News & Views Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Category: Staff Picks

Stanton’s E-Tools: Jukebox 25 May, 2016

website Jukebox image for promoThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier,  faster and more enjoyable. In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

As an extension of our Listening Library, we are proud to offer Stanton’s JukeboxStanton’s Jukebox is a specialized “wish list” where you can add sound samples from our Listening Library, then use it to:

  • Research your music purchases by building a playlist for all the titles you are considering, and then easily compare “apples to apples” as you listen.
  • Arrange your concert program by listening to full-length pieces in order, then rearranging as needed to allow for a variety in tempi and styles.
  • Build specific playlists for each of your different ensembles to assist you with your rehearsal planning and score study.
  • Generate a personalized URL for each playlist that can be emailed to your ensemble to enhance at-home practice – you can even add custom practice/rehearsal notes to appear with each playlist.
  • Forward your playlist to your school administrator or Booster/PTA president when you need to solicit funding for specific music.
  • Design separate playlists for different genres or eras of music for your Music History or Music Appreciation students to use during class or with homework.
  • Create a list of your favorite works for your personal listening pleasure in your home or office, and let it inspire you to continue strengthening your ensembles!

If you have questions about how to use the Stanton’s Jukebox feature, we also have a quick video tutorial that you can watch, as well as a list of “Frequently Asked Questions.” As always, if you need further information, feel free to call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC or email us at greatservice@stantons.com.

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SUPER SESSION is Coming Soon! 24 May, 2016

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/6/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
**NEW LOCATION** Columbia Heights United Methodist Church, 775 Galloway Road 43119
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.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you. 

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Masterworks for Young Choirs 20 May, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Introducing your ensemble singers to music by master composers from the Baroque and Classical periods is an important part of their musical education – not to mention an important factor in the National Core Arts Standards. But, it can be challenging to find authentic examples for young singers to perform. These selections have been carefully crafted to not only be representative of the original masterwork content, but also thoughtfully edited to meet the musical needs of upper elementary and middle school choirs.

Hallelujah, Amen! by G.F. Handel/arr. Matthew Michaels
From Handel’s oratorio “Judas Maccabaeus,” this chorus has been adapted for two part treble voices in an accessible introduction to the music of the Baroque.

Fair Phyllis by John Farmer/arr. Russell Robinson
Another well-edited arrangement by Russell Robinson from the madrigal repertoire. Sung a cappella, or with the piano, the men’s part spans only six notes in an easy range for changing voices. Charming secular text, light polyphonic texture, changing meters, and contrasting dynamics. “Fair Phyllis” is perfect as a first madrigal or as a Renaissance feature on any program.

Let Voice and Instrument Joyfully Sound! by Henry Purcell/arr. Patrick M. Liebergen
Introduce your younger choirs to Baroque style with this short and festive selection adapted from a larger work by English composer Henry Purcell. Featuring a pair of flutes, the rhythmic exuberance of the piece will be a welcome addition to concert, contest and festival performances throughout your year! Flute 1-2 parts included.

Lascia Ch’io Pianga by G.F. Handel/arr. Russell Robinson
Singers have long cherished this staple of the solo repertoire, and now it is beautifully set for choral groups of any size. Teach all of the same lessons you learned from your favorite vocal instructor as you share this baroque aria with a new generation. Not difficult, but rewarding.

For more quality suggestions for your elementary and middle school choirs, please contact us!

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.


Composer Profile: Dan Davison 18 May, 2016

by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

7773126As a long-time junior high school choir director, Dan Davison brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his compositions. Navigating the complexities of the adolescent voice is no easy matter, and Dan’s music can always be trusted to be pedagogically sound (for the teacher!) and musically intriguing (for the young singers!).

In addition to conducting four ensembles at Ballou Junior High in Puyallup, Washington, Dan manages numerous teaching and mentoring responsibilities, and, most notably, sings professionally with Male Ensemble Northwest. Dan is also experienced as a church choir director, and has directed choirs at Western Washington University and Pacific Lutheran University.

Mr. Davison has been received numerous awards for his role in music education, including the 1996 State Of Washington Christa McAuliffe Educator Of The Year, The Educator Citizen Of The Year for 2010 for Communities In Schools In Puyallup, Washington, and also the “Outstanding Choral Director Award” for 2010 from the Washington chapter of The American Choral Director’s Association.

