News & Views Thursday, November 27, 2014

Category: Solo & Ensemble

Join Stanton’s at the 2014 Midwest Clinic! 21 November, 2014

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Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to announce that for the first time in our 50+ year history, we will be exhibiting at The Midwest Clinic, December 17-20, 2014!

Join band specialists Kent White and Ken Tilger, “The Jazz Guy” Ben Huntoon, and orchestra specialist Dan Clark, along with technology guru/computer ninja David Ginter and Stanton’s Sheet Music President Eric Strouse at McCormick Place, Booth #1037. Browse and shop hundreds of titles for wind band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, and solo & ensemble, while taking advantage of their combined 100+ years of sheet music expertise. Trivia, useless knowledge, and jokes provided free of charge!

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

The Lowdown
The Midwest Clinic
December 17-20, 2014
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

Booth #1037

Exhibit Hall Hours:
Wednesday, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


The Stanton’s Difference: Creative Help 27 October, 2014

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music.  Over the course of June and July, we highlighted a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use, and we’d like to add one more reason to your list.

Sometimes customer needs and requests require some lateral thought and creativity. A local choral director was in the store this fall, and ventured over to The Dark Side (read: Band Department) because our band department handles our music theory books and software. “I have a Theory 2 student. She’s a flute player, and we’re looking to study the classical period and composition. Do you have anything?”   Each of her Theory 2 students is doing an individual study on specific areas of interest to them.

Our first thought was, “We don’t have anything that is specific to the classical period. No specific theory books, no analysis, and only a page or two of history in the Kjos Music Theory & History Workbooks.” The next thought was, “What DO we have? Is there anything that could work?”

“I’ve got it – Flute player + Classical Period = the Mozart Flute Concerti! Both are on the Ohio Class A flute list, so she could use one of them for her theory class, AND private study/OMEA adjudication. She would have the added benefit of having studied and analyzed the work while she learns and performs it!”

Wait a minute – composition and analysis…Dover has a score of all of the Mozart Concerti for Wind Instruments, and their scores are very reasonably priced. Now we’re talking – both flute concerti should be in there along with the concerti for bassoon, clarinet, and horn.

“What about using the Dover score for study and analysis? She could see the original orchestration, how the flute part works in context with the orchestra, and study how the original orchestration was translated into the piano reduction for the solo edition. This is perfect!”

Needless to say, this could not have worked out better for our customer, and her student. Can your sheet music supplier provide this depth of thought and expertise? More importantly, will they take the time? If not, give Stanton’s a try. We’re more than a store or website; we’re an experienced, knowledgeable, and thoughtful staff that has made Stanton’s the “Sheet Music Specialists” for over 50 years!

Previous posts in this series: 10% Educational Discount, Knowledgeable Staff, 21 Day Trial, For New Teachers, Setting Up Accounts, Make It a Road Trip!, Going the Extra Mile, Big Enough to Serve Your Needs/Small Enough to Serve You


Band Directors Teaching Choir: Solo and Ensemble Pt. 2 15 July, 2014

Here at Stanton’s12VBF_ConspirareHandel, we’re aware of the rising number of music teachers working outside of their specialty.  Cutbacks have forced many instrumental specialists to begin teaching choir-but never fear!  In this series, we will try to give some advice on where to start, as well as recommending some “tried and true” products that will help you become a great choral educator!

Just when you’ve gotten comfortable with the daily running of your choral group(s), it’s time to begin preparing for Solo and Ensemble festivals. The general procedures for vocal and instrumental music are often similar, but there are some differences that new choral teachers should be aware of.  This post will focus on small ensembles.

Conducting-Depending on the size of the ensemble, a conductor may or may not be allowed, so consider the difficulty of entrances and phrase endings when choosing music.  Be sure to have at least one student who is able to give small conducting gestures for starting, stopping, and changes of tempo.

Doubling Parts-Unlike a brass quintet or a flute trio, most vocal ensembles allow for parts to be doubled.  Usually there is a limit to the number of singers in an ensemble, but more than one singer may be on a part.

