News & Views Thursday, February 22, 2018

Category: Piano Music

THE GREATEST SHOWMAN 15 February, 2018

leon-00250373-fA musical drama biopic chronicling P.T. Barnum (played by Hugh Jackman) and his founding of the Barnum & Bailey Circus, “The Greatest Showman” features a stunning soundtrack by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul of “La La Land” and “Dear Evan Hansen” fame.

As you’re planning for spring concerts, consider these exciting titles from “The Greatest Showman”!

The Greatest Show: Choral SATB, SAB, and SSA, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
This Is Me: Choral SATB, SAB, and 2-part, Young Concert Band, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Rewrite the Stars: Choral (coming soon!) SATB, SAB, and SSA, Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Never Enough: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Come Alive: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
From Now On: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
A Million Dreams: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
The Other Side: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele
Tightrope: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Easy Piano, and Ukulele

Also available: the complete Vocal Folio, as well as collections for Easy Piano and Ukulele. Contact us for more information, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Modern Movie Favorites for Big Note and 5-Finger Piano Solo 08 February, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00241880-wlModern Movie Favorites: Songs from Hit Movies
Are your kids still singing or humming tunes from movies like “Trolls,” “Moana,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Star Wars,” or “The Lego Movie”? These two new collections are great for kids learning to play piano!

The easier book is the 5-Finger level, which means one finger at a time – very easy. It includes eight songs, and the lyrics are also included. There is also an optional duet part for a parent or teacher to play along. Songs include: Can’t Stop the Feeling, City of Stars, Evermore, Everything Is Awesome, How Far I’ll Go, Spirit in the Sky, Try Everything, and Unforgettable.

The Big Note collection has 18 songs from recent movies, including “Rey’s Theme” from the new Star Wars movies.  The big note level has large notes for easy reading, and is a little more advanced than the 5-Finger level. Two hands play at once, so there is harmony, making each piece more pleasing to the ear. Songs include: Alice, The Bare Necessities, Bundle of Joy, Can’t Stop the Feeling, City of Stars, Evermore, Everything Is Awesome, How Far I’ll Go, In Summer, Lava, Linus and Lucy, Rey’s Theme, Something Wild, Sophie’s Theme, Spirit in the Sky, Strong, Try Everything, and Unforgettable.

These collections are great to play for fun! For more information about these collections or other popular piano music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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

Organ and Piano Duets for Lent & Easter 26 January, 2018

702081recommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

The Wondrous Cross is a collection of organ/piano duets masterfully arranged by Terry Osman, an accomplished keyboardist and arranger. There are eight duets in all, which include a contemplative setting of “In the Hour of Trial” and a celebratory setting of “Welcome, Happy Morning!” These duets are ideal for use in services leading up to Easter, including Passion Sunday. If your church is fortunate enough to have a piano and an organ which can be played together and if your church has two able players, you are indeed blessed. This collection will be a welcome addition to your music library!

For more information about organ/piano duets for church, 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!

Teach Yourself Blues & Boogie Piano 24 January, 2018

00248990-wlFrom author, composer and teacher Michael Tarro comes the new resource Teach Yourself To Play Blues & Boogie Piano. If you are a pianist who has already developed some ability on your instrument and have an interest in learning about blues and boogie woogie, this book is tailor-made for you! Jazz and swing are also discussed. You’ll focus on many aspects of these styles, proceeding slowly at first, then progressing more quickly after the fundamentals have been introduced. Most of the songs and arrangements are at the intermediate level. The online audio features demo tracks, as well as stylistic backing tracks – with bass and drums only – so you can play along as the soloist! Topics covered include: 12-bar blues; left-hand bass patterns; right-hand licks; turnarounds & endings; swing & dotted rhythms; improvisation; and much more!

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

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!


Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot… 27 December, 2017

leon-00353010-fAs you prepare for New Year’s Eve festivities, have you mislaid your copy of “Auld Lang Syne?” Did you loan it out and never get it back? Stanton’s to the rescue! We have “Auld Lang Syne” in stock at our store, and you can also find it via Digital Delivery, where you can transpose it to any key you like. Many of our digital downloads come in PDF format, so you can print it, or save it to your tablet or PC. Browse our digital download library for more options as well – you will be amazed at all you find!

