News & Views Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Category: Vocal Music

The Rocky Horror Show 08 July, 2014

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

50 Worship Standards 27 June, 2014

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

Great Songs of the Movies 21 May, 2014

Once again, Milt Okun, founder of Cherry Lane Music Co., has compiled a collection of winning songs, this time from the movies.  From Cahn and Styne’s “Three Coins in the Fountain” from the movie of the same name, to “Listen” from Dreamgirls,  fifty-seven of the best songs from the movies  are presented in this collection of sheet music. Award winning film composer Bernard Hermann once said, “The film shows you what is going on, but the music tells you what to feel.”  (From the introduction to “Great Songs from the Movies”.)  For more information about this collection or others like it, 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!

Joni Mitchell Guitar Songbook 28 April, 2014

This collection of guitar sheet music by Joni Mitchell includes the songs from eighteen albums of her works.  “Joni Mitchell Complete So Far” includes words, chords and tablature for her songs.  Joni Mitchell is forever experimenting with various tunings, so the tuning for each song is given, along with directions for use of a capo when called for.  At the beginning of the book there is a biography by Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers. One of the interesting stories about Joni Mitchell is about how she traveled Europe for about a year with a dulcimer and a flute.  Most of the album “Blue” was written on that dulcimer.  It has been a long time since a Joni Mitchell songbook has been published, so this collection is a welcome release!  For more information about this collection or other personality collections, call 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!

“Frozen” Popularity Continues! 26 April, 2014

Now available!  Disney’s “Frozen” is now available in vocal selections.  This means that there is a piano accompaniment for the vocal line that is fancier than the Piano/Vocal/Guitar version.  Nine songs are in this collection, including the all-time favorite “Let It Go”.  Fresh off the press as of April!   For more information about this collection of sheet music or others you may be interested in, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at http://www.stantons.com. Call Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

I’ll Be Seeing You : 51 Songs of World War Two 22 April, 2014

This collection of sheet music, mostly from the 1940′s, reflects the time and attitudes of World War Two.  “What Do You Do in the Infantry?” by Frank Loesser,  “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!” by Frank Loesser, and “(There’ll  Be a) Hot Time in the Town of Berlin” by Joe Bushkin and John DeVries  reflect the pugnacious spirit of war time.   “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else but Me)” by Brown, Stept and Tobias and “Do Nothin’ Til You Hear From Me”  by Duke Ellington and Bob Russell both speak to the sorrow of separation.  Longing for the end of the war is reflected in “When the Lights Go On Again(All Over the World)”  by Seiler, Marcus and Benjamin and  “(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover” by Burton and Kent .  These songs and many more are included in this collection.  Many have become standards, performed by many bands over the years.  For more information about this collection or others like it, 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!

The Decade Series: Songs of the 20′s 09 April, 2014

Songs of the 20′s” is the next collection of popular sheet music in The  Decade  Series.  More hit songs were coming from the Broadway musicals;  “ Ol’ Man River” from Showboat  and   “You’re the Cream in My Coffee”  from Follow Thru are two examples.  Vaudeville was still big.  “Paddelin’ Madeline Home” and “Let a Smile be Your Umbrella” came from vaudeville.  It was The Jazz Age , and there were the songs   “Ain’t Misbehavin’  ”  and ” ‘Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” and other songs like them.  Dance bands were big.  They played Ted Lewis‘ “Me and My  Shadow”, Isham Jones’ “Star Dust”, and more songs like those.  This collection includes over fifty popular songs from the 1920′s.  At the beginning of the book there is a summary and a pictorial review of the events and special people of the 20′s.   For more information about this collection or other music from the 1920′s 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!