Pianists-Don’t forget to engage an accompanist for your groups.  Unless they are singing a cappella, vocal groups will need an accomplished accompanist.  If you must use a CD or electronic accompaniment, be sure your selection has a CD available.

Literature-Small vocal ensembles use the same music as a large choir of the same voicing.  For example, a 3 part women’s ensemble (SSA) could use the same music as your women’s choir; a mixed group could use the same SATB music as your mixed choir.  Not all pieces work well for small groups though, so use your state’s music list as a guide or check our website for suggestions .

As always, individual states’ rules vary.  Please check your state rule book  for more information.

Still not sure what to choose?  Don’t be shy about asking for help, especially if you are new to the choral world.  As always, the experienced choral directors at Stanton’s are thrilled to help you select materials, make recommendations, or give advice.    Contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, extension 1 or visit our store.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Previous posts in this series: Warm-Ups and Rounds; Sight-Singing; SAB or 3 Part Mixed; Help! I’m Not a Pianist!; Solo and Ensemble Pt. 1


Band Directors Teaching Choir-Solo and Ensemble Pt. 1 01 July, 2014

Here at Stanton’s12VBF_ConspirareHandel, we’re aware of the rising number of music teachers working outside of their specialty.  Cutbacks have forced many instrumental specialists to begin teaching choir-but never fear!  In this series, we will try to give some advice on where to start, as well as recommending some “tried and true” products that will help you become a great choral educator!

Just when you’ve gotten comfortable with the daily running of your choral group(s), it’s time to begin preparing for Solo and Ensemble festivals. The general procedures for vocal and instrumental music are often similar, but there are some differences that new choral teachers should be aware of.  This post will focus on solo literature.

Memorization-Unlike instrumental events, vocal events must be memorized.  Though a piece might seem easy on the surface, the memorization of text and/or musical elements can be an issue for some.  Consider the number of verses, language,  and the difficulty of entrances or phrase endings when thinking about a student’s ability to memorize.

Pianists-An accomplished accompanist is extremely important, especially when young singers are involved.  While a live accompanist is always best, many standard vocal collections now come with a CD.  This can be an invaluable tool for a student who may not get much rehearsal time with an accompanist or instructor.  Click here to see a selection of collections available with accompaniment CD’s.

Literature-While most instrumental solos are available as singles, most vocal literature can be found in collections.   These budget-stretching books can have many solos that appear on your state list, often at different difficulty levels and/or in different ranges.  Don’t forget to order an original copy for the accompanist as well.  Click here to see our best-selling vocal collections.  For students in junior high/middle school, check out our previous blog post on this topic.

As always, individual states’ rules vary.  Please check your state rule book  for more information.

Still not sure which collections to invest in?  Don’t be shy about asking for help, especially if you are new to the choral world.  As always, the experienced choral directors at Stanton’s are thrilled to help you select materials, make recommendations, or give advice.    Contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, extension 1 or visit our store.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Previous posts in this series: Warm-Ups and Rounds; Sight-Singing; SAB or 3 Part Mixed; Help! I’m Not a Pianist!

The Beatles Essential Elements Collection 28 February, 2014

Acknowledged by many Music Historians as the 20th Century’s best songwriters, The Beatles wrote songs that still retain their popularity and substance after nearly 50 years.  Now your young band musicians can learn and enjoy the catchy melodies, colorful harmonies and rhythmic hooks of some of The Beatles’ best offerings.

In a versatile book format that contains both full concert band and individual instrument arrangements, this Essential Elements-correlated collection gives first and second year students an introduction to eleven exciting titles from The Fab Four.  An optional CD contains a full recording of the band arrangements and additional tracks for use as accompaniments to the solo versions of the songs. A piano accompaniment book is also available.

