News & Views Thursday, April 17, 2014

Category: Vocal Music

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!

Everyday Voice Care 15 July, 2013

The human voice expresses more than words, more than music. Vocal expression links the listener directly to another person’s inner feelings, body, and soul.

Keeping the voice healthy used to be as mysterious as the power of voice itself. Modern science has revealed much about the vocal mechanism and its health requirements, but simple information for the average voice user has remained hard to find and harder to trust. In Everyday Voice Care: The Lifestyle Guide for Singers and Talkers, respected voice therapist Joanna Cazden brings together a wealth of practical tips and advice to help keep your own expressive voice in top working order.

Drawing from her experience as a singer, theater artist, and a licensed speech pathologist who has treated more than 1,000 voice patients, Cazden integrates up-to-date medical information with common-sense suggestions and sympathy for the demands of contemporary life. Chapters on food and drink, cold remedies, loud parties, travel, fitness routines, and when to see a doctor are complemented by notes on alternative health care and the spiritual dimension of vocal rest. This invaluable resource for voice and speech professionals, students, and teachers will answer even the age-old question of whether to put lemon or honey in your tea.

For more valuable vocal resources, contact Stanton’s at 1.800.426.8742.

2013 Greatest Pop & Movie Hits 30 May, 2013

This collection, just off the press, includes many of this year’s top hits.  The suite for  “Downton Abbey“  is in this collection of sheet music.  “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars is included, also “Girl On Fire” by Alicia Keys.  Two pieces from “The Hobbit“  have made it into this book:  “Misty Mountains” and “A Very Respectable Hobbit”.  Stay up-to-date, and check it out!  For more information about this book of sheet music or other popular 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!

The Music of James Reese Europe 19 April, 2013

James Reese Europe 00110581was born in Mobile, Alabama in 1880.  Although he only lived to age 39, he became an accomplished orchestra conductor, band leader, and a successful composer of popular songs, marches, and dance music.  He was a key figure in the evolution of orchestral ragtime into jazz.  Some of Europe’s works are still performed today by ragtime pianists and military bands.  Following a concert at Carnegie Hall on March 11, 1914,  the New York “Evening Post” described Europe as “one of the most remarkable of men, not only of his race, but in the music world of this country.”

James Reese Europe was an effective champion of African-American musicians and performers in all idioms, and helped to gain acceptance for them in the USA and abroad.  This collection of sheet music, “The Music of James Reese Europe“, is important because the works within it show Europe’s skill, imagination and versatility in his composing.  It is a valuable resource for early pop, ragtime and dance music. For more information about this or other collections of music, please contact 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!

It’s Spring! 29 March, 2013

00312549Spring has sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where them flowers iz!  Are you one of those people whose green thumbs are itching for the soil, already?  Is John Denver’s “The Garden Song” already ringing in your head, but you can’t quite remember all the words?   That song is in the John Denver Anthology, along with 53 other great John Denver songs.  If you are in the mood for spring songs, how about The Big Book of Folk Songs?  “Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)”,” And the Green Grass Grows All Around”,  “Country Gardens”, and more are in this collection of sheet music.  There are the Beatles songs, “Here Comes the Sun”  and “Good Day Sunshine”, both in a book called Beatles Ballads.  New music always makes people happy.  So does singing old favorites you’d forgotten about. For more information about these collections or others, please contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or check out our website, www.stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs.

The Bluegrass Songbook 28 March, 2013

The Bluegrass Songbook is full of 51 classic Bluegrass songs, from “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” (Beverly Hillbillies theme),00312317 to “The Wabash Cannonball“.  The words, piano part, and guitar chords are all there for each song in this book of sheet music. The lovely song, “The Long Black Veil”  is included, as is the encouraging song “Keep On the Sunny Side“.   This is  a great songbook for a singalong or jam session. For more information about this collection of Bluegrass songs or others, please 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!

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! 01 March, 2013

leon-00311322-fAs musicians, we get started early.  So March first isn’t too early to get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day on the 17th.  One book we have to offer is for easy piano, “Ireland’s Best Loved Songs and Ballads“.  It has twenty Irish songs in it, including the perrenial favorite  ”Danny Boy”.  A book in piano/vocal/guitar format is  ”Irish Ballads“, fifty-five songs including “Danny Boy”, “Carrickfergus”,  and   “The Minstrel Boy” .  “The Irish Songbook“  is a collection of seventy-five songs, collected and made popular by The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, a well-known Irish band.  It includes the lovely  song “Eileen Aroon”, the silly song “Mr. Moses Ri-Tooral-i-ay” , the sailor’s song  ”Paddy Doyle’s Boots” , the war  protest song “The Lowlands of Holland”, love songs, and many more.  For more information on these Irish song books or other songbooks you may be interested in, call 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at www.stantons.com