News & Views Sunday, January 21, 2018

Category: New Publications

Middle School Show Choir 19 January, 2018

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

Looking for something your middle school showchoir students will love? Check out these three upbeat numbers to add to your young singers’ concert!

Mister Zombie's Jazz Club.jpgMister Zombie’s Jazz Club by Mark Cabaniss/arr. Ruth Elaine Schram
Loaded with “scary” fun, Mister Zombie’s Jazz Club is a novelty piece that offers the opportunity to introduce jazz, swing, and the concept of scat singing to developing singers. In addition to these musical opportunities, its message is one of cooperation and acceptance. While the string bass is optional, it will add even more “cool” to the performance.

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You’re My Best Friend arr. Paul Langford
The British rock band Queen made this a hit and the song has had a long life being used in movies, television shows and commercials. This arrangement taps into that popularity and makes for a lively selection for both concert and show choirs and is a great selection for graduation.

Get Back Up Again

Get Back Up Again arr. Mac Huff
From the incredible soundtrack from the animated comedy “Trolls,” this song recorded by Anna Kendrick is a relentlessly cheerful manifesto for overcoming life’s obstacles. Fun and energetic, your singers will bring a blast of fabulous to your concert!

For more information about these and other middle school choral recommendations, visit our website at http://www.stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.1.

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.

Ken’s 10: New Marches for Band 17 January, 2018

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

With adjudication season just around the corner, January is the perfect time to preview and select marches.  With that in mind I’m excited to share my favorites for this school year, but first a confession – I don’t have 10 new marches for this list.  My choices for the very best new arrangements consist of the new titles that I scored a 9 or 10 out of 10.  The problem – I only have 7 new marches that scored a 9 or 10 combined.  I thought about filling the last 3 spots by dipping in to my 8’s (after all, you can’t have a list of 10 comprised of only 7 – how ‘bout those math skills!), but I have 14 of those.  With no good way to narrow that group to 3, I decided to round out the list with 3 of my very favorite marches from last year.    There are a lot of composers, styles, and difficulties, including some originals, so there is something for everyone and they’re all good!  I hope you find something you and your kids enjoy, and hopefully the adjudicators will too!

American Legion
Charles Parker/arr. Andrew Glover – Grade 2
Here’s a classic American march that is perfect for any type of performance! Limited ranges and technical demands make it ideal for middle school and smaller, less experienced high school bands, while cut-time and standard march style and rhythms make it perfect for the classroom. The first half features solid interplay between melody and countermelody instruments, the trio features a solid melody in the middle voices ornamented by upper woodwinds, and a powerful, “shout” finish gives the whole band a chance to shine.  A surefire audience pleaser!

The American Red Cross March
Louis Panella/arr. David Butler – Grade 3
A stellar example of the American march tradition, this work by Louis Panella was composed to honor the fine humanitarian work of the Red Cross during World War I.  It has that classic fight song type sound, and the 8th note and dotted rhythms in cut-time make it perfect for advancing bands.

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!

Generosity
Matthew N. Putnam – Grade 2
Very accessible.  In 2/4 with easy note values, basic 8th note rhythms, and keys of Bb & Eb, Generosity is an original march in standard form written with developing players in mind. It is reminiscent of the marches of Bennett and King with tuneful melodies, interesting harmonies, and a classic sound.  A few chromatic twists are thrown in to make it more exciting, and mixed articulations add maturity. Mathew Putnam has written a perfect vehicle to teach march style and form to developing players.

Honor Guard March
Claude T. Smith – Grade 3.5
Traditional in all the best ways!  Previously unpublished, Honor Guard March was composed by Claude T. Smith in 1959 while he was teaching in Cozad, NE. Premiered in 1961and written in traditional form, this march contains a contemporary flair and sound that is unique to Smith’s distinctive style, and features an unusual meter shift from 6/8 to cut-time at the trio.  A wonderful addition to your school band library!

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?

Power
Harold Bennett/arr. Larry Clark – Grade 2
One of Harold Bennett’s lesser-known marches, Power is in 6/8 and standard march form.  Great for teaching basic 6/8 rhythms, this classic from the original Bennett Band Book is one of his few marches that contains a “break strain.”  Bennett marches are always a sure bet, and Power allows you to add a solid 6/8 march to your library.

Rounding Out the 10 – 3 Favorites from 2016-17
Frederick’s Black Devils
Paul Murtha – Grade 4
During World War II, Winston Churchill initiated the formation of Special Force Commando Units that would prove so effective as to change the course of the war. The First Special Service Force, led by their intrepid Colonel, Robert T. Frederick, was perhaps the most famous of these units. Due to their ferocious nature and blackened faces for night raids, the Germans gave them the nickname The Black Devils. In 2015 they were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow. Frederick’s Black Devils is a stirring concert march with hints of British flair that pays tribute to this legendary unit.

