News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

So You Want to Be a Music Major? 22 July, 2024

So You Want to Be a Music Major: A Guide for High School Students, Their Parents, Guidance Counselors, and Music Teachers by Robert Franzblau
This book details the fundamental knowledge, skills, and attitudes that prospective music majors need in order to make a successful transition from high school to college. Specific exercises are offered, along with supporting online resources. It also suggests steps that parents, high school guidance counselors, and music teachers can take to identify, encourage, and guide future musicians and music educators.

Majoring in Music: All the Stuff You Need to Know by Rich Holly
Highlights the major components for survival and success during the formative years in a college, university or conservatory and provides examples and strategies to greatly assist the student musician. With no-nonsense advice and practical tips, this guide will prepare music students (and their parents!) to meet the many challenges, and take advantage of the opportunities afforded them during the glorious college years.

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Indiana Jones: Piano Solo Collection 19 July, 2024

Indiana Jones: Piano Solo Collection
Get ready for adventurous travels on the keyboard with this great new collection of ten favorite themes from the Indiana Jones series of films. Each theme is transcribed for intermediate to advanced piano solo, and has been approved by John Williams!

Titles include works from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (“Raiders March,” “Marion’s Theme”) • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (“Short Round’s Theme,” “Parade of the Slave Children”) • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (“Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra,” “The Keeper of the Grail”) • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (“The Adentures of Mutt,” “Irina’s Theme”) • Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (“Helena’s Theme,” “Archimedes’ Tomb”).

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Contemporary Pop Hits for MARCHING BAND 2024 17 July, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Greedy arr. Brian Scott, Grade 3
Singer/songwriter Tate McRae had a number 1 hit with this dance-pop tune in late 2023. Brian Scott’s full-sounding arrangement features lots of great sounds, and is perfect for the stands or pep band, as well as for dance and drill teams.

Houdini arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3
Here’s another stunning hit from pop sensation Dua Lipa! With a moderate rock pulse and powerful riffs, this exciting chart uses lots of scoring variety in an effective setting for the stands.

Lil Boo Thang arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 3
Initially popular as a TikTok sensation, Paul Russell’s “Lil Boo Thang” samples the 70s hit “Best of My Love” by The Emotions. This viral hit features a catchy tune and infectious dance groove.

ME! arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 2-3
Taylor Swift’s original recording of this hit from 2019 was driven by a marching style drumline, making it a natural choice for the stands or on the field. Featuring a strong pulse and catchy melody, it’s sure to be a hit with all audiences.

Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
Just try not to dance to this wildly infectious and exciting hit by Shakira. Originally recorded as the official theme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the song is as popular as ever with nearly 4 billion YouTube views!

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About the Authors:
A former band director, Ken taught grades 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in Central Ohio, and has been at Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. His interests include reading, history, traditional amusement parks, outdoor activities (especially hiking), and watching hockey.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

Poems for Two: Vocal Duets for Recitals, Concerts, and Contests 16 July, 2024

Poems for Two: Vocal Duets for Recitals, Concerts, and Contests by Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, Greg Gilpin, Ruth Morris Gray, Victor C. Johnson, Penny Rodriguez, Michael John Trotta & Douglas E. Wagner

This captivating collection features texts by renowned poets, including Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Sara Teasdale, Edgar Allan Poe, and more, set to music by contemporary composers Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, Greg Gilpin, Ruth Morris Gray, Victor C. Johnson, Penny Rodriguez, Michael John Trotta, and Douglas E. Wagner. “Poems for Two” provides the opportunity for duet singers in any combination to develop musicianship, hone vocal skills, elevate artistry, and connect with timeless literature. Audio tracks of the expressive piano accompaniments are available for download. Unlock the magic of poetry with “Poems for Two!”

Titles include: “A Dream Within a Dream,” “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “Hope Is the Thing with Feathers,” “Life Has Loveliness,” “O Wind,” “On Yonder Hill,” “The Rainbow,” “The Road Not Taken,” “The Stars Are with the Voyager,” and “Wind on the Hill.”

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40 ABBA Songs for REALLY EASY PIANO 15 July, 2024

Really Easy Piano: 40 ABBA Songs
40 of ABBA’s most popular hits in easy-to-play arrangements for piano, presented with background notes and performance tips for every song. These arrangements have been abridged and simplified for the beginner player, so structure and key signature may vary from the original recordings.

Titles include: Chiquitita • Dancing Queen • Don’t Shut Me Down • Honey, Honey • I Have a Dream • Mamma Mia • The Name of the Game • Our Last Summer • Super Trouper • Thank You for the Music • Voulez-Vous • Waterloo • and many more.

