News & Views Friday, September 04, 2015

Category: New Publications

Back to School: Fall 2015 Band Update 31 August, 2015

by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist –

Now that school is back in session and marching band season has begun to hit a groove, I’d like to catch you up on band related news, features, and upcoming events for 2015-16. While everyone takes a bit of a break in June & July (yes, we take some vacation, too!), we are hard at work previewing all the new concert band titles, updating our website & Listening Library, picking promotions, and brainstorming ways to make your work a little easier. Here’s a rundown of new features and things to look forward to this school year:

What’s New
– If you haven’t already, you can check out all the NEW concert band titles on stantons.com. Head over to the concert band page and click on New for 2015-16!, and you can browse the new titles by difficulty or publisher.
– We have announced our Stanton’s Staff Selections for the new school year. Of the 550+ new band titles we previewed, these are the 80-90 best as chosen by our band staff. Preview them by clicking on Stanton’s Staff Selections on the concert band page, then choose 2015-2016 Young Band or 2015-2016 High School Band or visit our Current Promotions page.
– Watch your mailbox for our 2015-2016 Concert Band promotions featuring this year’s Staff Selections. The Young Band promotion was mailed this month; our High School promotion will arrive in mid-October.
– The 2016 OMEA Required Music Lists were released in late June and are available for preview on our concert band page.
– Middle School band directors in need of a quality repertoire guide should check out the recently released Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Band volume.
– If you have a jazz band, be sure to read my post from last week What (Music) Should I Do with My Jazz Band?

Tyler S. Grant

Features
– If you aren’t already subscribed (why not?), click here to receive periodic emails from us featuring uniquely themed Staff Selections, Composer Spotlights (3 coming this year!), the latest music, method, and textbook releases, and more!
– Check our concert band page often – the Featured Tabs along the bottom will change to highlight the best new pieces for concert band!
– We are excited to add Tyler S. Grant to the Featured Composers and Arrangers on our Listening Library! This young composer is consistently writing some of the best new music for young bands – you really should check him out!
– If you’re curious to know what my favorite new titles are, visit the Ken’s Top 10 – 2015 tab on our concert band page.
– Want to know more about the people you speak with on the phone and that handle your orders? Our Meet the Stanton’s Team series of staff profiles let’s you know who we are, what we specialize in, and what we geek out on!

Upcoming Events
– Our 14th Wind Band Invitational & New Music Reading Clinic – November 20-21, 2015 – Capital University
– Visit our booth at The Midwest Clinic – McCormick Place, Chicago, IL – December 16-18, 2015
– Visit us at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference – Louisville, KY – January 6-9, 2016

That’s all for now! I hope you find these items helpful and fun, and that your school year is off to a smooth start.

About the Author:
Ken is a former band director, and has been with Stanton’s since 2004. Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, the Muppets, and all things Pittsburgh. He also plays saxophone with Swing’s the Thing Big Band. You should check out their album Walk On Out the Door available on iTunes and Amazon.


Read and Sing Folksongs 17 August, 2015

Read & Sing Folksongs

by Emily Crocker

Recommended by Rachel Steele, School Music Specialist

read and sing folk songsPlay-party games, folk dances, sea chanties;  this new collection has got it all!  Composer and educator Emily Crocker has put together 12 arrangements for use in the elementary classroom, with options for use in performance or informance.  The book includes multi-day lesson plans for each selection, with objectives based on the new National Standards.  Activities are focused on both melodic and rhythmic literacy as well as performing on classroom instruments and movement activities.   In addition, students are given age-appropriate opportunities for singing in harmony.  Suggestions for extension activities and assessment are also included.

The reproducible collection comes with an Enhanced Performance/Accompaniment CD that includes PDF’s of the singer pages.  These can be projected via a classroom computer or photocopied to hand out to students.  Folksongs include: Alabama Gal, The Boatman, Cape Cod Girls, Charlie Over the Ocean, The Colorado Trail, Icka Backa Soda Cracker, May Day Carol, Rise Up Shepherd and Follow, Sailing On the Ocean, Shake Them ‘Simmons Down, Skin and Bones, and Sourwood Mountain.  This resource is recommended for grades 3-6.

For other recommendations regarding elementary music materials, please give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit our website.

Rachel Steele has been working in the choral department at Stanton’s since 2013.  She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music education from The Ohio State University.  Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington, OH,) Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!