Mad Dash (Galop)
Timothy Loest – Grade 2
Mad Dash is an exciting, original galop or circus march for young bands.  Traditionally circus marches incorporated as many musical acrobatics as the acts themselves, and true to form this is a great vehicle for developing technique, articulation, and style while following standard form.  Accidentals and dynamic contrasts abound, it includes a key change on the trio (Bb to Eb) and a full-blown shout to the end.  The tempo marking throws down the (cautionary) challenge:  “As fast as possible, but not any faster!” (144+ bpm)

Normal
Harold Bennett/arr. Larry Clark – Grade 2
Every developing band should have at least a couple of Bennett marches in their library.  Perfectly written and designed for developing bands, they feature all the hallmarks of standard march form and style.  Normal is unique in that it is one of only a few Bennett marches to include a break strain – great for preparing students for Sousa and other march masters.  It also addresses cut-time, basic 16th note patterns, features lovely melodies and countermelodies, some chromatic accidentals, and the break strain provides bold contrast to the soft, lyrical trio section.

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.  Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (Are 4 hockey podcasts too many?), and all things Pittsburgh.  He spends his free time being Dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.

Church Cantatas for Lent & Easter 2018 15 January, 2018

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

lorenz-521164Hallelujah! What a Savior! (The Crucified and Risen Christ) by Lloyd Larson, Faye Lopez, R. Kevin Boesiger, Larry Shackley, Molly Ijames, Mark Hayes & Pepper Choplin
Bring the Passion Story and its impact to life through moving music and Pamela Stewart’s compelling narrative: from the euphoria surrounding Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem to the desolation of the lonely Garden as He fully embraced God’s plan and ensuing death; from the genuine love conveyed to His faithful followers in the Upper Room to the loneliness experienced in His final hours as those same followers rejected and abandoned Him; from the anger that filled the hearts of those who now called for His crucifixion to the tender resignation of a Roman soldier that this indeed was the Son of God; from utter despair as He died on a cross to triumphant joy as Christ’s followers began to realize that His prophetic words had become reality. All of this and so much more happened within a single week! Combining the compositional talents of Lloyd Larson, Faye López, R. Kevin Boesiger, Larry Shackley, Molly Ijames, Mark Hayes, and Pepper Choplin, this inspiring cantata provides an unforgettable worship experience. It can be used in segments for use throughout Lent or Holy Week or performed in its entirety. With options for choir and piano alone or the addition of either a live orchestra or the accompaniment tracks (available separately), “Hallelujah! What a Savior!” is a powerful resource for choirs large or small.

For more recommendations for your church choir during the upcoming Lenten and Easter season, please call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. 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 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.

Suggestions for Choral Adjudications 2018 12 January, 2018

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

The beginning of 2018 is a perfect opportunity to look back at what your students have learned so far this school year, and to look forward to the new and exciting musical challenges you will present to them in the coming months. As you prepare for your upcoming concerts, festivals, or adjudicated events, we recommend these repertoire choices, carefully chosen from many new and recent publications as the “best of the best!”

for SATB Ensembles
gia-ww1623-fHaec Est Dies by Jacob Handl/arr. Philip Brown
A nice edition of a lesser-known work of the 16th century. “Haec Est Dies” is written for two SATB choirs, but the vocal writing is simple enough to work for younger high school choirs who are ready for the challenge.

Let All the World in Every Corner Sing by Ryan Murphy
A dynamic and bombastic setting of this well-loved text. The piano accompaniment is exciting and supportive, and the vocal writing is straightforward, making this a great selection for honor choirs and festivals.

As the Rain Hides the Stars by Elaine Hagenberg
Scored for SATB divisi chorus with piano, this exquisite setting of the traditional Gaelic Prayer, vividly presents the initial image of longing and unrest to the ultimate resolution of assurance that “Though I may stumble in my going, You do not fall.”

alfred-513845I Can See the River Jordan by Jay Althouse
This sturdy original is composed in the style of a traditional spiritual. A symbolic text leads to crossing metaphoric River Jordan as the music recalls songs from early America. Opens with brief solos, builds to a hand clapping almost a cappella bridge, and concludes only after full choral harmonies fade and voices unite on a single pitch.

for Women’s Ensembles
Veni Sancte Spiritus by W.A. Mozart/arr. Victor C. Johnson
This time-honored choral classic from the pen of a very young Mozart is now available in a fresh, new, authentic, and complete arrangement for women’s choir. Carefully crafted vocal lines combine with a vibrant, yet highly playable piano part and much rejoicing to brighten the spirit and gladden the heart!

Jubilate Deo by Johan Helmich Roman/arr. John Leavitt
This selection by Baroque composer Johan Helmich Roman, adapted in this edition for treble voices, is recommended for festival and contest programming for choirs in middle school and high school, as well as community children’s choirs. An excellent choice for developing important performance techniques in music of the era.

lorenz-sbmp1435-fCantate Domino by Charlotte Botha
Through a juxtaposition of texture, dynamics and tempo, the composer has created a dramatic song of praise which serves well as an opener or closer. The vocal parts are woven together with percussion, claps and stomps to illuminate the message of the “new song” as dictated by the Latin text.