Each student book has both a band part and a solo melody part, allowing the chance for even the “color” instruments, like oboe, horn and euphonium, to play the actual tune.  Johnnie Vinson, John Moss and Robert Longfield did the outstanding and educationally-oriented arrangements that are correlated page for page with the Essential Elements Band Method Books, spanning from Book 1, Page 24 to Book 2 page 32.

People have been clamoring for a band instrument Beatles book for a number of years and due to various copyright restrictions, none have been available recently until this one.  So now you and your students can relive the 1960’s British Invasion with more than a touch of music education along with it!  It’s your Ticket to Ride, Here There and Everywhere!

New Solo & Section Features with Band 20 February, 2014

Solo and section features with band accompaniment are very specialized programming choices, and, therefore, do not receive a lot of attention or fanfare.  Even so, we do receive phone calls asking what is available to feature a specific instrument or section.  2013-14 is a particularly full year with a half-dozen each of NEW solo and section features, so we decided to highlight them to make your spring programming a little easier.  If these are not exactly what you’re looking for, or if you want to feature an instrument/section that is not listed here, head on over to our concert band page, and click on the Solo, Section, & Ensemble Features link to view complete listings by instrument/section, and continue to shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Solo Features with Band
Luisa di Montfort Finale
Clarinet Feature
Michael Bergson/arr. Andrew Glover
Barnhouse Spotlight Series
Grade 3                        $68.00

Sonata, Op. 29
Alto Saxophone Feature
Robert Muczynski/arr. Anthony LaBounty
G. Schirmer
Grade 5                        $95.00

Soaring
Trumpet Feature
Sean O’Loughlin
Concert Performance Series
Grade 3                        $90.00

Divertimento for Tuba and Band
Tuba Feature
David Bobrowitz
Daehn Publications
Solo Grade 4; Band Grade 3       $80.00

Field Ayres
Snare Drum Feature
arr. Douglas Richard/Eric Sheffler
Alfred Concert Band
Grade 4                        $80.00

Classical Gas
Mallet Percussion or Guitar
Mason Williams/arr. Ralph Ford
Belwin Concert Band
Grade 3                        $70.00

Section Features with Band
Buglers Rule
Trumpet Section Feature
Joseph Compello
Premiere Performance Series
Grade 0.5          $45.00

A Saint-sational Trio
Trumpet Trio Feature
arr. Michael Story
Belwin Concert Band
Grade 3                        $65.00

Teddy Trombone
Trombone Section Feature
Henry Fillmore/arr. Robert E. Foster
Authentic Fillmore Edition
Grade 4                        $80.00

Slim Trombone
Trombone Section Feature
Henry Fillmore/arr. Nicholas J. Contorno
Daehn Publications
Grade 3                        $72.00

Clamor, Clang, Clap & Clatter
Percussion Section Feature
David Shaffer
Rising Band Green
Grade 1.5          $46.00

Drummers’ Delight
Percussion Section Feature
Henry Mancini/arr. Robert Longfield
Discovery Plus Series
Grade 2                        $45.00

Junior High Vocal Solo Collections 30 January, 2014

Choosing music for solo singers at the middle school level can be challenging. Students often have limited vocal range, difficulty with long phrases, or light voices that are easily overpowered by a thick piano accompaniment. Many appropriate selections for beginning soloists can be found in the following collections, great for solo and ensemble competitions, recitals or even church performance.

    “Let Nature Sing” is the newest volume in a series for young singers from BriLee Music.   It contains a wide variety of songs, from spirituals and folk songs to originally composed works, all by female composers. Selected with the treble voice in mind, songs with narrow ranges of six and seven notes progress to songs that expand the range as the voice develops. The nature of the selections is to challenge the voice, not to tax it, to develop its expressive capabilities, not to over-extend it.

The fourth in a series of solo song volumes for young singers, “Tales of Land and Sea” contains spirituals, folk songs and originally composed works by Mark Patterson.  The selections are especially compiled, arranged, and composed for the male changing voice. Songs progress from the “just changing” voice, to selections for young tenors, and finally, to songs for the young baritone. The included CD contains both vocal demo and instrumental tracks for all 10 pieces in the book.

