News & Views Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Category: Staff Picks

Ukulele For All 20 April, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

kg1t.jpgUkulele For All is an exciting new ukulele method from Kjos Music Company. The Teacher Edition is filled with effective solutions for establishing the ultimate ukulele learning environment. This richly informative volume gives educators everything they need to teach ukulele successfully. The Teachers Edition also offers comprehensive guidance on achieving curricular alignment with the National Core Arts Standards.

Student books employ unique classroom-tested pedagogy to progress from one chord to five. Engaging interactive Practice Studio video and audio make it easy for students to experience hands-on instrumental performance. Informative text, photos and graphics accelerate learning, and notation of all melody lines in both tablature and standard notation means students can sing or play the tunes right from the start. Historic and multicultural repertoire and correlated facts enhance a standards-based curriculum. This is a great course to learn to play a fun instrument, and a fun course to teach!

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

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 Developing Classical Singer 18 April, 2018

recommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal Music Specialist

leon-520364The Developing Classical Singer was compiled from the rich choices in the Boosey & Hawkes catalogue, with songs in English by British and American composers. The selection of songs is for the teenage voice, or an early level collegiate singer, or an adult amateur taking voice lessons.

The songs were chosen with some specific issues in mind: vocal ranges that are not extreme, and musical challenges that are manageable for a singer at this level. Beyond art song, also included are folksong arrangements, such as those by Aaron Copland and Benjamin Britten, which are fully composed in the spirit of an art song, designed for a classical voice.

There are different compilations for each voice type: Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and Baritone. Some cornerstone songs are in all volumes, because of their beauty and appropriateness for any voice. These include Britten’s “O Waly, Waly;” Ireland’s “Spring Sorrow;” Britten’s realization of Purcell’s “I attempt from love’s sickness to fly;” Quilter’s “Weep you no more;” and Vaughan Williams’ “Bright is the ring of words.” Original keys of the songs were considered, but since nearly every composer of art song is not opposed to transposition, original keys were not a confining factor in which volume a song lands.

Each volume also provides suggested pedagogical reasons for assigning each selection, such as vocal agility, breath support for a long phrase, building an expressive legato phrase, expanding vocal range, dynamic contrasts, sensitively expressing poetry, building musicianship, and personality and storytelling.

Find more vocal music on our website, or contact us for more information. 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.

New for FULL ORCHESTRA 16 April, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Are you lucky enough to have a Full Orchestra at your school? Don’t miss these outstanding new Full Orchestra titles for the 2017-2018 school year from Grade 2.5 to Grade 4!

alfred-45891-fDance of the Hours by Amilcare Ponchielli/arr. Richard Meyer, Grade 2.5
Your orchestra will love the chance to play these ever-popular tunes from Ponchielli’s opera La Gioconda, as arranged by Richard Meyer. Instantly recognizable to any audience, this arrangement retains the sound of the original and gives students a chance to develop the variety of techniques needed to perform two very different styles of dance music. The key has been changed (from E major to G major) and the time signature simplified (from 4/8 to 4/4), but none of the fun is missing!

Symphony #8, 1st Movement by Franz Schubert/arr. Richard Meyer, Grade 2.5
Treat your students to one of the most-loved symphonic movements ever written by a master of the classical style in this Richard Meyer arrangement of Symphony No.8, Mvt. 1, known as the “Unfinished.” All of Franz Schubert’s unforgettably melodious themes are present, and the composer’s imaginative orchestration has been carefully preserved. A must for any young symphonic orchestra!

master-50200041-fLegacy by Robert Longfield, Grade 3
This outstanding original work in D minor exists for both band and full orchestra. It is rich, full, and vibrant, with exciting parts for all players.

Northumbrian Suite arr. Ian David Coleman, Grade 3.5
Folk songs have a long and mysterious history. Their origins are unknown; they have come down to us mainly through an oral tradition passed from generation to generation. Many of the folk songs we have come to know and love are rooted in the ancient region of northern England and southern Scotland known as Northumbria. The three folk songs in this suite reflect this vibrant, wild and deeply historic region. Includes When the Boat Comes In; Dives and Lazarus and The Keel Row.