Goin’ Home on a Cloud arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Opening expressively with a solo, this spiritual favorite moves then forward into a brisk tempo that will showcase developing SSA choirs with style! Well-written vocal parts and a supportive accompaniment make this appealing for middle through high school treble choirs.

for Men’s Ensembles
Three Polish War Songs arr. Derek Myler
A set of Polish military songs collected by the composer while he lived in Poland for two years among families affected still by the tragedies of war. Expertly arranged for men’s chorus, these songs offer a look into a less-familiar world and bring a sentiment of hope.

cfn-cm9488-fMairi’s Wedding arr. Drew Collins
This delightful reel, traditionally sung and played at Scottish weddings, is toe-tappin’ fun! From the opening unison statement until the final chord, men’s ensembles can explore drama and healthy singing.

Rain Music by Victor C. Johnson
“On the dusty earthdrum beats the falling rain. Now a whispered murmer, now a louder strain.” This forward-moving, rhythmically-driven music enhances the dramatic, image-laden text of Kentucky-born poet and playwright Joseph S. Cotter, Jr. Effective unison, two-, three-, and four-part writing throughout and optional parts for rain stick and djembes heighten the musical effect.

Across the Western Ocean arr. Jerry Estes
This sea chanty, from the mid-1800s, is inspired by the Irish immigrants escaping the great potato famine of their home country. Driven by a half note pulse, this piece has many ballad-like qualities with an accompaniment that propels the piece forward. It makes a wonderful selection for developing male voices teaching energetic 3-part singing.

Click here for all of our suggestions for select pieces for adjudicated events – while we have specifically geared these selections to be appropriate for Ohio Music Education Association events, this quality repertoire is sure to be successful on any spring concert or other event as well! For even more recommendations, please contact us – 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: New & Unique Marches 11 January, 2018

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

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

Marches are a staple of community band repertoire, whether standard concert marches, galops, or star-spangled patriotic warhorses.  While we always keep an ear out for great new arrangements of tried-and-true staples and lesser-known marches by masters like King, Sousa, etc, we like to pay attention to interesting, outside-the-box compositions as well.  The three new titles below are of this sort, intended to add unique, quirky variety to your programming including a Civil War era tune, one from a Sousa opera (yes, he composed more than marches), and a tribute to “man’s best friend.”

Fireman’s Quickstep
arr. Michael Brown
Hal Leonard 1st Brigade Band
Grade 3.5                     $60.00
Although titled as a “quickstep” march, this appealing number from the Civil War era features a moderate tempo and distinctively spirited military style. Scored with plenty of variety in textures and dynamics, this is a wonderfully unique introduction to our musical heritage and critical period in our nation’s history.

The Loyal Legion
John Phillip Sousa
arr. Loras John Schissel
LudwigMasters Heritage of the Concert Band
Grade 3                                    $60.00
A great and very playable march by John Philip Sousa, The Loyal Legion was originally an entry march for his opera, The Queen of Hearts. Now available in a superb edition by Sousa scholar Loras John Schissel and exclusively endorsed by John Philip Sousa IV.

Service Dogs
J.c. Sherman
LudwigMasters Concert Band
Grade 3.5                     $50.00
A refreshing and spirited new march from a young composer, Service Dogs honors the service of man’s best friend. The work is a wonderful tool for teaching both compound meter and march style with first-rate melodies.

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.  Besides music, he geeks out on amusement parks, hockey (especially the Pittsburgh Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.  He spends his free time being Dad to 2 young children and playing saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band.


New “Classical” Music for Piano 10 January, 2018

49045645Modern Piano is a collection of 90 easy to intermediate 20th and 21st century pieces written in a great variety of styles. This is a fun collection for those who enjoy playing recently composed music, or for those who wish to do so. There are pieces in jazz style, blues, new age, pop, and more.

Classic repertoire such as Debussy’s “Le Petite Negre” and three pieces by Erik Satie are included, and there are also many pieces written by composers who penned them in 2017! Composers from around the world are represented: American Gregory Yasinitzhy wrote “Latin Blue;” German composer Barbara Heller wrote “Musical Resolution;” Russian Alexander Gretchaninoff wrote “Out for a Walk;” and English composer Cyril Scott wrote “The Elephant.” The player can go on a European/American tour just with the music in this collection! Many pieces are only one or two pages long, so it doesn’t take too long to accomplish each one. Treat yourself to a new musical experience!

For more information about this volume, 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!


Expressive Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 2-3 05 January, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Have you been working on vibrato and stressing balance and blend with your string orchestra? Be sure to check out these expressive options! Students tend to like “up-and-at ‘em” pieces, but there is a lot to be said for learning slow, expressive musical literature. It develops maturity of sound and musicality, provides good contrast for concert and adjudication programs, and offers a kind of emotional feeling that string instruments can conjure up better than any other. Don’t miss these “feel good” winners.

grandm-gmmor180-fNebula by David Bobrowitz, Grade 2
Teaching moments abound as you capture the beauty and mystery of an interstellar cloud. Reinforce the concept of triplets and 2 against 3, get your students comfortable with sixteenth notes and introduce them to the one measure of 5/4 time. Everyone has active and essential parts, so they will enjoy working on this excellent contrast to more uptempo repertoire.