Stanton’s Spotlight on Elementary General Resources 10 August, 2015

Each year, the knowledgeable staff at Stanton’s chooses select titles to promote to you, our valued customers.  We listen to thousands of new issues from scores of publishers and composers to present you with the very best in new music for your ensembles.  In our new Stanton’s Spotlight feature, we will put a special focus on one piece or resource that we particularly enjoy, and tell you how it can serve you and your students.

first we sing book 2The First We Sing! Series

by Susan Brumfield

Recommended by Rachel Steele, School Music Specialist

The music education philosophy of Zoltan Kodaly is well known to most elementary music teachers.  His ideas about basing the music education of all children on singing,  music literacy, folk music (their “mother tongue”) and quality composed music are the basis of many music curricula.  In her “First We Sing!” Series, Dr. Susan Brumfield brings a fresh, modern take to the Kodaly approach.

first we sing teaching guideThe First We Sing! Teaching Guide outlines the Kodaly approach, addresses how to teach a song,  and gives a suggested scope and sequence, song lists, yearly plans and recommended reading and listening lists.

first we sing resource pack primaryThe First We Sing Teaching Strategies book (available for Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5,) is a step by step guide for teaching each element or concept.  Rhythmic and melodic concepts are broken down into sequential lessons, and there is a wonderful section on what to teach if your students are not ready for a visual representation of these ideas.  We especially love the sensitivity to how teachers work on a daily basis – the book is conveniently hole punched for placement in a 3-ring binder.

first we sing songbook onefirst we sing book 2Perhaps the most universally applicable element of the First We Sing! Series are the Songbooks, Volumes One and Two.  The 20 songs in each book are meant to be used in different ways at a variety of levels.  For example, you might use the same song for reading or sight-singing with an upper grade level, while using the included listening CD for movement activities with your youngest students.

The First We Sing Series might be for you if:

  • You want to align your elementary program to the Kodaly philosophy.
  • You are looking for a comprehensive curriculum all in one place.
  • You are a teacher who wants to include Kodaly elements in an existing music curriculum.
  • You and your students enjoy singing and moving to folksongs from a variety of cultures.

For more great suggestions, please contact our choral department by phone at 1-800-42-MUSIC or email us at choral@stantons.com.

Rachel Steele has been working in the choral department at Stanton’s since 2013.  She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in music education from The Ohio State University.  Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington, OH,) Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!


Playbook: A Tiny Library from Hal Leonard 06 July, 2015

14043451Hal Leonard has a new “tiny” library ! There are how-to-play books, each one a handy beginner’s guide to playing ukulele, guitar, keyboard or harmonica.  They are small, (3″ x 4″),  and spiral bound at the top. Also offered in the “Tiny” series is a book of chords for guitar, ukulele, or keyboard, which include a photo of someone playing that chord alongside a diagram of the chord. A brief guide to music theory rounds out this series.  They are easy to keep in a case or a gig bag, and very reasonably priced at $3.99.  If you need to keep something handy for chords or “how-to” tips, these little books are great references! For more information about this “tiny” library, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

 


String Orchestra Spoiler Alert 10 June, 2015

recommended by Dan Clark, School Orchestra Specialist

Not off the press yet, but coming soon from Alfred publishing, here are some of the standouts in our perusal of scores and listening to Fall 2015 titles.  It is likely that these titles will be on  Stanton’s Summer Reading Sessions at the Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop, July 5 – July 11.

All of the following selections are original compositions.  They contain great teaching opportunities, everyone has interesting parts and they will be great crowd-pleasers at concerts.

impactImpact by Bob Phillips  (43851)……………………………….$56.00

A truly powerful concert piece that honors the impact teachers have on the lives of others, this original work is a perfect centerpiece for concert and festival programming. Rhythmically exciting, with great parts for all sections, this is a must-have. (4:30)

pi tunes

Pi Tunes by Richard Meyer (43825)……………………………………………………..$62.00

Try assigning the first 32 digits of Pi to a scale degree to create five melodies that flow together, and you’ll have a start to this awesome composition. With a light jazzy feel, driving accompaniments, and features of all sections, here’s another creative hit from the master. (4:20)

river rhapsodyRiver Rhapsody by Richard Meyer (43843)……………….$49.00

A great way to introduce students to tone painting, this unique and fun-to-play selection traces the path of an imaginary river, which begins as a tiny spring and gradually grows. Themes from three famous “river pieces” are included: “The Beautiful Blue Danube,” “Water Music,” and “The Moldau.” (4:00)

city of steel

 

