News & Views Thursday, April 27, 2017

Category: Staff Picks

Piano Duets for Fun 26 April, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

There’s nothing better than making music together with friends! Here are a few exciting piano duets for one piano-four hands – get out there and make music!

00290496-leonThe Beatles Piano Duets
Includes: “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Hey Jude,” “Let It Be,” “Penny Lane,” “Something,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” and “Yesterday”

Heart and Soul and Other Duet Favorites
Includes: “Any Dream Will Do,” “Chopsticks,” “Heart and Soul,” “Music! Music! Music! (Put Another Nickel In),” “On Top of Spaghetti,” “Raiders March,” “The Rainbow Connection,” and “Y.M.C.A.”

Both of these duet collections are at an intermediate difficulty level. Just you and your friend can have fun with these, or play for friends and show off! Enjoy a beautiful ballad such as “Let It Be,” or tap your toes to “Music, Music, Music!”

For more information about these collections or others like them, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


What Shall I Play AFTER Easter? 24 April, 2017

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

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

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

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


Hal Leonard Guitar Method Complete 21 April, 2017

recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

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

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

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

You or your student will use this book for years as a reference – it has that much useful information! Visit us online to learn more! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.


Veljo Tormis – Men’s Songs 19 April, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

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

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

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

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


Join Us with MARY MCDONALD This Summer! 18 April, 2017

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mary McDonald as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session, and we invite you to join us at Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214) on Saturday August 12, 2017.

Mary McDonald is well-known in sacred music. With a career that spans over thirty-five years, her songs appear in the catalogs of every major publisher of church music. More than eight hundred anthems, seasonal musicals and keyboard collections testify to her significant contribution to sacred literature.

homepageimageIn 2000, Mary became the first ever woman President of the Southern Baptist Church Music Conference. In addition she has served as accompanist for the Tennessee Men’s Chorale since 1985. Her greatest desire is “to give God glory for the songs He has allowed me to compose. He alone, is the true Creator behind my pen.”

In 2011, after serving as sacred music editor for The Lorenz Corporation in Dayton, Ohio for more than twenty years, Mary answered a new call. Now she takes her tremendous passion and love for music making directly to churches as an independent artist. She is in constant demand in churches across the nation for composer weekends and conferences.

Your registration for the clinic 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 12th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/12/2017, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church
4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $25.00 (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 Mary McDonald
Saturday 8/12/2017, 2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Cost: Free!
email our keyboard department for more details

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Little Big Band 17 April, 2017

recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

c7118-jazzbandThese charts are arranged in the “Little Big Band” series – especially for smaller programs with relatively advanced players. Each is scored for 6 horns (3 saxes, 2 trumpets and trombone), and include optional parts to add alto, tenor, and trombone.

Birdland arr. Rick Stitzel
Josef Zawinul and Weather Report turned the jazz world on its ear with this iconic fusion composition from the 1977 album Heavy Weather. Arranged here for 6 horns and rhythm section, this straight 8th note version retains all the drive and uplifting energy of the original.

Caravan arr. Michael Philip Mossman
This Ellington favorite adapts beautifully to the small band format in the skilled hands of Michael Mossman. The classic tune (samba with swing on the bridge) is still there, but with a contemporary twist!

leon-507369Billie’s Bounce arr. Mike Tomaro
Here is a fresh take on the bebop blues classic by Charlie Parker. The chart starts out in a funk style and then alternates with swing sections. Soloists have a chance to improvise in both styles.

Corn Bread arr. Mark Taylor
Similar to Lee Morgan’s famous “Sidewinder,” this tune is written in a moderate soul jazz vein. Mark’s funky arrangement for 6 horns and rhythm section is sprinkled with stop time breaks and catchy riffs. A fun tune for soloing!

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

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and serves on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.