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Laying the Foundation: NEW Resources for Strings 12 July, 2024

recommended by Austin Swack, Instrumental Education Specialist

Habits of a Successful String Musician, 2nd Edition by Christopher Selby & Scott Rush
“Habits of a Successful String Musician, Second Edition” is a complete method of over 400 musical exercises for teaching upper-level string students the technical skills needed to play advanced orchestral music. Perfect for an entire string orchestra or solo player, this series contains carefully sequenced warm-ups, sight-reading etudes, rhythm vocabulary studies, chorales, tuning canons, and much more. It includes everything an aspiring string musician needs to build musicianship skills and then transfer those skills into the performance of great literature.

What’s NEW in the Second Edition?
Part I. Tone and Articulation: The open-string exercises and bowing variations remain invaluable tools for teaching articulation skills. The Second Edition now includes a rhythm canon for combining various articulations and new melodic exercises for developing tone, blend, vibrato, spiccato, and sautillé.
Part II. Left Hand Patterns, Positions, and Shifting: Left-hand exercises are now organized into a sequence of musical exercises and etudes that review middle level skills, extend up to the highest registers, and teach alternate clefs and thumb position. A new Intermediate Positions curriculum teaches young cellists the shifting skills required for keys with more than three sharps or flats. A new sequence of two-octave arpeggios in ten keys improves students’ range and fluency across the instrument. The Advanced Positions pages contain new etudes for teaching the chromatic scale, diminished arpeggios, harmonics, thumb position, alternate clefs, and other challenging skills seen in advanced orchestral repertoire.
Part III. Scales, Arpeggios, and Thirds: This section still has the much-loved tuning canons and chords, dominant arpeggios, and thirds, as well as one-, two-, and three-octave scales and arpeggios in all twelve major and minor keys. The Second Edition has improved cello and bass fingerings and includes bass scales with C-extensions.
Part IV. Chorales: There are now 50 percent more chorales in a greater variety of keys and from more diverse cultural backgrounds.
Parts V. Rhythm Study in a Musical Context and VI. Sight-Reading: These sections contain 185 completely new rhythm charts and sight-reading exercises with tempo markings for each exercise. This well-sequenced curriculum teaches students how to count and decipher rhythms and then transfer rhythmic literacy to melodic sight-reading in a musical context.
Part VII. Orchestral Excerpts: This brand-new section includes three pages of excerpts from frequently performed school and all-state repertoire. Sequenced from moderately difficult to expert, these excerpts are the perfect culmination of skills taught in this method and are ideal for auditions or final exams.
• Additional Sectional Pages in each student book focus on technique and alternate clef lessons unique to each instrument.

Habits of a Successful Young String Musician by Sarah Ball, Margaret Selby, Christopher Selby & Scott Rush
“Habits of a Successful Young String Musician” is a field-tested and musical collection of 220 sequenced exercises for the beginning string student. The companion website (www.habitsstrings.com) features supplemental resources including accompaniment tracks, start-up clinic videos, and full performance videos for each exercise in the book. These cutting-edge online components are on MusicFirst (PracticeFirst) and MakeMusic Cloud (SmartMusic).

What makes “Habits of a Successful Young String Musician” unique?

Tone is at the heart of this method.
• Students begin using the bow earlier than other resources.
• The familiar melodies enable students to use their ears to develop good pitch and tone.
• Online videos allow students to see and hear professional string players modeling good tone and technique for each exercise.

Tonal literacy is a key focus of this book.
• All four open strings are introduced early.
• New notes are introduced with clear fingerboard diagrams and pictures next to the staff.
• New keys are taught by highlighting notes affected by the new key signature.

Rhythmic literacy exercises will have your students counting and reading independently.
• Long notes and rests are introduced early so students learn to count and subdivide.
• Melodies in 3/4 appear early and often.
• Nine pages of sight-reading exercises develop stronger tonal and rhythmic literacy skills.

Quality content includes:
• High-quality photos of excellent hand positions to help students develop great technique.
• A diverse repertoire of classical and folk melodies from around the world.
• Warm-up pages with scales, arpeggios, tuning canons, bowing variations, and other great tools for introducing, teaching, and reinforcing skills.

Online resources (www.habitsstrings.com) include instructional videos by professional string coaches to reinforce instrument position, left-hand set-up, bow hand technique, hooked bows, slurs, developing good tone, as well as shifting and positions in the lower strings.

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About the Author:
Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

IN ONE MONTH: Lloyd Larson Church Music Reading Sessions 10 July, 2024

SACRED CHORAL READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Church of the Messiah, 51 N. State Street, Westerville OH 43081
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to welcome back Lloyd Larson as our clinician for the August Sacred Choral Music reading session. Mr. Larson earned a B.A. from Anderson University of Anderson, Indiana in 1976 and a M.C.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary of Louisville, Kentucky in 1979. He has done additional graduate work at Southern Baptist Seminary, The Ohio State University, and Northern Baptist Seminary, Chicago, Illinois.

