News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: Music Education

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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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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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!

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!

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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HerStory: The Piano Collection 26 June, 2024

HerStory: The Piano Collection compiled by Karen Marshall
“HerStory: The Piano Collection” presents invaluable repertoire by remarkable female composers across the ages. This important collection is progressively graded, suitable for intermediate to advanced level players (approximately Grade 4 to Grade 8) and also features a piano duet and an ensemble piece for piano, clarinet, viola, and cello.

Written and compiled by award-winning author and piano pedagogue Karen Marshall, each piece is accompanied by a fascinating snapshot of the 29 composers, providing invaluable insights into how they lived and composed, alongside quotes from them or about them. In addition there are suggestions of other pieces to try, personal observations from Karen Marshall and pedagogical activities and ideas.

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In Search of Inspiration 24 June, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

In Search of Inspiration: Interviews with Notable Choral Conductors compiled by Gregory Gentry
Choral conductors shoulder a great responsibility as custodians of their craft. And there is perhaps no better source of inspiration and guidance for today’s conductors than the experiences and insights of choral giants who have blazed the trail we now tread.

“In Search of Inspiration” is a collection of in-depth interviews with fifteen highly respected choral conductors from around the world. Each answers a series of fundamental questions about how they shaped their achievements: How do they balance their time making music and fulfilling teaching schedules and concert schedules? How do they motivate students, manage outside professional commitments in the educational setting, and satisfy administrators?

Each conductor generously shares their wisdom and expertise, discussing memorable educational moments on the podium and in the classroom, recounting stirring experiences in the concert hall, and sharing stories about their work with historic figures in music. They also offer insights on programming repertoire and explain how they have successfully navigated a career in music.

These interviews document the through lines within the choral art – elements of performance and mentorship stemming from such luminaries as Julius Herford and Robert Shaw that connect so many of the great conductors.

A fascinating and relevant read for any choral educator, “In Search of Inspiration” explores the choral art through extraordinary 20th- and 21st-century voices whose artistry and influence will be felt for generations to come.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Join Us with JIM GALLAGHER for Excellence in Choral Literature 2024 19 June, 2024

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 24, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 31st annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and tenor/bass ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon.

Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.

Rehearsing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble 14 June, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Rehearsing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble by Daniel Gregerman
From philosophy, auditions, and lesson planning to improvisation and literature selection, this diverse group of nationally recognized educators at all levels discuss these topics and more. Each director practically walks you through a rehearsal! Whether you are a seasoned vocal jazz director or someone looking to get started, the authors’ concepts on running an outstanding vocal jazz program has something for everyone.

Includes chapters by: Andrew Dahan, Roger Emerson, Daniel Gregerman, Greg Jasperse, Connaitre Miller, Kate Reid, John Stafford II, Janice Vlachos, Gaw Vang Williams, and Natalie Wilson.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Keith Snell Piano Course for the Adult Beginner 07 June, 2024

Keith Snell Piano Course for the Adult Beginner by Keith Snell
A new piano course by Keith Snell designed especially for adults! This new course is designed with adult capabilities in mind. It will navigate students through the process of becoming musically literate and technically proficient, with the ultimate goal of achieving the competence to play whatever music they like.

The course is comprised of two books, divided into 10 units in each book. Each unit consists of three sections:

  • Lessons for introducing concepts
  • Theory to reinforce concepts, and gain a deeper understanding of music;
  • Technic for developing the coordination and fluency needed to play well.

Through a variety of musical styles, students will learn about scales, chords, and key signatures, and how these elements are used as the building blocks of music. Combined with a solid foundation in reading notes and rhythms, the skills acquired from this course are fully transferable to many types of music and music making, and will ensure a lifetime of enjoyment at the piano.

For added enjoyment and instruction each book includes FREE access to online resources such as audio accompaniments, YouTube demonstration videos, answer keys, and more!

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Arranging Barbershop 20 May, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Arranging Barbershop from the Barbershop Harmony Society
Barbershop singing is often thought of as a genre of music when, in fact, it is a style of arranging. Any song can be arranged in the barbershop style, provided that the arranger be familiar with the tenets of this originally American – though now global – art form. “Arranging Barbershop” provides this framework. It follows in the footsteps of arranging legends, both from the early days of barbershop and those since the preservationist movement, including our modern, living arrangers. All of these artists shaped barbershop to what it is today: a vibrant, unique musical experience that has the capacity to be compelling both for the singers and the eager listeners. This book is intended to empower current and future generations of barbershop arrangers of all skill levels, providing them the tools and knowledge they need to bring their creations to life.