Interact with Music Assessment 14 April, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialist

The “Interact with Music Assessment” series by Manju Durairaj is a series of active music making assessments for the interactive whiteboard in three levels: Level 1 (PreK-1), Level 2 (Grades 1-3), and Level 3 (Grades 3-5). Each level is an extensive stand-alone collection of 30 sequential assessments for rhythm, pitch/melody, expressive elements (dynamics, tempo, legato, staccato, etc.), timbre, texture, form, and/or harmony. Each interactive assessment will involve students through movement, instrument playing, listening, creating, composing, and reading/writing their compositions using graphic or traditional notations. These activities will also promote 21st-century skills of critical reasoning, creativity, communication and collaboration. There are helpful “teacher talk” pull-out instructions, often with suggestions on how to use the same interactive page for a variety of activities. These comprehensive assessments provide a curricular framework for essential sequential instruction that also aims to make the fullest use of Interactive Whiteboards, IWB applications, tablets and apps. Watch your students become physically, cognitively and actively immersed in music making!

Level 1 (PreK-1) was released last year, and new for 2016-2017 is Level 2:

leon-492441Interact with Music Assessment: Level 2 (Grades 1-3) by Manju Durairaj
Level II presents over 40 interactive formative and summative assessments with customizable rubrics. In addition to the interactive material, there are quizzes and worksheets that may be printed or sent to tablets for completion, and manipulatives that may be printed out and laminated. These assessments follow a sequential progression for teaching musical concepts:
• Rhythm: Meter (steady beat, duple and triple meter, time signature) and Duration (quarter note and rest, and eighth notes)
• Pitch: Solfege (moveable do, major and minor pentatonic) and Intervals (lines/spaces, skips, steps, repeats)
• Expressive Elements: Dynamics (pp, mp, p, mf, f, ff, sfz, crescendo, decrescendo) and Tempo (largo, andante, moderato, allegro, presto, ritardando, accelerando, legato and staccato)
• Harmony: unison, melodic ostinato-tonic and dominant, rounds-rhythm and melody, descant, partner song
• Form: Elemental, Binary, Ternary, Rondo

Stay tuned for Level 3 (Grades 3-5) in the future, and find more interactive resources for your music classroom on our website. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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


Uplifting Programmatic Pieces for Strings – Grade 0.5-1.5 12 April, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

Inspire your beginners and their audience with these winners!

cfn-pas15-fOath of Honor by Larry Clark
Perfect as a concert opener for first timers, Oath of Honor is a super easy yet majestic piece that should bring about the feeling of pride with its ceremonial and celebratory nature. It is written for the youngest of students in mind with minimal notes, block scoring and simple repeated eighth-note rhythms. The modern harmonies put it a cut above other pieces at this level and will “stretch the ears” of your students in a very good way. There is also a great teaching opportunity with an empty beat “1” so don’t miss this one!

Presto by Robert Sheldon
Grab your beginners when they are freshly excited and get them to show their spirit and enthusiasm with this joyful and fast-paced gem. With a simple 5-note theme ,it has repeated eighth notes in constant rhythm patterns with the focus generously shared among everyone. The students will have a blast and so will their audience.

fjh-st6393-fJubilee Fanfare by Soon Hee Newbold
Experience the sounds and celebrations of an ancient festival in this fantastic concert opener. Inspired by Celtic dances and the drones of an ancient stringed instrument called the hurdy-gurdy, this energetic work, with generously shared melody, will be a huge hit with your students and audience. Plus you can use it to teach marcato bowing, the mixolydian mode, snap pizzicato plus Bb and F natural.

Marble Falls Rondo by Bud Woodruff
Honoring Arkansas’ contribution to the marble for the Washington Monument, this flowing programmatic work gives every section melodic material and activity. There is a quirky middle section for violas and cellos that will bring smiles. Teaching elements include setting the bow, feeling 4/4 in a slow cut time and C natural accidentals.

alfred-44837-fA Spark of Courage by Doug Spata
What a great way to open or close a young orchestra’s concert. A modern & joyful gem using only the notes of the D major scale, it will not only exude a sense of honor and duty, it will also help teach staccato bowing, counting rhythmic rests, and keeping a steady 8th note pulse. Plus there is plenty of activity for everyone that is passed back and forth so no one will say “I’m bored!”

