, 2017

Best-Loved Children’s Songs – Alfred Music Publishing

best-loved-childrens-songsFor so many of us, classic children’s nursery rhymes and songs were a part of our upbringing, both at home and in the elementary music classroom. Toddlers and young children love to sing and dance to classic nursery rhymes and songs, and this activity not only strengthens bonds with family and encourages brain development and musicality, but is also (perhaps most importantly) fun!

This beautiful keepsake collection of over 100 classic nursery rhymes, playground songs, activity tunes, and memory rhymes ensures that all those bases are covered for parents, teachers, and their kids. Carefully arranged for piano to play and sing with toddlers and young children, each song also includes guitar and ukulele chords for easy strum-and-sing performance. The book features a “Genre Index” that breaks the titles down into song types and categories – especially useful for educators. Finally, an “About the Songs” section rounds out the collection with a brief history of all the tunes, and, to demonstrate what the songs should sound like, professional MP3 recordings of every song can be downloaded from alfred.com with your purchase.

Additionally, this book would make a beautiful gift for a baby shower, or for a friend with young children.

If you would like more information about this book or other products visit our website at www.stantons.com, call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext. 3, or email us at keyboard@stantons.com. Stanton’s can assist you with all of your sheet music needs!


Celtic Bluegrass for Banjo 09 February, 2017

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Getting ready for Saint Patrick’s Day?  Stanton’s has a new book for banjo, Celtic Bluegrass. Many of the Scottish-Irish folksongs and tunes were retained in the Appalachian mountains, and this collection of tunes for 5-string banjo includes “Devil’s Dream,” “Soldier’s Joy,” and “Fisher’s Hornpipe,” among others. This book includes Audio Access – when you use the code that comes with the book, you will find recordings for each tune, and listen or play along!

A fun collection for lever harp players is 50 Irish Melodies For All Harps, arranged by Sylvia Woods. Each tune has an easy arrangement and an intermediate arrangement – with 52 tunes to play, you have lots and lots of choices! Contents include “Danny Boy,” “The Gartan Mother’s Lullaby,” “Killarney,” “My Wild Irish Rose,” “The Rakes of Mallow,” and more.

For more information, call us at 800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website 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.

 


Chanukah! 05 December, 2016

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Chanukah is just about three weeks away! Are you ready?

For beginning piano players, we have a book of seven Chanukah songs at a level two, “Festive Chanukah Songs.” Your youngster could play a different song each night! We also have a book of Chanukah songs, “The Complete Chanukah Songbook.” This collection of sheet music includes nearly one hundred songs for the season, from Jewish folk songs to more modern compositions by some of today’s songwriters. Certain questions concerning Chanukah are answered, too: Why do we eat latkes? Where did the dreidl come from? This book is one that may take up residence in the piano bench, ready to hand for the season.

Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com to learn more. 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.


Ocarina Method 14 July, 2016

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Hal Leonard’s “Ocarina  Method” introduces the different kinds of ocarinas, gives a brief history of the ocarina, and how to play them. There is a fingering chart for the transverse 12-hole ocarina, and another fingering chart for the pendant 6-hole ocarina. There are plenty of songs to play to get used to your ocarina! Included with this book is online video access with further instructions and demonstrations – perfect for beginners!

It’s amazing how ocarinas have been invented independently all over the world – ancient ocarinas have been discovered in meso-America, Europe, Central Africa, India, and China. They may be made from clay, wood, animal horn, porcelain or plastic. The “concert” ocarina was invented by an Italian, Giuseppe Donati, in 1853. The ocarina has been featured in a Japanese documentary “The Great Yellow River,” “The Lord of the Rings” movies, and in “The Legend of Zelda” video games, and that is how people have become more aware of this sweet-voiced, portable little instrument. Check it out!

For more information about this book of sheet music, or anything else 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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Why Does Copyright Law Matter? 01 June, 2016

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If you are reading this, you are probably a musician or associate with musicians. When you are a musician or hang with musicians, you begin to think that everyone is probably involved in music in one way or another. But, we musicians are really a fairly finite group of people.

It has been speculated that if you were to gather all people in the United States who make their living in the music industry (whether creating it, performing it, recording it, writing it, teaching it, publishing it, selling it, making and repairing instruments that play it etc), you would end up with about the same amount of people as are employed by the Kellogg’s Company – you know, the cereal and snack food folks. Yeah – a pretty finite group!

It seems unlikely that anyone involved in this tight-knit music community would intentionally keep their fellow musicians from trying to make a living. And yet, that’s what you do when you copy sheet music without permission. Sheet music is property – like a trumpet, violin or a microphone – but it’s intellectual property, which can be a bit nebulous. Basically, only the Copyright Holder has the “right” to “copy” their work. When you copy music without permission from the copyright holder, you are actually stealing it.

When you copy music without a second thought, that means the music is not being sold. Consequently, the music retailer and all their employees lose income, the music publisher and all their employees lose income, and, perhaps most tragically, the composer loses income. Your fellow musicians are being deprived of their ability to make a living.

So not only are you breaking the law by copying music, you are keeping your brothers and sisters in this finite musical community from doing what they love to do: be a musician. If they can’t make a living at it, they may have to leave and do something else. And the musical world becomes an even smaller place.

So don’t copy music without permission – it’s not only illegal, it’s immoral. Let’s make sure the livelihood of our music community is secure so we can all continue to make music – that thing we love to do!

For more information on what you can and cannot do when it comes to copyright, check out these books on the subject:
Copyright Basics by Joel Leach
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law by James Frankel
Music Copyright Law by Moser & Slay
Music Publishing: The Complete Guide by Steve Winogradsky

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.