The Decade Series, Songs of the 1910′s 03 April, 2014

The time from 1910 to 1919 was a time of upheaval and change.  Of course the conflict and change were reflected in the songs of the time.    Ragtime was sweeping the country. Irving Berlin’s “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (1911) was a great success.  The changes had some people longing for the less complicated past, and there were popular ballads reflecting that sentiment; “I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)” (1911);  “My Melancholy Baby” (1912), and others.  The music industry was growing fast, and most of it was located along New York City’s 28th Street.  In 1903, a journalist coined the term “Tin Pan Alley” for that area , a term still used today.  NYC’s Broadway District, not far from Tin Pan Alley, was changing.  Vaudeville was at its height, revues began to be produced, and the “extravaganza” became popular.  The Broadway Musical was developing.  There was war in Europe, and the USA became involved in 1917.  “Over There” and “Just a Baby’s Prayer at Twilight” are two of the songs written during that wartime.  By 1920, the carefree innocence of the 1910′s was over.  A rich legacy of song was left, and this collection of sheet music from the 1910′s contains over fifty songs from that time.  For more collections of this type or other decades, 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!

Sondheim for Singers, Just Released! 19 March, 2014

For a long time, Stephen Sondheim songbooks have been difficult to get.  Finally, the new series of Sondheim songbooks are off the press!  Sondheim for Singers is a set of song collections arranged by voice range.  The songs are usually in original keys as used in the shows or films.  These collections of Sondheim works cover the time period from 1954 to the present.  Synopses of the different shows are included.  There is one book each of these voice ranges: SopranoBelter/Mezzo Soprano, TenorBaritone/Bass, and Duets.  Now we have access to Sondheim’s wonderful songs  again. The duet collection is particularly nice, including “Agony” from Into the Woods,  “Rain on the Roof” from Follies, “Pretty Women” from Sweeney Todd, plus 26 more.  For more information about these or other Broadway collections, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check out our website at http://www.stantons.com.  Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Hurrah for Saint Patrick’s Day! 18 February, 2014

Ah, Saint Patrick’s Day, the day when we are all Irish!  There are two books of Irish sheet music in particular that are perfect  for Saint Patrick’s Day.  One is “The Great Irish Songbook“, arranged and edited by Dan Fox.  There are 49 songs, reels, and jigs included.  There are songs from old Ireland,(“The Foggy Dew”),   American Irish songs, (“Paddy Works on the Railway”),  and songs from stage and screen that were sung by those of Irish extraction, (“Mary’s a Grand Old Name.”) The second is a book of songs from old Ireland called “The Irish Songbook“, including 75 songs  in all collected and sung by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.  Here is a treasure trove of songs straight from the island of Ireland.  There are drinking songs,(“Johnny is a Roving Blade”), comedy songs, (“The Black Cavalry”), protest songs, (“The Lowlands of Holland”),  funny political songs, (“Mr. Moses Ri-Tooral-i-ay), and anti war songs, (“My Son Ted”).   Brush up on songs you’ve known before, and learn a few new ones for the special occasion!  For more information about these songbooks or other Irish music, please 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!

Junior High Vocal Solo Collections 30 January, 2014

Choosing music for solo singers at the middle school level can be challenging. Students often have limited vocal range, difficulty with long phrases, or light voices that are easily overpowered by a thick piano accompaniment. Many appropriate selections for beginning soloists can be found in the following collections, great for solo and ensemble competitions, recitals or even church performance.

    “Let Nature Sing” is the newest volume in a series for young singers from BriLee Music.   It contains a wide variety of songs, from spirituals and folk songs to originally composed works, all by female composers. Selected with the treble voice in mind, songs with narrow ranges of six and seven notes progress to songs that expand the range as the voice develops. The nature of the selections is to challenge the voice, not to tax it, to develop its expressive capabilities, not to over-extend it.

The fourth in a series of solo song volumes for young singers, “Tales of Land and Sea” contains spirituals, folk songs and originally composed works by Mark Patterson.  The selections are especially compiled, arranged, and composed for the male changing voice. Songs progress from the “just changing” voice, to selections for young tenors, and finally, to songs for the young baritone. The included CD contains both vocal demo and instrumental tracks for all 10 pieces in the book.