Our Heroes by Susan H. Day
A moving tribute to all the people in our lives we admire as role models, here is a soul-stirring selection that will make everyone proud. Excellent for smaller or younger groups since second violin doubles viola and bass doubles cello. Teaching elements include using long, full bows, the D.S. al Coda concept, and low second finger in the first violins.

You can find more options for young string players on our website, or contact us for even more repertoire ideas. 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.


Schirmer Performance Editions 10 April, 2017

leon-480729From the Hal Leonard Piano Library, Schirmer Performance Editions are designed for piano students and their teachers as well as for professional pianists. These editions offer new research, insightful interpretive suggestions, pertinent fingering, and historical and stylistic commentary. Each volume includes an excellent performance based on the recorded edition via Audio Access for download or streaming. Prepared by experienced artists and master teachers, these publications provide an accurate, well-informed score resource for pianists.

Available in a wide variety of editions, organized by musical time period, by composer, and by difficulty level, here are just a few examples of these valuable collections:
– The Baroque Era, Intermediate Level
– The Classical Era, Early Intermediate Level
– The Romantic Era, Intermediate Level
– The 20th Century, Upper Elementary Level
– Beethoven Piano Sonatas Volume 1
– Mozart: 15 Intermediate Piano Pieces
– Satie: Gymnopedies & Gnossiennes
– Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist Complete

Compiled and edited by Richard Walters, these books are full of delightful pieces of varying styles that are sure to widen a student’s experience. Check them out today at stantons.com, or contact us for more collections from this valuable series. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


New Beginnings – Graduation Options for Choir 03 April, 2017

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!

leon-504746In Meeting We Are Blessed by Troy Robertson
With an original text inspired by John Donne, this piece illustrates the power of peace and all the blessings it brings. Written for the meeting of the Nairobi Chamber Chorus and Festival Singers of Florida, it was premiered in Nairobi with the composer singing in the choir.

New Beginnings by Jim Papoulis
Beginning with a free and gentle style then moving into a more up tempo and rhythmic B section, this piece speaks of a bittersweet time when we close one chapter in our lives and move on to another new beginning. Written for a group of teens who wanted to celebrate their wonderful and inspirational choral director and also celebrating what was coming next in their lives.

alfred-503656Because All Men Are Brothers by J.S. Bach/arr. Robert DeCormier
Originally released in the 1940s, this strong message of justice and unity continues to speak to the hearts and minds of those who hear it. Recorded by a variety of artists including The Weavers, and Peter, Paul, and Mary, this arrangement includes an additional verse written by Pete Seeger.

Remember by Victor C. Johnson
Victor Johnson presents wonderful moments for expressive singing and artistic phrasing in “Remember”. Cascading sixteenth note motifs in the piano part and a rich harmonic palette unite the musical fabric and amplify the image-laden text. “Then in a rising melody, the songs of earth called out to me … and music flowed from my heart again.”

Blessing by Gerald Custer
Gorgeous harmonic development and recurring “Dona nobis pacem” passages provide a satisfying foundation to the texture in this lovely choral benediction by Gerald Custer. The tightly woven fabric of Latin and original English text along with optional a cappella sections will surely captivate your choir.

leon-504040For Good arr. Kirby Shaw
Now available in an expressive unaccompanied setting, this ballad from the musical Wicked takes on deep and emotional meaning with solo vocal lines and the full range of the choir. A powerful reminder of the importance of the friends in our lives.