Suite from Hamilton arr. Jerry Brubaker, Grade 3.5
Hamilton is a musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda and others. In 2016, it was nominated for a record-setting 16 Tony Awards®, winning 11 (including Best Musical), and was also the recipient of the 2016 GRAMMY AWARD® for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Jerry Brubaker has chosen six of the most musical selections from the show to use in this arrangement, including “You’ll Be Back,” “Helpless,” “My Shot,” “Dear Theodosia,” “It’s Quiet Uptown,” and “One Last Time.” Experience the beauty and excitement of this amazing musical!

master-a8633-fThe Summer Knows by Michael LeGrand/arr. Mike Lewis, Grade 4
Lush, vibrant, and beautiful, this arrangement of the theme from the film Summer of ’42 will be the perfect addition to your program.

Find more for full orchestra on our website, or contact us at 1.800.426.8742 for personalized recommendations. 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.

Andrew Lloyd Webber for Classical Guitar 13 April, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00238997-wlAndrew Lloyd Webber for Classical Guitar contains 22 hit songs from nine Broadway shows. The arrangements are nicely done for classical guitar, and are on an intermediate difficulty level.

Tablature is included, written on the line below the standard notation. Any of the pieces would be suitable for a recital or for background music at a dinner event. From Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1969) to The Phantom of the Opera (1986), there are familiar songs from familiar musicals, sure to please the guitarist who plays either for personal enjoyment or for an audience of any size!

For more information about this collection, or other classical guitar music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website 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.

First 50 Folk Songs You Should Play on the Guitar 09 April, 2018

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

00235868-wlThe collection First 50 Folk Songs You Should Play on the Guitar is a great blend of styles for a beginning guitar player. There are sacred songs such as “Amazing Grace,” “Down By the Riverside,” and “This Little Light of Mine”; there are Western songs including “Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie” and “The Yellow Rose of Texas.” Some Appalachian songs are represented, like “The Crawdad Song,” “Worried Man Blues,” and “Cindy.” There is even a nod given to the Child Ballads with “Matty Groves” and “Barbara Allen.”

Tablature is written out under the standard notation so the player can play the melody, and each song has the guitar chord grids for quick reference.  Most songs are in the keys of C and G, with a few in D or A. This is a perfect collection for sing-alongs, and just fun to play and sing by yourself!

For more information about this collection or others like it, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website 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.

Like Dust I Rise 06 April, 2018

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

Maya Angelou is perhaps one of the most well-known and loved American poets and civil rights activists, and her words have now been set to song. Mark Hayes has created Still I Rise (A Choral Song Cycle), and each piece (arranged for SATB, SSAA, and TTBB) can be performed individually or as a 12-minute song cycle.

On the Pulse of MorningOn the Pulse of Morning
“In 1993, Maya Angelou recited “On the Pulse of Morning” at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton, making her the first African American and the first female poet to deliver an inaugural recitation. Subsequently, Angelou’s audio recording of this poem won a Grammy Award for “Best Spoken Word” in 1994. Mark Hayes opens with a resounding “See Me Rise” choral fanfare before presenting the hope-filled latter half of the poem with rhythmic exuberance.

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“Caged Bird” is a folk-like setting of perhaps Maya Angelou’s most recognized poem, which compares a bird’s longing to be liberated with that of all people. Hayes chooses a minor key with plenty of harmonic tension and a walking tempo that suggests the footsteps of those who have come before. The final Picardy third is the ultimate symbol of freedom.

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“Equality” is written in the contemporary, gospel-style serving as a choral anthem for equal rights which includes a confident solo voice to deliver the determined message. If performing as a set, an alternate ending segues into the closing movement of “Like Dust I Rise.” When the piece is performed separately, Hayes has written an upward modulation that propels us to the final, most spirited refrain.

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“Still I Rise” is one of Angelou’s most popular poems about triumph over adversity. This vivid setting by Mark Hayes features a bright shuffle tempo and bluesy piano riffs to perfectly embody Angelou’s strength, courage, and determination to rise above. One of the most uplifting choral selections of our time!”

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 United States and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

Together We Are! 04 April, 2018

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

Send your graduating seniors off with music with one of these new choral titles, perfect for spring concerts, graduation, or baccalaureate ceremonies!

lorenz-15_3431h-fDeep Peace I Send to You by Douglas E. Wagner
“Deep peace of a soft white dove to you; Deep peace of a quiet rain; Deep peace of the ebbing wave to you. Deep peace I send to you.” This incredibly beautiful and heartrending setting of a precious text by William Sharp makes an especially effective concert closer or encore.

