News & Views Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Category: Staff Picks

“Ten to Teach…” 26 June, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

lorenz-75_1007h-fThe “Ten to Teach…” series of resources from Heritage Music Press provide carefully crafted lessons from master educators including Artie Almeida, Donna Dirksing, Kate Kuper, and Mari Schay. Each volume includes lesson suggestions, audio recordings, PowerPoint presentations, reproducible music for students, and visual aids that you can print or project to suit your needs!

Ten to Teach MELODY
Each lesson targets a specific aspect of the element of melody, including: steps, skips, repeat; contour; high vs. low sounds; composing with sol and mi; identifying low sol; exploring and writing melodic inversions; and exploring sequences and motifs.

Ten to Teach HARMONY
These lessons provide your students with opportunities to identify and perform harmony in several ways: singing partner songs, playing barred percussion instruments, illustrating harmony with movement, and playing recorder descants, to name a few!

lorenz-75_1013h-fTen to Teach FORM
This collection of lessons will get your students out of their seats and engage them in music-making activities centered on the element of form and ranging from singing games to composing variations on their recorders and responding to form with parachutes. Concepts include: rondo, theme and variations, call and response, ABA, and D.C. al Coda.

Ten to Teach RHYTHM
These ten lessons comprise a versatile resource that explores rhythm in a variety of creative ways. Concepts include: rhythmic improvisation, quarter notes and rests, paired eighth notes, meter in 3, macrobeat/microbeat, half and dotted half notes, beat vs. rhythm, ostinato, and syncopation.

Find more resources for your music classroom on our website, or contact us for more information! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Jazz Charts for College & Pros – Grade 5+ 23 June, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

kendor-507101Beautiful Dreamer arr. Pete McGuinness
This 2015 Grammy-nominated arrangement was recorded by the Pete McGuinness Jazz Orchestra on Strength In Numbers (Summit Records). The original Stephen Foster waltz is refitted here as a medium-bright tempo samba in 4/4 time. The 1st alto has an optional double on soprano, and solos are included for piano and alto/soprano sax.

Beneath the Mask by Bob Washut
Commissioned by the University of New Mexico Jazz Band I, this chart for proficient groups is an even-eighth jazz waltz that features lead alto and guitar (or piano). The lead trumpet player is showcased with some soaring lyrical lines, and all trumpets double on flugelhorn.

leon-507233Chachanita by Michael Philip Mossman
Nobody does cha-cha like Michael Mossman. This inventive original features a smooth harmonic structure and a nice blend of inventive melodies with carefully crafted accompaniment figures. The solo section is open for any player, and this is followed by a driving double time groove. Appealing and dynamic all rolled into one chart!

Inner Urge arr. Mark Taylor
Composed by jazz legend Joe Henderson, this uptempo swingin’ burner from Mark Taylor features a mesmerizing groove and masterful scoring. Opening with a trio of tenor, guitar and vibes, layers of sound are gradually added to create a powerhouse effect. Includes solo space for tenor and feature spots for the brass section and saxes.

Find more great options like these on our website! Contact us for more information, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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 serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


A New Generation of Broadway 16 June, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper and Alissa Ruth, School Choral Music Specialists

Broadway Musical Magic arr. Mac Huff
We love this newest Broadway medley from Mac Huff because of its quick, no-nonsense transitions, quality part-writing, and full piano accompaniment (which works well on its own if you don’t have a combo for your performance). The medley is divided into three installments as seen below, which allows you flexibility in terms of your programming options.

Section 1: A Musical, Into the Woods, Seize the Day, Supercalifragilisticexpealidocious
Section 2: The Song of Purple Summer, Electricity, Seasons of Love
Section 3: Let’s Hang On, Mamma Mia, So Much Better, Steal Your Rock ‘n’ Roll

Additionally, this medley is the third of its kind by Mac Huff (following “100 Years of Broadway” and “Opening Night”), and the three can be performed consecutively to create a, 84-piece, 90-minute “Broadway in Concert” performance option.