City of Steel by Doug Spata (43827)………………………………………………………$56.00

Brooding melodies that rise like mist over dark, churning chords, give way to a warm, yearning section, returning for a rousing finish. The lush, romantic sound and the dramatic expressiveness thrill while technical development includes 16th notes, chromatics, and shifting. (4:30)

 mystereMystere by Shirl Jae Atwell (43840)………………………………………………………………………$49.00

“Arousing wonder and inquisitiveness”—that is mystère. And this piece exemplifies, through music, the wonder and incomprehension of a mystery with melodies and counter melodies throughout. (3:15)

 

matadorMatador by Susan H. Day (43829)…………………………………………………………$49.00

Picture the matador as he waves his red cape and the crowd cheers him on!  Distinguished by its Spanish influenced melodies and harmonies, this piece in 4/4 is written in D minor and E minor. Great to develop expressive playing! (3:30)

 

 

Pre-order your copies today on our website or by calling us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, extension 2.  Questions?  Email orchestra@stantons.com!

Dan Clark 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.


Chord Solos for the Baritone Ukulele 09 June, 2015

00145630The baritone ukulele is tuned like the highest four strings of a guitar:  E, B, G, D, while the soprano uke is tuned A-E-C-G. This collection for baritone ukulele has been complied by Dick Sheridan, longtime player of fretted instruments.  The ukulele is his favorite fretted instrument.  These classic ukulele songs are arranged for chord soloing. Chord soloing is using chords to play melody and harmony simultaneously.  The melody usually is played on the first, (highest pitch), string. The combination of chord and melody makes for a richer sound.  There are twenty-seven songs, including jazz, blues, barbershop, gospel, classical, folk and more.  Learn or relearn some ukulele favorites, and learn to show off with some chord soloing!  For more information about this collection of sheet music, or other ukulele 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.


Jabberwocky! 03 June, 2015

Usually, one associates John Carter with sacred choral or piano music.  This delightful departure from 1-3372that genre is “Jabberwocky!”  The poem, from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice Found There”, has been musically illustrated in eight pieces.  “The Tumtum Tree”  is suitably reflective, and “The Jabberwock” is appropriately ominous.  This humorous collection was commissioned by a long-time friend of John Carter’s, Harvey H. Scholl.  Written on an intermediate level, this sheet music for piano solo is suitable for recitals or other performances.  (Perhaps a reading of the poem, accompanied by the pieces?)  For more information about this, or other piano collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Sonata for Piano, by Justin Dello Joio 28 May, 2015

Dello Joio. 00145153 Does the name sound familiar?  Justin Dello Joio is the son of Norman Dello Joio, so he grew up with composing and the piano.  Justin’s most recent print release is the “Sonata for Piano“.  This work is full of energy and intensity, and is dedicated to Vincent Persichetti,  with whom Justin studied at the Julliard School.  There is a recording of Garrick Ohlsson playing it available at Bridge records  (CD9220).  Especially if you like 20th and 21st century music, you need to check this out!  Classical music is not frozen at Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.  Classical music is alive, so it grows and changes.  Don’t forget our past, and do embrace our future.  Dive in and check this out.  For more information about this or other piano music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Aretha Franklin 20 Greatest Hits 26 May, 2015

00125964It has been a long time since there was a collection of Aretha Franklin sheet music.  This new publication from Hal Leonard includes twenty hits by the Queen of Soul.  When you hear the song “Respect” or “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, I bet you hear Aretha Franklin‘s voice in your head.   She has been a very active artist since the 1960’s, and in 1987, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In 2014, she covered Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”, which debuted at 47 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.  In so doing, Franklin became the first woman to have 100 songs on that chart.  Welcome back to print music, Miss Franklin! I hope this isn’t the only book of your songs that we see!

For more information about this collection, or those of other artists, 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.


Gospel Treasures for Organ 19 May, 2015

00144550Gospel Treasures is a new release from Hal Leonardwith 35 gospel hymns arranged for intermediate organ.  If you’ve been wanting an organ book of gospel music, this collection is a great addition to your library!  From the perennial favorite, “Amazing Grace” to the beautiful song “In the Garden”, or the rollicking “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”, to the lyrical “Precious Memories”, this is a gospel library between two covers.  Check it out, and see what this collection has to offer. For more information about this collection or other organ music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

 


The Firewatcher’s Daughter, Brandi Carlile 30 April, 2015

00143233The Firewatcher’s Daughter“, by Brandi Carlile, is the newest release by this talented artist.  iTunes gives this album high marks for energy and creativity.  Every song is different from the one before it.  “The Firewatcher’s Daughter”  album shows off the talent and diversity of this artist.  Give the whole album a good listen, then check out this new book of guitar sheet music that matches the album.  The collection includes standard notation,  guitar chords and lyrics.  Some songs have tablature included. For more information about this collection or other sheet music you have an interest in, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Selections from “Violet” 21 April, 2015