You Will Be Found (from Dear Evan Hansen) arr. Mac Huff
The powerful Act I closer from the Broadway hit musical “Dear Evan Hansen” explores the complexities of social connectivity and our need for respect and love. A perfect choral showcase for pop and concert choirs!

Stand By Me (with Lean On Me) arr. Kirby Shaw
Two top inspirational songs of the 60s and 70s are seamlessly paired in this setting that will lift your singers to new heights. Fantastic closer or graduation selection!

allian-amp1034-fTogether We Are! by Brian Tate
Featuring a fun gospel feel, straightforward harmonic writing, and text about togetherness and community, this accessible, up-tempo piece is the perfect concert closer.

We’ll Meet Again arr. Roger Emerson
This song, one of the most famous of the World War II era, was reprised on the last broadcast of “The Colbert Report” by Stephen Colbert and an assembled crowd of many of his most prominent guests. A great concert closer or graduation selection!

Find more graduation options on our website, or contact us for personalized recommendations for your ensemble. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Adventures with the Orchestra 28 March, 2018

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

lorenz-5096241For many years, teachers across the country and around the world have been inspired by the innovative and creative lessons cultivated in Artie Almeida‘s Florida classroom. In one of her earliest published resources, Dr. Almeida packaged several ideas for learning about the orchestra into a complete unit designed to thoroughly explore the instruments, vocabulary, and enjoyment of the symphony orchestra.

Now this unit is available in Adventures with the Orchestra, along with many additional tools to make implementing every activity as simple as possible. Everything you need for a complete instructional unit is here: flashcards, printable game pieces, guided listening activities, musical examples, website lessons, and more!

For more information, visit us online at stantons.com, or contact us! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Middle School General Music: Drumming & Percussion 26 March, 2018

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

The middle school general music classroom can be an exciting (and/or terrifying) place! Throughout this school year, we’ve be sharing with you some valuable resources to help you develop enthusiasm and skills in your middle school musicians! Today, here are some great new options for teaching drumming and percussion:

leon-500172World Music Drumming by Will Schmid
Since 1996, World Music Drumming has transformed lives and built community through ensemble drumming, singing, moving, playing xylophones and recorders. Students have developed focus, listening, teamwork, and respect while having the best time anyone can have in school. Now in over 20,000 schools worldwide, we are celebrating this success by publishing the landmark World Music Drumming 20th Anniversary Teacher Edition. The ALL-IN-ONE format adds the following new teacher and classroom-friendly elements: An enhanced curriculum sequence including 20 years of best practice (creative ideas and teaching strategies from WMD faculty and participants); 16 new audio recordings of each ensemble and song (including new arrangements that include piano/vocal, guitar/bass and xylophone/recorder parts); 47 new how-to videos by Will Schmid including special Ghana-filmed segments; 28 projectable / printable PDFs for cultural enrichment, assessment and ensemble parts; and e-Book with interactive audio, video and PDF icons. Even if you already own the 1st edition Teacher’s Book, Cross-Cultural Student Enrichment Book and Video, you will want this enhanced 20th Anniversary Teacher Edition with its new features and interactive layout. Enjoy!

lorenz-75_1027h-fFound Soundology by Mark Shelton
Take your students on an unforgettable musical journey with this collection of twelve original compositions using everyday objects in place of traditional instruments. While each piece includes suggestions for found sounds, Mark Shelton encourages you and your classes to find your own sound sources. Teaching and performance tips, recordings, and reproducible parts round out this convenient, creative outlet.

lorenz-480311Give Me a Bucket by Mark Shelton
Music education meets the vibrant energy of street musicians in this easy to access collection for bucket ensemble. This follow up to “Give Me a Groove” brings you a dozen arrangements utilizing buckets, pails, and drumsticks. In addition to guiding you through the process of setting up your bucket ensemble, this collection includes teaching and performance tips, some simple choreography, performance tracks, and student scores. Also check out “Give Me a Tablet” to explore music creation using simple touchscreen apps as instruments!