“Arranging Barbershop” is divided into four volumes:
Volume 1: Getting Started provides foundational tools and approaches for the budding arranger.
Volume 2: The Arranging Journey seeks to provide guidance for arrangers at three levels: beginning, intermediate, and advanced.
Volume 3: Visions of Excellence is a virtual roundtable with 38 of barbershop’s greatest arrangers.
Volume 4: Learn from the Experts (coming soon!) contains two parts: Arranging in Action – dozens of hours of videos, with arrangers discussing and deconstructing their works; Arrangers’ Toolbox – deep dive chapters on specialized topics by top arrangers

Filled with case studies, specific examples (with audio and video clips) and lessons learned, each volume aims to unlock new skills and expertise for everyone interested in arranging barbershop!

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

SEL-ebrate 17 May, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialists

SEL-ebrate: Bringing Social-Emotional Learning to Music Class through Children’s Literature by Jennifer Heldstab
The phrase social-emotional learning – the SEL of “SELebrate” – has garnered alot of recent attention. But really, it is and has been a fundamental part of what all educators do – including and especially music teachers. SEL runs throughout our music curriculum, as we express emotions and work toward common goals though singing, dancing, and playing instruments. These SEL opportunities are made more explicit through the ten lessons in this resource, all of which are built around favorite children’s books.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

DON’T MISS the 31st Annual Excellence in Choral Literature Session This Summer! 07 May, 2024

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 24, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 31st annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and tenor/bass ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon.

Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.

WE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE: New Collections for Developing Choirs 06 May, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

We Can Build a Bridge by Greg Gilpin
This budget-stretching collection is a must-have for two-part choirs! Featuring 6 best-selling pieces with positive messages of togetherness in a variety of styles, veteran choral composer and arranger Greg Gilpin has written warm-ups and rehearsal notes specifically for this collection which is available as a free download along with instrumental parts for four of the six titles. Downloadable accompaniment tracks are available for each piece (sold separately) and for the full collection. Titles include: “Cantamos Juntos (We Sing Together),” “Dance, Love, Sing, Live!,” “Haru Ga Kita (Spring Has Come),” “I Lift My Lamp (The New Colossus),” “Peace Song (with We Shall Overcome),” and “We Can Build a Bridge.”

Concert Chorals for Unison Voices by Greg Gilpin
Unison singing is one of the first things learned in the choral art. This unique song collection contains 16 chorals that can be used all year long with a variety of themes: Multicultural/Language, Christmas/Holiday, Folk/Spiritual, Inspirational, Patriotic, and Words of Distinction. Online access to full performance and accompaniment only audio recordings is available, along with PDFs for singers and instrumental parts. Titles include: “Akatonbo,” “America, the Beautiful,” “Benedicamus Domino,” “Come, Ye Sons of Art,” “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?,” “Hold Fast Your Dreams,” “In Flanders Fields,” “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” “Over the River and Through the Wood,” “Skye Boat Song,” “Snow Is Falling,” “Something Told the Wild Geese,” “Think on Me,” “The Wayfaring Stranger,” “Why We Sing,” and “A Wreath of Carols.”

Folk Songs Around the World arr. Greg Gilpin, Russell Robinson, Mary Donnelly & George L.O. Strid, Sarah Martinez, Jerry Lim, Victor C. Johnson, and Ruth Morris Gray
Music is an inviting gateway to discover and celebrate diverse cultures. These ten authentic folk songs from around the globe are arranged for both two-part treble singers and unison voices (downloadable song sheets for both are included). Lightly orchestrated accompaniment tracks capture the unique rhythm, tone, and timbre of the West Indies, Japan, South Africa, Greece, Spain, China, Ukraine, Scotland, Ghana, and Haiti. This informed publication includes the background, pronunciation, and translation for every song, designed to launch your exploration of world music. Titles include: “El Vito,” “Gerakina,” “Hosanna, We Build a House,” “Loch Lomond,” “Oy Khodyt Son,” “Rainbow Sister,” “Siyahamba,” “Tanabata,” “Tue, Tue,” and “Wangolo.”