Stanton’s E-Tools: Digital Delivery 08 April, 2016

digital deliveryThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier, faster and more enjoyable! In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

It’s happened to all of us: You have a rehearsal or a performance coming up in a few days (or a few hours!) and you’ve lost your music; it’s they day before a competition, and your judges’ copies are nowhere to be found; you desperately need something new and fresh for your church choir to start on tonight. In many cases, Stanton’s Digital Delivery can come to your rescue!

Using the Digital Delivery website, you can purchase thousands of titles and print them at home on your home computer within minutes. In addition, many popular sheets (including pop, Broadway, country, etc) can be transposed to the key of your choosing, so you’ll always be able to have piece in a comfortable range for you. Lead lines can also be transposed for instruments such as trumpet, clarinet, saxophone and French horn. Many titles are available in convenient PDF format, so they’re ready to use right on your tablet!

You can access our Digital Delivery site directly by clicking here, where you can browse options for bands, orchestradigital delivery printers, choirs, and solos for many different instruments. You can also use the regular Stanton’s website, where titles available for Digital Delivery have a printer icon next to their descriptions. Clicking on that icon will take you directly to that item’s page on the Digital Delivery website, where you can purchase and print.

For questions about how to use the Stanton’s Digital Delivery Site, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit us online or in person!

Click here for more in the Stanton’s E-Tools series!


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!


Fiddle Tunes for Baritone Ukulele 08 January, 2016

00153260This collection of sheet music for baritone uke is a fun mix of American, Irish and Scottish fiddle tunes arranged for baritone uke.  (You can also play them on the top four strings of a guitar.)  This book includes Online Audio, which lets you stream or download the recording of the tunes.  There are fifty-five tunes to choose from, which include chord symbols for anyone who wants to strum along.  This is great entertainment, either for yourself or to share with friends!  For more information about this collection or other baritone uke music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our web site , http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Scottish Folksongs (for violin) 28 December, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Hal Leonard’s Violin Play-Along series has a new book of Scottish folk songs. Audio access is included, so you can use the unique code in the front of the book to access both the demonstration tracks to listen to and the accompaniment tracks to play along with. The tracks can be either downloaded or streamed. “Playback+” allows the player to slow the track down without distorting the pitch.

These arrangements are not easy pieces. The solo violin part goes up into the fifth position on occasion. There are key changes within the pieces. “The Skye Boat Song” is lovely. It crosses octaves, then includes a variation before it goes back to the theme. “The Water is Wide” and “Barbara Allen” are also well arranged. A beautiful tune called “Weaving Lilt,” which I had not heard before, goes across the low, medium and high registers of the violin, with a variation before returning to the basic melody, much as “The Skye Boat Song” does.

This collection of sheet music for violin will be a source of enjoyment for hours. The audio access makes it even more fun to play. For more information about this violin music, or other folk tunes for violin/fiddle, 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.


Rise Again Songbook – New from Peter and Annie! 14 December, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Many people, especially people in the folk music community, have enjoyed the “Rise Up Singing” songbook for years. In my neck of the woods, it’s also called the folksinger’s bible. Many people have two copies: a newer copy, and the old, tattered one with the important notes in it from years ago. (Perhaps I should will my tattered copy to my ukulele-playing niece – it needs to stay in the family!)

Now, Peter Blood and Annie Patterson have compiled a new songbook of nearly 1200 songs: “Rise Again Songbook.” Perhaps because us Baby Boomers are getting a bit nearsighted, the print is a little bigger, and the ink a little darker. Think of it as volume two of the “Rise Up Singing” songbook. It’s full of the pop and folk songs us Boomers grew up with and we sang to our children, who now sing them too: “YMCA,” “Your Song,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” “Cecilia,” and many more. (Are the grandkids singing these songs, now? Better check…)

To quote Billy Bragg, “A wise person once said that the only bad thing you can do to a song is not sing it.” So tune whatever instrument you strum, and buy this book. Get singing!

For more information about this collection of folk songs or other, similar 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!

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.


Recorder Ensembles 07 December, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

It’s not easy to find easy and intermediate reac28a00fafe822d28d26ba982d7d7e5a_195x255corder ensemble collections,
but here at Stanton’s we have recently received two new issues from Universal Edition. The first, “The Best of Time & Rhythm for Two Recorders and Percussion,” is a collection of easy pieces for two recorders, either SS or SA, with  an easy percussion part for each song. The pieces come from the British Isles and Europe.

The second collection, “The Best of Time & Rhythm for Three Recorders and Percussion,” is intermediate level. The recorder voicing is SSA. This collection includes French and German dance tunes with percussion. These collections would be fun for students on a level past the beginner stage, and the addition of percussion instruments makes the pieces even more interesting. Whether you teach recorder at school, or play recorder yourself, these would be a welcome addition to your music library!

To find out more about this recorder music, or other recorder music, 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.

 

 


Chanukah! 25 November, 2015

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Chanukah is just about two weeks away! Are you ready?

For beginning piano players, we have a book of seven Chanukah songs at a level two, “Festive Chanukah Songs.” Your youngster could play a different song each night! We also have a book of Chanukah songs, “The Complete Chanukah Songbook.” This collection of sheet music includes nearly one hundred songs for the season, from Jewish folk songs to more modern compositions by some of today’s songwriters. Certain questions concerning Chanukah are answered, too: Why do we eat latkes? Where did the dreidl come from? This book is one that may take up residence in the piano bench, ready to hand for the season.

Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com to learn more. 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.