News & Views Saturday, August 02, 2014

Category: Staff Picks

Classical Favourites from Russia 31 July, 2014

ue36070522994f3a8ff7_195x255Russia has a rich heritage of classical music.  Much of that heritage has been shared with the rest of the world.  We all know at least something about Tchaikowsky‘s  “The Nutcracker”, represented in this collection of sheet music by “The Dance of the Reed Flutes”, and “Swan Lake”,  represented by the main theme from “Swan Lake”.  “The Flight of the Bumblebee”  came from Rimski-Korsakov’s opera, “The Tale of Tzar Saltan”.  Khatchaturian‘s “Sabre Dance” came from his ballet, “Gayane”.  In all, there are thirteen pieces by six Russian composers  transcribed from the string repertoire for piano by Nicolai Podgornov.  This fun collection of intermediate to advanced pieces will entertain you for hours, and add to your repertoire of performance pieces for recitals or just for enjoyment.  For more information about this collection or other music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 25 July, 2014

00125210The music of James Newton Howard, composed for “Catching Fire”, is now available for piano solo!  Eleven pieces from the second of  The Hunger Games trilogy are included in this book of sheet music from the movie.  The story written by Suzanne Collins took shape on film, and this music expresses the emotions of the characters and the feel of the environments they have to deal with.  There is a certain satisfaction when playing  “Arena Crumbles“.  For more information on this collection or other movie music, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

This summer, learn to play the guitar! 22 July, 2014

00-42548Stanton’s got a shipment of the best guitar methods from Alfred!   You can learn to play rock guitar. blues, electric,  jazz or acoustic.   We got some ukulele books and bass guitar books, too. While away the  evenings on your deck (or patio) with your guitar in the summer breeze!  For more information about these helpful methods, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? 18 July, 2014

00312479This great book of Sesame Street songs has forty songs from childhood’s favorite on-screen street.  From the “Sesame Street Theme” to “We Are All Earthlings”, these perennial favorites include guitar chords in addition to the piano part, which includes the melody in the right hand.  So set the rubber duckie next to the keyboard, line the kids up next to the piano and get ready to sing the summer away! For more information about this collection of sheet music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

O’Neill’s Music of Ireland 17 July, 2014

This one-inch thick book of 1,850 Irish melodiesResizeImageHandler.ashx is a library of tunes in one volume.  There are set dance tunes, which are tunes for a “set”, or group of dancers in couples, many of O’Carolan’s tunes, folk song tunes, and more.  The melody is laid out, ready to be played, embellished upon, or arranged by a group or soloist.  There are many familiar tunes; “The Minstrel Boy”, “The Bard of Armagh”, “Planxty Irwin”, reels, hornpipes, and more.  The words are not included, nor are there chords provided.  The melody is the main emphasis in this collection. For more information about this collection or other tune books or fiddle books, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Jam Session! 16 July, 2014

00240112What is a jam session?  It is a musical event, process, or activity where musicians play (“jam”) by improvising.  At a typical folk music or Bluegrass jam, players in the group take turns choosing a tune to play and the key to play it in. (Example- “Let’s play “In the Pines” in the key of D.”)  Most of the group will be familiar with the songs, so people can strum, pick, or fiddle along to the song.  Maybe one person will sing the verses, and everyone will sing the chorus in harmony.  Often, the leader will give a nod to different people and the chosen person will improvise a solo for a verse of the song.  Jams can go on for hours with people coming and going as time passes.  It’s great fun!  I’ve been in jams where I’ve alternated playing fiddle, mandolin, or ukulele.   Sometimes, I stop playing and just sing. To learn the songs associated with a particular style of music, fakebooks are helpful, as is listening to lots of music in your chosen style. Eventually, your ear kicks in, and you can play “by ear”.  That is, you can hear a song and play it without sheet music.  For information about fakebooks for different styles of music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Boss is Back! 11 July, 2014