Other selections in this series from BriLee include “My Heart Sings” (treble voices,) “Heroes and Vagabonds” (changing male voice,)  and “Traveling On” (changing male voice.)

folksong     “15 Easy Folksong Arrangements” (available in both Low and High voice,) is designed for those students in the early stages of voice study.  The ranges are modest, and songs have been chosen for both genders. The new arrangements are lovely, fresh and interesting, but keep the simple vocal line in the forefront. The piano accompaniments were deliberately designed for an intermediate level player. The CD is included as a learning tool, and a piano accompaniment track for practice.  Also available in this series are “15 Easy Spiritual Arrangements” (Low and High) and “15  Easy Christmas Carol Arrangements” (Low and High.)

For more advanced singers in this age group, consider “Daffodils, Violets and Snowflakes” (available in Low and High voice.) Joan Frey Boytim has compiled this collection especially for young women singers. The 24 songs – excellent literature for the young classical singer – have been chosen not only for the vocal ability of pre-teens and young teens, but also for the tastes and sensibilities of this age group.

For more information on these collections or other vocal solo literature, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit www.stantons.com!

New! Ultimate Christmas Instrumental Solos Play-Along 02 December, 2013

Pick up your instrument and add more joy to your Christmas season, or keep your students playing through December with the recently released Ultimate Christmas Instrumental Solos collection from Alfred Publishing.

Perfect for developing and intermediate level players, this collection features 35 well-known Christmas carols and songs with an enhanced mp3 CD.  The CD includes both demonstration tracks with the melody and play-along tracks with the fully orchestrated accompaniments, as well as PDF files of the piano accompaniment parts.  The mix of sacred Christmas carols, secular Christmas songs, folk carols, and a few medley arrangements, along with a targeted difficulty of grades 2-3, ensures that there is something for everyone!

Books are available for Flute, Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Trumpet, F Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, and Cello.  Please note that the wind and string books are not compatible with each other due to key and range considerations.  Check out the contents below, and order your copy from Stanton’s Sheet Music!

Angels Medley:
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Angels from the Realms of Glory
-Angels We Have Heard on High
Believe (from The Polar Express)
Blue Christmas
Carol Medley:
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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
-O Come All Ye Faithful
-The First Noel
Celebration Medley:
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Hallelujah Chorus
-Joy to the World
Do They Know It’s Christmas (Feed the World)
Feliz Navidad
Folk Carol Suite:
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Noel Nouvelet
-Masters In This Hall
-Coventry Carol
-Echo Carol
Frosty the Snowman
Gesu Bambino
Grown-Up Christmas List
Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
A Holly Jolly Christmas
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bells
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
The Little Drummer Boy
Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming
Manger Medley:
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Away in a Manger (Cradle Song)
-Away in a Manger
-Silent Night
Mary Did You Know?
O Christmas Tree
O Holy Night
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
Sleigh Ride
Themes from The Nutcracker Suite:
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Overture
-March
-Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy
-Russian Dance (Trepak)
-Waltz of the Flower
Ukrainian Carol
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Winter Wonderland
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch

Complete Curriculum of Robert Cavally for Flute 10 September, 2013

The Melodious and Progressive Studies books by world-renowned flutist and educator Robert Cavally have been staples of advanced flute study for decades.  Now thanks to Robert Cavally Editions, Hal Leonard Publications, and the scholarship and compilation efforts of his student and protégé, Bootsie K. Mayfield, the complete structure of his curriculum and teaching are being made available for the first time with the Melodious and Developmental Studies series!

Written in progressive order at four levels (Primer – Book 3), Mr. Cavally’s method of study is ideal for advancing high school through undergraduate performance students.  His comprehensive approach includes 5 components at each level: 1) Tone Studies, 2) Scale Studies, 3) Velocity Studies, 4) Method book (the original Melodious and Progressive Studies books), and 5) Repertoire of the teacher’s choice.

Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to offer the Primer Level and Book 1 editions of this fantastic new series:

Melodious and Developmental Studies

Tone Studies Primer Level         $12.99
Scale Studies Primer Level         $13.99
Velocity Studies Primer Level    $12.99
*Use with Let’s Play the Flute: Melodious and Progressive Studies for the Beginning Flutist

Tone Studies Book 1                  $12.99
Scale Studies Book 1                  $17.99
Velocity Studies Book 1             $13.99
*Use with Melodious and Progressive Studies, Book 1

COMING IN 2014:  Melodious and Developmental Studies, Books 2 & 3!

Now Available from Lip-Slur World Headquarters! 04 September, 2013

Modern Flexibilities for Brass
Scott Belck
Meredith Music Publications
$14.99

Have you been following the Lip-Slur World Headquarters Facebook page?  If so, you need to buy this book!

This is the COMPLETE first collection of Scott Belck‘s unique lip-slur exercises.

This is not your grandfather’s lip slur book! It is an innovative method incorporating an entirely new vocabulary of harmonically rich and rhythmically varied exercises; challenging, fun and interesting to practice. As a professional trumpeter, lead player, jazz artist, soloist, chamber player, educator and composer, Belck combines a unique writing style, challenging musicians to think and practice creatively.  A must-have for players of all levels, Modern Flexibilities is quickly becoming a staple of advanced and professional players’ libraries, and required study of many college and university trumpet studios.

Although designed as a unique approach to lip-slurring for trumpet and other brass, the fingering combinations and interval sequences make interesting studies for saxophone and other woodwinds.  Stanton’s has already filled many orders from trumpeters around the country, even receiving an order from jazz legend Bobby Shew!

If this book isn’t in your library, what are you waiting for?  Order yours today, and hit the shed!

College Bound Saxophonists! 22 August, 2013

If your applied instrument instructor has given you a list of repertoire that they want you to work on this coming year, contact Stanton’s and we can supply all your sheet music needs.  If no specific list has been recommended, consider these top selling materials:

Top Selling Saxophone Technique Books
04470690 – Selected Studies – Voxman
03770578 – Melodious and Progressive Studies Book 1 – Hite
03770715 – Melodious and Progressive Studies Book 2 – Hite
O532 – Universal Method – DeVille
AL20402 – 48 Studies After Ferling – Mule
0057 – Art of Saxophone Playing – Teal

Top Selling Alto Saxophone Solo Literature
AL19714 – Aria – Bozza
35020966 – Sonata Op 19 – Creston
AL19256 – Concerto in Eb – Glazunov
50411800 – Scaramouche – Milhaud
49002698 – Sonata – Heiden

Top Selling Tenor Saxophone Solo Literature
50330570 – Solos for the Tenor Saxophone Player – Teal
00227447 – Fantasia – Villa-Lobos
W1736 – Concerto in G Minor – Bennett

Who You Gonna Call? 09 August, 2012

We’re always talking about our knowledgeable staff—you’ll find that very phrase on much of our printed advertising, as well as on our website. Stanton’s sales staff is separated into departments to ensure that each staff member is well informed about a specific area of the wide variety of music that we carry. So when you call and ask about music for trumpet, you’ll be speaking with someone who has first-hand knowledge of repertoire, not just a phone operator with no musical experience. Here’s what you’ll find in each department:

CHORAL DEPARTMENT (ex. 1)
Choral Music for School & Church
Elementary General Music
Classical Solo Vocal
Handbell

phone musicBAND DEPARTMENT (ex. 2)
Concert Band
Marching Band
Jazz Ensemble
Orchestra
Solos for all concert instruments
Instrumental Method Books
Music Software/Technology

POP/KEYBOARD (ex. 3)
Sacred & Secular Piano
Organ
Piano Method Books
Popular/Broadway Solo Vocal
Contemporary Christian Vocal
Guitar Solos and Methods
Music for Folk Instruments

You can direct emails to the exact department you need by clicking the links above, or press the appropriate extension when you call 1-800-42-MUSIC. If you’re unsure of which department to choose, we’re always happy to direct you to whoever can best address your needs. At Stanton’s, it is important to us that you receive the most educated answers to your questions and the finest music recommendations.