The music of Dan Davison is available through Stanton’s from a number of publishers, most notably Walton Music. For more information about Dan and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Regina Coeli, Follow the Drinking Gourd, Elijah, El Grillo, Wonderful Peace, Yellow Bird

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.


30th Anniversary JOY OF SINGING 17 May, 2016

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce the 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION of The Joy of Singing – two full days of the best new music from Hal Leonard!

JoyOfSinging_30th_TINYTHE JOY OF SINGING: Young & Developing Choir
Thursday 8/4/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the beginning choral singing level (unison/2-part). Includes choreography and three spotlight sessions on specific areas.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/5/2016, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Columbia Heights UMC
REGISTRATION: $50 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and three spotlight sessions on specific areas.

REGISTRATION SPECIAL: Attend BOTH days (8/4 and 8/5) for $79!

Our clinicians this year will be John Jacobson, Mac Huff, Cristi Cary Miller, and Roger Emerson. Each director will receive a packet of complimentary booklets containing complete editions of arrangements suitable for both school and community choirs. You’ll have ample time to browse Stanton’s on-site store and chat with the clinicians throughout the day.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you.

Registration is now open! Contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Fanny Crosby’s Inspiring Hymns: Arranged by Mary McDonald 13 May, 2016

GetImage.ashxrecommended by Caryn G. and Judy S., Sacred Keyboard Specialists

This is My Story” is a collection of  hymns by Fanny Crosby, one of the most gifted hymn-writers of the 19th century. She wrote more than 8,000 hymns during her life, many of which are still sung in today’s churches. Two of these enduring hymns are “To God Be the Glory” and “He Hideth My Soul,” both included in this collection.

Mary McDonald has masterfully arranged eight of the hymn tunes for piano solo. Each arrangement is four pages long, and these pieces are suitable for general use. This is a great addition to the repertoire for a pianist who plays sacred music for church, or for pleasure at home!

For more information about this collection of piano sheet music or other sacred piano works, 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!

 


For Summer Church Choir 11 May, 2016

recommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

As we head into summer, we recommend both the Easy Anthems and Singing Men series as excellent options for summer church choirs – with many full choirs on summer hiatus or with members traveling out of town, it can be a challenge to find repertoire to effectively lead your congregation while still being musically achievable! New this year:

Easy Anthems Vol. 6 compiled by Jane Holstein
Here is the 6th volume in our successful series of accessible voicings of top-sellers in the Hope Publishing catalog. There are pieces for Advent, Christmas, Palm Sunday, Lent, Communion and general occasions in a variety of styles. All of these are proven winners from composers and arrangers: Joel Raney, Lloyd Larson, Joe Martin, John Carter, Jay Althouse, Marty Parks, and Ruth Elaine Schram. Each is set for SAB or Two-Part Mixed choirs.

Singing Men Vol. 5 arranged by Lloyd Larson
Here is the 5th volume in our successful series of TTBB voicings of top-sellers in the Hope Publishing catalog. All of these are popular contemporary songs are top-selling arrangements from Lloyd Larson.

For more recommendations for your church choir, please contact us!

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.


Cat Songs by Vera Mohrs 04 May, 2016

Cat Songs” is a delightful collection of twelve narrative musical stories about the kitten that Timmy 49045005gets for his birthday. She sits in his lap and purrs, she plays in the garden with another neighborhood cat, and she goes for a walk in the snow, among other pursuits. This would be a great recital collection, with a child reading the bit of the story that goes with the piece they play, until the story is finished and the pieces all played. “Two Cats Playing” is appropriately bouncy, and “Raining Cats and Dogs” has repetition reflecting how bored the kitten is because she has to stay indoors. An adult could play this and tell the story to children, too.

For more information about this collection, 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!


New Contemporary A Cappella 02 May, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Contemporary a cappella music gets more and more popular every year! With high-profile features like “The Sing-Off” and “Pitch Perfect,” and the explosive success of groups like Pentatonix, many high schools and colleges are getting in on the action as well! Here are a few of our new favorites for contemporary a cappella ensembles:

FOR MIXED GROUPS
Fame arr. Ben Bram
This favorite Golden Globe and Academy Award winner really kicks in Ben Bram’s new pop a cappella arrangement. A perfect choice to open or close any concert.