Something Rotten:
Welcome to the Renaissance arr. Mac Huff and A Musical arr. Andy Beck
Something Rotten has a sweet spot in my heart because it was the very first musical I saw in New York City! Because both of these pieces from the show are full chorus numbers, they translate very well from the Broadway stage to the school choral setting.

Welcome to the Renaissance” goes back and forth between swing and fast rock styles and boasts a wide range of funny historical references, which your audience will love (not to mention that they provide cross-curricular information). Because there are so many cheeky moments, there are a number of opportunities to talk about communication through consonants, facial expression, etc, and the harmonies here are rich and satisfying.

A Musical” has that classic Broadway feel (yep, there’s an opportunity for a kick-line), which makes the lyrics, which cleverly poke fun at musical theatre, even more humorous. The entire piece is filled with text painting, offering a variety of avenues to talk about the relationship between music and text.

Hamilton:
My Shot arr. Roger Emerson and Hamilton (Choral Medley) arr. Lisa DeSpain
Over two years after its January 2015 premier, Hamilton is still one of the most sought-after tickets on Broadway. It combines hip hop, rap, and theatre elements to tell the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton, and because of the variety of styles used, it has an appeal to a wide range of audiences. While I was skeptical of the music from this show (which I love) being turned into a choral arrangement, I think both Emerson and DeSpain did a great job of keeping the integrity of the original pieces when creating these arrangements. If your kids are excited about Hamilton, these are both great options for you!

My Shot” offers a great way to feature students that have the skill to rap, and while the solos are definitely the feature of this piece, the choral parts are solfege-accessible and there are valuable opportunities for rhythm reading here.

Hamilton (Choral Medley)” utilizes the following six pieces from the show: Alexander Hamilton, My Shot, The Schuyler Sisters, The Room Where It Happens, Helpless, and The Battle of Yorktown. The transitions between each are quick and clean, and because each piece is so different, there are lots of opportunities to talk about the contrast of styles and why Lin-Manuel Miranda chose the styles that he did for each piece.

Waitress:
Waitress (Choral Highlights) arr. Greg Gilpin
Waitress, with music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, is based on Adrienne Shelly’s film of the same title. It boasts a creative team comprised entirely of women, and has been nominated for the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical.

Waitress (Choral Highlights)” uses strong three-part treble writing, accessible ranges, tasteful use of solos, and quality transitions, making it an excellent Broadway option for your women’s chorus. The closing number in particular captures the uplifting tone of the show, and Bareilles’ style is captured beautifully.

Looking ahead?

Dear Evan Hansen:
You Will Be Found arr. Mac Huff
Dear Evan Hansen has been nominated for nine 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and tells the story of high school student Evan Hansen, who struggles with social anxiety and wants nothing more than to fit in. “You Will Be Found” would be a great choice as a senior tribute or spring concert feature:

Have you ever felt like nobody was there
Have you felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere
Have you ever felt like you could disappear
Like you could fall and no one would hear
Well, let that lonely feeling wash away
Maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be okay
Cause when you don’t feel strong enough to stand
You can reach, reach out your hand

For more information about these or other recommendations, visit us at www.stantons.com, email us at choral@stantons.com, or call 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.1.

About the Authors:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Alissa Ruth began working at Stanton’s in the summer of 2016. She is a former middle and high school choir director and holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from Capital University. She is an active choral singer in the Columbus area, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.


Expressive Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 1.5-2.5 14 June, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Get your young string players performing with maturity beyond their years!

Smaster-50250102-faluda River Waltz by Andrew Balent
Waltzes are always gentle crowd pleasers and teaching moments abound in this one as you float gently downstream. Work on subdividing for dotted quarter/eighth rhythms and getting C naturals in tune. As with many waltzes, the violins get most of the melodic action while the other parts drive the important 3/4 waltz lilt.