leon-513825Kalani’s World Rhythms by Kalani Das
Energize your classroom with traditional World Music! From the simplest of rhythm patterns to beautiful melodies and rich harmonies, there’s a part to play for every student as they explore authentic songs and rhythms. Easy-to-play drumming arrangements place success and fun within reach of every student. Kalani is your guest instructor! Authentic techniques and rhythms for a range of drums and percussion instruments are demonstrated via downloadable video and audio recordings, bringing Kalani’s expertise right into your classroom. PDF scores of each song provide piano and Orff instrument parts and every song is suitable for ukuleles and other common chording instruments. Students will love the upbeat rhythms. No drums? No problem. Alternative instrumentation is provided and the included accompaniment recordings make it easy to perform without any instruments. Each song tells a story that can be used to prompt creative movement, foster teamwork and build character. Kalani gives you ways to bring out the best in your students – including special learners. Video segments include: instruction for every drum and percussion instrument, layering in of all rhythm parts for each song, and how to teach rhythms using PUPS (Pulse Under Pattern Sequence).

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

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.

Teaching Pieces for Orchestra 21 March, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Stanton’s always endeavors to point out the teaching aspects of the pieces we recommend. These two examples are custom-made for teaching. Check them out!

fjh-st6429-f10 Intonation Studies and Chorales by Brian Balmages
Outstanding “first ten minute” warm-up routines to get students’ ears in sync with a particular key concentrating on correct intonation, using open strings as guides for chord note alignment, with both scales and chorales.

String Crossing March by Lynne Latham, Grade 1
Sounding more difficult than it actually is, this tuneful, educational creation will help you teach string crossing, skipping fingers, and left hand pizzicato. It has fun parts for everyone, including some call and response and knocking on instruments for a unique aural experience.

Contact us for more suggestions with great string pedagogy connections! 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.

Creative Programming: For Elementary Choir 19 March, 2018

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

This spring, feature your elementary choir with some of these fun octavos, perfect for young singers in grades 3-6!

leon-49045277-fMusic for Children Choral Suite I by Carl Orff/arr. Susan Brumfield
Three short selections from the Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children combine to create a delightful choral suite for children’s chorus. Perform with piano or the original Orff accompaniments, it includes: “Girls and Boys Come Out To Play,” “Cradle Song,” and “Dance Lassie Do.” Perfect for bridging between classroom singing and ensemble singing!

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Paul Busselberg
“A Child’s Garden of Verses” is a lovely set of songs with texts by Robert Louis Stevenson, set by Paul Busselberg with 4-hand piano. Vocally accessible for young singers, but sophisticated enough for older choirs, as well.

gia-wlg159-fIn The Swing, rising and falling melodic lines and airy accompaniment express the exhilaration found in swinging. Where Go the Boats? uses somber harmonies and a pensive melody to capture the sentiment of time passing. Exuberant and joyful, Singing makes for a rousing finish to a set or concert.

Always Sing Your Song by Victor C. Johnson
The life-giving power of music is beautifully expressed in this original piece for young voices. Commissioned by the Texas Music Educators Association, it is easy to teach and fun to learn. A perfect end-of-year sentiment!

Ezekiel Saw the Wheel arr. Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Looking for a fun, creative programming contrast to add some sparkle and zest to your next concert? This lively, spirited setting of the traditional spiritual is certain to fit the bill. Complete with handclaps and snaps, young and developing choirs are certain to enjoy this playful and engaging arrangement.

leon-512098Antiphonal Gloria by Cristi Cary Miller
Joyful Latin phrases echo back and forth in this spirited original work for young singers. Well-written melodies combine in logical style building to a buoyant final descant making this an excellent selection for festival concerts.

Find more options for young singers on our website, or contact us for personalized suggestions. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

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Choral POPS for Spring 2018 16 March, 2018

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

Need something fresh for your spring choral concerts? Here are some of your best new options!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
leon-523113This Is Me (from The Greatest Showman) arr. Mac Huff
For everyone who wants to stand out, who wants to celebrate who they are and who wants to step out of the shadows and into the spotlight, this song is for you. Celebrating the spirit that was P.T. Barnum and recognizing the birth of show business, this driving rock tune by Broadway sensations Pasek and Paul is an inspiration and a perfect opener for your show. Also available from “The Greatest Showman” – The Greatest Show arr. Mark Brymer, and Rewrite the Stars arr. Roger Emerson.