How Can I Keep from Singing? arr. Kirby Shaw
You’ve heard many arrangements of this beautiful American folk hymn, but none quite like this. Kirby Shaw’s unique style brings out the inherent joy of the traditional text. Throughout the piece, sections of the choirs are used as accompaniment, and a bright chord structure yields a current sound. Fresh!

Kids in America arr. Deke Sharon
This perennial New Wave hit was the exciting opening number featured in the 2014 edition of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” This a cappella setting by “Sing-Off” music arranger and coach Deke Sharon will be an awesome selection for your group as well!

FOR MEN’S GROUPS
Gravedigger arr. Timothy Takach
From the hushed opening this choral lament grows in sound and intensity to a powerful outpouring of sorrow. The song, originally from the Dave Matthews Band, was arranged for the Minneapolis-based vocal ensemble Cantus. A showpiece!

FOR WOMEN’S GROUPS
Bellas Finale (from “Pitch Perfect 2”) arr. Deke Sharon
As in the first movie, this mashup weaves together several great songs and storylines from throughout the film, with a twist of an ending. Songs include “Run The World (Girls),” “Where Them Girls At,” “We Belong,” “We Got The World,” and “Flashlight.”

Wake Me Up! arr. Deke Sharon
From Swedish DJ and artist Avicii, this 2013 chart hit in a fun and accessible a cappella setting!

For more a cappella suggestions, visit our website or contact our Choral Department at 1.800.426.8742, ext. 1.

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.


Make Them Hear You 29 April, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

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

leon-499512Alway Something Sings by Dan Forrest
This new music from composer Dan Forrest is a beautiful setting of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s text, commissioned and premiered by the Red Rose Children’s Choir, Chicago, IL. It is set for SATB or SSA voices and piano, with optional string quartet or string orchestra.

A Flower Remembered by John Rutter
With a simple, appealing melody, rich harmonies, and a flowing accompaniment, “A Flower Remembered” is sure to become a favorite. Mr. Rutter’s offering is both reflective and heartfelt.

alfred-493417Make Them Hear You arr. Mark Hayes
In a riveting moment of musical theater from the musical “Ragtime,” Coalhouse Walker Jr. encourages his friends and family to change society by telling their story. His profound message soars in this well-crafted and powerful setting.

Thankful arr. Mark Hayes
Recorded by Josh Groban, this inspirational song reminds us of the importance of giving in life and for all we have to be thankful. The moving arrangement is beautifully orchestrated, adding to the rich vocal harmonies that set the exquisite melody and text. Perfect for every choir.

You’ve Got a Friend arr. Mac Huff
Carole King’s classic hit from 1971 and covered by James Taylor offers a universal message of hope and reassurance. Recently included in the Broadway musical Beautiful, this is a wonderful feel-good song for choirs of all types and many concert occasions!

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.


Happy Birthday, Sergei Prokofiev! April 27, 1891- March 5, 1953 27 April, 2016

peterSergei Prokofiev was born in Sontsovka, Russia, in 1891. His mother, Maria Grigoryevna Zhitkova, was his first musical  influence. She taught young Sergei piano, and was a fine pianist herself. She notated his first composition, “Indian Galop,” when he was just five years old!

In 1904, at the age of 13, Prokofiev entered the St. Petersburg Conservatory to study piano and composition, studying with Rimsky-Korsakov and Lyadov. He was already experimenting with unconventional composition styles, which sometimes ruffled the feathers of his teachers. In 1918, after the Bolshevik Revolution, the Russian Cultural Commissar allowed Prokofiev to tour the world.

He returned to Soviet Russia permanently in 1936. He wrote everything from his difficult concertos to music for young people. “Music for Children” Opus 65 is a lovely collection of intermediate short 00296755pieces with emphasis on themes of interest to children and youths. Other piano works include his 9 Sonatas, and Visions Fugitives, Opus 22. “Peter and the Wolf,” a long time children’s favorite, is an orchestral piece, but it has been transcribed for piano in several editions, the easiest of which is probably the Schaum edition, which is about a Level 3.

