News & Views Friday, September 22, 2017

Category: Piano Music

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!


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 31 March, 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Attention, fellow Muggles! Welcome back to the Wizarding World, where the creatures are magical, the pumpkin juice is plentiful, and adventure is around every corner!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the newest film depicting the adventures of the witches and wizards in JK Rowling’s mysterious, magical world, and if you or your student fell in love with this story, they can relive the magic with this Easy Piano Folio containing five pieces from James Newton Howard’s film score.

Dan Coates has done a marvelous job of simplifying these pieces (Newt Says Goodbye to Tina / Jacob’s Bakery, A Man and His Beasts, Blind Pig, End Titles Pt. 2: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Kowalksi Rag) into a format that is accessible for younger players, while still maintaining the integrity of the original score. These pieces have been made more “playable” without sounding childlike.

Additionally, this book also serves as a souvenir book, so among the sheet music are photos from the recording session and color photos from the film.

If you would like more information about this or other Harry Potter piano books, visit us at stantons.com, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC, ext 3. Stanton’s Sheet Music is here for all of your sheet music needs!


Piano Music for Lent and Easter 29 March, 2017

recommended by Caryn G. & Judy S., Sacred Piano Music Specialists

lorenz-0787754938For the skilled pianist looking for music appropriate for Lent and Easter, we are eager to recommend The Wonder of Glorious Love, an advanced piano solo book arranged by Melody Bober.

An experienced arranger, Bober has produced this beautiful collection that has a very classical feel, and uses lush full chords and ornaments that add an elegant spin on the classic hymns that we already know. The collection includes hymns such as “Were You There?,” “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” and “Near the Cross,” and is an excellent resource for preludes, offertories, and other church needs this time of year.

If you would like more information about this collection or other Lent and Easter recommendations, call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website: www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


French Piano Music 24 March, 2017

the-french-pinao-collectionThe French Piano Collection

Comprised of 48 pieces composed exclusively by French composers, G. Schirmer’s new French Piano Collection is the perfect addition to your piano library!

As you would expect from a collection of this type, a number of the classics can be found here (think Debussy’s Golliwog’s Cake-walk, Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, and Satie’s Three Gymnopédies). What makes this collection different, however, is that not only does it have the excerpts from these works that we love, it also contains these works in their entirety. For example, all of Debussy’s Children’s Corner, Pour le piano, and Suite bergamasque, Couperin’s Suite in C minor, and Ravel’s Sonatine are here in one place.

Because of the variety of its contents, both in difficulty and in date/style of composition, this book will be a lasting resource to its owner. For a reasonable price, the student will be able to utilize pieces from this collection that meet their constantly evolving skill sets.

For more information about this and other piano collections, explore our website at www.stantons.com, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.3. Stanton’s can help with all of your sheet music needs!


Music for Piano Recital 23 February, 2017

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The Music for Millions series is a great educational resource of piano pieces composed by pianists, especially for growing piano students. Easy Classics to Moderns Volume 17 includes 142 easy piano pieces composed from the mid-1700s to the present day. Many are only 2 lines long, so they are just the right length for a student’s very first (*gulp*) recital. There are the familiar pieces by J.S. Bach, such as Minuet in G, and Musette in D; Old French Song by Tchaikovsky; Six Miniatures by Bartok, and many more. The variety of the time periods presented offer the opportunity to become familiar with piano music across the ages. If you are preparing students for OMEA adjudications at the middle school level, anything in this collection is acceptable! If you have never used this collection before in your studio, I encourage you to check it out!

For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, stantons.com. Contact 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.


OMEA Solo and Ensemble Event 02 January, 2017

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It’s January, which means OMEA solo and ensemble season is here! Here are some reminders to make sure that that 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:
– Enter the OMEA Solo and Ensemble Page
– Select JH or HS
– Choose “area,” then select your instrument
– Select the event about which you are inquiring
– Click “class,” and select the class in which your student is performing
– Click on the title of the piece (they will be listed alphabetically by title)
– Click the arrow on the right, 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: Keyboard and Pop (keyboard@stantons.com)


Christmas Sheet Music 30 November, 2016

leon-00380382-dChristmas sheet music for piano is always fun to have. There are plenty of songs for PVG (piano/vocal/guitar) that can be played on the piano or on the guitar. The songs can be played by both piano and guitar while everybody sings, too. Some titles are for piano solo on various levels, easy to advanced.

Stanton’s has a lot of Christmas sheet music, also books of songs for everything from very easy piano to advanced, accordion to ukulele, and collections of Christmas solos for the band and orchestra instruments. There is a nice selection for organists as well.  Browse our website to see what suits you best! Whether you play for fun, for friends or family, for church, or for parties, you will find something that is just right for you.

Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check out our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Happy Birthday, Scott Joplin! 23 November, 2016

06-258076Happy birthday to the “King of Ragtime Writers!” Thus was Scott Joplin christened by John Stark, the publisher who dedicated his working life to promoting ragtime music. Joplin’s the “Maple Leaf Rag” was the first ragtime sheet music to sell over a million copies. Joplin also wrote waltzes, marches, intermezzi, tangos, songs, and a delightful opera called “Treemonisha.” Dover publishes a volume called “Complete Piano Rags” by Scott Joplin. It includes a biography of Scott Joplin and six exercises from Scott Joplin’s “School of Ragtime.” If you love Joplin’s rags, this is the book for you! All the pieces are original, not simplified.

For more information about this collection of rags or others, 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!

 

 

 

 


Christmas Medleys for Piano 16 November, 2016

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Phillip Keveren has arranged nine Christmas medleys for piano on an intermediate level. It has not been easy to find medleys, so this collection, “Christmas Medleys,” is a welcome addition to the Christmas repertoire. These are suitable for church, recital, or for background music at a dinner or hospital lobby. (Some local pianists play in the Riverside Methodist Hospital lobby.) Phillip Keveren is a talented pianist, arranger and composer. His books of piano arrangements are among the most popular that we sell here at Stanton’s.

For more information about this collection of sheet music, or other piano solos for Christmas, 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.

 


Piano Duets for Christmas 09 November, 2016

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Go, Tell It On the Mountain” is a collection of distinctive piano duet arrangements for Advent and Christmas. A blend of Christmas songs includes a spiritual, “Go, Tell It On the Mountain,” the German carol “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” and the British Isles’ “The Holly and the Ivy.” They have been arranged for two advanced pianists by Victor Labenske. The duets are fun to play, and delightful to hear. Get started now for the Christmas season!

For more information about this collection of Christmas sheet 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.