News & Views Friday, April 24, 2015

Category: Staff Picks

Happy Birthday, Sergei Prokofiev! 23 April, 2015

06-410919This collection of piano sheet music by Sergei Prokofiev includes  Sarcasms, Visions Fugitives, and other short works for piano.  The introduction to this publication from Dover Publications tells about each work in this collection, and gives performance notes.  Prokofiev was one of the 20th century’s most prolific composers of piano music.  These pieces were written between 1907 and 1922, which were the great formative years of Prokofiev’s unique approach to keyboard writing. It’s a great sampling of pieces written by this great composer.  For more information about this collection, or collections from other composers, 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 Stanton’s Difference – 10% Educator Discount 17 April, 2015

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music.  That’s why 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!

Did you know that Stanton’s offers a 10% discount on most printed sheet music products to teachers, church musicians and college music majors?  You can use your discount when shopping online, over the phone, or in the store.  Your discount is automatically applied when you use your church or school account ( We’ll tell you more about accounts in a few weeks,) or just mention that you are a teacher when you call to place an order!

10% doesn’t sound like very much?  Think of it this way:  For choral directors, it’s the same as buying 9 copies of an octavo and getting the 10th copy FREE! Or let’s say that you’re an instrumental teacher with 3 groups.  If you buy 3 pieces for each group over the course of the year, that “fun” pop number for the spring concert is like a freebie!  And who doesn’t love FREE?

For more information about the educational discount, visit us online at www.stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

Originally posted June 9th, 2014…but information worth repeating!

 


Happy Birthday, Henry Mancini! 16 April, 2015

00-35259Even though we lost Henry Mancini on June 14, 1994, his music lives on.  We still enjoy hearing and playing movie favorites “Baby Elephant Walk” , “Moon River”  and “Pink Panther“, among many others. The “Songs of Henry Mancini“, from Alfred Music Publishing, includes fifteen movie and TV favorites for early advanced piano solo or vocal solo.  Henry Mancini was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1924. Over his career, he was presented with two Emmy awards, four Academy awards, and twenty Grammy awards. We are likely to enjoy his music for years to come.  For more information about this collection or other, similar 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!

 


“Children’s Songs” for Earth Day 14 April, 2015

00311054Earth Day is just next week!  Do you have your songs ready for the day?  If not, have a look at today’s offering for Earth Day.  Nobody’s down to Earth more than a child, right? So here is a collection, “Children’s Songs“, which is full of “earthy” songs.  There are 110 songs, including “Be Kind to Your Web-Footed Friends” and “Peter Cottontail” to celebrate the wildlife, “This Land is Your Land” and “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” to celebrate the great outdoors, “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” and “Eensy Weensy Spider” to celebrate the weather.  “The Farmer in the Dell” and “Old MacDonald” celebrate the growers of the  food we get from the good Earth.  “The Old Gray Mare” and “Oh Where, Oh where, Has My Little Dog Gone” celebrate our pets.  “Happy Trails to You” celebrates our journeys across our varied landscapes.  So if you are entertaining people, especially kids, this is the collection for you!  For more information about this collection of sheet music or others, 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.


Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 08 April, 2015

Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2

Recommended by Rachel Steele, School Choral Specialist

choir builders 2 for growing voicesWhile a consistent routine in your rehearsal is great for students, changing up a couple of warm-ups can really liven things up.  Rollo Dilworth, renowned composer, conductor and educator, has come out with a second volume featuring 24 fun and instructional warm-ups for your elementary or middle school choirs.  Each of the 24 selections details which vocal skills are enhanced by that particular warm-up, and includes optional accompaniments for body percussion, classroom instruments and/or Orff instruments.  If you are less than comfortable with your piano skills, an accompaniment CD is also included.  The CD’s demonstration tracks can be used for listening or quick learning, while the accompaniment-only tracks are great for assessing your students’ progress.  Come back after break with a fresh spring in your step that will engage your students for the rest of the year.

Choir Builders for Growing Voices 2 – by Rollo Dilworth (00123577) ……………………………………..$19.99

Choir Builders for Growing Voices – by Rollo Dilworth (09971400)………………………………………..$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!