A Song for Friends by Larry Daehn/arr. Kyoto Sila, Grade 2.5
If your strength is in your upper strings, let them shine on this exquisite tribute to friendship. Perfect for practicing newly-learned vibrato, it will also reinforce smooth bowing, blending the ensemble and the best way to dove-tail the melody between sections. The lovely melody, uncomplicated rhythms and smooth harmonies will provide a great “Aaah” factor to any concert. Have your high school do it in the fall and middle school do it in the spring!

grandm-gmmor177-fCity Awakens, City Sleeps by David Bobrowitz, Grade 3
In an interesting reversal of the fast-slow-fast compositional stereotype, Bobrowitz goes slow-fast-slow in this depiction of a city coming to life in the morning, bustling through the day and closing down at night. He includes various bowing styles, including slurs ending in staccato, a left hand stretch from Eb to F# in most parts and an accelerando for a good “watch the conductor” lesson. There are short bass and cello solos and action for everyone as they perfect this example of programmaticism at its cinematic finest.

Contact us for more programming ideas for strings, and 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.


Women On Broadway 03 January, 2018

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

Explore exciting music from the Broadway stage with your SSA ensembles this spring – your audience will be entertained, and you can work on valuable performance and dramatic skills with your singers. Here are some fun new options!

leon-513965Morning Person (from Shrek) arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Princess Fiona sings this song as she wakes to greet the dawning of a new day after spending the night as an ogre. Your SSA groups will enjoy stretching their dramatic skills with this humorous selection.

Waitress (Choral Highlights) arr. Greg Gilpin
Described as “Sweet, sassy, passionate and delightful” and “Cooked to perfection,” this musical with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, and a book by Jessie Nelson was one of the successes of the 2016 Broadway season. This 5-minute SSA medley will be a fantastic showcase for women’s choirs and includes: “Everything Changes,” “Opening Up,” “She Used To Be Mine.”

Also available separately: “Opening Up” arr. Mac Huff, and “What Baking Can Do” arr. Mark Brymer.

alfred-514559Everywhere That You Are (from James and the Giant Peach) arr. Andy Beck
From the stage adaptation of the book by Roald Dahl, this sensitive ballad tackles the tough topic of loss in a warm and reassuring way. A gently lilting piano accompaniment supports the tender melody, harmonized beautifully in the supporting voices.

Raise Your Voice (from Sister Act) arr. Roger Emerson
First rule of singing? Get the rafters ringing! This is the message of this uplifting ensemble number from the Broadway musical adaptation of the movie “Sister Act.” A fantastic selection for pop and concert choirs, this one will bring down the house!

Find more Broadway options on our website, or contact us for more ideas – we love brainstorming repertoire ideas with you! 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.


Spirituals for Choir 29 December, 2017

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

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
All Night All DayAll Night, All Day arr. Greg Gilpin
Charged with gospel-style excitement, this traditional spiritual, in new SATB and SSA voicings, comes alive in energy and style. A powerful chorus, hand claps, stacked vocal section and key change builds to a big ending that is sure to please your singers and audience.

I Can See the River JordanI Can See the River Jordan
by Jay Althouse
This sturdy original is composed in the style of a traditional spiritual. A symbolic text leads to crossing metaphoric River Jordan as the music recalls songs from early America. Opens with brief solos, builds to a hand clapping almost a cappella bridge, and concludes only after full choral harmonies fade and voices unite on a single pitch.

Let Me FlyLet Me Fly arr. Kirby Shaw
In a bright, spirited a cappella swing, this traditional spiritual is so fun to learn and sing! The energy is built right in to the rhythmic text and the contemporary harmonies are delightful. Optional descant sits on top of the final choruses taking the piece to a “high flying” end!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
Ezekiel Saw the WheelEzekiel Saw the Wheel arr. Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Looking for a fun, creative programming contrast to add some sparkle and zest to your next concert? This lively, spirited setting of the traditional spiritual is certain to fit the bill. Complete with handclaps and snaps, young and developing choirs are certain to enjoy this playful and engaging arrangement.

FOR WOMEN’S CHOIRS
Goin' Home on a CloudGoin’ Home on a Cloud arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Opening expressively with a solo, this spiritual favorite moves then forward into a brisk tempo that will showcase developing SSA choirs with style! Well-written vocal parts and a supportive accompaniment make this appealing for middle through high school treble choirs.

I Couldn't Hear Nobody PrayI Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray arr. Victor C. Johnson
Johnson’s dynamic and spirited a cappella setting of the traditional spiritual opens with an expressive choral introduction before it kicks into high gear. One or more soloists can be featured in the call and response section which leads into an exhilarating section of vocal layering and interesting textures before its strong, powerful conclusion.

FOR MEN’S CHOIRS
Roll Jordan RollRoll Jordan Roll arr. Ruth Morris Gray
A rhythmic piano accompaniment drives this well-crafted arrangement of the classic spiritual. Singers will love the crescendoing choral riff that connects the syncopated refrains to the call and response verses. A vibrant descant grows more and more soulful toward the end, bringing the piece to a climactic close!