Faith (from Sing) arr. Mark Brymer
This is a fantastic choral arrangement of the hit song from the animated movie “Sing,” where Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande combined vocal forces on a joyful celebration of soul. With the bluesy bassline and irresistible drum track, your choir will be thrilled to join in the uplifting refrain “I got faith in you baby!”

Once Upon a Time arr. Steve Zegree
The timeless love ballad by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams in an expressive jazz setting by Steve Zegree will enchant every audience!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
alfred-514310Dance the Night Away arr. Kirby Shaw
Upbeat, rhythmic, and joy-filled all describe this classic Gloria Estefan hit. Perfect for choreography this arrangement creates that boiling point when the audience and performers all overflow with excitement.

Top Secret Personal Beeswax (from Junie B. Jones) arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Junie B. Jones – The Musical by Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, is based on the popular children’s book series, and this top song will be a fun and theatrical selection for SSA and 2-Part choirs to experience and build expressive skills!

Brand New arr. Roger Emerson
This song from American singer-songwriter Ben Rector has a happy exuberance about it with irresistibly upbeat lyrics that will energize programs for all types and levels of choirs. Easily learned and fun to sing!

FOR WOMEN’S CHOIRS
leon-00202487-fStand In the Light arr. Roger Emerson
The lead single of the debut album by the Season 9 winner of The Voice, Jordan Smith, offers an important life-affirming message and gives singers a chance to emulate Smith’s stellar vocal production. Both joyful and gentle, this selection will surely inspire!

I See the Light (from Tangled) arr. Mac Huff
Now available in an SSA voicing! Nominated for an Academy Award, this ballad from the Disney animated film Tangled is simply gorgeous! Choirs of all levels will want to perform this lovely song, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and wonderfully performed in the film by Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi.

You’re My Best Friend arr. Paul Langford
The British rock band Queen made this a hit and the song has had a long life being used in movies, television shows and commercials. This arrangement taps into that popularity and makes for a lively selection for both concert and show choirs and is a great selection for graduation.

FOR MEN’S CHOIRS
leon-518240Jai Ho arr. Ethan Sperry
From the film “Slumdog Millionaire,” here is a wonderful fusion of Indian rhythms and scales with American pop styles and instrumentation. Excellent program notes offer guidance for the style, there is an easy to understand pronunciation guide to help with the Hindi language and a separate percussion score.

Pop Songs for Young Men’s Chorus II arr. Jerry Estes
Now available, the second in a series, this collection for men’s chorus spans the decades and is designed to give you lots of value with songs your choir will love to perform! Includes: “Count on Me” (Bruno Mars), “Happy Together” (The Turtles), “Shut Up and Dance” (Walk the Moon), “The Way You Do the Things You Do” (The Temptations), “What a Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong).

Unforgettable arr. Mac Huff
One of the top standards of all time! This rich setting will showcase concert, community and pop choirs with dreamy rubato phrasing, warm harmonies and the full range of emotional expressivity.

Find more options for pops concerts on our website, or contact us for more brainstorming ideas! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Spirituals from Alice Parker 09 March, 2018

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

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American conductor, composer, and arranger Alice Parker is perhaps one of the most well-known names in the world of choral music. Many of her arrangements, including those she created in cooperation with Robert Shaw (with whom she studied at Julliard) are now regarded as standard literature.

Balm in GileadBalm in Gilead
This traditional spiritual is set with divisi choral parts and requires a mezzo-soprano soloist who can soar over the choir, carry the music and bring style and passion to the rendering. Beautiful legato and dynamically subtle singing by the choir is a must with the results being a most satisfying performance for singer and listener.

By an ByBy an’ By
Light, fast, strong and accented describe this arrangement of the traditional spiritual. This is a wonderful contrast to the heavy style so often associated with traditional spirituals. Each of the voice parts gets to carry the melody throughout the course of the arrangement creating extra interest for the singers.

Keep Your HandKeep Your Hand On That Plow
This traditional spiritual comes out of the work song tradition. It is firm and strong and features a baritone soloist who instructs the singers to “keep their hands on the plow.” The call and response between soloist and choir is classic and offers a wonderful opportunity to teach this style so important in our history.

Tell Em I'm GoneTell ‘Em I’m Gone
A heavy blues beat defines this arrangement of this traditional spiritual. The arranger calls for “wailing” and the passion required from the chorus and the mezzo-soprano soloist are critical in bringing this arrangement to life. This is a classic example of the concert spiritual.