Adoration by Bud Woodruff
Bud Woodruff has come into his own this year with several wonderful compositions from Grade 1½ to Grade 3. As a retired teacher in Deerpark, Texas, he has taken his years of experience “in the trenches” and offered up pieces that really work for young players. Here he gives an uplifting, aural depiction of the feelings of infatuation with generously shared melodic material and harmonic twists. Lessons in rhythm are included with offbeats and accents and he keeps students on their toes by including the notes Bb, D#, and F. Plus the work has audience appeal aplenty. An all-around winner.

cfn-yas150-fHeartstrings by Larry Clark
Give your unsung second violins the spotlight at the beginning as they introduce the melody. Beautiful harmonies are emotionally enhanced with Bb, Eb, C# and F natural accidentals in the key of G. Heartstrings is dedicated to the memory of a young man who died tragically in a climbing accident as well as any loved ones we have all lost. By bringing to mind the love that we have for our close friends and family members, it will pull on your heartstrings – love with a touch of sadness. Certain harmonic choices and dissonances in the melody to the harmonies were used to bring about this emotional feeling. In the hope of stretching young people’s musicianship you can ask them to put their emotions into the music by stretching the phrasing, pushing lines, and giving things shape; make the music more than what is on the page. Bring it to life and make the audience feel something with their performance. Inspire your students to do so and expand their musical horizons.

wj-3035501-fA Million Miles Away by Francis J. Caravella
What better than the Lydian mode to depict the vast reaches of outer space? You can not only teach your students about modes, but can also talk about dissonance, bow control, and dynamics. Everyone’s part is necessary and propulsive, so no boredom here! A Million Miles Away is very “grown-up” sounding, but certainly accessible. You might even say it’s out of this world!

Farewell to a Friend by Susan H. Day
You can count on Susan Day to use her expressive and extensive talents to pull emotion out of your players and your listeners while providing a teaching vehicle with which to do it. Composed in memory of a beloved orchestra conductor, she offers legato bowing, arpeggios, expression, syncopation, sweet countermelodies and accompaniments as ways to not only bring tears to the eyes of the audience, but also to teach these concepts to add to your students’ musicality.

Find more programmatic pieces for strings on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


CLASSIC ROCK for Marching Band 09 June, 2017

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

leon-03746114-fHeartache Tonight arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3-4
The Eagles made this a #1 hit back in 1979, and it still resonates decades later! Arranged here in a medium shuffle groove, this chart really churns from beginning to end.

Never Gonna Give You Up arr. Matt Conaway & Jack Holt, Grade 2-3
Nothing epitomizes the appeal of music from the 80s like this energetic and familiar pop hit by Rick Astley. Often heard in television and film, this is sure to be a favorite.

Rock the Casbah arr. Matt Conaway & Jack Holt, Grade 2-3
Recorded by the iconic 80s pop band The Clash, this familiar hit features a driving pulse and distinctive riffs.

leon-03745379-fSweet Caroline arr. Tim Waters, Grade 3
Featured in the hit TV series Glee, this familiar hit from Neil Diamond has certainly stood the test of time. Written in an up-tempo shuffle style and with plenty of full ensemble punches, this will work great in the stands or with drill teams.

Sweet Caroline arr. Michael Brown, Grade 2
Originally recorded in 1969, this iconic Neil Diamond hit has stood the test of time and remains as popular today as ever. Be sure to get the crowd involved with the vocal refrain “bump, bump, bah…”

Build Me Up Buttercup arr. Allen Gray, Medium Easy
This arrangement of the classic hit from “The Foundations” is sure to be a sing along favorite for any crowd!

jalen-mba404-fYou Don’t Own Me arr. Allen Gray, Medium Easy
This tune has stood the test of time! First a hit in the ’60s, this tune has been covered by numerous artists and was most recently featured on many commercials and top movies. You’ll love this powerful and bluesy arrangement of “You Don’t Own Me.”

