News & Views Thursday, March 30, 2017

Category: Piano Music

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.

 


Inspector Gadget Theme for Four-Hand Piano 19 October, 2016

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Inspector Gadget is back! Hulu has the series, and it’s a hoot to watch this cyborg policeman fumble his way from case to case, with his niece Penny actually doing all the “heavy lifting.” Heaven only knows how many gadgets the inspector has – they never quite seem to help!

The theme, written by Haim Saban and Shuki Levy, has been arranged for advanced piano duet by Zach Heyde and Frank Tedesco. Full of musical jokes and a gag or two, this arrangement from Alfred Music would be great to include on a recital or a school talent show. It’s just too funny to pass up!

For more about this or other piano music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us 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.


Across the Field! 18 October, 2016

Across the Field” is Ohio State University’s football fight song. It was composed by William Doughtery, a student at OSU, in 1915. The words to “Carmen Ohio” were  written by Fred Cornell, a cheerleader at OSU, in 1902. The tune is a hymn tune called MADRID – “Come Christians, Join to Sing” is the hymn most often sung to that tune. Both tunes are in the condensed score for “College Songs for School Bands” from Hal Leonard, which can also be used for piano (but, words are not included). Songs from other colleges are included in this book of sheet music too! Another standard OSU song, “Hang On, Sloopy” is available at DigitalDelivery.stantons.com.

For more information about this collection of college fight songs, or other collections of sheet music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com.


Finding Dory 14 October, 2016

NOW AVAILABLE from Disney*Pixar is the piano sheet music for 00194289-wlFinding Dory, available for both easy piano and intermediate/advanced piano levels. This film has been shown world wide, and has met with success all over. Play the music and sing the songs! Also included in the books are several still photos from the movie. Enjoy yourself!

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

 


Junior Festival Piano Music!!!! 04 October, 2016

nmfcThe new National Federation of Music Festivals Bulletin was released in May 2016. If you don’t have yours yet, call the Federation at 317-882-4003, provide your mailing information and your credit card number, and you’ll have your new bulletin in a few days.

The current bulletin is good from July 2016 to June 2020. As usual, Stanton’s has the music for most piano solos and duets available. Call or email to make sure we have everything you want, as there are several small publishers that distribute their own music. We have Alfred, Hal Leonard, FJH, Kjos, Willis, C.F. Peters, Faber, Carl Fischer, and Schirmer editions available. We are well-stocked on all Junior Festival music, especially at the Pre-Primary to Moderately Difficult levels, and look forward to helping you prepare your students for the event!

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!


Is It Halloween, Already????? 29 September, 2016

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recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

No, it isn’t Halloween, already. It’s just that we musicians need to start practicing before a holiday occurs, so we have to start earlier than everyone else! For music teachers, it’s time to start students on their Halloween recital pieces. Stanton’s has Halloween piano pieces at every level, from primer to advanced. Many pieces are available as single title sheets, while some are found in collections. Keep in mind that many advanced classical pieces for piano that we traditionally associate  with Halloween can be played throughout the year, including “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Dukas, used in Disney’s”Fantasia,” and “Funeral March of a Marionette” by Charles Gounod.

For more information about this holiday 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!

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.


NEW: Bastien’s New Traditions, All In One Piano Course 28 September, 2016

WP450Jane Bastien and her two daughters, Lisa and Lori, have written a new piano method called “New Traditions.” Written for today’s busy students, this course includes everything in one book: lessons, theory, technique and performance. So far, this series goes up to a Level 2A. The pages in each book are fully integrated for a streamlined, comprehensive, easy-to-use approach.

New with this series is IPS: Interactive Practice Studio. Each book you purchase includes a user license code inside the front cover. This gives the student computer access to recordings of the solos, duet parts for some pieces, a media downloader to download recordings for offline use, a “personal studio”that lets the student record the pieces played that can be emailed to friends, and more! There is plenty of easy piano sheet music to get started with!

For more information, 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!