You Can Tell the WorldYou Can Tell the World
This arrangement of a traditional spiritual is set in an easy swing style and is a song full of hope and joy. All of the voice parts contain divisi and are exposed, allowing the opportunity to feature each section. The end of this arrangement diminuendos to a soft and simple statement signifying the inner joy that each of us can experience when we allow it to happen.

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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 across the country, and spends her free time running, doing yoga, cooking, and watching Netflix.

First, We Sing! 07 March, 2018

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

leon-480698The First, We Sing! series by Susan Brumfield offers guidance and direction for teachers who are new to the Kodály approach. Experienced teachers will find fresh ideas to supplement their materials, along with another perspective on Kodály’s philosophy and its implications for teaching today.

If you are just starting out in the Kodály approach and the First, We Sing! series, start with the TEACHING GUIDE, which begins with an overview of the Kodály approach and a brief introduction to the philosophy, its tools and materials. It includes a detailed explanation of the “three-step process” (Prepare, Present, Practice) toward musical literacy, as well as a comprehensive look at musical skills and the ways they develop over time.

leon-513813The FIRST WE SING SONGBOOKS, available in Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3, are designed to bring delightfully singable songs and practical pedagogy together in one anthology. Teachers will find extension activities for the classroom, historical references, pedagogical indices and suggestions for including the songs in a literacy-based music curriculum. Also included are suggestions for Orff instruments and recorder, along with seasonal and holiday songs, singing games and songs just for fun. Ideally suited for teaching musical skills, this collection provides a “vocabulary” of music and play from which children can draw today.

The TEACHING STRATEGIES are available for both Primary Grades (K-2) and Intermediate Grades (3-5). These strategies for rhythm and melodic elements are printed on 3-hole punched loose-leaf paper so teachers can easily customize the teaching sequence in order to make the most of each lesson. Each teaching strategy contains a list of requisite readiness elements and skills (what the students need to know and be able to do) before learning the new element. It includes a list of activities to prepare for the new element, a scripted, step-by-step procedure for presenting it, and ways to practice using the new element in each skill area.

leon-481077The ACTIVITY CARDS provide fast, fun and creative ways to give your students a workout in each of the six skill areas: reading, writing, partwork, memory, listening and creating. Each 5-7 minute rhythm or melody activity is designed to assess either readiness or mastery at each step in the process, and students love the fun game-like context in which they used in each lesson. Four activities are printed on each separate sheet in the pak – cut them apart and sort by color heading for quick and easy access!

The DIGITAL RESOURCE SUPPLEMENTS are easy-to-use digital tools to help you implement this practical, creative and flexible resource into your elementary music class! Resources include planning tools, assessment templates, student activity slides for use with your tablet, computer, or interactive whiteboard, and digital activity cards. Teacher-friendly, step-by-step instructions make it easy to customize the content, and no special software is needed.

Find more valuable Kodaly resources on our website, or contact us for more recommendations. And remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

St. Patrick’s Day is Coming! 02 March, 2018

00315064recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

The Best of Irish Music has 81 of the best Irish songs for St. Patrick’s Day! Everyone must sing “Danny Boy” at some point during the day; “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” is a perennial favorite; and “My Wild Irish Rose” is a great singalong song. I’ll stop before I bore someone to death, but the 78 other songs are just as good! The melody of each song is in the right hand of the piano, so the player can play the songs as solos if no one sings along. The chord names are above the staff, so a guitar player can also join in the fun!

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day! Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stanton’s.com, or visit our website at stantons.com for more information. 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.

Handbell Music for General Worship Spring 2018 28 February, 2018

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

bpi-hb607-fFlee As a Bird arr. Anna Laura Page, Level 3-
Anna Laura Page’s arrangement of “Flee As a Bird” is both lyrical and yearning. Flowing eighth notes accompany the simple melody, which grows in intensity and strength through to a final climax before dying away to a gentle finish. A perfect choice for a reflective moment in concert or worship.

Abide with Me arr. Michael Helman, Level 2+
This quiet and meditative arrangement of “Abide with Me” is perfect for dedication and Communion services. The expressive piece will help your congregation to meditate on the assurance of God in their lives and the comfort that the Holy Spirit can give.

