News & Views Monday, July 06, 2015

Category: Staff Picks

Playbook: A Tiny Library from Hal Leonard 06 July, 2015

14043451Hal Leonard has a new “tiny” library ! There are how-to-play books, each one a handy beginner’s guide to playing ukulele, guitar, keyboard or harmonica.  They are small, (3″ x 4″),  and spiral bound at the top. Also offered in the “Tiny” series is a book of chords for guitar, ukulele, or keyboard, which include a photo of someone playing that chord alongside a diagram of the chord. A brief guide to music theory rounds out this series.  They are easy to keep in a case or a gig bag, and very reasonably priced at $3.99.  If you need to keep something handy for chords or “how-to” tips, these little books are great references! For more information about this “tiny” library, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

 


The Devil Went Down to Georgia 01 July, 2015

00352933On July 21, 1979, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” hit the Billboard pop chart at #3  and stayed there for twelve weeks.  Charlie Daniels fiddled, and he and the band sang about Johnny winning a gold fiddle from the devil in a heck of a fiddle contest.  It’s a workout on the fiddle, and worth the practice.  This sheet music for violin and piano includes chords for guitar.  Sometimes the piano and/or guitar get the spotlight, sometimes the narrator gets the spotlight, and of course the fiddle gets a good bit of the spotlight. So order a copy and get ready to show off!  Give us a call if you have questions about this sheet music at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

 


Jazz Ukulele? 29 June, 2015

00121624New from Berklee Press!  More people are playing ukulele more often and in more styles than before.  This book is written especially for soprano or concert ukulele, and will work for tenor ukulele as well.  You will learn comping, soloing, and how to play chord melodies.  This is a thorough, fast track method to get you into a jam session, fit into a band, and learn how to play solos.  Online audio is included. If you want to add a new voice to your band, the ukulele can be a great addition!  Lots of brands come with a built-in pickup now.  For more information about this sheet music for ukulele or other uke books, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons..com.   Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Mister Tambourine Man 24 June, 2015

0032225600701550On June 5, 1965, Bob Dylan’s song, “Mister Tambourine Man“, performed by The Byrds , hit number one on the Billboard charts and stayed there for ten weeks.  People still love to sing that classic hit, whether in a coffeehouse setting or any other group setting.  It is in a guitar book, “Greatest 60’s Rock Guitar“, and it’s in a piano/vocal book (with guitar chords), “Early Rock Hits“. Whether you sing along or play along, it’s campfire and singing time weather!  So entertain yourself and others!  Get one of these collections of classic rock sheet music, and sing the night away. For more information about these collections or other similar collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Hal Leonard Piano Library: The Twentieth Century 22 June, 2015

00297098Many famous composers are represented throughout this series of five collections : Bartok, Shostakovich, Bolcom, Norman Dello Joio, Paul Creston, Octavio Pinto, Morton Gould Tan Dun, Samuel Barber and many more. From elementary level to the upper intermediate level, this series takes a student from the early twentieth century through today’s composers who are still writing, such as William Bolcom and Tan Dun.  New works for piano on all levels of difficulty are constantly being composed. Try these out yourself, then pass them on to your students.  Pianists have the richest, most varied smorgasbord in the music world, so dig in! Click on the magnifying glass icon to see more about each collection. Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Instruments, A-Z 19 June, 2015

21exqpkxeOLWelcome to month #2 of “Instruments A-Z”.  Our first “B” instrument is bongos.  Bongos belong in the membranophone class of percussion instruments.  Bongos come in a pair bolted together. One drum is larger than the other.  Bongos are played with the bare hands. A “B” instrument from the aerophone group is a bullroarer.  It’s not so hard to play, but you need some space to use it in-preferably outdoors! The bandura is a string instrument from Ukraine.  Apparently, the more strings the instrument has, the more the bandurists like it. Watch for next month when we feature the letter “C”. Those instruments won’t necessarily be common, any more than these were. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Happy Birthday, Igor Stravinsky! (June 17, 1882) 17 June, 2015

61rRolf0TTL._AA160_Perhaps the first works that come to mind when we think of Igor Stravinsky are his ballets, “The Firebird” and “The Rite of Spring”.  The pandemonium that ensued at the premier of “The Rite of Spring”, which was presented at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, is legendary.  The audience greeted the work with catcalls and boos. (And a good bit more.) “The Firebird” has been transcribed for piano by Stravinsky himself. Many people wrote rags, and Stravinsky wrote “Piano Rag-Music” in 1919.  It is included in “Igor Stravinsky“, one of Wise Publication’s “Composer Portraits” series.  “Les Cinq Doigts” is a suite of eight short pieces for easy piano.  This suite is suitable for children, and any of the pieces are good for a piano recital.  This is included in “The Stravinsky Piano Collection“.  Igor Stravinsky’s second son, Soulima, was born in Switzerland on September 23, 1910. Soulima became a performer and composer in his own right.  His works are worth investigation, as well.  See the link for more information.  Any of the works listed can be ordered from Stanton’s Sheet Music. For more information, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