Walk in JerusalemWalk in Jerusalem arr. Rollo Dilworth
Already available for SATB and SSA, now, at last, an arrangement for men. With a powerful piano accompaniment, your men will really be able to “dig in” and sing with the full power of their voices.

Wade in the WaterWade in the Water arr. Dan Davison
Wade In the Water was written specifically to bring success to male choirs of all ages. With comfortable vocal ranges for young tenors and basses, Davison’s arrangement has a strong, driving beat, and serves to highlight the male choirs’ masculine sound.

If you have any questions about these or other similar pieces, visit our website at stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.1. 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.


Middle School General Music: Music History 22 December, 2017

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

The middle school general music classroom can be an exciting (and/or terrifying) place! Throughout this school year, we’ve been sharing with you some valuable resources to help you develop enthusiasm and skills in your middle school musicians! Today, here are some great new options for teaching music history:

alfred-8304358452-fFrom Ragtime to Rock by Daniel Glass
“From Ragtime to Rock” is an educational DVD from award-winning author, historian, and educator Daniel Glass. This 2-disc package walks you and your students through 100 years of music evolution, covering the end of the Civil War (1865) to the dawn of the British Invasion (1965). The 90-minute “Ragtime to Rock” film can be shown in a single setting, or divided into 14 stand-alone units, offering educators a flexible way to customize and strengthen any existing curriculum. “From Ragtime to Rock” includes a 69-page Educator Guide that incorporates reproducible student activity sheets, perfect for planning classes or preparing meaningful substitute teacher lessons. Offer your students a deeper connection to the music they listen to today. As author Daniel Glass quotes, “You don’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” This resource is a FANTASTIC value for the price of $24.95!

alfred-483440Accent On Composers by Jay Althouse, Judith O’Reilly, and Sally K. Albrecht
Available in two volumes, “Accent On Composers” is a 100% reproducible music appreciation and music history resource! Each volume features 22 composers with a biography, a portrait, a listing of the composer’s musical genres, interesting factoids, a timeline, as well as a CD with listening examples for each composer. Reviews/tests for each plus more than two dozen pages of supplementary material make both valuables great for a composer unit or for your sub tub. Volume One includes: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Copland, Debussy, Handel, Joplin, Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Mozart, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and more. Volume Two includes: Berlioz, Bernstein, Chopin, Ellington, Gershwin, Prokofiev, Puccini, Purcell, Mahler, Rachmaninoff, Strauss, and more!

alfred-46048-fThe Women of Western Music: Hildegard to Ella by Anna Wentlent
Balance your music history curriculum with this indispensable classroom resource! This long-awaited manual focuses exclusively on the female artists who haven’t made it into most textbooks. Biographies, student assessments, and recordings are included for 18 important women who enriched the world with their incredible talents, such as Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, Marian Anderson, Ethel Merman, and Billie Holiday. Recommended for grades five and up. Book is 100% reproducible.

Find more resources for middle school general music on our website, or contact us for more 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.


“On the Shoulders of Giants” 18 December, 2017

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

Ready to start planning for your elementary spring musical? Here are some exciting new options for all grade levels!

leon-513807On the Shoulders of Giants by John Jacobson & Mac Huff
Suggested for Grades 4-8
Performance time: about 35 minutes
In the words of Sir Isaac Newton, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Join us as we pay tribute to leaders and heroes who have come before us and paved our way so we can live as we do today. Ben Franklin – author, inventor, scientist, diplomat – there’s nothing he can’t do! At the ‘great invention convention,’ learn about the contributions of Alexander Graham Bell, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and George Washington Carver. Others were statesmen, literary giants, artists, teachers, soldiers, doctors, and those who worked for civil and human rights – Martin Luther King, Ghandi, Mandela and more – in their march for freedom. See how one child can change the world. It’s time to stand tall! Be a giant; be a dreamer!

leon-510977Rock Around the 50s by John Jacobson & Roger Emerson
Suggested for Grades 4-8
Performance time: about 25 minutes
Hello Baaaaaaaby! Get ready to rock around the clock with songs and interesting fun facts from the era of sock hops, Elvis and doo-wop. These easily-produced Express Musicals are perfect for a short program in the spring or fall, community outreach events, or as part of a larger program. Short narrations for up to 23 speakers set up the songs.

alfred-515609Two for the Show by Sally K. Albrecht
Suggested for Grades K-4
Performance time: about 30 minutes (both combined)
These charming mini-musicals make a perfect pair for primary-aged students! Both of the traditional folk tales are told with brief unison songs and short scenes (featuring a small cast of characters plus up to 25 narrators). Minimal rehearsal time, few props, creative costume pieces, and a simple set make for no fuss in-class or on-the-stage productions. Whether you present them separately or as a set, your youngest performers will shine as adorable farm animals, fluffy forest creatures, or the territorial “mean and nasty” troll.

Find more creative choices for your young students 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.