Since 1982, Lloyd has been an active composer and arranger for several major publishing companies of church and school music. His compositions and arrangements include well over 1,500 published works—including choral anthems, numerous extended Christmas, Easter and non‑seasonal works, keyboard collections, vocal solo and duet collections, instrumental works for solo and ensembles, orchestrations, and handbell settings. The resulting notoriety has placed him in constant demand as a clinician throughout North America. It is Lloyd’s work in his local church that continues to be the catalyst for much of his writing where he is actively involved in various roles of music leadership.

Your registration for the clinic includes a packet of over 30 new choral anthems that are hand-picked from the hundreds published each year. Please note that there is no pre-registration for this session – all registration will take place on-site beginning at 8:30 a.m. We look forward to seeing you on August 10th for a wonderful morning of singing with one of the nation’s most sought after church music experts.

Contact the Choral Department for more information on the Sacred Choral reading session.

SACRED PIANO READING SESSION
Saturday August 10, 2024
2:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Lloyd Larson
$5.00

Join us at Stanton’s Sheet Music for an afternoon of listening to new selections of sacred piano music that will be enjoyable to play in church or at home. Our clinician this year is Lloyd Larson.

Contact the Keyboard Department for more information on the Sacred Piano reading session.

Wedding Classics for Organ 08 July, 2024

recommended by Christopher B., Organ Music Specialist

The Wedding Organist arr. Jane Holstein
This massive collection of organ settings contains 50 settings from 15 composers and is designed to provide the wedding organist with a wealth of timeless favorites from the Hope catalog along with some newer contemporary classics for the complete wedding ceremony.

Standard Wedding Music for Organ arr. David Sarandon
The dictionary describes standard as “something used as a measure, a norm, or an agreed level of attainment.” This collection, then, is aptly titled, as each of the pieces included have certainly earned the status of standard. Nevertheless, they have achieved an eminent rank within the repertoire for wedding services. The compilation is divided into two sections for ease of use: Section One serves as a resource for the prelude and Section Two provides a variety of processional and recessional options. Where possible, logical cuts and/or stopping points are indicated, along with durations for each to facilitate the planning of the music or to assist when an emergency arises! For convenience, ease of use, assistance in planning, and as a resource of worthy wedding repertoire, “Standard Wedding Music” promises to become the new standard for wedding music collections for years to come.

The Parish Organist: Wedding Music ed. Thomas Gieschen
Compositions designed by the German and American Lutheran masters for practical integration into worship. The registrations are designed for two manuals and pedal. However, they may also be played on one manual with or without pedal.

Something Old, Something New
A compilation of previously-published stand-alone pieces for use as preludes, processionals, and recessionals. Some you might know and some will be brand new to you. A useful volume to keep by the console when consulting with brides or playing weddings!

The Oxford Book of Wedding Music
“The Oxford Book of Wedding Music” is the definitive collection of the most frequently requested organ music for weddings. All organists have their own particular favorites, but this volume brings together the small and select group of pieces that couples choose again and again: music that has stood the test of time, in practical arrangements that are designed to last.

Wedding Classics: Music for Manuals arr. Charles Callahan
A comprehensive collection of Wedding favorites arranged in a manuals only collection.

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About the Author:
Christopher B. grew up in eastern Kentucky in a musically diverse family, and began playing organ at the age of 12. He majored in vocal performance with minors in keyboards and conducting at Marshall University and later received a Master of Theological Studies in congregational ministry from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. Christopher has served as a church music director and organist for more than 20 years, presently serving as Director of Music and Worship Arts/Organist at Church of the Master United Methodist in Westerville, OH.

Marching Band 2024: New ROCK Arrangements 05 July, 2024

recommended by Ken Tilger and Austin Swack, Band Education Specialists

Zombie arr. Dallas C. Burke, Easy
This classic rock tune from the alternative band The Cranberries starts out dark and somber before it quickly builds to an intense hard hitting finish.

When I Come Around arr. Dave Henning, Medium Easy
This hit from the band Green Day is musical comfort food and rocks hard!

Rock You Like a Hurricane arr. Matt Conaway & Matt Finger, Grade 3-4
Heard in stadiums around the world, this hard rockin’ 80s hit by the Scorpions is still as popular as ever. With the gritty opening riff and instantly recognizable melody, this is guaranteed to raise the energy level in the stands or on the field!