Other selections in this series from BriLee include “My Heart Sings” (treble voices,) “Heroes and Vagabonds” (changing male voice,)  and “Traveling On” (changing male voice.)

folksong     “15 Easy Folksong Arrangements” (available in both Low and High voice,) is designed for those students in the early stages of voice study.  The ranges are modest, and songs have been chosen for both genders. The new arrangements are lovely, fresh and interesting, but keep the simple vocal line in the forefront. The piano accompaniments were deliberately designed for an intermediate level player. The CD is included as a learning tool, and a piano accompaniment track for practice.  Also available in this series are “15 Easy Spiritual Arrangements” (Low and High) and “15  Easy Christmas Carol Arrangements” (Low and High.)

For more advanced singers in this age group, consider “Daffodils, Violets and Snowflakes” (available in Low and High voice.) Joan Frey Boytim has compiled this collection especially for young women singers. The 24 songs – excellent literature for the young classical singer – have been chosen not only for the vocal ability of pre-teens and young teens, but also for the tastes and sensibilities of this age group.

For more information on these collections or other vocal solo literature, please call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC or visit www.stantons.com!

Be My Valentine 27 January, 2014

Are you playing or singing for a Valentine’s Day party?  This “budgetbook” is just the thing!  There are seventy-four songs in “Love Songs” from Hal Leonard.  In many cases, the melody is in the right hand, so this collection of sheet music can be played for piano solo or to accompany a singer.  There is enough material in this book to keep you going all week long!  For more information about this collection or more collections or sheets of love songs, call 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!

Poetry in the Music Classroom 24 December, 2013

Poetry can be a great tool to teach your music students about rhythm, meter, and composition.  If you find the prospect of teaching poetry scary or intimidating, check out these new resources to turn you and your students on to this amazing art form!

Sound Poems-By Cristi Cary Miller

Enjoy more interactive listening and reading fun with Sound Poems! Give your students the opportunity to experience classic poetry, famous speeches and documents of history like never before! These 18 reproducible poems contain highlighted words that, when read, indicate special instrumental sounds and rhythmic motifs are to be played by your students. If you don’t have all the instruments suggested, substitute or consider body percussion. There are many choices to create your presentation. The teaching suggestions provide a framework for instruction, but can be manipulated to best fit your students abilities. The enclosed CD-ROM offers projectable and printable options. You can read the poem or select several of your students to read. And don t forget about the possibility of acting out these poems. It will only make the experience richer for your students as well as add a lot of enjoyment. Doesn’t this “sound” like fun? You bet!

Poetic License by Mari Schay

Helping your students to compose quality melodies and arrangements can be quite a challenge. But thanks to the ingenious approach outlined in “Poetic License,” your students will become thoughtful composers able to take pride in their compositions. The step-by-step, reproducible worksheets in this resource will guide your students to turn poems into songs. As your students work to compose pleasant and singable melodies, duets, and arrangements, they will also learn to count intervals, create chords, and explore expressive techniques. You won’t want to miss this unique resource, complete with eighteen reproducible compositional worksheets, organized by concept and difficulty.  Appropriate for grades 2-6.

Looking for more great resources for the music classroom?  Call Stanton’s at 1-800-426-8742 and ask to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members!

A-Caroling We Go! 20 December, 2013

     It’s fun to sing carols in any setting.    “The Christmas Caroling Songbook” is perfect for singing around the block, a carol sing-along at church, for people at nursing homes,  or at your own Christmas party.  It contains fifty Christmas favorites in a handy 9″x6″ book.  Another  favorite caroling book is “Christmas in Song“, which is a multi-cultural treasury of 108 Christmas songs and carols.  Get ready for your holiday singing event and stock up on either of these carol books.  For more information about Christmas songbooks or sheets, 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!

Quick Starts For Young Choirs 22 November, 2013

Quick Starts For Young Choirs by Cristi Cary Miller and Angie McKenna

All teachers know how important it is to start each lesson out on the right foot.  For choral music teachers, this includes warming up the voice as well as the mind and body.  Quick Starts For Young Choirs is a handy reference for teachers wanting to add some variety to the daily warm-up routine.  Begin each class period or rehearsal with five minutes of creative, singer-tested activities to help focus and develop musicianship.  Warm-up the body and voice with muscle movement activities, moving while you sing, and vocal exercises.  Sharpen your singers’ focus with games, tension breakers and ear training.  Develop music skills with sight-singing, music dictation, music writing, theory and more.  As educators and directors, Cristi Miller and Angie McKenna share the ideas they have used in their classrooms and rehearsals with great success.  Complete with graphics, photo demonstrations and music examples, Quick Starts will get each rehearsal off to a great start!  Appropriate for grades 2-8 and beyond!