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Pop Warm-Ups & Work/Outs for Tenor/Bass 03 May, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Pop Warm-Ups & Work-Outs for Tenor/Bass by Roger Emerson
Unchanged, changing, or changed tenor/bass singers in middle school and high school may need a little extra help in “finding” their singing voices. Roger Emerson has developed a series of warm-ups that uses excerpts from classic rock and roll tunes that will provide the motivation and repetition they need to do just that. Each song features limited ranges, starting moderately and gradually ascending into the tenor range and descending through the bass range as needed. The professionally-produced audio tracks present each exercise with vocals so your Tenors and Basses have a model to emulate.

Exercises are based on the following songs: Addams Family Theme • Theme from “Jaws” • Jump, Jive An’ Wail • Land of a Thousand Dances • Mission: Impossible Theme • Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye • Shake, Rattle and Roll • Smoke on the Water • We Will Rock You.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Dance for Love: Creative Programming for High School SAB Choirs 29 April, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Dance for Love by Z. Randall Stroope, SAB with piano
Now available for SAB choirs! Here we are implored to “dance for beauty, dance for laughter, dance for love” in Stroope’s delightful, heartfelt composition. The evocative piano accompaniment adds to, and supports, the voices. Many teaching moments, and a wonderful opportunity to explore lyrical singing, phrasing, and simple mixed-meter in this accessible and memorable work.

Laudate Dominum by Dan Davison, SAB with optional Tenor (or 2-part any combination) with piano
Written for the needs of middle school choirs, this two-part neoclassic piece incorporates useful teaching techniques. Sopranos and tenors double in octaves as do the altos and basses, making this piece possible for groups with limited basses and tenors.

Carrickfergus arr. Russell Robinson, SAB with piano and optional flute
A song of great longing and pathos, this hauntingly beautiful Irish folk song is now available for SAB voices. With solo opportunities throughout, the gorgeous melody is further enhanced by the optional flute, an instrument found in much Irish music. Don’t miss this one – it’s gorgeous.

Praise Ye the Lord by Dan Davison, SATB with piano
An exciting work for originally written for tenor-bass choir and now offered here for mixed voices. A great concert opener. In 7/8 time, this work will give a nice but achievable challenge to your group. A good selection for honor choirs and festivals.

Ave Maria attributed to Jacob Arcadelt/arr. Ed Hughes, SAB a cappella
First published in 1842, this admired composition has been carefully arranged for SAB a cappella voices. Based on a 16th century French chanson, it contains the depth of many ages. Still appropriate for the worship service, it is also a valued concert piece, useful for small choirs both young and seasoned.

This Quiet Night (In Stiller Nacht) by Johannes Brahms/arr. Douglas E. Wagner, SAB with piano and optional horn
The exquisite music of Johannes Brahms has been adapted by Douglas E. Wagner to include an English text, piano accompaniment, and optional F Horn. The original German text is also included in the music as a performance option. A wonderful opportunity to introduce your choir to the music of Brahms, either with the more accessible English lyric, or the more challenging original German.

Il est bel et bon by Pierre Passereau/arr. Russell Robinson, SAB a cappella (optional piano)
This Renaissance “fun” piece by Pierre Passereau has always been a choral and audience highlight. Russell Robinson has now made it accessible for SAB voices. The French text is easy, and singers and audiences will “get” the fun meaning of this piece. It has an optional piano accompaniment in the style of a lute to keep with the style and assist and complement the voices.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

SOUND THE TRUMPET: New Masterwork Editions for Choir 26 April, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral Music Specialists

Sound the Trumpet by Henry Purcell/arr. Alfred Moffa & Rollo Dilworth, SAB with piano
A fresh voicing of a classic favorite, this piece will help introduce mixed ensembles to the Baroque style.

À Chloris by Reynaldo Hahn/arr. Adam Burnette, SSA with piano
“À Chloris” is one of Reynaldo’s most successful songs, composed in 1916. Arranged here for SSA choir and piano, Hahn’s timeless melody is well-suited to choral groups.

Averte Faciem Tuam by Tommaso Traetta/ed. Martin Banner, SSA with piano or optional orchestra
This 18th-century Italian piece is part of a larger work, “Miserere in F Minor.” This edition is based on a handwritten copy by Johann Simon Mayr and is scored for treble choir with piano or optional orchestral accompaniment.