Repertoire Series: Clarinet 07 August, 2012

There are literally hundreds of pieces written and published for flute that could be considered standard repertoire, but in order to keep this article at a reasonable length, we will begin by featuring only a few pieces.

As young Clarinet students mature in their abilities to handle more and more difficult music, many may have played through standard pieces such as Brahms “Sonata # 2 in E-flat Major“, Vanhal “Sonata in B-flat major,” Schumann “Phantasiestucke,” and of course Debussy “Premier Rhapsodie.” All of these pieces have a substantial place on the list of “standard repertoire,” but there are other pieces that bring a certain difficulty level found in more modern composition: Bernstein “Sonata for Clarinet and Piano,” Paul JeanJean “Arabesques,” Andre Messager “Solo de Concours,” Alec Wilder “Sonata,” and Rossini “Introduction, Theme and Variations.”

Mastering standard repertoire pieces helps young students to build knowledge of the literature itself. Each piece aids students in developing style, expression, phrasing, tone and technique as they study and gain more abilities on their instrument.  Other pieces such as Saint-Saens “Sonata opus 167,” Poulenc “Sonata for Clarinet,” and Hindemith’s “Sonata in B-flat” add to a student’s ability to perform with a sense of period-appropriate style.

As high school students prepare for college auditions and continue on as music majors, they will likely have a chance to prepare many of these pieces. Encouraging your students to become familiar with these standards as soon as they are able will give them a “head-start” in their musical career!

Repertoire Series: Alto Saxophone 31 July, 2012

There are literally hundreds of pieces written and published for saxophone that could be considered standard repertoire, but in order to keep this article at a reasonable length, we will begin by featuring only a few pieces.

As young saxophone students mature in their abilities to handle more and more difficult music, many may have played through standard pieces such as Vivaldi’s “Sonata in G minor“, Handel’s “Sonata XIII,” Bozza’s “Improvisation et Caprice,” and of course Paule Maurice’s “Tableaux De Provence.” All of these pieces have a substantial place on the list of “standard repertoire,” but there are other pieces that bring a certain difficulty level found in more modern composition: Andre Jolivet’s “Fantaisie Impromptu,” Alexandre Tcherepnine “Sonatine Sportive,” Fisher Tull’s “Sarabande and Gigue,” Burnet Tuthill’s “Sonata opus 20,” and Ibert’s “Concertino Da Camera.”

Mastering standard repertoire pieces helps young students to build knowledge of the literature itself. Other pieces such as Heiden’s “Solo for Alto Saxophone” Ibert’s “Histories,” and Henri Eccles “Sonata for Alto Saxophone” add to a student’s  phrasing, tone and technique as they study and gain more abilities on their instrument.

As high school students prepare for college auditions and continue on as music majors, they will likely have a chance to prepare many of these pieces. Encouraging your students to become familiar with these standards as soon as they are able will give them a “head-start” in their musical career!

Digitally Download Sheet Music 01 March, 2012

Do you ever need sheet music in a big hurry?  Check out Stanton’s Digital Delivery to browse our digital sheet music library. There are pop songs, Broadway songs, sacred songs, guitar tabs, and much more!

You’ll need to download a free Scorch program that allows you to see the first page of each song you look up, and it allows you to print on your own printer.  Many songs can also be transposed to whatever key you need! Just pay with a credit card, download and print.

This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Happy browsing!