Find more exciting charts for the upcoming marching season on our website, or contact us for more recommendations! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies.  Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, hockey (especially the Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


Habits of a Successful Orchestra Director 05 June, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Attention Orchestra Teachers – new or seasoned veterans – a must for your Summer Reading!

gia-g9363-fHABITS OF A SUCCESSFUL ORCHESTRA DIRECTOR
Christopher Selby, edited by Scott Rush
G9363 – $29.95
A resource rich with practical strategies and fresh ideas about teaching orchestra students of all ages.

* Creating a culture of success with rehearsal strategies, classroom policies and the structuring of class time
* Students becoming orchestra leaders and taking greater pride and ownership of their ensemble
* Tips for building your program, long range planning, assessment of improvement
* Communicating with parents and administration to better support the orchestra
* Performing with refined intonation, rhythmic precision and a beautiful tone
* Sight reading better, rehearsing more efficiently in class and practicing better at home
* Teaching of left hand position, vibrato and shifting; right hand set up and trouble shooting
* And much more!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Handbell Collections for Summer and Beyond 02 June, 2017

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

lorenz-509984More Hymns for Three to Six Ringers arr. Sandra Eithun
Flawlessly crafted for small ensembles, this brilliant collection contains pieces that are suited for use throughout the year and have handbell assignments for three, four, five, or six ringers. The optional keyboard accompaniment can be used to provide texture and support to each arrangement.

The Best of Agape for 3-5 Octaves
This 60-page collection includes ten of our best-selling arrangements of recent years, all for 3-5 octaves, Level 2+. These tried and proven winners come from a variety of composers and arrangers and represent a wide range of styles and are useful throughout the church year. 10 great pieces for the cost of 3 makes this a real budget stretcher!

hope-2796-fEssential Classics for 2 Octaves Volume 1
This 60-page collection includes thirteen of our best-selling arrangements of recent years, all for 2 octave choirs. Levels range from 1+ to 2+. These tried and proven winners come from a variety of composers and arrangers and represent a wide range of styles and are useful throughout the church year. Single copies of these 13 titles exceed the cost of this one book which you can then reproduce for all your ringers!

God Reigns, Let Earth Be Glad
Playable by either handbells or handchimes, this delightful reproducible collection includes accessible hymn arrangements by five outstanding composers. Published in compatible editions for 2 or 3 octaves and for 3, 4 or 5 octaves, the two editions are compatible for festivals and other massed ringing events. The collection will be excellent for developing choirs as well as more experienced groups who need music they can learn quickly.

lorenz-509985Our Welsh Heritage
Share in the great wealth of Welsh hymn tunes! This indispensable volume offers reproducible arrangements of beloved Welsh tunes set by some of today’s most outstanding handbell composers. These tunes are associated with a variety of texts from throughout the church year, making this collection one that you will return to again and again.

Reproducible Rings IV arr. Lloyd Larson
Arranged with the volunteer handbell ringer in mind, these nine hymn settings are quickly learned and ready to perform with limited preparation time. Engaging settings of familiar carols and hymn tunes guarantee broad appeal to both ringers and listeners. Another cost saving “Reproducible” collection from Agape, buy one book and copy all the music for use by your choir.

Find more quality options for your handbell ensembles on our website, or contact us for more recommendations. And remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.


Pärt Uusberg and the Music of Estonia 29 May, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

sczs5l1p.prpEstonian composer and conductor Pärt Uusberg graduated from the class of Heli Jürgenson at the Tallinn Georg Ots Music School in 2009. In 2014 he received a degree in composition with Tõnu Kõrvits at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Always an active choral singer, he started in the Riinimanda children and youth choirs conducted by his mother Urve Uusberg. Over the years he has also sung in the Estonian Youth Mixed Choir, Voces Musicales, and World Youth Choir. (Side note: he may perhaps be better known as an actor in his home country, having appeared in the film The Class).

New from Uusberg this year are these lovely settings of Estonian texts. Warm harmonies and pure vowels lend themselves nicely to choral singing, and IPA guides are included for all three.

leon-00156068-fMuusika (Music) – an incredible poem about the mystery and wonder of music. A dynamic build of sound and tone helps to express the importance of the text. Gorgeous harmonies and solid construction.