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


Solo and Ensemble Time Is Near! 20 December, 2017

OMEAIt’s almost January, which means Solo & Ensemble season for the Ohio Music Education Association is soon upon us! For our local, Central Ohio customers in OMEA District 15, the event date is Saturday, January 27. Here are some reminders to make sure that this busy day goes smoothly for you and your students:

1) Make sure that your student is playing from an original copy, not a photocopy, of music (even if you have purchased the music, copying it and playing from a photocopy is an infringement of copyright law).

2) Similarly, make sure the judge has an original score (with measures numbered!) from which to read.

3) Make sure that your student is playing from the correct edition of their music. To check the list of approved editions, follow these steps:
– Visit the OMEA Solo and Ensemble page
– Under High School, select “Search HS Required list,” or Junior High, select “Search JH Suggested list”
– Click “search,” choose your area, then select your instrument
– Select the event and class, then click “search”
– Click on the title of the piece (they will be listed alphabetically by title), then “View Approved Editions”

4) Contact us with any questions you may have about OMEA music! We are happy to help you, and can be reached at 1.800.42.MUSIC using any of the following extensions, or via email:
– ext 1: Choral and Classical Vocal (choral@stantons.com)
– ext 2: Instrumental (instrumental@stantons.com)
– ext 3: Piano and Guitar (keyboard@stantons.com)


The Christmas Season for Pianists 11 October, 2017

00236689-wlrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Music Specialists

It’s often not easy to find arrangements for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany in all one book, but the new collection Piano Solos for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany does just that! There are five piano solos for each of the three parts of the Christmas season. These intermediate level arrangements are easy to prepare, so you’re sure to be ready for the busy season (even with limited practice time!). The selections include traditional favorites such as “In the Bleak Midwinter,” “Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” and “We Three Kings,” and more. This is a collection that can be used over and over again! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


SO THERE from Ben Folds 28 September, 2017

HOT OFF THE PRESS from Hal Leonard is the new vocal folio “So There,” from Ben Folds‘ 2015 album. Ben Folds says in the introduction to the songbook, that his “goal was to transcribe these songs in a way that relays what I would ideally play.” The piano solo parts are satisfyingly challenging, words to the songs are included, and the melody stands apart from the piano accompaniment. A special bonus is exclusive online access to six all new studio recordings featuring Ben Folds alone at the piano!

This is the first new album from Ben Folds in quite some time – it’s time to treat yourself to some new music! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Halloween Piano Party! 21 September, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Many piano teachers host Halloween recitals and a party afterwards for their studios. The students (and parents sometimes too!) dress up for the evening and have games and refreshments after the recital – what fun!

wp411Halloween-themed piano solos are available in varying difficulty levels for students of all ages. From Jane and Lisa Bastien, the collection “Halloween Treats” is available from Primer level to Level Four. Alfred Music has different levels of Halloween piano solos, too, including solos sheets such as “The Galloping Ghost” by Glenda Austin, or “October Moonlight” by Jeanne Costello. There are books of Halloween solos that include songs like “Monster Mash,” the Twilight Zone theme, and more! Spoooooky!!

Now is the time to start planning for an evening of Halloween fun! 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.


THIS FRIDAY: Piano Teacher Clinic with Carolyn Miller 07 August, 2017

cmillerStanton’s Sheet Music presents a
WILLIS MUSIC PIANO TEACHER WORKSHOP
featuring Carolyn Miller

Friday August 11, 2017
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music
James E. Strouse Workshop Hall
330 S Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
FREE!

Motivating students to practice can be exhausting! The solution is easy: give them exciting, inspiring pieces! Students will come in to every lesson with more enthusiasm than ever. Join our expert clinician Carolyn Miller for an entertaining session packed with captivating music and valuable teaching tips.

Please RSVP for this free session by Thursday August 10 by phone (1.800.426.8742) or email (keyboard@stantons.com). We look forward to seeing you at this valuable session featuring complimentary refreshments and special day-of discounts for attendees!


Energize Your Students with CAROLYN MILLER 12 July, 2017

cmillerStanton’s Sheet Music presents a
WILLIS MUSIC PIANO TEACHER WORKSHOP
featuring Carolyn Miller

Friday August 11, 2017
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music
James E. Strouse Workshop Hall
330 S Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
FREE!

Motivating students to practice can be exhausting! The solution is easy: give them exciting, inspiring pieces! Students will come in to every lesson with more enthusiasm than ever. Join our expert clinician Carolyn Miller for an entertaining session packed with captivating music and valuable teaching tips.

Please RSVP for this free session by Thursday August 10 by phone (1.800.426.8742) or email (keyboard@stantons.com). We look forward to seeing you at this valuable session featuring complimentary refreshments and special day-of discounts for attendees!