Baciai per aver vita by Vittoria Aleotti/ed. Jami Lercher, SATB a cappella
The Amanda Quist Choral Series features this new edition of Vittoria Aleotti’s a cappella setting of “Baciai per aver vita” skillfully edited by Jami Lercher. Clarity of line and a firm harmonic base make this Renaissance madrigal accessible for your school or festival choirs – in addition, where can you find a piece featuring the impact of three women?

Still Wie Die Nacht (Calm as the Night) by Carl Bohm/arr. John Leavitt, SSA with piano
Nineteenth century German composer, Carl Bohm wrote sturdy and dependable music for the voice. John Leavitt brings his scholarship to this beautiful piece full of word painting and packed with emotion.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

Piano Songs for the Very Beginner 22 April, 2024

Piano Songs for the Very Beginner (30 Popular Songs in Pre-Staff Notation)
Designed with the beginner in mind, “Piano Songs for the Very Beginner” features popular, easy-to-play melodies in pre-staff notation, perfect for those in their first months of learning. Arrangements consist of simple rhythms, letter names inside each note, minimal hand movement, and no page turns. This book is a perfect supplement for students needing extra playing material, with each song including playing tips and fingering diagrams. The songs are presented in order of difficulty. The written piano accompaniments can be played by a teacher or friend, or you can play along with the recorded accompaniments.

Songs include: Anti-Hero • Baby Shark • Dance Monkey • Flowers • Für Elise • Hallelujah • Happy Birthday to You • Heart and Soul • Hey Jude • Let It Be • Mary Had a Little Lamb • A Million Dreams • Old Town Road (I Got the Horses in the Back) • Señorita • What Was I Made For? • You Are My Sunshine • and more.

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Jazz Is Elementary 10 April, 2024

recommended by Jen Sper and Lisa Springer, School Choral & Classroom Music Specialists

Jazz Is Elementary: Creativity Development through Music Activities, Movement Games, and Dances by Darla S. Hanley & Allison P. Kipp
Use jazz to develop children’s creativity! This book is a collection of 60 jazz-based teaching strategies designed to foster music making, creative movement, and improvisation in the K-5 music classroom. The innovative strategies are grounded in the best practices in elementary music education and partner with a curated playlist of jazz music that is available via streaming audio platforms. These strategies represent the music of nearly 80 iconic jazz artists of yesterday and today (e.g. Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Sarah Vaughan). All teaching strategy concepts were extensively field-tested with children in the elementary music classroom and with teachers around the world.

Designed with music teachers, parents/caregivers, traditional school, home-school, and arts-based community organizations in mind, the strategies in this book can be used to engage children and prompt their creative and original expressions. Strategies include singing, instrument play, body percussion, games, chants, and dances that support both individual and group assessment.

Companion materials are offered online to support the strategies including instructional videos for dances; printable resources such as visual aids, notation cards, movement directives, and color sheets; and artist profiles that provide brief biographies and put each musician in historical and musical context.

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About the Authors:
Jen Sper is a Choral Music Specialist here at Stanton’s Sheet Music. A native of Cincinnati, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College (now University) Conservatory of Music, and taught 7-12 choir, music theory, class piano, and drama in Southern Ohio before joining the Stanton’s team in 2006. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, Jen can also often be found exploring the exciting restaurant, brewery, and theater scenes in Columbus, wandering through the local metro parks, visiting family around the Great Lakes, or at home with her very friendly cat.

Lisa Springer joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2023. She taught middle and high school choirs for 27 years in addition to serving as Artistic Director of the Columbus Women’s Chorus. She holds degrees from Heidelberg University and Cleveland Institute of Music. She has enjoyed an extensive professional singing career and continues to perform in the greater Columbus area. During her free time, she enjoys spending time in southern Ohio playing with her grandchildren.

31st Annual Excellence in Choral Literature 09 April, 2024

EXCELLENCE IN CHORAL LITERATURE
Saturday August 24, 2024
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S. Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
Presented by Jim Gallagher
$25.00

Stanton’s is pleased to announce our 31st annual Excellence in Choral Literature reading session. This session is designed to help you select concert and festival literature from some of choral music’s most distinguished composers, featuring the best in new music for mixed, treble, and tenor/bass ensembles as well as classic literature from the choral canon.

Led by Jim Gallagher, Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University, the Excellence Clinic is a valuable Stanton’s tradition for school, college, and community choir directors.

Registration is now open! Visit stantons.com/clinics to register, and contact us for more information.