Õhtul (Evening) – the poem speaks of evening and of the images we associate with dusk. Tonalities are both familiar and otherworldly.

Valgusele (For Light) – a lovely work that speaks of someone dreaming of the world and of searching for love. Vocal writing is evocative and yet accessible. A chance to focus on the quiet and peacefulness of dreams.

Find more creative programming options on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Classic Pops for Guys 26 May, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

I can always count on Roger Emerson to do a high-quality arranging job, especially on pops titles – and this collection for guys is no exception! Roger keeps the authentic, fun style of each title while also providing excellent teaching opportunities:

leon-503979Classic Pops for Guys arr. Roger Emerson
Develop enthusiasm and skill with this value packed collection for men’s chorus that will add to your repertoire and be fun to rehearse! Includes: “ABC” (The Jackson 5), “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” (Tokens), “Man in the Mirror” (Michael Jackson), “Pretty Little Angel Eyes” (Curtis Lee), “Silhouettes” (The Rays).

Find more fun pops for guys’ ensembles on our website, or contact us for more information – and remember, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


Pop Tunes for Marching Band 24 May, 2017

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

leon-03746118-fStarboy arr. Ishbah Cox, Grade 3-4
Recorded by The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk, here is an energetic stands tune that skillfully passes the melody from section to section. Contemporary pop music at its best.

Cheap Thrills arr. Michael Brown & Omar Carmenates, Grade 3-4
Pop singing sensation Sia took the music world by storm with her hit Cheap Thrills. Featuring a distinctive Reggae flavor and a driving pulse, this is perfect for the stands or field.

leon-03746106-fHandClap arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2-3
Recorded by Fitz and the Tantrums, you’ll hear this catchy tune used in TV commercials as well as on the airwaves. This energetic chart is a great way to get the crowd involved with the signature hand clapping section.

Closer arr. Ishbah Cox, Grade 3-4
Here’s the popular and infectious tune recorded by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey, arranged in a driving and powerful version for the stands or field.

Stadium Jams Volume 11 arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 3-4
A dynamite collection of contemporary sounds for the stands, here are shortened versions of: Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon), Uma Thurman (Fall Out Boy), Fight Song (Rachel Platten), and Ex’s & Oh’s (Elle King).

Find more exciting charts for the upcoming marching season on our website, or contact us for more recommendations! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio, and joined the Stanton’s team in 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Besides music, he geeks out on comic books, amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.


“A Mighty Fortress” 22 May, 2017

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

Planning ahead for fall? Here’s a great option for Reformation Sunday, October 29, 2017 – celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses!

bpi-bp2101-fA Mighty Fortress Is Our God arr. Dan Forrest
Stand with Martin Luther as he nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church and feel the emotion of this pivotal act in the Protestant Reformation. This stunning arrangement will make history come alive with its dramatic interpretation. Written for SATB choir, organ, brass sextet and percussion with optional orchestral accompaniment.

Contact us for more anthem recommendations for the coming church year, or visit us online – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.


“Vocalist’s Corner” – Vocal with BIG BAND 17 May, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

leon-502271Who Walks In When I Walk Out arr. Rick Stitzel
Famously recorded by Ella Fitzgerald with Louis Armstrong, here’s a medium swinger from the early days of jazz that makes a perfect showcase for a charismatic vocal soloist (optional duet for female and male). Everyone will have fun with this nostalgic romp! (Can also be performed using a duet of trumpet and tenor sax)

Route 66 arr. Mark Taylor
Composed in 1946 and recorded by countless artists over the years, here’s a jazz standard that never goes out of style! Mark’s medium tempo chart features a shuffle groove and feature spots for the band trading phrases with a solo trumpet. Fun for the singer and band alike.

leon-07012714-fHello arr. Paul Murtha
From Adele’s third album, this record-setting power ballad took the pop charts by storm and helped put the British singer back in the spotlight. This arrangement for vocal soloist (opt. alto sax) is beautifully paced, starting with just piano accompaniment then gradually building intensity as the full band joins in.