 


Stanton’s Piano Workshop, Friday, August 7, 2015 , 9:00 AM 12 June, 2015

00-21388On Friday,  August 7,  Stanton’s will host a piano workshop presented by Nancy Bachus.   She is one of Alfred Music’s busiest writers and editors.  Nancy is also Associate Editor for Repertoire and Performance for Clavier Companion magazine. Her articles have been published in Clavier and Keyboard Companion (now Clavier Companion), and her series of 18 articles appeared in the “Athletes at the Keyboard” column for Junior Keynotes, the magazine of the National Federation of Music Clubs. In 1990 she co-authored The Technic Companion, a book for beginning pianists. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed The Baroque Spirit, The Classical Spirit, The Romantic Spirit, and Beyond the Romantic Spirit piano anthologies, the Exploring Piano Classics series, and co-authored Great Music & Musicians, an outline of music history.  Come join us on August 7th!  Registration at 8:30 AM, workshop starts at 9:00 AM. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


String Orchestra Spoiler Alert 10 June, 2015

recommended by Dan Clark, School Orchestra Specialist

Not off the press yet, but coming soon from Alfred publishing, here are some of the standouts in our perusal of scores and listening to Fall 2015 titles.  It is likely that these titles will be on  Stanton’s Summer Reading Sessions at the Ohio State University String Teacher Workshop, July 5 – July 11.

All of the following selections are original compositions.  They contain great teaching opportunities, everyone has interesting parts and they will be great crowd-pleasers at concerts.

impactImpact by Bob Phillips  (43851)……………………………….$56.00

A truly powerful concert piece that honors the impact teachers have on the lives of others, this original work is a perfect centerpiece for concert and festival programming. Rhythmically exciting, with great parts for all sections, this is a must-have. (4:30)

pi tunes

Pi Tunes by Richard Meyer (43825)……………………………………………………..$62.00

Try assigning the first 32 digits of Pi to a scale degree to create five melodies that flow together, and you’ll have a start to this awesome composition. With a light jazzy feel, driving accompaniments, and features of all sections, here’s another creative hit from the master. (4:20)

river rhapsodyRiver Rhapsody by Richard Meyer (43843)……………….$49.00

A great way to introduce students to tone painting, this unique and fun-to-play selection traces the path of an imaginary river, which begins as a tiny spring and gradually grows. Themes from three famous “river pieces” are included: “The Beautiful Blue Danube,” “Water Music,” and “The Moldau.” (4:00)

city of steel

 

City of Steel by Doug Spata (43827)………………………………………………………$56.00

Brooding melodies that rise like mist over dark, churning chords, give way to a warm, yearning section, returning for a rousing finish. The lush, romantic sound and the dramatic expressiveness thrill while technical development includes 16th notes, chromatics, and shifting. (4:30)

 mystereMystere by Shirl Jae Atwell (43840)………………………………………………………………………$49.00

“Arousing wonder and inquisitiveness”—that is mystère. And this piece exemplifies, through music, the wonder and incomprehension of a mystery with melodies and counter melodies throughout. (3:15)

 

matadorMatador by Susan H. Day (43829)…………………………………………………………$49.00

Picture the matador as he waves his red cape and the crowd cheers him on!  Distinguished by its Spanish influenced melodies and harmonies, this piece in 4/4 is written in D minor and E minor. Great to develop expressive playing! (3:30)

 

 

Pre-order your copies today on our website or by calling us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, extension 2.  Questions?  Email orchestra@stantons.com!

Dan Clark 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.


Chord Solos for the Baritone Ukulele 09 June, 2015

00145630The baritone ukulele is tuned like the highest four strings of a guitar:  E, B, G, D, while the soprano uke is tuned A-E-C-G. This collection for baritone ukulele has been complied by Dick Sheridan, longtime player of fretted instruments.  The ukulele is his favorite fretted instrument.  These classic ukulele songs are arranged for chord soloing. Chord soloing is using chords to play melody and harmony simultaneously.  The melody usually is played on the first, (highest pitch), string. The combination of chord and melody makes for a richer sound.  There are twenty-seven songs, including jazz, blues, barbershop, gospel, classical, folk and more.  Learn or relearn some ukulele favorites, and learn to show off with some chord soloing!  For more information about this collection of sheet music, or other ukulele music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Making Sense of the Common Core 05 June, 2015

making sense of the common corerecommended by Rachel Steele, School Music Specialist

There are a few things in life that EVERYONE has an opinion on: Religion, politics, coconut, and the Common Core.  Music teachers can be especially, uh, sensitive about this subject.   Regardless of personal feelings, it seems that the Core is here to stay in most states, and integrating it into music classes is something that nearly everyone has been asked to do.