The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread….REAL-ly! 07 April, 2015

Recommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Education Specialist

real easy bookWhat was one of the best books for teaching jazz improvisation is even better! Volume 1 of The Real Easy Book from the Sher Music Company is now published in a 3-horn edition including a 2nd harmony part and 3rd harmony part along with the lead sheet melody. For a mere $3 more (now $28) you get fully fleshed-out arrangements along with great sample bass lines, chord voicings and useful scales for improvisation. All that in ALL FOUR TRANSPOSTIONS… C book (cat #122), Bb book (cat #123), Eb book (cat #124) and bass clef (cat #125).

Additional educational material is also in each volume. Chords with complimentary scales for improvisation, basic drum patterns and a discography so your students can hear how the masters did it.

If you dig this book you also have to check out Real Easy Book, volume 2 which is just a little more advanced. Real Easy Book, volume 3 has all of the tunes organized by style periods…. GREAT for teaching jazz history. Volume 4 is all about Latin jazz from sambas and biaons to merengues and cha-chas.

One of the most versatile jazz combo books on the market! This book is also great for those high school jazzers looking to up their game a notch. Order today for programming on your final concerts of the school year or for your summer jazz camps.

Click here for a table of contents showing the number of REAL jazz tunes included in The Real Easy Book, volume 1.

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.


New! Decade Series, 1920s to the 2000s 03 April, 2015

00137601New from Hal Leonard is an updated series of nine Decade song collections, beginning with the 1920s and continuing to the 2000s. Each collection of popular sheet music includes dozens of the best hits from each decade.  The spine is bound so it is easy to keep the book open without having to break the back.  Each volume also includes “Online Audio Backing Tracks“. This means that no matter which book you get, you have access to backing tracks for all the songs in that book.  Whether you just want the fun of singing along, or you need to have the backing tracks, you can do it! Check out this newly released series! You can contact 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.

 


Are You Planning a Piano Recital? 31 March, 2015

00-16710s4145Piano teachers, are you planning your spring recitals?  Stanton’s Sheet Music has lots to choose from, from teaching pieces by composers writing for several different publishing companies, to standard piano solos from the classical repertoire by Bach, Beethoven, Mendellsohn and more.  Browse on our website, http://www.stantons.com under “piano and electronic keyboard“.  More literature can be found listed under “OMEA”,  “Junior Festival” and “supplementary teaching materials”.   Call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, or email us at keyboard@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Joy Be With You All 30 March, 2015

Graduation-partyby Jen Sper & Rachel Steele, School Choral Specialists

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

Joy Be With You All arr. Douglas E. Wagner
This thoughtful closing sentiment is appropriate for any time of year. Imagine your singers joining hands as they blend and tune their voices. Just when you think you’ve heard the finest of a cappella harmonies, the final cadence delivers even more.

Over the Rainbow arr. Mac Huff
This stunning setting of the timeless ballad from The Wizard of Oz is one you will return to again and again. Simplicity, elegance and perfect moments of breathtaking sonority will showcase concert and community choirs at their very best!

There Is Peace by Jim Papoulis
In a world of conflict and violence, the true essence of this work should be one of gentle inner understanding that peace can come from all of us. After the opening phrase, “Look in the eyes of the children, feel the touch of their hands, there is peace,” the verse enters, with a full, yet still gentle sound. The refrain is more celebratory, followed by a quiet bridge and ending which is calm and introspective, much like the opening.

Things That Never Die by Victor C. Johnson
Prolific composer Victor Johnson has written a heart-felt setting of Charles Dickens’ well-known poem for three-part mixed voices and piano. Lyric, interesting melodies contrast with lush harmonic refrains, all in accessible ranges. Appropriate for ensembles of all sizes and abilities and for concert or festival needs.

For more suggestions for your graduation or baccalaureate ceremonies, contact Stanton’s at 1.800.426.8742. 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 eating good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

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 a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree 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!


Guitar Lesson Packs 26 March, 2015

00131553 00131554If an adult or teen wants to learn to play guitar on their own and at their own pace, we have two Guitar Lesson Packs from Hal Leonard that are a great buy and very helpful.  One is for Acoustic Guitar, and the other one is for Electric Guitar.  Each pack includes a beginning method book, a chord chart with chord theory explanation, a guitar scale chart, a guitar theory chart, and a DVD of lead lines and phrases, riffs, and more.  These Lesson Packs are currently retailing at $24.99 for a $47.95 value.  Check it out! For more information about guitar methods or songbooks, 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!