Lover Come Back to Me arr. Mark Taylor
This familiar standard, first popular in the ’20s and ’30s, has been revisited over the years in a variety of styles. Here is an attractive, smooth samba version for vocal solo (opt. tenor sax) that includes a feature spot for the saxes accompanied by the vocalist in a vocalese style. A marvelous change of pace for festival or concert use.

Find more great options like these on our website! Contact us for more information, and remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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 serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


Disney Learning Books 15 May, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Check out these exciting new children’s storybooks from Disney Learning and Explore Music, perfect for kids ages 4 and up! If you’ve stumbled upon our blog, you’re likely already a musician in some capacity – these books are great gifts for children whose parents who are not musicians, as they provide easy-to-implement ideas and suggestions for including music in a child’s daily life, and valuable information about the benefits of music for a child’s growth and development. They’re great for a child’s birthday, or even a baby shower for new parents!

00160409-leonMickey’s Found Sounds
This inventive story uses music, crafts and creative play to help children experience the fun of making music out of “found sounds.” The Main Street Parade has been rained out, but Mickey and his friends make their own parade as they discover items around the house that can be used to make musical instruments, including shakers, a glass jar xylophone, and more. The book includes special unique online activities including a video read-along, an audio sing-along, and activities to explore sounds and sound makers.

00160408-leonTangled: It’s Better When You Sing It
In this innovative musical exploration storybook, Rapunzel shows us that everything is better when you sing! This playful story uses music and creative play to help children experience the joy of singing and discover their own unique voice. The book includes special online activities, including a video read-along, an audio sing-along, and activities to explore sounds and singing.

These books can keep a child and parent (or babysitter) occupied for a whole afternoon with all the things to do that go along with the stories. Singing and music provide important benefits to children as they grow and learn. Encouraging children to be free to explore, play, and develop musical ability at their own pace can establish a love of music that can last a lifetime!

Stanton’s Sheet Music offers not only these colorful and fun storybooks, but also many books of children’s songs to sing, dance to, and act out, including My First Orchestra Book, Tubby the Tuba, and the Freddie the Frog series. Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC for more information, or email us at keyboard@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.


Especially for SUMMER CHOIR 12 May, 2017

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

With summer fast approaching, many churches are nearing the end of the traditional “choir year.” Keep your choristers active during the summer by featuring them on a few services throughout the season – your congregation will thank you! Cancel your mid-week rehearsal and meet before the Sunday service to work up an easily-prepared anthem from one of these choral collections:

Easy Settings Volume 4 arr. Joel Raney, Mark Hayes, Jack Schrader & Lloyd Larson
Here is the 4th volume in our successful series of accessible voicings of top-sellers in the Hope Publishing catalog. All of these are proven winners arranged for SAB or Two-Part Mixed voices.

Singing Men Volume 6 arr. Joel Raney, Mark Hayes, Jack Schrader, Mary McDonald & Douglas E. Wagner
Here is the 6th volume in Hope’s successful series of settings for men’s choirs. Included are nine top-sellers composed and arranged for TTBB voices. A CD of Orchestral Accompaniment tracks is available for rehearsal and performance.

Hymns We Love to Sing Volume 2
With the overwhelming success of “Hymns We Love to Sing,” we are delighted to present the second installment of musically sound, accessibly voiced anthems. Featuring arrangements by some of the top composers and arrangers in the industry, this collection contains music written from a place of spiritual sincerity and musical practicality for today’s church choir. A number of the selections include the option for additional instrumentation, and an accompaniment CD is also available. With a wide breadth of styles and accompaniment options, this easy-to-prepare collection is sure to become a staple in your choral music library.

Find more collections like these on our website, or contact us for more recommendations – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.