Bruce Springsteen’s new album, “High Hopes” has been released for piano/vocal/guitar, and for guitar.   This collection includes several old favorites (The Ghost of Tom Joad”)  and several newly re-recorded  songs are presented (The Wall.)  The Boss is back on tour, and back on a roll!  Play along with the Guitar Songbook Edition!  For more information about “High Hopes” or other Springsteen music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website,  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Piano Workshops, August 8 and 9! 10 July, 2014

00420168On Friday August 8, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM, there will be a free workshop for piano teachers at Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. 4th st.  Enter from Noble St., which runs East and West between Main st and Mound St. Parking is free.  You may get to Noble St. from either 4th St. or 5th St.  Registration begins at 8:30 AM.  This year, Randall Faber, co-author of the Piano Adventures series, is our workshop leader.  Come meet him and learn how the Piano Adventures series of lesson books can help your students to learn the piano skills they want and need!

The next day, Saturday August 9, from 2 PM to 4:30 PM, Larry Shackley, a well-known arranger of sacred music, will present new arrangements of sacred piano music.  Registration is at 1:30 PM.  Come listen to these new arrangements, and see what you want to buy to play for your church, Sunday School, or just for yourself to play at home.8622

Both of these popular annual events are well attended, fun and informative. They are only about a month away. Come join us! You may call us at  1-800-42-MUSIC, or email us at for more information.

The Rocky Horror Show 08 July, 2014

14042919We present to you the 40th Anniversary Songbook for The Rocky Horror Show!  Forty years of Rocky Horror?  Yes!  Beginning in June 1973,  “Upstairs” at the Royal Court Theatre,  “Rocky Horror” has swept the world with the stage production and the movie.   It is a humorous tribute to the “B” horror films and science fiction films from the 1940′s through the 1970′s. Richard O’Brien’s zany story has a world wide cult following.  The film is the longest running release in film history.  This book of sheet music from the stage production includes a download card which gives you online access to professional backing tracks for all the songs!  To order this collectible album, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Best of Hank Williams 03 July, 2014

00490475This second edition of Hank Williams‘ best songs contains thirty-eight songs, including guitar chords.  I bet you knew he wrote “Cold, Cold Heart” and “Jambalaya”.  Did you know he was the writer of  “I Saw the Light”?    Of course “Kaw-Liga” and “Your Cheatin’ Heart” are included!  Revisit this country icon’s songs in this newly reissued book of country sheet music.  For more about this collection or other music you may be interested in, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

50 Worship Standards 27 June, 2014

Are you looking for songs to sing for special music at church this summer?  Why not choose something from “50 Worship Standards00311993“?    It includes Rich Mullins’  “Awesome God“,   “I Come to the Cross” by Batstone and Somma, Rick Founds’  “Lord, I Lift Your  Name On High“,  “The Potter’s Hand” by Darlene Zchech, and forty-six more.  There is something for everyone in this collection of sheet music from the contemporary Christian genre.   There is a piano part written out, and guitar chords included for accompaniment.  For more information about this collection of sacred music, or others, please call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Larry Shackley is Coming in August! 26 June, 2014

Sacred Clinic logoStanton’s is pleased to welcome Larry Shackley as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session!

Larry is a full-time composer and music editor from Columbia, SC. From 1995-2007, he taught and directed the music program at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC. Prior to that, he worked for several years at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, creating original music and Shackley, Larryproducing radio programs for the Moody Broadcasting Network. He also served as staff keyboardist for ten years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, IL. Larry’s published music includes over 200 choral pieces, seven cantatas, and 400 keyboard arrangements, as well as vocal and instrumental collections and numerous orchestrations. He has received writing awards from ASCAP every year since 1998, and has fulfilled commissions from schools, churches, and community choirs across America.