In the Name of Music by Victor C. Johnson
Commissioned by the 2016 TMEA Region IV Middle School/Junior High All-Region Combined Concert Choir, the music-themed text motivates and inspires one to sing of the beauty found all around us in the name of music. The piano accompaniment flourishes, supporting the dynamic contrast found throughout the piece. Rich harmonies paint the natural melody, creating a stirring work for concert or contest.

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.


Piano Music for Lent and Easter 29 March, 2017

recommended by Caryn G. & Judy S., Sacred Piano Music Specialists

lorenz-0787754938For the skilled pianist looking for music appropriate for Lent and Easter, we are eager to recommend The Wonder of Glorious Love, an advanced piano solo book arranged by Melody Bober.

An experienced arranger, Bober has produced this beautiful collection that has a very classical feel, and uses lush full chords and ornaments that add an elegant spin on the classic hymns that we already know. The collection includes hymns such as “Were You There?,” “Crown Him With Many Crowns,” and “Near the Cross,” and is an excellent resource for preludes, offertories, and other church needs this time of year.

If you would like more information about this collection or other Lent and Easter recommendations, call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website: www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.


World Music for Choir 27 March, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Programming music from around the world has so many benefits for your ensemble – new rhythmic concepts, unfamiliar languages and dialects to explore, and a picture of the people and traditions in cultures across the globe. Here are a few of my favorite new publications, for choirs of all voicings and difficulty levels:

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
leon-48023650-f¡Cantad al Señor! arr. Roger Bergs
This arrangement of the traditional Brazilian worship song builds slowly but intensely from a simple, sparse beginning to a fiery final verse. The choral parts are accessible but effective for choirs large and small. Improvised hand percussion can be added easily. An IPA pronunciation guide and a translation for the Spanish text are provided.

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
Loch Lomond arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Enjoy this accessible setting of the well-known Scottish folk song that features contrasts between a more lyrical, lilting section and a sturdy drone accompaniment. With flute.

FOR WOMEN’S CHOIRS
My Hero, My Darling (Mo Ghile Mear) arr. Cristi Cary Miller
All the loss and longing of the traditional Irish ballad are present in this tender tribute to Bonnie Prince Charlie, the dashing darling. Including both Irish and English lyrics and a pronunciation guide, your SSA choir will shine in this sensitive setting which includes violin (or other C instrument) obbligato.

FOR MEN’S CHOIRS
leon-504367Vair me o (Eriskay Love Lilt) arr. Emily Crocker
Your men’s choir will show their sensitive side with this lovely Scottish folksong from the Outer Hebrides. Translating loosely as Bring me o’er, dear one, this lyrical work expresses the pain of being far from home and missing one’s love. Mostly in English, this will be an excellent selection for contest or festival!

FOR ELEMENTARY CHOIRS
Zi Zhu Diao (Bamboo Flute) arr. Mark Weston
Add some diversity to your performance with this lovely traditional Chinese lullaby, sensitively set for young voices. Unison writing that moves into easy passages of vocal independence, an accessible Mandarin text, and a harmonically rich koto-style piano part all contribute to a thoroughly enjoyably multi-cultural experience for your choir.

You can find more World Music options on our website – or, drop us an email for suggestions personalized to your choir! Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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


French Piano Music 24 March, 2017

the-french-pinao-collectionThe French Piano Collection

Comprised of 48 pieces composed exclusively by French composers, G. Schirmer’s new French Piano Collection is the perfect addition to your piano library!

As you would expect from a collection of this type, a number of the classics can be found here (think Debussy’s Golliwog’s Cake-walk, Ravel’s Pavane for a Dead Princess, and Satie’s Three Gymnopédies). What makes this collection different, however, is that not only does it have the excerpts from these works that we love, it also contains these works in their entirety. For example, all of Debussy’s Children’s Corner, Pour le piano, and Suite bergamasque, Couperin’s Suite in C minor, and Ravel’s Sonatine are here in one place.