Sharon Burch, an exemplary elementary music educator, (most famous as the creator of Freddie the Frog) has written a no-nonsense, easy-to-follow guide to navigating the in’s and out’s of the core.  The foundation of the book is this: “You are a music teacher first, incorporating the Common Core second.”   Ms. Burch asserts that music teachers already teach many, many lessons that support the common core, or could support it with a few easy “tweeks.”  What “Making Sense of the Common Core” strives to do is give you the resources, verbage and other needed information to talk to administrators and other educators in their language about what you are teaching and how you are teaching it.

This succinct 70 page resource tells you only what you need to know, in a format that makes the exploration of the Core as painless as possible.  Appendices include lesson plan templates and documentation charts, as well as a list of resources Sharon recommends.  The book also comes with a digital download code that allows you to down find these documents online so you can start using them right away.  While the book is aimed at K-5 music teachers, secondary music educators will also find the ideas useful and applicable.

Making Sense of the Common Core by Sharon Burch…………………………………………….$12.99

For more information about this resource, common core music ideas, or other general music products, please contact us at classroommusic@stantons.com or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC, ext. 1.

Rachel Steele has been at Stanton’s since 2013. She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from The Ohio State University. Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington OH), Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!


It’s a Date! 04 June, 2015

recommended by Rachel Steele, School Music Specialist

its a date 15.16How would you like to have all of your bulletin boards designs for the whole school year done before school starts?   Ever thought about sending home extension activities for parents and kids to do together, but just don’t have the time?  No need…we’ve already done it for you! This invaluable CD-ROM resource features ready-to-go, printable monthly calendars for the 2015–2016 school year. They’re filled with music-related facts, composer studies, and entertaining activities designed to engage the whole family. Also adding to the fun are poster-size music term scramble puzzles and mystery melody scores that will make great bulletin boards or hallway displays.

It’s a Date (25/1031H)…………………………………………………………………….$14.95

Rachel Steele has been at Stanton’s since 2013. She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from The Ohio State University. Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington OH), Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!


Jabberwocky! 03 June, 2015

Usually, one associates John Carter with sacred choral or piano music.  This delightful departure from 1-3372that genre is “Jabberwocky!”  The poem, from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking-Glass, and what Alice Found There”, has been musically illustrated in eight pieces.  “The Tumtum Tree”  is suitably reflective, and “The Jabberwock” is appropriately ominous.  This humorous collection was commissioned by a long-time friend of John Carter’s, Harvey H. Scholl.  Written on an intermediate level, this sheet music for piano solo is suitable for recitals or other performances.  (Perhaps a reading of the poem, accompanied by the pieces?)  For more information about this, or other piano collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Celebration Series 2015, New Editions for Piano 02 June, 2015

indexThe new Celebration Series 2015 for piano is off the press, and due to arrive at Stanton’s Sheet Music any day now!  The older two series, Piano Celebration Perspectives and Piano Odyssey, are both out of print, and Celebration Series 2015 replaces them.  This new series includes Piano Repertoire from level Preparatory A to Level 10; Piano Etudes from level 1 to level 10; Technical Requirements from Preparatory level to level 8; and Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests from level Preparatory A to level 10. Each Repertoire and Piano Etudes book includes a CD of the pieces, plus digital recordings which can be accessed with the code printed in the back of each book.  This code is behind the CD.  The Four Star Sight Reading and Ear Tests have a new online feature that allows students to practice aural exercises independently.  Each level of the Piano Repertoire books includes pieces from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th-21st Century periods.  Consider it as musical time travel! For more information about the new editions in the Celebration Series 2015, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, ext. 3, or email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

 


You Want Me to Teach WHAT?!?!? 29 May, 2015

you want me to teach whatWe specialize in panicked phone calls here at Stanton’s.  We’ve heard it all:  “I lost my judge’s copy!”  “I can’t find my Messiah!”  “It’s Christmas Eve and my O, Holy Night is nowhere to be found!”  These examples of immediate panic pale in comparison to another problem we’ve heard more and more about over the last couple of years.  Dazed choral, orchestral and band teachers, many with years of experience, come in and tell us they’ve been assigned to teach elementary general music.  Educators who don’t bat an eyelash at breaking up fights between high school boys in the lunch room or dealing with middle school girl drama are petrified of a classroom full of bright-eyed kindergarteners.