Classical Transcriptions for Orchestra – Grade 3-4 15 December, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

It’s time to get your high school string orchestra music nailed down for spring concerts and festivals – here are some absolute winners! If your high school string orchestra is not quite ready for standard literature that is Grade 5 and up, be sure to pay attention to these excellent classical transcriptions at the Grade 3-4 level. Covering Baroque, Classical, and Romantic composers – and Igor Stravinsky! – you have a plethora of options from among the best new classical transcriptions that are out for the 2017-2018 school year. From symphonies, operas, choral music arrangements and solo features, these pieces all have plenty to offer in terms of teaching elements, generous orchestration and programmability. Don’t miss any of them!

grandm-gmmor178-fJoyful Jig by Bob Latchaw, Grade 3
Probably our favorite piece for 2017, this spritely, original, 6/8 jig morphs into a surprising rendition of Ode to Joy. With short solos for principal first violin and cello, it has tons of fun for everyone and will help reinforce 6/8 time as well as the opportunity to pit 2 against 3. Part independence and accidentals will also encourage maturity within your group. Plus it’s just a great performance piece!

Symphony No. 16 (1st Movement) by F.J. Haydn/arr. Brendan McBrien, Grade 3
Boundless enthusiasm permeates this bright opening movement from Haydn’s 16th symphony composed when he was only 25 years old. This prime example of Haydn’s fondness for using a monothematic structure shows his creative economy in symphonic construction. Upper strings carry the melody, but the lower strings are the absolutely necessary engine and there is plenty to teach with here, including shifting, Classical trills starting on the note and the buoyant Classical style.

wj-3035771-fAllegro from Symphony #17 by W.A. Mozart/arr. Steven J. Campbell, Grade 3
The youthful energy is contagious when you capture the Mozart style in this offering from when he was merely sixteen! The second of three symphonies he wrote that year, it contains his signature chromatics and a sixteenth/dotted eighth note rhythm that keeps it spritely. Typical of that era, the lower strings primarily provide the (absolutely necessary) “motor” while the upper string carry the melody and close harmony, and it’s the combination of the two that make it magically Mozart!

Pulcinella (Overture) by Igor Stravinsky/arr. Robert D. McCashin, Grade 3.5
It’s not often you can program Stravinsky for a high school string orchestra, so this one is a real treat! Being neo-classic it will not test students’ aural skills too far, but the part independence will keep everyone busy. All parts are absolutely essential and fairly involved, so no one can claim boredom! Enjoy a few short, shiny solos and superb Stravinskian idiosyncracies!

fjh-st6417-fMenuetto from Symphony #5 (3rd Movement) by Franz Schubert/arr. Robert D. McCashin, Grade 3.5
This minuet is so boistrous, it could be construed as a scherzo! Taken in “1” with light-hearted rhythms and chromatic melodies, it will fairly jump off the stage into your appreciative audience’s ears. The delightful melodies are primarily, but not totally, in the upper strings, but without the oom-pah-pah anchoring the accompaniment, it just wouldn’t be a minuet!

Andante from Symphony #4 by Felix Mendelssohn/arr. Robert S. Frost, Grade 4
The music of Mendelssohn is delightful to hear, but often challenging to perform. This selection, however, is accessible for developing string orchestras. The cellos and basses will find it particularly rewarding as they are featured with a walking bass line. In all respects this arrangement follows the original closely, with the necessary wind parts carried by upper strings.

kendor-10086-fNabucco Overture by Giuseppe Verdi/arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 4
Every bit of Grade 4, this will take a mature group, but will increase their maturity by being worked on and performed! It will be very impressive and memorable when polished. Offering all the themes from the original overture, it will keep your students on the edge of their chairs since they are covering all the full orchestra parts with just strings. Being a full-sounding arrangement, it will increase your players sense of ensemble as they listen while they play. Make sure to keep the down-up-up bowing steady and you will have a piece to be proud of.

Concerto for Two Violins in D Major by Antonio Vivaldi/arr. Brendan McBrien, Grade 3
Adapted from Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto in D Major, this arrangement for two solo violins and orchestra creates an opportunity to feature your top violinists in the opening movement of this classic work. Your musicians and audience will be charmed by this Italian masterpiece which includes passages for solo cello and optional keyboard accompaniment to lend it that authentic flavor.

wj-3035791-fSymphony #5 (1st Movement) by Franz Schubert/arr. Brian Holmes, Grade 3
Here is a wonderful way to expose your students to Schubert’s legendary melodic writing – he was the “King of German Lieder” after all, which were 99% melody! Most people know his Unfinished Symphony, but his other symphonic works need to be appreciated as well. This impressive masterwork will really allow your group to shine. Since it is a full orchestra work that has been collapsed down to just strings, it will give everyone lots to do to get all the parts covered. It is in G major, but is filled with accidentals such as A#, D# and Bb, it gets your first violins up into third position and promotes feeling the pulse in “2” – so there is plenty of educational emphasis as well as just plain gorgeous music.

alfred-45884-fDay of Wrath (from Requiem) by Giuseppe Verdi/arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 3.5
“Day of Wrath” (translated from the Latin “Dies Irae”), with its dramatic extremes of emotion, is the perfect choice for any concert or festival. Students may recognize it from the video game Mobile Strike! This setting by Verdi in his Requiem Mass was first performed in 1874 and now has been arranged by Deborah Baker Monday. Repeated sixteenth notes are used extensively along with divided parts to create a full, sonorous effect with huge dynamic contrasts from the fortissimo opening to the “morendo” ending.