Your registration includes a packet of over 35 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. We look forward to seeing you on August 9th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/9/2014, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Battelle Fine Arts Center, Otterbein University
195 West Park St., Westerville OH 43081
Cost: $20.00 (There is no pre-registration; you may register the day of the clinic beginning at 8:30.)
email our choral department for more details

Sacred Piano Reading Session
also featuring Larry Shackley
Saturday 8/9/2014, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music,
330 South 4th St., Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

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World War One Songs & Tunes for the Ukulele 24 June, 2014

00128840This book of forty-eight songs from World War One has been arranged for ukulele by Dick Sheridan.   It includes songs about hundred years old,  many still appropriate for today; “Avalon”, “You’re a Grand Old Flag“, “Taps”, and more.   The sentiments of  World War One inspired the writing of over 800 songs during and immediately after the war.  Sadly, it was not “The war to end all wars.”  Happily, it left a rich musical legacy.  For more information about this song book or other patriotic music. call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Commit to “Excellence” for your choral ensembles! 20 June, 2014

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 21st annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic on Saturday August 23, 2014! This session was designed to help you select concert and contest literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and men’s choirs at all levels of difficulty. Registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles.

Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends! For more information, please check out our video below, contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Register online NOW!

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Why Should YOU Attend a Stanton’s Reading Session? 19 June, 2014

Summer is here (finally!)… You’ve wrapped up your end-of-the-year concerts and lessons and you’re enjoying some well-earned time off. Here at Stanton’s Sheet Music, we’re gearing up for our summer workshop series! Yes, it can be hard to think about starting up a new school year, and we hear lots of excuses…ahem, I mean reasons…as to why people want to skip out on attending a summer workshop this year:

“It’s summertime! I don’t want to think about work.”
We hear ya. Summer sunshine…sandy beaches…grilling out on the patio…spending time with family and friends… These are all worthwhile summertime pursuits. But think about it – spending just one day at a Stanton’s workshop this summer can give you repertoire and teaching ideas for your entire school year! By devoting a few hours to work with us in the summer, you could free up evenings and weekends during the year so that you can: A) spend more time with your family and friends, B) work on that novel or symphony you’ve been meaning to write, or C) regain your sanity from spending all day with those rowdy kids!

“I can find everything I need to know on the internet/in a catalog.”
The internet is a wonderful tool in finding new music for your ensembles and classrooms – it helped you find this blog, right? Stanton’s Listening Library contains thousands of recordings to help you find the perfect piece of repertoire, many items on our user-friendly main website have sample pages you can view, and our Digital Delivery website allows you to find and print music immediately. But…none of those benefits outweighs the value of holding a new piece of music in your hands and experiencing it for the first time as your students do. At Stanton’s summer clinics and reading sessions, you can identify music your students will love to sing and find resources and repertoire to teach important musical concepts. NOTHING compares to looking at the entire piece and singing it with a group – THAT’S how you know if it will work for you! No 30-second sample recording or three-sentence catalog write-up can do that.

“I have such a small budget. Why learn about new music that I can’t afford?”
You’re not alone. Music budgets are shrinking across the country, and our clinicians know that you need to make every penny count. We’ve got ideas for affordable costuming and set design for your elementary musicals. We’ve got budget-stretching, reproducible choral collections with lots of repertoire options. And best of all, we’ve got many other teachers at our clinics so you can meet and share ideas that really, truly work in the classroom with each other! You could meet someone with great ideas for nurturing a successful booster group, or someone with tips for garnering community support and sponsorship, or someone with suggestions for marketing your program to your school board. Colleagues and peers in the education field are one of your greatest resources – join us and take advantage of that!

We also know that many schools won’t reimburse teachers for your registration fees, and it’s always painful to shell out your hard-earned money. To help with this issue, Stanton’s is offering a $25 gift certificate to new attendees who qualify; contact us for more details. And talk to your tax guy – workshop fees for teacher enrichment and continuing education may be tax deductible.