Copyright Resources for Musicians and Educators 22 February, 2012

Copyright law and its implications affect musicians and educators every day, yet most of us have little to no understanding of it.  Whether majoring in performance or education, undergraduate courses of study rarely present an introduction to the subject, let alone offer any courses that study it in detail.  It is challenging to know what is permissible under the law, and what exactly is allowed under the doctrine of ‘fair use.’  Violations of copyright occur frequently in our schools mostly due to the lack of education on the subject, and, like it or not, use in an educational setting alone does not necessarily constitute compliance with the ‘fair use’ provision of the law.  With increased scrutiny and debate over copyright infringement on the internet, the staff at Stanton’s would like to recommend the following resources to shed light on the subject for musicians and educators alike.  They are presented in order of increasing detail, and we highly recommend The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law for music educators.  In addition, YouTube in Music Education is a great resource for those looking to use this technology to enhance their programs, but have concerns about how to do so appropriately.

Music Copyright Basics – Joel Leach
What is copyright?  This seemingly simple question often causes confusion with its complex answers.  In Music Copyright Basics, professor and expert copyright witness Joel Leach answers frequent questions in a straightforward, easy-to-use format.  Whether you are searching for a simple answer to a common question or want a general knowledge of the copyright procedure, this book will quickly provide you with the information you want.  Music Copyright Basics features: a convenient question-and-answer format; easy-to-understand answers to all your copyright questions; coverage of copyright basics, copyright submission process, copyright ownership, copyright and earnings potential, and international copyright; and a compact, portable design that keeps information easily at hand. (2003)

The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law – James Frankel
The easy-to-understand guide for teachers using copyrighted music and media in the classroom.  In this era of unprecedented access to information, teachers have a wealth of readily available resources for lesson planning, but determining what you can and can’t use legally in the classroom is a difficult task.  Written by a 15-year veteran of the New Jerseypublic schools, The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law helps explain just how information, images, video, and music can be incorporated into any kind of lesson plan without running afoul of copyright laws.  This resource includes: what resources you can use without obtaining permission, how to obtain and license the works you need permission to use, how to check the copyright status of any media item, and how to apply copyright legality examples to real classroom situations. (2009)

Music Copyright Law – Moser & Slay
Music Copyright Law will help you gain an in-depth understanding of a topic that is vital to the success of anyone in or entering the music industry.  From songwriters and performers to managers, producers, and agents, everyone is affected by the issues covered in this book.  Avoiding the technical jargon and “legalese” that bogs down other books on the subject, this book explores the world of copyright law and homes in on how it applies to music.  It begins by building a foundational knowledge of the fundamentals of copyright law – what it protects, the benefits of registering a copyright, and what to do when copyright has been infringed.  Once the fundamentals are established, coverage expands to include controversies involving copyright and music in the digital age and the debates over online music.  Packed with practical examples that bring complex concepts to life, this book is a must-have for any professional in or entering the music business. (2012)

Get a real, LIVE person on the phone! 30 January, 2012

We’re always talking about our knowledgeable staff—you’ll find that very phrase on much of our printed advertising, as well as on our website. Stanton’s sales staff is separated into departments to ensure that each staff member is well informed about a specific area of the wide variety of music that we carry. So when you call and ask about music for trumpet, you’ll be speaking with someone who has first-hand knowledge of repertoire, not just a phone operator with no musical experience. Here’s what you’ll find in each department:

CHORAL DEPARTMENT (ex. 1)
Church Choral Music
School Choral Music
Elementary Classroom Music
Classical Solo Vocal
Handbell

BAND DEPARTMENT (ex. 2)
Concert Band
Marching Band
Jazz Ensemble
Orchestra
Solos for all concert instruments
Instrumental Method Books
Music Software/Technology

POP/KEYBOARD (ex. 3)
Sacred & Secular Piano
Organ
Piano Method Books
Popular/Broadway Solo Vocal
Contemporary Christian Vocal
Guitar Solos and Methods
Music for Folk Instruments

BILLING AND ACCOUNTS (ex. 4)

You can direct emails to the exact department you need by clicking the links above, or press the appropriate extension when you call 1-800-42-MUSIC (1-800-426-8742). If you’re unsure of which department to choose, we’re always happy to direct you to whoever can best address your needs; press “0″ to have your call directed, or send a general email. At Stanton’s, it is important to us that you receive the most educated answers to your questions and the finest music recommendations.