Contact us for more recommendations, and 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.


Ken’s 10: New Pieces for HS Concert Band 14 December, 2017

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

The first Ken’s 10 post featured my 10 favorite new titles from our 2017 Signature Selections for Young Band.  It only makes sense to follow it up with my 10 favorites from our Signature Selections for High School Band.  Like the first post, these are unranked.  While most of them are programmatic, there is also a previously unpublished Claude T. Smith march and 3 of them draw from varied influences and sources.  They are pieces that will be fun to play, enjoyable for your audience, and provide some nice choices for select adjudication numbers.  I hope you like them, too.

Across the Great Plains
William Owens – Grade 3.5-4
The awe-inspiring legacy of the Pony Express gallops to life in this thrilling musical tale of one of America’s greatest institutions! Conceived from a single rhythmic motif, this adrenaline-fueled, rhythmically packed work yields heroic melodic statements, brilliant runs and a beautifully contrasting 3/4 section.

The Blue Ridge
arr. Robert Sheldon – Grade 4
The Blue Ridge Mountains have a rich history of folk music handed down by the families of the settlers in this region. Who better than Robert Sheldon to weave a tapestry of four of these wonderful songs into a setting for concert band?  Includes the spirited (and syncopated) Jack-a-Roe; the haunting Come All Ye Fair and Tender Ladies in a subtle call-and-response; the very popular Tom Dooley (watch those meters!); and a lush setting of the beautiful Barbara Allen.

Der Lehrmeister
Robert Sheldon – Grade 3.5
Don’t shy away from this title.  Translated from German as “The Master Teacher” and written in a style reminiscent of Richard Strauss, Der Lehrmeister was commissioned by the Florida Bandmasters Association in memory of Jack Crew, one of the all-time great teachers and musicians in the world band music.  Robert Sheldon has crafted a wonderfully authentic, sophisticated homage to German symphonic and operatic repertoire.

Dos Danzas Latinas
Andre Waignein – Grade 3.5
Want something different?  This dramatic, Latin dance style work is a guaranteed sonic palette cleanser!  Based on a habanera rhythm, the opening features oboe (cued in clarinet) and flute in a reminiscent dialogue. As the music builds, it accelerates into a wild and exciting rumba that drives to a fiery finish.

Fable
Erik Morales – Grade 3
Fable was inspired by ancient collections of children’s stories such as Aesop’s Fables and Grimm’s Fairy Tales.  Broad, memorable themes jump off the page along with an energetic rhythmic pulse that propels the narrative forward. The music maintains a veil of darkness and intrigue that will capture the imagination of the listener from start to finish, and your students will love its awesome, epic soundtrack quality!

Honor Guard March
Claude T. Smith – Grade 3.5
Traditional in all the best ways!  Previously unpublished, Honor Guard March was composed by Claude T. Smith in 1959 while he was teaching in Cozad, NE. Premiered in 1961and written in traditional form, this march contains a contemporary flair and sound that is unique to Smith’s distinctive style, and features an unusual meter shift from 6/8 to cut-time at the trio.  A wonderful addition to your school band library!

The Lost Temple
Jared Barnes – Grade 3
The Lost Temple captures the intrigue of ancient legends, lost treasures, and adventures into the unknown. A quiet, mysterious theme opens the piece (with just a hint of Indiana Jones!), eventually giving way to a rhythmic adventure theme. A sense of calm and wonder emerges as dangers reveal themselves amid flowing musical lines. A triumphant flourish ends the musical journey.  This title is on the 2018 Ohio High School Class A list.

Rise of the Silver City
Rossano Galante – Grade 4.5
There’s a reason why Rossano Galante is among my favorite band composers, and Rise of the Silver City is a great example.  Brass flourishes, lyrical woodwinds, and stately themes lead to a heroic climax in this work full of the orchestral soundtrack qualities that are his hallmarks – if you close your eyes you can see the closing credits.  Sure to be a piece your students are most excited about!

Soaring
Naoya Wada – Grade 3.5
Open your concert program by lifting off with this lofty work that lives up to its title!  Memorable, soaring melodies, upper woodwind obbligati (fingers are flyin’), and traditional A-B-A form set the stage for this exhilarating opener. The flowing middle section unfolds in an uplifting way through two key changes, before ascending back to full flight and soaring through the exuberant ending.

Vanguard
Chris M. Bernotas – Grade 3.5
Vanguard is an exciting and energetic piece that shifts between dynamic brass fanfare gestures, flourishes, and sweeping melodic lines.  All sections have a chance to shine on this attention-getting concert opener that starts big and bold and somehow manages to build to an ecstatic finish.

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.  He is excited to add Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings’ It’s a Holiday Soul Party to his Christmas rotation this year (on vinyl, of course!).  8 Days (of Hanukkah) and Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects fills your stocking with funky goodness, Silent Night is simply gorgeous, and White Christmas is flat out smokin’!