Because of the variety of its contents, both in difficulty and in date/style of composition, this book will be a lasting resource to its owner. For a reasonable price, the student will be able to utilize pieces from this collection that meet their constantly evolving skill sets.

For more information about this and other piano collections, explore our website at www.stantons.com, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext.3. Stanton’s can help with all of your sheet music needs!


Songs for Children 21 March, 2017

Best-Loved Children’s Songs – Alfred Music Publishing

best-loved-childrens-songsFor so many of us, classic children’s nursery rhymes and songs were a part of our upbringing, both at home and in the elementary music classroom. Toddlers and young children love to sing and dance to classic nursery rhymes and songs, and this activity not only strengthens bonds with family and encourages brain development and musicality, but is also (perhaps most importantly) fun!

This beautiful keepsake collection of over 100 classic nursery rhymes, playground songs, activity tunes, and memory rhymes ensures that all those bases are covered for parents, teachers, and their kids. Carefully arranged for piano to play and sing with toddlers and young children, each song also includes guitar and ukulele chords for easy strum-and-sing performance. The book features a “Genre Index” that breaks the titles down into song types and categories – especially useful for educators. Finally, an “About the Songs” section rounds out the collection with a brief history of all the tunes, and, to demonstrate what the songs should sound like, professional MP3 recordings of every song can be downloaded from alfred.com with your purchase.

Additionally, this book would make a beautiful gift for a baby shower, or for a friend with young children.

If you would like more information about this book or other products visit our website at www.stantons.com, call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC ext. 3, or email us at keyboard@stantons.com. Stanton’s can assist you with all of your sheet music needs!


NEW for Elementary Choir 20 March, 2017

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

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

alfred-503650Ask Me to Sing by Sally K. Albrecht & Jay Althouse
“Ask me to sing, and I’ll give you a part of my soul. Ask me to sing, and I feel happy and hopeful and whole.” Powerful as an opener, closer, or for a combined choir concert, this inspirational contemporary musical-theater-style choral opens simply and builds to an exquisite finish.

Better When I’m Dancin’ arr. Roger Emerson
“Show the world what you can do / Prove to them you’ve got the moves / I don’t know about you / I feel better when I’m dancing!” From “The Peanuts Movie,” this peppy tune by Meghan Trainor positively defies you to keep still!

The Bumblebee by Sally K. Albrecht
A true charmer! The original text cleverly hovers along the pitches of the major scale, and a slower middle section (in the parallel minor) provides a perfect opportunity to discover and discuss tempo and tonality.

cfn-bl890-fChicken on a Fencepost arr. Greg Gilpin
Chicken scratchin’ fun abounds in Gilpin’s arrangement of the 19th century dance reels Hello Susan Brown and Four in the Middle. Even though this is a novelty piece, it is full of teaching opportunity, rehearsal fun and is sure to be a performance gem.

Ciranda da Lua by Daisy Fragoso
Opening with a melancholy rubato introduction, this traditional Brazilian song then moves into a lively dance style that will invigorate your concert with rhythm and fun! In Portuguese, with pronunciation guide and translation, instructions for adding the dance and percussion.

Crawdad Song arr. John Leavitt
Accessible voice parts coupled with hand claps and toe taps help create this lively, energized arrangement of the American folk song favorite. Leavitt employs call and response phrases with contrary motion along with terraced dynamics to provide interesting variety in vocal textures. Enhance the fun piano accompaniment by including the xylophone and string bass parts. This piece is a terrific choice for festivals, fall or spring concerts and end-of-year performances.

leon-502315Loch Lomond arr. Cristi Cary Miller
Enjoy this accessible setting of the well-known Scottish folk song that features contrasts between a more lyrical, lilting section and a sturdy drone accompaniment. With flute.