Don’t forget the Judges! 18 January, 2012

We’re now halfway (!) through January and here in Ohio, thoughts are turning to OMEA Adjudicated Events! Solo & Ensemble events begin January 28th, and High School Large Group events are in March, followed by Junior High events later in the spring. While many of you have been planning since August, our biggest sales for contest music are in January.

Stanton’s strongly suggests that when you order your music for Adjudicated Events, you order the copies or scores for your judges at the same time. Solo & Ensemble events have one adjudicator, and Large Group events have three – each adjudicator needs their own copy of each score. Please do not wait until the week of (or the DAY of) your event to order – every year we get many panicked calls from directors at the last minute! If we don’t have the piece you need in stock it may take as long as two weeks to order it in, and if it is Permanently Out-of-Print, receiving photocopy permission may take even longer.

Still searching for the perfect contest piece? Our website is up-to-date with this year’s Large Group required lists for high school choir, concert band, and orchestra, junior high choir, concert band, and orchestra, and Solo & Ensemble lists for high school instumental and vocal ensembles

Adjudicated Events can be an exciting and rewarding time for you and your students. Let Stanton’s help you by placing your orders early!

Stanton’s “21-Day Trial” Program 27 December, 2011

Did you know that you can preview music from Stanton’s before you decide to buy? We know that it’s difficult to tell if a particular piece of music will fit your needs without actually reading it through, so similar to checking things out from a library, you can “borrow” resources from our store using the “21 Day Trial” program!

Each of Stanton’s departments has slightly different guidelines about what/how many items can be sent on “21 Day Trial,” but in general we can send printed sheet music that is currently in stock. You can request items for trial by phone, email, fax, online or in person—any of the ways that you can place a regular order—but make sure that you specify “21 Day Trial.” You can list the music you’d like to peruse, or you can give us some specifications (like “Christmas piano solos,” “SSA choral music on the theme of friendship,” or “new publications for 8th grade jazz band”) and Stanton’s knowledgeable staff will find some suggestions for you!

Sacred product 14We require account or credit card information so that if you choose to keep the music we can charge you accordingly, or return the music within 21 days of your invoice date and you’ll never be charged! (You’ll just have to pay return shipping to get the music back to us.)

As you return from Winter break and begin programming the rest of your school or church year, remember that Stanton’s Sheet Music is here to help!

Vandoren and Vandojazz Etude and Exercise Books for Saxophone 16 December, 2011

Celebrating the 2007 launch of the Vandojazz line, reed and saxophone accessory manufacturer Vandoren teamed up with music publisher Carl Fischer and ten of the finest jazz saxophonists in the world who use and endorse Vandoren products to produce a one-of-a-kind jazz etude and exercise book.  In the manner of the Vandojazz Etude and Exercise Book for Saxophone, Vandoren and Carl Fischer have joined forces once again along with ten Vandoren endorsed classical saxophonists to produce another unique etude and exercise book, this time from the classical point-of-view.  Each of these master saxophonists shares their own specific approach to playing the saxophone.

The Vandojazz Etude and Exercise Book for Saxophone features etudes to improve improvisation, technique, lyricism, and overall musicianship on the horn, and includes descriptions of the exercises, as well as philosophical explanations from world-renowned players including Don Aliquo, Frank Catalano, Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band; Bela Fleck and the Flecktones), Denis DiBlasio, Gary Foster, and more. 

The Vandoren Etude and Exercise Book for Saxophone features specific approaches and exercises to develop tone, technique, and overall mastery of the saxophone from world-renowned classical saxophonists including James Bunte, Claude Delangle, Otis Murphy, Neal Ramsey, and more. 

Valuable for their individual insights alone, these once-in-a-lifetime collections will be great additions to your library, and make great holiday gifts.  They are available for order via Stantons.com, or add them to your wish list!