Sacred Choral Clinic in ONE MONTH 13 December, 2017

Lullington_Church_with_spring_flowers_-_geograph.org.uk_-_1103346With Christmas around the corner it seems strange to think that it’s almost time to purchase music for Lent and Easter! Plan to attend Stanton’s Sacred Choral Clinic on Saturday, January 13th 2018, and you’ll be fully prepared for the next “holiday season.”

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday January 13th, 2018
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

We will be featuring the best new choral publications for Lent, Easter and beyond, as chosen by Stanton’s sacred choral staff. This January’s clinic will be held at Livingston United Methodist Church, just a few blocks from our store in downtown Columbus!

Attending this clinic is a fantastic way for you to choose new church anthems for your choir by hearing the music read live. This January’s clinicians will be Stanton’s own Judy Henry and president emeritus Jim Strouse. Please feel free to contact Stanton’s at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with a choral staff member for the details of the event. We look forward to seeing you at 8:30 on January 13th for registration, coffee and doughnuts followed by a wonderful morning of singing!

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Organ Arrangements of Jewish Melodies 11 December, 2017

702076It is rare to find Jewish liturgical music arranged for organ, so we were pleased to see this new collection, “Sim Shalom,” which features includes eight lovely organ arrangements by Christina Harmon, who served as organist at Temple Emmanuel-El in Dallas, Texas. In addition to Jewish services, these arrangements can be played in Christian services as well, as a way to highlight shared spiritual heritage, for interfaith occasions, or in recital.

For more information about this collection or other organ music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Modern Worship Christmas for Guitar 06 December, 2017

44744recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

The collection “Modern Worship Christmas for Guitar” includes 20 songs that are new to the Christmas repertoire since the year 2000, including “Born Is the King (It’s Christmas)” by Hillsong; “Hallelujah” by Darlene Zschech; “How Many Kings” by Downhere, and “Joseph’s Lullaby” by MercyMe. The guitar parts are written out both in tablature and note, the words and vocal parts are all written out, and there are also some cues for keyboard – perfect for a praise band to use! It’s not so easy to find this many new songs in one collection, so check it out!

For more information about this collection or others like it, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, stantons.com. For this holiday season, 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.


World Music for the Elementary Classroom 04 December, 2017

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

Folksong Partners Around the WorldFolksong Partners Around the World arr. Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid
Here are more flexible folksongs to introduce young singers to beginning part-singing and experience a variety of world cultures. The reproducible singer songsheets feature each folksong and its partner on separate pages for a variety of teaching options. Teach these world folksongs in the lower grades. When singers are ready, teach the partner songs, and add twelve more songs to their singing repertoire. For further challenge, “partner them up” for twelve more performance options! A helpful teaching sequence and extension activities are also included. Accompany your singers live with simple piano parts in the printed collection, or use quality performance/accompaniment MP3 recordings available via audio access in the Performance Kit.

Fresh new originals partnered with these world folksongs: Ging Gang Goolie, Tum Balalaika, Andale Juana, Sansa Kroma, Haru Ga Kita, Old Dan Tucker, Sarasponda, Ma Bella Bimba, and more! Suggested for grades 1-6.

Kalani's World RhythmsKalani’s World Rhythms by Kalani Das
Energize your classroom with traditional World Music! From the simplest of rhythm patterns to beautiful melodies and rich harmonies, there’s a part to play for every student as they explore authentic songs and rhythms. Easy-to-play drumming arrangements place success and fun within reach of every student. Kalani is your guest instructor! Authentic techniques and rhythms for a range of drums and percussion instruments are demonstrated via downloadable video and audio recordings, bringing Kalani’s expertise right into your classroom. PDF scores of each song provide piano and Orff instrument parts and every song is suitable for ukuleles and other common chording instruments. Students will love the upbeat rhythms.

No drums? No problem. Alternative instrumentation is provided and the included accompaniment recordings make it easy to perform without any instruments. Each song tells a story that can be used to prompt creative movement, foster teamwork and build character. Kalani gives you ways to bring out the best in your students – including special learners. Video segments include: instruction for every drum and percussion instrument, layering in of all rhythm parts for each song, and how to teach rhythms using PUPS (Pulse Under Pattern Sequence). Audio includes: full performance recordings, accompaniment recordings, and layering in of rhythm parts for each song.

Songs include: Baiana, Kakilambe, Moribayasa, Paranaue, Tambor, and Zun Zun. Suggested for grades 4-8.

More Children of the WorldMore Children of the World by Andy Beck & Brian Fisher
These authentic folk songs from around the globe are arranged especially for 2-part voices, creating an amazing international field trip through nine countries on four continents! Information on the Fun Fact pages provides a fascinating look at world cultures and doubles as flexible narration for a 30-minutes multicultural music program. The Enhanced CD includes reproducible student song sheets, background pages, and cover art. Combine with the original “Children of the World” for an additional nine countries. Recommended for grades three and up.

For more information about these and other products, visit our website at stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext 1. We are happy to help you with all of 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 professional choral singer and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


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.


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.