00130743Violet” is a musical about the journey of a young woman searching for a faith healer to restore her scarred face.  This musical won The Drama  Critics’ Circle Award when it premiered off Broadway in 1997.  In 2014, the revival of “Violet” was nominated for the Tony AwardJeanine Tesori, (also the composer for the music for “Shrek the Musical“, plus others),  has written another great score for this wonderful story of how a young woman finds healing of a different kind.  Sit down at the piano and play and sing, or listen to your CD of this musical  and follow along with this song book.  For more information about this collection of sheet music or other Broadway collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


NEW!!!! G. Schirmer Violin Anthology 10 April, 2015

G. Schirmer Violin Anthology – 24 Works from the 20th and 21st Centuries

recommended by Dan Clark, String Specialist

g schirmer violin anthologyDo you have advanced students to whom you would like to introduce some “modern” composers without spending an arm and a leg on a sonata or concerto from a single writer?  This new collection is for you!  Subtitled “A Variety of Approachable Music for the Advanced Player” these are 24 short pieces or movements from larger works that have been gathered together for study and/or performance.  Selections are  from such prominent composers as Samuel Barber, Lili Boulanger, John Corigliano, Paul Creston, Bernard Heiden, Karel Husa, Charles Ives, Aram Khachaturian, Boruslav Martinu, Walter Piston, Andre Previn, Sergei Prokofiev, Bright Sheng, Augusta Read Thomas, Virgil Thomson, and Joan Tower and others.  There are also nine enthralling pages of notes about the pieces and their composers as well as the dates they were written and first performed, some even written by the composers themselves.  Five of the pieces are unaccompanied, but the other 19 have a piano part included.  The music is quite challenging as you might expect, but well worth working on, not only to learn some contemporary literature but also to open your students’ ears to modern melodic and harmonic concepts.

G. Schirmer Violin Anthology – 24 Works from the 20th and 21st Century  (50498777)……………….$24.99

Dan Clark 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.


Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 08 April, 2015

Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2

Recommended by Rachel Steele, School Choral Specialist

choir builders 2 for growing voicesWhile a consistent routine in your rehearsal is great for students, changing up a couple of warm-ups can really liven things up.  Rollo Dilworth, renowned composer, conductor and educator, has come out with a second volume featuring 24 fun and instructional warm-ups for your elementary or middle school choirs.  Each of the 24 selections details which vocal skills are enhanced by that particular warm-up, and includes optional accompaniments for body percussion, classroom instruments and/or Orff instruments.  If you are less than comfortable with your piano skills, an accompaniment CD is also included.  The CD’s demonstration tracks can be used for listening or quick learning, while the accompaniment-only tracks are great for assessing your students’ progress.  Come back after break with a fresh spring in your step that will engage your students for the rest of the year.

Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 – by Rollo Dilworth (00123577) ……………………………………..$19.99

Choir Builders for Growing Voices – by Rollo Dilworth (09971400)………………………………………..$19.99

Rachel Steele has been at Stanton’s since 2013. She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from The Ohio State University. Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington OH), Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!


The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread….REAL-ly! 07 April, 2015

Recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Education Specialist

real easy bookWhat was one of the best books for teaching jazz improvisation is even better! Volume 1 of The Real Easy Book from the Sher Music Company is now published in a 3-horn edition including a 2nd harmony part and 3rd harmony part along with the lead sheet melody. For a mere $3 more (now $28) you get fully fleshed-out arrangements along with great sample bass lines, chord voicings and useful scales for improvisation. All that in ALL FOUR TRANSPOSTIONS… C book (cat #122), Bb book (cat #123), Eb book (cat #124) and bass clef (cat #125).

Additional educational material is also in each volume. Chords with complimentary scales for improvisation, basic drum patterns and a discography so your students can hear how the masters did it.

If you dig this book you also have to check out Real Easy Book, volume 2 which is just a little more advanced. Real Easy Book, volume 3 has all of the tunes organized by style periods…. GREAT for teaching jazz history. Volume 4 is all about Latin jazz from sambas and biaons to merengues and cha-chas.

One of the most versatile jazz combo books on the market! This book is also great for those high school jazzers looking to up their game a notch. Order today for programming on your final concerts of the school year or for your summer jazz camps.

Click here for a table of contents showing the number of REAL jazz tunes included in The Real Easy Book, volume 1.