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


23rd Annual EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE 26 April, 2016

Stanton’s Sheet Music is pleased to announce our 23rd annual Excellence in Choral Literature Clinic!

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday 8/27/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music
REGISTRATION: $20

This session, led by James Gallagher (Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University), is 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. Your registration fee includes a complimentary packet of over 30 titles. Come join us to discover beautiful music and share ideas with colleagues and friends!

Registration is now open! For more information, please contact us by email, or call us at 1.800.426.8742. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Hillsong Modern Worship Hits 22 April, 2016

00154952Many contemporary  Christian favorites come from Hillsong, an Australia based mega-church. Their music ministry is well recognized, with songs like Darlene Zechech’s “Shout to the Lord” and many others being sung around the world. Many of their albums have achieved gold status in Australia.

This collection, “Hillsong Modern Worship Hits,” includes twenty favorites – “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” “This I Believe (The Creed),” “Cornerstone,” “Christ is Enough,” and more. Lyrics, piano part, and guitar chords are included in this collection. If Hillsong music includes some of your favorites, you will enjoy this book!

For more information about this collection, 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.


The Stanton’s Difference – 10% Educator Discount 20 April, 2016

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, 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 ensembles. 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!

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Join Us with MARK HAYES This Summer! 19 April, 2016

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Mark Hayes as our clinician for the August Church Choral Music reading session! We’re also excited to invite you to our NEW LOCATION – Overbrook Presbyterian Church (4131 N. High Street, Columbus OH 43214).

Mark Hayes is an award-winning concert pianist, composer, arranger and conductor. His personal catalog, totaling over 1,000 published works, includes work for solo voice, solo piano, multiple pianos, orchestra, jazz combo, small instrumental ensembles, and choruses of all kinds. Mark received a Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude in Piano Performance from Baylor University in 1975. He has conducted the SWACDA and MCDA Community and Church Honor Choir, MarkHayesand served as guest conductor at Carnegie Hall, featuring his Te Deum and Magnificat. In 2010, Baylor University Center for Christian Music Studies awarded Mark the Award for Exemplary Leadership in Christian Music. Mark arranged and orchestrated the music for Civil War Voices, which won six awards including “Best Musical” in the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival in New York. He conducted the world premiere of his work for chorus, orchestra and narrator, The American Spirit, at Lincoln Center in May 2011 and the world premiere of his Requiem in Lincoln Center in May 2013.

In addition to his involvement in the sacred and secular choral music fields, Hayes is an accomplished orchestrator and record producer. The album, I’ve Just Seen Jesus, which Mark arranged, orchestrated and co-produced, received the Dove Award for Praise and Worship Album of the Year in 1986. In June 2010 Mark released his first CD of original songs titled All Is Well, featuring Kansas City jazz artist, Monique Danielle.

Whether concertizing on the other side of the globe or composing at his home in Kansas City, Missouri, Mark is blessed to live out his mission “to create beautiful music for the world.”

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 13th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday 8/13/2016, 9:00 am-12:30 pm
Overbrook Presbyterian Church – *NEW LOCATION*
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 Mark Hayes
Saturday 8/13/2016, 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 Country Hits of 2015-2016 15 April, 2016

00156297This collection of fourteen top country hits includes songs performed by current artists such as Little Big Town, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, and Keith Urban. Some of the songs in this collection are: “Like a Wrecking Ball,” “(Smooth As) Tennessee Whiskey,” and “Burning House.” If you’ve been trying to figure out the words or some of the chord progressions to any of these songs, this book will answer all your questions. Check it out!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hamilton 14 April, 2016

HISTORIC. HAMILTON is brewing up a revolution. This is a show that aims impossibly high and hits its target. It’s probably not possible to top the adrenaline rush. A MARVEL. – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

BRILLIANT. HAMILTON is one of the most exhilarating experiences I’ve had in a theater. Bold, rousing, sexy, tear-jerking and historically respectful — the sort of production that asks you to think afresh about your country and your life. – David Brooks, The New York Times

HAMILTON is the most exciting and significant musical of the decade. Sensationally potent and theatrically vital, it is plugged straight into the wall socket of contemporary music. This show makes me feel hopeful for the future of musical theater. – The Wall Street Journal

These are a few of the reviews for the new musical Hamilton, which first debuted Off-Broadway at 00155921The Public Theater in February, 2015. In August, 2015, it moved to Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. People started asking at Stanton’s for the vocal selections  for “Hamilton” by Christmas of 2015. Finally, we can tell our customers that they can reserve a copy! Hal Leonard has the vocal selections (vocal line with piano accompaniment) coming soon. Seventeen songs are included, such as “Alexander Hamilton,” “My Shot,” “Satisfied,” and “You’ll Be Back.”