Elementary General Music Clinic 2017 09 May, 2017

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday 8/2/2017, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $25.00
Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome Sharon Burch as our clinician for the 35th edition of our Elementary General Music Clinic. This is one of Stanton’s longest running and most successful clinics, showcasing the best new teacher resources, song collections, games, musicals and more! We are sure that you will find materials that will keep you and your students interested throughout the year. Get your school year started on the right foot!

Registration opens on April 1st! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Composer Profile: Victor C. Johnson 28 April, 2017

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

VJHeadshot-1-246x300With a distinctive musical voice and intelligent writing, Victor C. Johnson quickly became a favorite composer for both us and our customers – when I see his name on a piece of music that crosses my desk, I know it will be high quality! Especially in his writing for developing middle school choirs, Victor manages to create music that is both age-appropriate and pedagogically sound, while being incredibly musically compelling to the singers and the audience.

Victor is a native of Dallas, Texas, and teaches at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. He is also director of the Children’s Choir of Texas. Victor attended the University of Texas at Arlington where he majored in music education with a concentration in organ. While attending UTA, he served as student conductor of the university’s choral ensembles and opera workshop accompanist. He was also honored with the awards of “Outstanding Music Freshman” in 1997 and also “Outstanding Musician” in 2001.

As a composer, Victor has won numerous composition contests and has received ASCAP Awards for the past 12 years. His first piece was published in 1994, while he was a sophomore in high school – amazing!

The music of Victor C. Johnson is available through Stanton’s from many different publishers, including Hal Leonard, The Lorenz Corporation, Choristers Guild, and Carl Fischer. For more information about Victor and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Keep Your Lamps, Bonse Aba, Things That Never Die, In Winter, Festival Cantate, Sing Alleluia!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.


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.


What Shall I Play AFTER Easter? 24 April, 2017

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

augs-0800676872-fChurch musicians – Easter and the Lenten season may be over, but there are still plenty of Sundays ahead of you! Let Stanton’s help you find the best options for leading your congregational worship.

The Augsburg Organ Library is a multi-volume collection for the church year. Each volume is for a specific season or occasion – Advent, Christmas, Easter, Funeral, etc. Many different arrangers are represented in these volumes. After the Easter season, Ordinary time sets in, and the Summer book of the Augsburg Organ Library is a perfect source for this time period. In the Summer volume, 33 pieces arrranged by Adolphus Hailstork, Dale Wood, John Rutter, David Cherwein and more, are included – plenty to chose from!

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


Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete 21 April, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00699040-leonThe Hal Leonard Guitar Method is designed for anyone just learning to play acoustic or electric guitar. It is based on years of teaching guitar students of all ages, and reflects some of the best teaching ideas from around the world.

Newly available is a super-convenient Complete Edition, featuring the new and improved method books 1, 2 and 3 spiral-bound together. The material covers how to read music: chords, rhythms, strums, and chord symbols; playing above the first position; tablature; playing in different styles; barre chords; improvisation; and even includes many songs to play so you can practice the techniques you’ve worked on!

This edition also includes online access to 164 full-band tracks for demonstration or play-along. The audio is accessed online using the unique code inside each book and can be streamed or downloaded anywhere you are. The audio files include PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

You or your student will use this book for years as a reference – it has that much useful information! Visit us online 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.


Veljo Tormis – Men’s Songs 19 April, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

leon-00156200-fThe collection Men’s Songs (Meestelaulud) contains perhaps some of the most exciting works for men’s chorus that exist in our repertoire today. Iconic Estonian composer Veljo Tormis (1930-2017) celebrates the tradition of “runosongs,” music that has been passed down through generations. These dynamic works use a minimalistic compositional style reminiscent of Estonian folksongs. Simple in construction and unbelievably dynamic and often humorous in sound.

Ten songs are included in this collection – but, if you’re not quite ready to tackle all ten, three are also available as separate single octavos (Dancing Song [Tantsulaul], Serf’s Song [Teomehe-laul], and Song of the Turkish War [Türgi sõja laul]).

Find more creative programming options for men on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.