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


New! Decade Series, 1920s to the 2000s 03 April, 2015

00137601New from Hal Leonard is an updated series of nine Decade song collections, beginning with the 1920s and continuing to the 2000s. Each collection of popular sheet music includes dozens of the best hits from each decade.  The spine is bound so it is easy to keep the book open without having to break the back.  Each volume also includes “Online Audio Backing Tracks“. This means that no matter which book you get, you have access to backing tracks for all the songs in that book.  Whether you just want the fun of singing along, or you need to have the backing tracks, you can do it! Check out this newly released series! You can contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

 


Joy Be With You All 30 March, 2015

Graduation-partyby Jen Sper & Rachel Steele, School Choral Specialists

Send your graduating seniors off with music with one of these new choral titles, perfect for spring concerts or graduation ceremonies!

Joy Be With You All arr. Douglas E. Wagner
This thoughtful closing sentiment is appropriate for any time of year. Imagine your singers joining hands as they blend and tune their voices. Just when you think you’ve heard the finest of a cappella harmonies, the final cadence delivers even more.

Over the Rainbow arr. Mac Huff
This stunning setting of the timeless ballad from The Wizard of Oz is one you will return to again and again. Simplicity, elegance and perfect moments of breathtaking sonority will showcase concert and community choirs at their very best!

There Is Peace by Jim Papoulis
In a world of conflict and violence, the true essence of this work should be one of gentle inner understanding that peace can come from all of us. After the opening phrase, “Look in the eyes of the children, feel the touch of their hands, there is peace,” the verse enters, with a full, yet still gentle sound. The refrain is more celebratory, followed by a quiet bridge and ending which is calm and introspective, much like the opening.

Things That Never Die by Victor C. Johnson
Prolific composer Victor Johnson has written a heart-felt setting of Charles Dickens’ well-known poem for three-part mixed voices and piano. Lyric, interesting melodies contrast with lush harmonic refrains, all in accessible ranges. Appropriate for ensembles of all sizes and abilities and for concert or festival needs.

For more suggestions for your graduation or baccalaureate ceremonies, contact Stanton’s at 1.800.426.8742. 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 eating good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Rachel Steele has been at Stanton’s since 2013. She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in music education from The Ohio State University. Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington OH), Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!


Bass (Guitar) Lesson Goldmine 27 March, 2015

00131002This new book of sheet music instruction for electric bass blues, “100 Blues Lessons“,  has one hundred lessons for many blues styles.  The music is written out both in standard notation and tablature plus playing examples and tips.   In addition, the book includes audio access, a new feature from Hal Leonard.  How to use the audio access feature is explained at www.halleonard.com/mylibrary.  If you’re bored with what you are playing, or if you are looking for new styles, check this out!  For more information about this collection, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Stanton’s August 2015 Church Clinic 25 March, 2015

After Holy Week is done and you’ve had time to take a breath, make sure you’re ready for the next church season with our August Sacred Choral Reading Session!

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Joel Raney for the first time as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Joel started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His taste for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama, an influence that shows strongly in his work to this day. After completing his degree in choral conducting at the University of North Alabama, he went on to sharpen his keyboard skills, earning a masters degree in piano performance at The Juilliard School.

jrpic2Since 1999 he has taken the church music scene by storm, with over 200 titles in print, primarily with Hope Publishing where he serves as Editor. His innovative style and inspired arranger’s instincts put his numerous choral anthems, musicals and cantatas, handbell compositions, piano solos, and instrumental works at the top of sales charts year after year.

Joel’s interest in  music of all kinds has led to employment opportunities in everything from classical and jazz performance to pop vocal arranging. He has conducted national tours of Broadway productions, and has been honored for outstanding musical direction of theater in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Since 1988 he has worked as a composer and producer of commercial music in Chicago and has written soundtracks for more than 2000 television and radio commercials, plus numerous scores for short films. For more than a decade, Joel was Artist-in-Residence at the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, IL, and currently serves as Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Oak Park, IL. He makes his home in River Forest with wife Susie and their three sons, Charlie, Sawyer and Jesse.

Your registration includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 9th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/8/2015, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University
195 West Park St., Westerville OH 43081
Cost: $20.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30.)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Joel Raney
Saturday 8/8/2015, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Top Christian Hits, 2014-2015 24 March, 2015

00139167This newly released collection of Christian sheet music contains twenty of the best recent Christian hits. “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”, was still #2 as of the week of January 18.  Also still high on the charts are “Greater” by MercyMe,  “He Knows My Name” by Francesca Battiselli, and “Jesus Loves Me” by Chris Tomlin.  If you like to play and sing these top hits, or if you are in a praise band at church, this is a fun and valuable collection to have!  For more information about this collection 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!