For more information on this resource and other warm-up books, visit us at Stanton’s Sheet Music or call 1-800-426-8742!

It’s Not Your Old-Fashioned Christmas Songbook 08 November, 2013

If you are looking for “O, Little Town of Bethlehem”, you won’t find it here.  “25 Christmas Favorites from Today’s Top Artists” includes mostly songs written in the 1990′s and 2000′s.  “Mary, Did You Know?”  is in this collection of Christmas sheet music, and it has become a classic Christmas song since it was written in 1991.  Taylor Swift’s rendition of “Silent Night” has all the familiar words, but the melody has changed to something new and still beautiful.  “Christmas Makes Me Cry” by Mandisa  with Matthew West,  is a reminder that some of us have some trouble with Christmas gaiety.  “How Many Kings“, recorded by Downhere reminds us that Jesus came to Earth not to be a cute baby, but to fulfill a very important mission.  Stanton’s has all kinds of Christmas sheet music:  piano, organ,  and songbooks, and from banjo to ukulele.  For more information, 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.

Frightfully Fun Halloween Songs 30 September, 2013

The Halloween SongBOOk  is full of twenty-seven songs to play and sing.  There are spooky songs from movies including Ghostbusters,  Hedwig’s Theme and  the Main Title from The Corpse Bride. There are novelty songs including Monster Mash and Purple People Eater.    Classical music includes Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in d minor and Danse Macabre by Saints-Saens.  For an evening’s entertainment at a Halloween party, this is the best book ever!  Stretch some “spider webs” across the windows, hang a few bats from the ceiling, and get in the mood for Halloween.  For more information about Halloween or holiday music from easy piano to advanced piano, plus 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.

Gospel Songs 24 September, 2013

Traditional Gospel“  is a collection of twenty gospel songs including “He Touched Me”, “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”,  “He”, “In the Garden” , and  fifteen more  songs.  Some of these songs are not easy to find, such as “How Great Thou Art“, or “It is No Secret (What God Can Do)”.  This collection is quite a find.  It includes old favorites and some newer gospel songs.  It’s a great resource for hymn-sings or string bands.  Reasonably priced at $9.99, each song costs fifty cents; not bad for a collection of hard-to-find favorites! For more information about this gospel song book or other gospel songs, 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.

2013 Greatest Pop & Movie Hits 17 September, 2013

This Alfred’s Deluxe Annual Edition has the best pop and movie hits from 2013 so far. Two pieces from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey are included: “Misty Mountains” and “A Very Respectable Hobbit.” The film was released December 14, 2012, and went on to win 5 awards in 2013. The suite for Downton Abbey – one of the most watched TV shows in the world – is in this collection. “Locked Out of Heaven” and “When I Was Your Man” are two of the best songs by Bruno Mars.

This is primarily a singer’s collection.  Sometimes the melody is in the right hand of the piano part, sometimes not.  All in all, there are twenty-two songs from eighteen artists.  If you enjoy the current hits, this is a great collection for your library.

To find out more about this collection  of current hits or other current songbooks, 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.

Vocalize! 02 August, 2013

Vocalize! by Andy Beck is an invaluable new vocal resource from Alfred Music Publishing. Each exercise is designed to reinforce fundamental vocal concepts for choral and solo singers of any age. Organized in 11 focused categories, the purpose of every warm-up is evident, and clearly-stated directions optimize growth. Supportive piano accompaniments, including progressive modulations, are lightly-orchestrated on the enclosed recording – perfect for ensemble rehearsals, studio lessons, or at-home practice. As an added bonus, PDF files on the enhanced CD provide extracted vocal lines on reproducible singer pages. This is an instructional book you will use again and again!

For more vocal resources for choirs or private study, call Stanton’s at 1.800.426.8742!