A Heavenly Hymn Ring arr. Tammy Waldrop, Level 3
Following on the heels of Tammy’s successful A Gospel Hymn Ring, she has created another sparkling gospel medley. Malleted accompaniments lend energy to this upbeat composition.

lorenz-521234Voluntary on ABERYSTWYTH arr. Terry Osman, Level 2
With a variety of associated texts, the Welsh tune ABERYSTWYTH can be used at various times of the church year, and Terry Osman’s wonderful arrangement will be your go-to edition. All ringers share in the melodic material, and the eighth-note accompaniment patterns will keep your ringers engaged.

Two Worship Songs arr. Linda Scholes, Level 2
Linda Scholes arranged two contemporary Christian songs for small choirs: “Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)” and “Come, People of the Risen King.” Both arrangements give your ringers opportunity to work on various handbell techniques, including echo, malleting, thumb damps, and martellato. These two selections will become favorites of your congregation and enhance any worship or concert experience.

God of Our Fathers arr. Bill Ingram, Level 2
A stirring setting of “National Hymn” is enhanced by the optional trumpet duet, and is appropriate for special observances as well as general worship.

hope-2830-fReproducible Rings IV arr. Lloyd Larson, Level 2
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.

I Need Thee Every Hour arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, Level 2+
This easily-accessible arrangement of the well-loved hymn tune provides a great opportunity for intermediate ensembles to work on their musicality. The slower tempo allows ample time for ringers to perform the necessary bell changes, and the dynamic contrasts throughout give them the chance to work on their expressiveness. A beautiful choice for any worship service.

The Best of Agape for 2-3 Octaves, Volume 1
Here are eleven of our best-selling contemporary arrangements of recent years, all for 3-5 octave choirs. There are seven Level 2s and one each for Level 2-, 2+, 3- and 3. Eleven great pieces for the cost of 3 makes this a real budget stretcher!

For more great recommendations, contact us at 1.800.426.8742. 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.

Nicolai Kapustin Piano Compositions 23 February, 2018

49045698If you are not yet aware of composer Nicolai Kapustin, check out his music on YouTube! Born in November 1937 in the Eastern Ukraine, Kapustin began piano studies in Moscow at the age of 14, graduating from the Moscow Conservatory in 1961. He played piano in big bands, focusing mostly on jazz. Since the 1980s he has concentrated on composing in a classical style with jazz idioms. His works are often performed by leading concert artists.

Newly available in print, we recommend Sonatina Op. 100, written in 2000. This piece is written to be easier than many of Kapustin’s works, and sounds like a classical sonatina with some jazz flavor. It is more approachable than much of his typical writing. From 2016, Moon Rainbow Op. 161 is a challenge, with plenty of interesting rhythms, accidentals, and workouts for the hands. Also check out Something Else, Op. 160 and Toccatina, Op. 36!

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

Learn to Play the Folk Harp 22 February, 2018

00722251recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

So you bought a folk harp and now you want a book to help you learn to play it! Well, how big is it? How many strings does it have? What’s with the blue and red strings? Just how do you use those levers? Teach Yourself to Play the Folk Harp by Sylvia Woods is one of the best books to help you learn all that stuff. Sylvia has written a short history of the harp, how to hold it, proper hand position, reading music, and how to replace and tie harp strings. There are plenty of songs to play as you learn new techniques. Who knows? Maybe by Christmas, you will be confident enough to play in church! Stanton’s has plenty of books to learn to play the folk harp, and plenty of books of solos for the harpist.

For more information about this book or other books of sheet music for folk harp, call us at 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!

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.

Handbell Music for Lent & Easter 2018 21 February, 2018

recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist

lorenz-521296Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed arr. Jason W. Krug, Level 2
The plaintive melody of this arrangement sits atop a flowing accompaniment of either bells or chimes, symbolizing Christ’s sacrifice for us. The melody moves from the treble bells to the bass bells with ease, and the piece gradually slows to a soft final chord, leaving the congregation in quiet meditation as the final tones fade from the space.