Stanton’s August 2015 Church Clinic 25 March, 2015

After Holy Week is done and you’ve had time to take a breath, make sure you’re ready for the next church season with our August Sacred Choral Reading Session!

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome Joel Raney for the first time as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! Joel started playing the piano sometime between learning to walk and learning to read. His taste for gospel music began in a rural Baptist church in Alabama, an influence that shows strongly in his work to this day. After completing his degree in choral conducting at the University of North Alabama, he went on to sharpen his keyboard skills, earning a masters degree in piano performance at The Juilliard School.

jrpic2Since 1999 he has taken the church music scene by storm, with over 200 titles in print, primarily with Hope Publishing where he serves as Editor. His innovative style and inspired arranger’s instincts put his numerous choral anthems, musicals and cantatas, handbell compositions, piano solos, and instrumental works at the top of sales charts year after year.

Joel’s interest in  music of all kinds has led to employment opportunities in everything from classical and jazz performance to pop vocal arranging. He has conducted national tours of Broadway productions, and has been honored for outstanding musical direction of theater in both Chicago and Los Angeles. Since 1988 he has worked as a composer and producer of commercial music in Chicago and has written soundtracks for more than 2000 television and radio commercials, plus numerous scores for short films. For more than a decade, Joel was Artist-in-Residence at the First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, IL, and currently serves as Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church of Oak Park, IL. He makes his home in River Forest with wife Susie and their three sons, Charlie, Sawyer and Jesse.

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 8/8/2015, 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 Joel Raney
Saturday 8/8/2015, 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

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Top Christian Hits, 2014-2015 24 March, 2015

00139167This newly released collection of Christian sheet music contains twenty of the best recent Christian hits. “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”, was still #2 as of the week of January 18.  Also still high on the charts are “Greater” by MercyMe,  “He Knows My Name” by Francesca Battiselli, and “Jesus Loves Me” by Chris Tomlin.  If you like to play and sing these top hits, or if you are in a praise band at church, this is a fun and valuable collection to have!  For more information about this collection or other similar collections, 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!

 


Compatible Quartets for Strings 23 March, 2015

Compatible Quartets for Strings

Recommended by Dan Clark, School Orchestra Specialist

compatible quartets for stringsArranged/composed by Doris Gazda and Larry Clark, here are 21 quartets that can be played by any combination of four string instruments.  Do you have 3 viola students and a bass player who are buddies and want to play something together?  How about two violins and two cellos?  Or the standard quartet of two violins, viola and cello?  These flexible books will take care of any of those combinations and many more.

They are also progressive in nature, so the beginning of the book is about a grade 1.5 level and it ends up at about grade 2.5.  All four quartet parts are in each book, so each player picks a line and sticks with it to the end of the piece.  Each piece can be repeated and parts interchanged to lengthen the the selection and provide a different musical color too.

The Compatible Duets and Compatible Trios have become some of Stanton’s best selling ensemble books for young string players, so be sure to check out these wonderful quartets!

Compatible Quartet for Strings
Violin – BF106 – $14.99
Viola – BF107 – $14.99
Cello – BF108 – $14.99
Bass – BF109 – $14.99

And don’t forget –

compatible trios for stringsCompatible Trios for Strings
Violin – BF83 – $14.99
Viola – BF84 – $14.99
Cello – BF85 – $14.99
Bass – BF86 – $14.99

 

compatible duets for stringsCompatible Duets for Strings
Violin – BF77 – $14.99
Viola – BF78 – $14.99
Cello – BF79 – $14.99
Bass – BF80 – $14.99

 

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. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


2015 Elementary General Music Clinic! 20 March, 2015

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic
Wednesday 7/29/2015, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $20.00
Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome Andy Beck as our clinician for the 32nd edition of our Elementary General Music Clinic. This is one of Stanton’s longest running and most successful clinics, showcasing the best new teacher resources, song collections, games, musicals and more! We are sure that you will find materials that will keep you and your students interested throughout the year. Get your school year started on the right foot!