First Lessons in Piano Improv 11 July, 2017

00159521_CoverWhether the goal is to be a classical or a jazz performer, improvisation provides an avenue to engage more deeply in learning the rules and patterns of music. Good improvisers become native speakers of musical language and not just readers of notes, and that idea is what provided the inspiration for “First Lessons in Piano Improv” by classical and jazz pianist Jeremy Siskind. Aimed toward the classically-trained late elementary/early intermediate pianist (and their teacher), this clearly-written guide takes pianists through fun, easy exercises, providing helpful tips and guidelines along the way. Siskind writes: “We are often told that improvisation simply means making stuff up. While that is technically true, it is important to note that some improvisations are better than others. A good improvisation, like any good piece of music, should be rhythmic, cohesive, logical, and feel complete. The book demonstrates how to learn the rules of music through improvisation so that when you improvise, you are making up good stuff.”  For more information about this book and others like it, call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at www.stantons.com.


Summer Jazz Piano Fun! 07 July, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Summer is the perfect time for piano teachers to try something different. Introduce your students to creative music making with these popular books by Bradley Sowash, a renowned piano educator specializing in improvisation who just happens to live Ohio.

kjos-494295Creative Chords is a unique two-book series designed to teach beginning students who have mastered basic keyboard skills how to improvise! Each book comes with unique code to access videos and backing tracks in which the author demonstrates how to play well-known melodies by ear, improvise embellishments and variations, add chords and accompaniment styles, and create full-sounding arrangements based on their own tastes and preferences. Teachers, even those with a limited background in improvisation, will agree this is a must-have for balancing the ear and the eye for playing today’s music!

That’s Jazz, a nine-book series, is the perfect avenue for motivating late elementary & intermediate level students, while opening them up to the vital musical tradition and artistic expression of jazz. Whether teachers have limited jazz training or none at all, they can still feel confident leading students through their first experiences with jazz!

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


FREE Piano Teacher Session 12 June, 2017

cmillerStanton’s Sheet Music presents a
WILLIS MUSIC PIANO TEACHER WORKSHOP
featuring Carolyn Miller

Friday August 11, 2017
9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music
James E. Strouse Workshop Hall
330 S Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
FREE!

Motivating students to practice can be exhausting! The solution is easy: give them exciting, inspiring pieces! Students will come in to every lesson with more enthusiasm than ever. Join our expert clinician Carolyn Miller for an entertaining session packed with captivating music and valuable teaching tips.

Please RSVP for this free session by Thursday August 10 by phone (1.800.426.8742) or email (keyboard@stantons.com). We look forward to seeing you at this valuable session featuring complimentary refreshments and special day-of discounts for attendees!


Celtic Creations 19 May, 2017

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

1 handbell.qxdCeltic Creations arr. Larry Shackley
“Celtic Creations” is Larry Shackley’s fourth book of hymns and songs arranged in the Celtic style. Ten pieces in all, including “Ancient Words,” “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us,” “We are Called,” and “Christ Be in My Waking,” are full of the energy characteristic of the Celtic style, and are on an intermediate to advanced level. Suitable for prelude, offertory or postlude, the music from this collection is bound to be appreciated by your congregation!

For more information about this collection or other books of sacred piano music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. And remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Music Major Graduation Gifts – Pianists 10 May, 2017

The world of a musician or collegiate music major is often foreign and strange to those outside of the profession.  Parents, family and friends are often at a loss as to what graduation gifts might be most useful to high school graduates who plan to major in music, or college graduates pursuing music as a profession.   The members of our knowledgeable staff at Stanton’s have all been in their shoes, and we recommend these gifts (in a variety of price ranges) we could have used when we graduated!

For HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE GRADUATES with piano majors:

The Ultimate Piano Collection Series from G. Schirmer, $29.99-$37.50
Build your graduate’s repertoire library with these cost-saving collections! Available in Bach, Chopin, and Debussy editions, each comb-bound volume from the prestigious G. Schirmer Library of Musical Classics contains virtually every piece of piano music by these master composers.

The Musician’s Practice Planner, $9.99
Students are often a little shocked when they find out that they will be spending much more time in the practice room than they did in high school (most collegiate teachers expect at least 3 hours/day), and staying organized is key. This easy-to-use 8 “x 11” spiral-bound book has two full pages devoted to each lesson. Designed to make lessons more enjoyable and efficient, it is used as an assignment book by teachers and as a practice log by students.