Jesus Shall Reign arr. Bill Ingram, Level 1
This flexible and solid level 1 arrangement is playable by 2, 3, 4 or 5 octave handbell or handchime groups, making it an excellent choice for festivals and for choirs ringing with some absentees. The stately hymntune, DUKE STREET, is set to several different sets of lyrics in different hymnals, and will be useful throughout most of the church year. The piece is enhanced by a variety of techniques, which can easily be adapted for handchimes.

hope-2752-fJoyful, Joyful arr. Cynthia Dobrinski, Level 3-
In this jubilant setting of HYMN TO JOY, Cynthia Dobrinski incorporates a nice variety of handbell techniques to make the tune come to life. With straight ringing along with mallets, martellato, and effective shakes, the ringers and listeners alike are given a satisfying musical experience. The words from Psalm 100 serve as the inspiration: “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” At the 3- level, this is a setting that many church choirs can successfully accomplish.

Three Pieces for Lent and Easter arr. Karissa Dennis, Level 1+
This set of arrangements provides two selections for Lent and Holy Week observances and one for Easter Sunday. In keeping with level-one guidelines, there is no subdivision of the beat and the few handbell changes are prepared. Ringers will enjoy developing a variety of techniques, including echoes, tower swings, and martellatos, and working on legato passages that use LVs.

lorenz-521220Resurrection Joy arr. Hart Morris, Level 3-
“Resurrection Joy” weaves five Easter hymns into this triumphant and exciting medley from the pen of Hart Morris. With performance options for bells alone, bells with solo trumpet, or bells and the full forces of brass quintet and timpani, this stirring piece will be a memorable addition to your Easter services or spring concerts.

The Strife Is O’er arr. Jason W. Krug, Level 2+
With or without the optional instruments, Jason Krug’s brilliant arrangement lives up to the grandeur of its tune name, VICTORY. “The Strife Is O’er” is a fitting selection for any praise service, but will serve particularly well at either the beginning or ending of your Easter service. After a majestic fanfare and opening chorale, the piece moves to a more rhythmic middle section with a malleted bass accompaniment, and the final verse utilizes the full choir. This item includes the handbell part alone.

For more great recommendations, contact us at 1.800.426.8742. 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.

JAZZ in the Classroom 19 February, 2018

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

Introduce the world of jazz to your elementary music students! These great new resources will immerse your students in music through singing, playing, and improvising.

leon-00124232-fPlay-Along with Jazz by Tom Anderson
Your students will riff from the rafters with this collection written specifically for classroom instruments. Styles that groove like dixie, swing, bebop and hard bop are introduced in a sequence that reflects the overall history of jazz as well as levels of difficulty. Scat singing is optional but can add a boppin’ alternative to playing instruments so all students can participate. Basic drumming feels are included for even more play-along opportunities. Stand back and let the music-making begin. Swing, stomp and riff until everyone is in the groove! Full scores and helpful teacher tips with optional unpitched percussion ostinatos are provided, along with digital access to play-along audio recordings and separate PDFs of the Orff instrument and recorder parts. Songs include: Saints’ Stomp, Riff Raff, Swing’s the Thing, Boppin’ Robin, A la Mode, Hard Bop Candy. Suggested for grades 4-8.

lorenz-75_1052h-fRecorder Jazz Time by Darren Fellowes
A young musician’s first introduction to jazz can be a powerful experience. This book makes jazz accessible to beginning recorder players by giving straightforward instruction on jazz concepts before each piece. A piano accompaniment includes more extensive jazz music to make the recorder player a part of an authentic jazz experience. The CD also includes backing tracks with piano and other instruments appropriate for each song. Most songs use only the natural notes on the recorder, with a few instances of F-sharp and B-flat. Suggested for grades 3-6.

leon-502676Jazz for Young People, Volume 1: New Orleans & Jelly Roll Morton by Sharon Burch & Wynton Marsalis
Introduce students to jazz through great literature combined with learn by doing! The first of ten volumes, Jazz for Young People includes step-by-step lessons that combine content and audio/video recordings of Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center artists with interactive student learning, including classroom instruments that every music teacher already owns or can easily afford. This easy-to-present resource is designed for a teacher who may or may not be trained in America’s art form – bringing jazz to the next generation. DIGITAL DOWNLOADS include step-by-step lesson slides to project, audio recordings of each song and Wynton Marsalis sharing background information, as well as reproducible activity/assessment worksheets, plus free access to corresponding video clips for each lesson. Perfect for the general music classroom (grades 2 and up), beginning jazz ensembles and community jazz education courses. Volume 2: Louis Armstrong is also newly available!

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

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.