Rainsong by Mary Lynn Lightfoot
Lightfoot’s whimsical and energetic original is a creative programming delight! Throughout the piece, both piano and voices emulate the gentle and playful rhythms of falling rain, and the ending unfolds with a fun, syncopated tap, tap, tapping of the rain upon the window pane. Limited ranges and lots of dynamic interest make this a great choice for developing choirs. A Learning Resource Page is included.

leon-504254Rattle My Rattle arr. Susan Brumfield
Commissioned for the 2016 Oklahoma All-State Children’s Chorus, this Woody Guthrie children’s song unfolds into a sonic celebration of rhythm and melody! Repeated phrases, nonsense syllables, rattles, temple blocks, tambourine, rhythm bones and foot stomping will produce a fantastic concert closer!

Stars by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid
The reflective poetry by Sara Teasdale forms the lyric framework for this lovely 2-Part setting. Ideal for encouraging a light head voice tone, phrasing and dynamic contrast in young choirs.

Find more options for young singers 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.


Fun POPS for Spring 17 March, 2017

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

If you’re planning a concert of popular music with your choir this spring, we’ve got some great recommendations for you! Lighter repertoire is a fun option for end-of-year concerts, but don’t forget to find some good musical challenges for your students as well – you want to showcase all the progress they’ve made throughout the school year!

FOR HIGH SCHOOL CHOIRS
leon-510793Sun Is Gonna Shine (from “Bright Star”) arr. Ed Lojeski
From the Americana-infused score of “Bright Star,” Broadway musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, this cheerful bluegrass number will be a light-hearted celebration of harmony and joy, filled with warm vocals and toe-tapping rhythms.

Never My Love arr. Greg Gilpin
One of the most-played songs of all-time on radio and television! Introduce singers to the whispery harmonies of 1960s California pop. Accessible choral writing that is expressive and musically satisfying!

You Make My Dreams arr. Mark Brymer
The American pop duo Hall & Oates has had tremendous success over the years and their songs remain popular through the present. This 1981 pop hit has an infectious hook that will energize your pop/show program!

FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIRS
leon-504135Let the River Run arr. Mac Huff
Now available in an accessible Discovery edition, this multi-award winning song by Carly Simon featured in the 1988 film “Working Girl” will be a fantastic and uplifting addition to any concert.

I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll Medley arr. Greg Gilpin
This medley is a wonderful way to teach American classic rock ‘n’ roll songs, add some edge and theme to your concert, and entertain your audiences – who just might sing along! Easy to learn and perform, the medley includes I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rock Around the Clock, and Old Time Rock and Roll.

The Jungle Book (Choral Highlights) arr. Roger Emerson
The 2016 live action remake of “The Jungle Book” is was described as “stunning” and “beautiful,” with a fabulous score and fun covers of the classic Sherman & Sherman songs from the original. A great 6-minute mini-medley for younger choirs, it includes The Bare Necessities, I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song), Trust In Me (The Python’s Song).

FOR WOMEN’S CHOIRS
leon-510644Candle on the Water arr. Mac Huff
This classic song from Disney’s 2016 live action and CGI remake of “Pete’s Dragon” offers a sweet and nostalgic message that will resonate with choirs of all ages, especially for graduation and other tributes. A perfect selection for concert, pop and show choirs!

Out Here On My Own arr. Mac Huff
This ballad from the 1980 musical film “Fame” remains a powerful statement for young artists to follow their dreams and pursue their passion! This setting is an ideal closer for pop, show and concert choirs.

FOR MEN’S CHOIRS
leon-504133Learning to Love Again arr. Jacob Narverud
Nashville artist Matt Kearney’s song of introspection and searching offers many rewards for young singers. This acoustic setting provides a wonderful opportunity for your men’s choir to develop expression and connect with their audience.

Stand By Me arr. Roger Emerson
Perfect for your guys! TB choirs will love singing this pop classic originally recorded by Ben E. King in 1961. Great lyrics, great hook, and a great message, well-crafted for changing voices!

For more suggestions, click here to view our complete School Choral promotion for Spring 2017, 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.