Trying to check items off your piano studio list? Stanton’s carries a full line of standard method books, etude books and solo repertoire! Visit http://www.stantons.com or give us a call – we’re sure we can help you find what you need! Oh, and don’t forget – Music Majors get a 10% Discount off most methods, etude books, and solos!!!

Leather Briefcase with G Clef Embroidery, $79.95
Perfect for toting music to-and-from gigs and rehearsals, this quality leather briefcase is 16” x 12”, and is easy to carry with both handles and the included shoulder strap.

The A to Z of Foreign Musical Terms by Christine Ammer, $10.75
The more advanced a student becomes, the more often they will be using upper level music that is often published overseas. While standard music terms can be found in a traditional music dictionary, some instructions and descriptions will be written in the composers’ native languages. This resource lists the terms most commonly found in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Latin and Portuguese scores.

Harvard Dictionary of Music, $54.50
We know, we know, there’s an app for that. Sometimes, though, you can’t beat an old fashioned reference book. This is the standard against which all other music dictionaries are measured, and every professional has one on their shelves.

Bach, Beethoven and the Boys: Music History As It Ought To Be Taught, $17.95
If It Ain’t Baroque…More Music History As It Ought To Be Taught, $15.95
Accidentals on Purpose: A Musician’s Dictionary, $15.95
Just for fun, we offer a wealth of musical humor writings by David W. Barber. The more educated the reader, the more fun they will have with Barber’s dry wit and knack for putting musicians in their place! Click here to see all of the author’s offerings.

Don’t forget to give your graduate Stanton’s phone number: 1-800-42-MUSIC! Our staff is a great resource with music knowledge and teaching experience, and full of ideas!


Piano Duets for Fun 26 April, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

There’s nothing better than making music together with friends! Here are a few exciting piano duets for one piano-four hands – get out there and make music!

00290496-leonThe Beatles Piano Duets
Includes: “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be,” “Penny Lane,” “Something,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” and “Yesterday”

Heart and Soul and Other Duet Favorites
Includes: “Any Dream Will Do,” “Chopsticks,” “Heart and Soul,” “Music! Music! Music! (Put Another Nickel In),” “On Top of Spaghetti,” “Raiders March,” “The Rainbow Connection,” and “Y.M.C.A.”

Both of these duet collections are at an intermediate difficulty level. Just you and your friend can have fun with these, or play for friends and show off! Enjoy a beautiful ballad such as “Let It Be,” or tap your toes to “Music, Music, Music!”

For more information about these collections or others like them, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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


Schirmer Performance Editions 10 April, 2017

leon-480729From the Hal Leonard Piano Library, Schirmer Performance Editions are designed for piano students and their teachers as well as for professional pianists. These editions offer new research, insightful interpretive suggestions, pertinent fingering, and historical and stylistic commentary. Each volume includes an excellent performance based on the recorded edition via Audio Access for download or streaming. Prepared by experienced artists and master teachers, these publications provide an accurate, well-informed score resource for pianists.

Available in a wide variety of editions, organized by musical time period, by composer, and by difficulty level, here are just a few examples of these valuable collections:
– The Baroque Era, Intermediate Level
– The Classical Era, Early Intermediate Level
– The Romantic Era, Intermediate Level
– The 20th Century, Upper Elementary Level
– Beethoven Piano Sonatas Volume 1
– Mozart: 15 Intermediate Piano Pieces
– Satie: Gymnopedies & Gnossiennes
– Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist Complete

Compiled and edited by Richard Walters, these books are full of delightful pieces of varying styles that are sure to widen a student’s experience. Check them out today at stantons.com, or contact us for more collections from this valuable series. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


MOANA 07 April, 2017

leon-00204662-fFor centuries, the greatest sailors in the world masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, 3,000 years ago, their voyages stopped for a millennium – and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana convinces the mighty demigod Maui to join her mission, and he reluctantly helps her become a wayfinder like her ancestors who sailed before her. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.

Find music from “Moana” by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mark Mancina and Opetaia Foa‘I at Stanton’s Sheet Music!

Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook
Easy Piano Folio
Ukulele Folio
“Moana: Choral Highlights” Medley for SATB, SAB, and 2-part
“How Far I’ll Go” for SATB, SAB, and 2-part
“We Know the Way” for SATB, SAB, and 2-part
“You’re Welcome” for SATB, SAB, and 2-part
Instrumental Play-Along for Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello

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