“I live in Pennsylvania/Kentucky/Illinois/Anytown, U.S.A. It’s too far for me to drive to Columbus.”
We often have a pair of wonderful music teachers from CANADA who come to our clinics here in Ohio! Make it really worth your while by attending multiple workshops during “School Choral Week 2014.” Bring the family! Workshops each day are completed by 4 p.m., so you have the evening to explore all that Central Ohio has to offer. The Stanton’s staff can recommend our favorite local restaurants, movie theaters, and cultural hot-spots for you to visit – the cooler summer evenings are perfect for a trip to the Ohio State Fair (open July 23-August 3 2014); maybe your spouse can take the kids to COSI or the Columbus Zoo while you’re enjoying your workshop during the day; the Columbus Metroparks are great for hiking or sunset picnics; or check out the CAPA Summer Movie Series at the historic Ohio Theatre.

teacher strictI’ve been teaching for 10/20/30 years. I know what I’m doing and I don’t need help.”
It’s true – experience can breed wisdom. But we find that the wisest teachers know that in order to keep students engaged they need to refresh, renew and revamp their teaching every single year! Keep your teaching style fresh and innovative by getting new ideas from our nationally-known, experienced, expert clinicians. Yes, there are probably great resources already in your library that work as well today as they did 30 years ago – but we’d venture a guess that there are just as many things that now seem dated and over-used. Mixing in new titles with the old standards keeps your lessons and concerts interesting for your students and – just as importantly – for YOU!

“I’m a first-year teacher. I have no idea WHAT I need yet!”
Stanton’s workshops are perfect for you! The first thing a beginning teacher needs is a strong support system around them – start building that support system by joining the dedicated community of teachers who know the benefits of attending our workshops. You may not have heard your choirs or met your classes yet, but by arming yourself with information and repertoire ideas you’re ready to face whatever challenges await you. PLANNING is your best defense against the dreaded feeling of being overwhelmed by all the “newness” of starting your teaching career. Also, by developing a relationship with Stanton’s, you’ll have US on your side! We’re staffed with veteran teachers and college-trained musicians, so we’ve got your back!

So stop making excuses! Check out our previous posts on Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic, the Joy of Singing, the John Jacobson Workshop, and Stanton’s Super Session, and register today for Stanton’s summer workshops! We also have sessions available for instrumental teachers, church musicians, pianists and college and community choir directors; contact us for more info.

Band Directors Teaching Choir-Help! I’m not a pianist! 17 June, 2014

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

Wishing you had paid more attention during class piano in college?  Or cursing your mom for letting you quit going to lessons so you could play Little League?  You’re not alone!  True, some choral directors are accomplished pianists, but many are not.  Here are some tips if you find your skills aren’t up to par:

Accompaniment CD’s-While a live accompanist is always best, there are accompaniment CD’s for much of the school choral literature.  The CD will generally include 2 tracks, one with a full performance and one with just the accompaniment.  How can you tell if a piece has an accompaniment track available?  It’s usually printed on the first page of the octavo, or you can always check our website.

Sing Along Tracks-Some publishers (most prominently Carl Fisher and BriLee,) offer free, online resources for learning their music, including recordings of the piano accompaniments and even individual parts.  If you can only play one part at a time, hook your computer up to the classroom stereo and have it play another part so you can rehearse two at a time.

A Cappella Literature-Maybe you are up to learning one or two accompaniments but not a whole concert’s worth, so consider an a cappella selection.  It’s not as scary as you think!  A cappella pieces are available at all difficulty levels and voicings, and force your students to work on intonation, tone, balance and blend.  If you doubt your students abilities in this area, start out with one voicing below what they usually sing:  If you usually sing SATB, try a 3 part selection; if you usually sing 3 parts, use a round or partner song to practice this skill.

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

Previous posts in this series: Warm-Ups and Rounds; Sight-Singing; SAB or 3 Part Mixed

The Stanton’s Difference: Knowledgeable Staff 16 June, 2014

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music.  Over the next few weeks, we want to take the opportunity to highlight just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

Every teacher has experienced the frustration of trying to explain something musical to a non-musician.  Rest assured, that will never happen when you call Stanton’s!  All of our sales staff are college graduates with music degrees, many of whom have years of teaching experience in the classroom and/or private studio.