Composer Profile: Ola Gjeilo 18 March, 2015

by Jen Sper, Choral Music Specialist

Ola-Gjeilo-Picture-1“Sweeping,” “floating,” “cinematic” and “lush” are words we often use when listening to new choral works by composer Ola Gjeilo. His musical voice is as fresh and unique as it is comforting and familiar. Often considered in the same compositional vein as Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen, I find Gjeilo’s work to be more conservative in his harmonic language, and his a cappella settings are especially captivating. His use of largely homophonic textures helps make the text easily comprehensible.

Most notable in our choral sphere is his setting of the classic Latin text Ubi Caritas, effective in it’s simplicity; the mixed, women’s and men’s settings have all appeared on adjudicated event lists and choral festivals since their release.

Born in Norway in 1978, Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) moved to the United States in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. Ola’s concert works are performed all over the world, and his debut recording as a pianist-composer, the lyrical crossover album Stone Rose, was followed by its 2012 sequel, Piano Improvisations. Many of Ola’s choral works are featured on Phoenix Chorale’s bestselling Northern Lights album, which is devoted entirely to his music for choir. All three albums are available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. A full-time concert music composer, Ola is also very interested in film, and his music often draws inspiration from movies and cinematic music. He currently lives in New York City with his wife Laura.

For more information about Ola Gjeilo and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Ubi Caritas, Ubi Caritas II: Through Infinite Ages, Sacred Heart (Ubi Caritas III), The Ground, Tundra

About the Author:
Jen has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, and an active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys eating good food, running (to counteract the good food!) and the Muppets.


Stanton’s Super Session 2015! 17 March, 2015

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/1/2015, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
at Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth St, 43215
REGISTRATION: $55.00 (includes lunch)

Do you need to put a little “spark” in your choral program? Is there just too much new music out there for you to review? Join us for a fun, enriching day of music education with Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin, and Stanton’s own Jen Sper featuring music from Alfred Publications, Shawnee Press and many other choral publishers. Nowhere else will you find such a variety of new choral selections and teaching resources to inspire and motivate you and your students as you begin the school year.

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


MORE Top of the Pops for String Orchestra 16 March, 2015

MORE TOP OF THE POPS FOR STRING ORCHESTRA 2015

More TOP Choices of recent popular music for Spring Concerts

Recommended by Dan Clark, School Orchestra Specialist

T=Teaching Elements to make a piece educational as well as fun
O=Orchestrated with active and interesting parts for everyone
P=Programmable for the most audience and player enjoyment

shake it off stringsShake It Off arranged by Larry Moore
#04491541 – Grade 3 – $50.00
Taylor Swift’s monster hit with insanely catchy pop hooks galore.

Uptown Funk arranged by Larry Mooreuptown funk strings
#04491535 – Grade 3 – $55.00
Super funky R&B throwback from Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars.

counting stars stringsCounting Stars arranged by Sean O’Loughlin
#04491498 – Grade 3 – $50.00
One Republic’s uplifting radio smash about knowing what’s important in life.

game of thrones stringsGame of Thrones arranged by Larry Moore
#04491474 – Grade 3 – $50.00
Spirited three-quarter-time theme from the HBO TV series Game of Thrones.

hanging tree stringsThe Hanging Tree arranged by Robert Longfield
#04491533 – Grade 2.5 – $45.00
Theme from the super popular film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1.

 

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. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.


Rock & Pop Hits for Guitar, 2015 13 March, 2015

This book of pop sheet music for guitar contains nineteen recent and current hits for guitar. All00-44138 the songs include words and guitar chords, some also have tablature.  “Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie is in this collection, as are “Cool Kids” by Echosmith,  “Up All Night” by John Pardi, “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor, and “Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood.  For a more recent selection of pop songs, this is a great book!  For more about this collection, or others, contact 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!


2015 Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic 11 March, 2015

Stanton’s Sheet Music is excellence logopleased to announce our 22nd annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic on Saturday August 22, 2015! 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, contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742.


Alfred Hitchcock, Music from the Films 10 March, 2015

14043301Alfred Hitchcock was so famous that he was the only film director whose name appeared on the cinema marquee above the film title.  He was hard on the actors, and he hated location shooting.  But in his Hollywood heyday, he made some creative collaborations with people he really valued: the composers.  He knew that music was important to the mood of a movie.  He wanted to put his audiences through the emotional wringer, and he knew that music was the key to achieving that goal.  Here, arranged for piano solo, are fifteen pieces from eleven movies.  Don’t scare yourself too much while you play them!  For more information about this collection, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at www,stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!