Reserve your copy now! 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!

 


Little Gems for Your Warm-Up Library 13 April, 2016

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Having a productive rehearsal begins with effective warm-up exercises, so keeping a library of quality resources for this purpose is invaluable! Here are just a few of our favorite choral warm-up resources:

Wander the World with Warm-Ups by Lynn M. Brinckmeyer
The next time you use warm-ups, wander the world with your choir! This collection of forty simple folk songs from twenty different countries is the perfect resource for you. They can be easily memorized for immediate focus and the recommended strategies allow the warm-ups to work for both beginning and advanced singers. Help refine students’ ability to listen to each other, unify vowels and tune chords all while experiencing beautiful and dynamic songs of other cultures.

Warming Up with Rounds by Catherine DeLanoy
Choral rounds have been used for recreational singing for hundreds of years and are effective tools for your students to understand harmony, expand their vocal ranges, and experience a choral sound that is easily accessible to them. By using rounds as warm-ups, you can teach vocal technique, music theory, application, appreciation, and history, as well as increase your singers’ understanding of scales, intervals, modes, dynamics, and terminology. “Warming Up with Rounds” includes both familiar and rare rounds that are easy and challenging, as well as serious and fun. Music teachers and their students will enjoy discovering the secrets that choral rounds offer and ultimately feel a great sense of accomplishment when they make beautiful, harmonious music together.

115 Tang Tungling Tongue Twisters by Greg Gilpin
This collection of enjoyable and challenging tongue twisters using every letter of the alphabet is set to fun music for all ages. Say them! Sing them! Use them to focus your choir’s attention! These tongue twisters are effective tools to improve diction and enunciation, while offering some amusing “icebreaker” moments. Whether used as a warm-up, warm-down or focus moment, they will taunt even the most talented in town with a tang-tungling time! Greg Gilpin has written the piano accompaniment with chord symbols so your choir can move up and down the scale with ease.

For more warm-up recommendations for your choir, visit our website or contact our Choral Department at 1.800.426.8742!

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.


SUPER SESSION This Summer! 12 April, 2016

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/6/2016, 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.

Visit our previous post for information on how to choose the Stanton’s session that is best for you. 

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


Stanton’s E-Tools: Digital Delivery 08 April, 2016

digital deliveryThe amazing staff at Stanton’s knows how valuable your time is. That’s why we try to provide you with as many tools as we can to make choosing music easier, faster and more enjoyable! In this series of blog posts, we will be profiling our E-tools. Whether you are a local customer here in Columbus, OH or one of our many friends around the world, we hope you will find a way to use our E-tools!

It’s happened to all of us: You have a rehearsal or a performance coming up in a few days (or a few hours!) and you’ve lost your music; it’s they day before a competition, and your judges’ copies are nowhere to be found; you desperately need something new and fresh for your church choir to start on tonight. In many cases, Stanton’s Digital Delivery can come to your rescue!

Using the Digital Delivery website, you can purchase thousands of titles and print them at home on your home computer within minutes. In addition, many popular sheets (including pop, Broadway, country, etc) can be transposed to the key of your choosing, so you’ll always be able to have piece in a comfortable range for you. Lead lines can also be transposed for instruments such as trumpet, clarinet, saxophone and French horn. Many titles are available in convenient PDF format, so they’re ready to use right on your tablet!

You can access our Digital Delivery site directly by clicking here, where you can browse options for bands, orchestradigital delivery printers, choirs, and solos for many different instruments. You can also use the regular Stanton’s website, where titles available for Digital Delivery have a printer icon next to their descriptions. Clicking on that icon will take you directly to that item’s page on the Digital Delivery website, where you can purchase and print.

For questions about how to use the Stanton’s Digital Delivery Site, please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit us online or in person!

Click here for more in the Stanton’s E-Tools series!