Never fear, Mari Schay and Michael Tolon have come to the rescue.  These self-described “recovering band directors” have successfully made the transition from upper level music teachers to elementary teachers.  In “You Want Me To Teach WHAT?” the authors guide you through this transition, dealing with such diverse topics as:

  • Your own emotions about your new assignment-negative and positive.
  • Getting to know the school, the kids, and the environment.
  • Learning styles and philosophies of elementary general music.
  • Playing instruments, singing, listening, reading and notating, and assessing.

There are also sample lesson plans for every grade level, and appendices about routine and purchasing materials.  The bonus part of this reference is that it is a joy to read.  Mari and Michael share their mistakes as well as their triumphs in a casual, conversational style that is funny enough to make you feel like you’re reading for pleasure instead of work.  If you are facing this challenge in your teaching career, or are a first year teacher who didn’t expect to be teaching this level, give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC and order a copy today.

You Want Me To Teach WHAT? (42787)……………………………………………………………………………..$19.99

Rachel Steele has been at Stanton’s since 2013. She previously taught middle school and high school band and choir for 13 years, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music education from The Ohio State University. Currently a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble and a musician at Epiphany Lutheran Church (Pickerington OH), Rachel also enjoys reading, sewing, baking and the Pittsburgh Steelers!


Sonata for Piano, by Justin Dello Joio 28 May, 2015

Dello Joio. 00145153 Does the name sound familiar?  Justin Dello Joio is the son of Norman Dello Joio, so he grew up with composing and the piano.  Justin’s most recent print release is the “Sonata for Piano“.  This work is full of energy and intensity, and is dedicated to Vincent Persichetti,  with whom Justin studied at the Julliard School.  There is a recording of Garrick Ohlsson playing it available at Bridge records  (CD9220).  Especially if you like 20th and 21st century music, you need to check this out!  Classical music is not frozen at Bach, Beethoven and Brahms.  Classical music is alive, so it grows and changes.  Don’t forget our past, and do embrace our future.  Dive in and check this out.  For more information about this or other piano music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Aretha Franklin 20 Greatest Hits 26 May, 2015

00125964It has been a long time since there was a collection of Aretha Franklin sheet music.  This new publication from Hal Leonard includes twenty hits by the Queen of Soul.  When you hear the song “Respect” or “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman”, I bet you hear Aretha Franklin‘s voice in your head.   She has been a very active artist since the 1960’s, and in 1987, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In 2014, she covered Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”, which debuted at 47 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.  In so doing, Franklin became the first woman to have 100 songs on that chart.  Welcome back to print music, Miss Franklin! I hope this isn’t the only book of your songs that we see!

For more information about this collection, or those of other artists, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website, http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


Pop Song of the Month: May 22 May, 2015

00702196On  May 10th of 1980, Bob Seger’s song, “Against the Wind” hit the radio waves.  It maintained the #5 spot for eleven weeks in a row.  It is still one of the best-known songs by Bob Seger.  Therefore, it is no surprise that we can still find “Against the Wind” in print.  “The Best of Bob Seger” is a book of sheet music for easy guitar containing eighteen Seger hits, including “Against the Wind”.  Reacquaint yourself with some classic rock!  For more information about this music, or other personality collections for guitar, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com. or visit our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Instruments, A-Z 21 May, 2015

imagesHave you ever tried to name one instrument for every letter of the alphabet?  Some letters aren’t too hard to name the instruments for: say, the letter “c” or “t”.  We will be choosing at least one instrument  for each month, “A” to “Z” until we run out of letters.  So this month, we start with “A”.  There are different classifications of musical instruments. Idiophones are  struck percussion of various kinds that have no membrane, (think “no drumhead”).  “Agung a tamlang” is in this class. The 2 slit drums are on the left, the 2 beaters are on the right in this photo.  The alphorn is a natural horn, which means it has no slides or valves. The Swiss Club in Columbus, Ohio, has a group that plays alphorns.  An unusual stringed instrument is the Aeolian harp.  People can build an Aeolian harp, but not play it. (Honest!)  Watch for next month, when we feature the letter “B”!


Gospel Treasures for Organ 19 May, 2015

00144550Gospel Treasures is a new release from Hal Leonardwith 35 gospel hymns arranged for intermediate organ.  If you’ve been wanting an organ book of gospel music, this collection is a great addition to your library!  From the perennial favorite, “Amazing Grace” to the beautiful song “In the Garden”, or the rollicking “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder”, to the lyrical “Precious Memories”, this is a gospel library between two covers.  Check it out, and see what this collection has to offer. For more information about this collection or other organ music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.