STAR WARS UPDATE: Orchestra Edition 15 March, 2017

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Music Specialist

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Battle Cry of Freedom 13 March, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Beck, John NessChoral composer and arranger John Ness Beck was born on November 11, 1930 in Warren, Ohio. After graduating from Warren High School in 1948, he enrolled at The Ohio State University. In 1952 he graduated from Ohio State with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with a major in English. After working for a year in Student Union activities at the State College of Washington, he spent two years in the U.S. Army. During this time, he became increasingly involved in arranging for various musical groups. After his discharge from military service, he returned to Ohio State and completed Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees in music with composition as his major.

John was a faculty member of The Ohio State University School of Music for seven years, teaching harmony and theory. He left the university to become owner and manager of The University Music House, a retail sheet music store in Columbus. In this capacity, he was able to observe the business side of the music industry, gaining insight into the complexities of music publishing and merchandising. As his compositions found their way into print and popularity, he joined forces in 1972 with John Tatgenhorst in the creation of Beckenhorst Press. His reputation as a composer and his experience as a choral director soon led to an increasing demand for appearances as guest conductor and lecturer at various music clinics and festivals throughout the country. John has left a wonderful legacy of music to be enjoyed by all.

lorenz-15_3276h-f1The musical heritage of John Ness Beck is well-known here in the central Ohio area, but those of you in other areas around the country may not be as familiar with his vast catalogue of work. We’re excited to share a new edition of one of his most popular arrangements, perfect for patriotic performances this spring and summer:

Battle Cry of Freedom
arr. John Ness Beck

Now available in an updated edition, the classic “Battle Cry of Freedom” is an inspiring, uplifting work for any patriotic occasion. Complete with a signature John Ness Beck ending, this piece offers optional parts for brass and percussion and makes for a thrilling concert closer.

Find more patriotic options on our website, or contact us for more information!

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


Recital Gifts 10 March, 2017

Spring recital season is just around the corner! If you are looking for the perfect gift for your young performer, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.

Nanoblocks

nanoblockDesigned in Japan, these micro-sized building blocks resemble tiny Legos. Each design (available for a contrabass, violin, and a grand piano) is made up of about 180 pieces, the smallest of which is only 4x4x5mm! They are “Fun to make, Fun to display, and Fun to collect,” so get yours here.


Composer Bustsbust-chopin

These composer statuettes, made of detailed porcelain, are the perfect gift for a student who is performing their first piece by one of these prominent composers. Each bust is 5” tall, includes the composer’s dates of birth and death, and rests on a felt bottom. Get yours here.


Ties and Bow Ties

bow-tieThese have been popular choices by students at our recent music education conferences! Whether your student prefers a traditional tie or a bow tie, you can find fun, festive patterns that are sure to impress! Get yours here and here.

 

 

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 of your gift and sheet music needs!


I’ll Make a Man Out of You! 08 March, 2017

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

How do you get more boys into your choral program? First, FEATURE THE ONES YOU HAVE and MAKE THEM LOOK COOL – and sometimes, let them be silly!

leon-504101I’ll Make a Man Out of You (from “Mulan”) arr. Roger Emerson
Throughout this powerful song from Walt Disney Pictures’ “Mulan,” your men’s choir will explore themes of adventure and courage!

I’ve Got a Dream (from “Tangled”) arr. Roger Emerson
Even tough guys have dreams! This hilarious song from Walt Disney Pictures’ “Tangled” will give your men’s choir a chance to show off and get some laughs! Solo and choreographic options abound!

Men in Tights (from “Robin Hood: Men in Tights”) arr. Jacob Narverud
This Mel Brooks tune is arranged now for TBB voices and it’s hilarious! Full of “manly” comedy, style, and masculine punch (literally!), your men’s performance will bring the house down and be remembered for a very long time.

You can find more options for your men’s choir on our website, or contact us for personalized sheet music recommendations for your ensemble!

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