Want to know what key a piece is in?  The range of a trumpet part?  How difficult a piano solo is?  We will be happy to pull in-stock products for you or research to find an answer.

Our staff also spends hundreds of hours each year listening to all the new releases from countless different publishers.  We select the best of each catalog to become Stanton’s “Top Choices.”  Different from publishers interested in promoting certain products or composers, we make our selections with YOU in mind.  Our staff chooses quality literature to help you make the most of your teaching time and your budget dollars.

Like you, we enjoy flexing our “musical muscles.”  If you have a tricky question, call or email us with your specific needs.  Because we see so many products each year, we are able to suggest resources for almost any teacher, no matter how unusual the request.

To talk with one of the friendly members of our staff, visit us online at, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

Previous posts in this series:  10% Educational Discount

Patriotic Songbooks 13 June, 2014

00315052Is it really too early for patriotic music?  Not when we have to practice for Fourth of July, it isn’t!  The “ All American Patriotic Songbook” is full of patriotic songs for our nation’s birthday.  It includes “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, The Star-Spangled Banner”, military songs like, “The Caissons Go Rolling Along”,  “The Marines’ Hymn“, and a few of John Philip Sousa’s patriotic marches including  “Liberty Bell March“.  This is a good resource for The Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or any other patriotic holiday.  For more information about this book of patriotic sheet music for piano, or piano and voice, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC,  or visit our website.  We have patriotic music for band, orchestra, choir, and instrumental solos, too.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

Iron Butterfly 12 June, 2014

00322242In June of 1969, the group Iron Butterfly still had a popular album on the charts that included a song that can be found in over a dozen songbooks for guitar in 2014.  The song was “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida“.  It had been on the charts  since December 7, 1968.  It stayed on the charts until July of 1969.  220px-Inagaddadavida-singleThe Boomer’s Book of Classic Rock Guitar” is full of hits from the 60′s and 70′s that the Boomers grew up with, including “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”.  Of the six titles on the album,   only this song has endured.  For more information about this special-order collection please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website,  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Summer Fun Inspired by “Picnic With The Pops” 11 June, 2014

Picnic with the Pops and Richard Marx Columbus CommonsSummer in Columbus means hundreds of great cultural events, none better than our own Columbus Symphony Orchestra’s “Picnic With the Pops” series.  This year, we challenge you get inspired by some of these great performances and make some music of your own!

The series opens this year on June 13th with “Classical Mystery Tour”, a tribute to the Beatles.  Beginning instrumentalists may be inspired to try out “The Beatles” from Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements series.  Play along with the CD (available separately) and feel like a rock star, or get a group together to play the full band arrangements, all in the same book!

On June 21st, Columbus welcomes Ben Folds, who will perform favorites of his band, Ben Folds Five, as well as his new piano concerto.  Contemporary a cappella enthusiasts will want to grab some friends to jam with “Ben Folds Presents University A Cappella,” a collection which includes 16 of Fold’s best songs including “Brick,” “The Luckiest” and “You Don’t Know Me.”


Jazz lovers will enjoy July 19th’s presentation of Manhattan Transfer, best known for their interpretations of jazz standards such as “Tuxedo Junction” and “Route 66.”    Pianists and singers alike will enjoy the “Manhattan Transfer Songbook,” a classic collection of the groups best songs from their nearly 40 year history.

Other concerts in the series include  Cirque Musica, Legends of Classic Rock with John Elefante, Patriotic Pops, and The O’Jays.   A Picnic With the Pops tradition closes the series on July 25th and 26th as the CSO invites the Ohio State University Marching Band to perform favorites of the Buckeye faithful, complete with fireworks!  Grab a picnic dinner and enjoy some great music under the stars this summer, then come on down to Stanton’s for help making great music of your own!  Visit us in person, on our website, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!