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About the Authors:
A former band director, Ken taught grades 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in Central Ohio, and has been at Stanton’s since 2004. His iPod ranges from jazz and funk to classic and alternative rock, and symphonies. His interests include reading, history, traditional amusement parks, outdoor activities (especially hiking), and watching hockey.

Austin Swack joined the Stanton’s team after a decade of teaching band in Texas public schools, where his ensembles were consistently recognized for superior performance. He is equally at home with beginner and advanced students and has extensive experience programming for ensembles at all ability levels. Additionally, he is a versatile arranger as well as an experienced clinician and adjudicator. In his free time, Austin enjoys running, cycling, and cheering on the Blue Jackets!

The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology NOW AVAILABLE 03 July, 2024

The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology
You’ve memorized all the songs from the double album, now it’s time to play them for yourself! This matching folio to “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology” features all 31 tracks meticulously arranged for piano and voice with guitar chord frames. Dive into the emotional depth of Swift’s music and play along with your favorite tracks from “Fortnight” to “The Manuscript,” to “So Long, London” to “So High School,” and all the others. Immerse yourself in the storytelling prowess of Taylor Swift and bring her songs to life with your own unique voice and talent!

Songs include: The Albatross • The Alchemy • The Black Dog • The Bolter • But Daddy I Love Him • Cassandra • Chloe or Sam or Sophia or Marcus • Clara Bow • Down Bad • Florida!!! • Fortnight • Fresh Out the Slammer • Guilty as Sin? • How Did It End? • I Can Do It with a Broken Heart • I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can) • I Hate It Here • I Look in People’s Windows • Imgonnagetyouback • Loml • The Manuscript • My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys • Peter • The Prophecy • Robin • The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived • So High School • So Long, London • thanK you aIMee • The Tortured Poets Department • Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me?

Also available for Easy Piano, as well as many Digital Delivery options!

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NEW String Orchestra Selections featured on the OSU String Teacher Workshop 02 July, 2024

Don’t miss these favorite selections featured on the Stanton’s Reading Session at the 2024 String Teacher Workshop at Ohio State University. The workshop runs from Sunday July 7-Saturday July 13 and is available in TWO formats: IN-PERSON or ONLINE ONLY. Find out more at music.osu.edu/outreach/osu-stw.

The Golden Gateway by Brian Balmages, Grade 3.5
Celebrate music and its ability to connect with communities around us! This joyful work by Brian Balmages is a powerful reminder of the many ways music inspires and invigorates. Beginning with a beautiful, heartfelt introduction, “The Golden Gateway” soon takes off in exuberant twists and turns before coming to a heroic conclusion.

Shiver by Randall Standridge, Grade 0.5
Whether you are shivering from cold or shivering from fright this work for very beginning orchestras is sure to set the mood of your next Winter or Fall Concert. Using only 6 notes Randall Standridge has creatively designed a piece that reaches students at their skill level while letting them experiment with the fun technique of tremolo!

The Flow of the Tide by Yukiko Nishimura, Grade 3
“The Flow of the Tide” by Yukiko Nishimura captures the feel of a flowing tide, mainly represented through the melodic line. Layers of harmony give the feeling of the tide’s ebb and flow, the splashing spray, and the sea’s changing colors. In addition to the feel of the waves, there is also a contrasting brightness and tenderness. Your orchestra will fall in love with the many moods of this stunning work.

(De)composition by Caryn Wiegand Neidhold, Grade 2
The music is falling apart! Or is it? This creepy-crawly composition starts deep underground in the cello and bass sections with an ominous theme, soon joined by the creaking, scratching, and screeching of unearthly noises from the rest of the zombie orchestra. Skittering fingertips, scratchy ponticello, and eerie glissandi are just a few of the fun extended techniques players will encounter in this scary venture into the dissonance of music – decomposingg!

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Peaceful Pop Piano Solos 01 July, 2024

Peaceful Pop Piano Solos (A Collection of 30 Pieces)
Relax at the piano with this exceptional collection of satisfying and profoundly beautiful pieces to play. Some pieces have been transposed and simplified for ease of playing. 30 songs have been arranged for solo piano, in a relaxing style.

Titles include: “All of Me,” “As It Was,” “Blank Space,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Chandelier,” “Chasing Cars,” “Despacito,” “drivers license,” “Fields of Gold,” “Glimpse of Us,” “Hallelujah,” “If I Ain’t Got You,” “Imagine,” “I’m Yours,” “Just the Way You Are,” “Life on Mars?,” “Love Yourself,” “Lovely,” “One Last Time,” “Perfect,” “The Scientist,” “Shallow,” “Someone Like You,” “Someone You Loved,” “A Thousand Years,” “Unchained Melody,” “Wrecking Ball,” “Yesterday,” “Your Song,” and “You’re Beautiful.”

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