Complete Works for Piano: ERIK SATIE 26 September, 2016

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The three volumes of “Complete Works for Piano” by Erik Satie, stacked on top of each other, measure one and a half inches, which is more music than I realized he wrote! Salabert is the publisher, and the editor is Robert Orledge, who has carefully researched the various sources of Satie’s piano compositions, has painstakingly edited them, and has written a commentary for each piece. Anything you want to know about Erik Satie and his music is included in these three volumes. There are new pieces to explore, and old favorites to revisit.

For more information, 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.


The Lang Lang Piano Method 16 September, 2016

12-0571539114Lang Lang is one of the most famous pianists of our time. His enthusiasm for playing, and his love for the piano are unmistakable. In China, “the Lang Lang effect” has encouraged over forty million children to learn to play the piano.

The Lang Lang Piano Method is new to the market. This series includes five books on progressive levels, beginning on a primer level. This new piano method is as enthusiastic as Lang Lang. If you watch the YouTube videos, you can see him smiling and listening to the orchestra playing along with him! If you have children or students who are excited about the piano, Lang Lang is a great role model, and this method is a great way to encourage their interest in the piano – check it out!

For more information, 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!


Reformation Sunday – October 30, 2016 02 September, 2016

GetImage.ashxrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Specialists

It isn’t easy to find music for Reformation Sunday, so when “To God Alone Be the Glory – A Reformation Celebration for Piano Solo,” a collection arranged by Stephen Nielson, was released we paid attention! This is a collection of ten advanced level piano solos, each hymn expressing one or more of the five “solas,” a Latin term meaning “only.” These pieces may be for general use, also.

Stephen Nielson has long been known as half of the famous piano duo team, “Nielson and Young,” and is widely regarded as one of the distinctive artists of our time.

For more information about this collection or other sacred 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.


Keyboard Improvisation Method 29 August, 2016

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It isn’t always an easy matter to teach improvisation to a student, or to learn improvisation on your own. “Creative Chords” is a keyboard improvisation method by Bradley Sowash that will clear up the mysteries. There is a Book 1, and a Book 2 just came off the press.  Internet access to the “Interactive Practice Studio” is included with each book you buy (see inside the front cover for directions). You can “jam” along with the recording online! Only basic reading skills are needed to get you started. You can learn how to play “by ear,” improvise in different styles and learn how to make up your own variations and  add embellishments. Give Book 1 a chance, and you will go on to Book 2 so you can learn more ways to have fun improvising!

Visit our website stantons.com, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or call us at 1-800-24-MUSIC to learn more. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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


Classic Disney Songs for Big-Note Piano 29 July, 2016

This collection, Classic Disney Songs, contains twelve favorite songs from six classic Disney movies: 00172080Dumbo, Snow White, Pinocchio, Cinderella, Three Little Pigs, and So Dear to My Heart. Baby-boomers grew up with these movies, then shared them with their children (and grandchildren!!). These songs are arranged for easy (big note) level piano players. Each song is a delight to play: “When You Wish Upon a Star,” “Some Day My Prince Will Come,” “Baby Mine,” “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” and more. This is a great collection of easy piano sheet music for young players.

For more information about this collection or other Disney song 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!


Junior Festival Piano Music!!!! 07 July, 2016

nmfcThe new National Federation of Music Festivals Bulletin was released in May 2016. If you don’t have yours yet, the Federation at 317-882-4003 – provide your mailing information and your credit card number, and you’ll have your new bulletin in a few days.

The current bulletin is good from July 2016 to June 2020. As usual, Stanton’s has the music for all piano solos and duets available. Call or email to make sure we have everything you want, as there are several small publishers that distribute their own music. We have Alfred, Hal Leonard, FJH, Kjos, Willis, C.F. Peters, Faber, Carl Fischer, and Schirmer editions available. We are well-stocked on all Junior Festival music, especially at the Pre-Primary to Moderately Difficult levels, and look forward to helping you prepare your students for the event!

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!