News & Views Saturday, March 23, 2019

Category: Music Education

First We Sing: 100 Little Songs & Rhymes 15 March, 2019

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

The First, We Sing! series by Susan Brumfield offers guidance and direction for teachers who are new to the Kodály approach. Experienced teachers will find fresh ideas to supplement their materials, along with another perspective on Kodály’s philosophy and its implications for teaching today. New in the series this year:

leon-524856First We Sing: 100 Little Songs and Rhymes by Susan Brumfield
“100 Little Songs and Rhymes” is a companion volume to Teaching Strategies: Rhythmic and Melodic Elements for Primary Grades. It consists of selections from the indexed K-2 Songlist, and includes the songs and rhymes suggested for preparation, presentation and practice of each element. The songs and rhymes in this “starter set” provide material for readiness skills in Kindergarten, and for reading and writing in Grades 1 and 2. Song melodies are provided along with game directions and activities. This collection also includes digital access to song recordings featuring a “teacher model” as a guide for performing and teaching the songs. Songs include: “Bluebird Bluebird,” “Button You Must Wander,” “The Closet Key,” “Engine Engine Number Nine,” “Great Big House in New Orleans,” “Hot Cross Buns,” “Ickle Ockle,” “Johnny Works with One Hammer,” “Los Pollitos,” “Oliver Twist,” and MANY more! Suggested for Grades K-2.

Find more information about this valuable series in our previous post, or contact us for detailed assistance. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Stanton’s SUPER SESSION 2019 05 March, 2019

ss logoStanton’s Super Session
Saturday 8/3/2019, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60.00 (includes lunch)

Do you need to put a little “spark” in your choral program? Is there just too much new music out there for you to review? Join us for a fun, enriching day of music education with Greg Gilpin, Anna Wentlent, and Stanton’s own Jen Sper featuring music from Alfred Publications, Shawnee Press, Choristers Guild, Heritage Music Press, and other choral publishers. Nowhere else will you find such a variety of new choral selections and teaching resources to inspire and motivate you and your students as you begin the school year.

We’re excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

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

Registration opens on April 1st! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

A Young Singer’s Journey 04 March, 2019

hinsha-hmb248-frecommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

A Young Singer’s Journey is a valuable set of workbooks developed by respected conductors Jean Ashworth Bartle, Eileen Baldwin, and Linda Beaupre. Written and designed for children who love to sing, the authors have shared the ways in which they have successfully taught children to master the basic components of musical literacy – theory, ear training, and sight-singing. These three components are integrated with song material and warm-ups in imaginative ways that make the process pleasurable and rewarding for young singers. Each of the five workbooks includes accompanying materials via convenient download: audio tracks, and sight-singing and warm-up exercises for each level.

Perfect for young private voice students or classroom/choral use, we highly recommend A Young Singer’s Journey! Contact us for more recommendations, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Join Us at THE JOY OF SINGING 2019 26 February, 2019

Stanton’s is thrilled to announce The Joy of Singing 2019, featuring the best new music from Hal Leonard! We’re especially excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

THE JOY OF SINGING: Middle & High School Choir
Friday 8/2/2019, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 South Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60 (includes lunch)
New music appropriate for the middle/high school choral singing level (2-part, 3-part mixed, SAB, and SATB). Includes choreography and two spotlight sessions on specific areas.

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

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

Registration will open on April 1st – contact us at 1-800-426-8742 or choral@stantons.com for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

All Together Now! String Orchestra Festival 22 February, 2019

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As the Grand Finale to your Spring Concert, consider putting all your groups together from Beginners to High School for a Mass Festival presentation of Electric Sinfonia by Lauren Bernofsky. Scored with three levels of ability – Grades ½, 1½ and 2½ – your better players can easily nail down the upper part, you can put your starters on the easiest part (all pizzicato) and fill in the middle with everyone else. A constant eighth-note rock groove makes it easy for everyone to fit their part into the mix. Add some polish and your parents will be so proud!

About the Author:
Dan C. has worked at Stanton’s since 1979, primarily with orchestra music and print promotions. A “working” musician, he’s a classical cellist, a rock & jazz bassist and a folk & country guitarist/singer. His free time is spent with family or reading, gardening, cycling and working puzzles. His series of musical puzzles (RP3 Rebus Puzzle Picture People) can be found on the Stanton’s Facebook page each Sunday. He also has a reputation as a pretty good joke teller. Seriously.

Gotta Have Games! 20 February, 2019

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Gotta Have Games by Greg Foreman & Valeaira Luppens
Refresh your general music classes with this collection of 25 games, including relay races, memorization tasks, one-on-one competitions, board games, and more for elementary and middle school students. Taken from the classrooms of two veteran general music teachers, these clever activities are designed to be integrated into your existing curriculum to reinforce and review the musical concepts you’re already teaching. Each game includes clear student learning targets, complete instructions for game assembly and play, and reproducible templates for easy use. Recommended for Grades K-8.

Check out some of these games in action at Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic below, or contact us for more information!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Elementary General Music Clinic 2019 19 February, 2019

gm logoElementary General Music Clinic (featuring The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir)
Thursday 8/1/2019, 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Stanton’s Sheet Music, 330 S Fourth Street, Columbus OH 43215
REGISTRATION: $60.00 (includes lunch)

Stanton’s Sheet Music is excited to welcome Cristi Cary Miller as our clinician for the 37th edition of our Elementary General Music Clinic. This is one of Stanton’s longest running and most successful clinics, showcasing the best new teacher resources, song collections, games, musicals and more! We are sure that you will find materials that will keep you and your students interested throughout the year. Get your school year started on the right foot!

ADDED BONUS: Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic and The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir are now combined into ONE GREAT DAY OF MUSIC! We’ll explore classroom resources, musicals, games, and more from a variety of publishers, and you’ll also preview the best new music and resources for beginning choirs from Hal Leonard with Cristi, John Jacobson, and Emily Crocker!

And, we’re excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

Registration opens on April 1st! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Jazz and Kids! 13 February, 2019

35031987-wl.jpgrecommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Incorporate jazz into your elementary musical classroom with one of these great new resources!

Jazz and Kids (Active Songs for a Swingin’ Classrom) by Rosana Eckert & Sharon Burch
Experience jazz in the music classroom with this swingin’ collection designed for kids! Each song is written and arranged in a distinctive jazz style, or groove, while keeping it fun with movement, a singing game or activity – learning music concepts in the process. The music, piano/vocal arrangements and recordings are authentic and true to jazz. Experience 12-bar blues, scat singing, call and response, improvisation, swing, New Orleans Second Line and more! Above all, have fun and swing! Suggested for Grades 1-5.

leon-523148Jazz for Young People Volume 2 (Louis Armstrong) by Sharon Burch & Wynton Marsalis
“Jazz for Young People” brings the language of jazz to you and your students through great literature combined with learning by doing! This second volume includes step-by-step lessons that combine content and audio video recordings of Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center artists with interactive student learning, including classroom instruments that every music teacher already owns or can easily afford. Perfect for the general music classroom (grades 2 and up), community jazz education courses and beginning jazz ensembles. Directors can adapt for band instruments, providing a hands-on approach to historical content that makes jazz relevant to your students. This easy-to-present resource is designed for a teacher who may or may not be trained in America’s art form bringing jazz to the next generation. Digital downloads include: Step-by-step lesson slides to project, audio recordings of each song and Wynton Marsalis sharing background information, as well as reproducible activity assessment worksheets. Plus, you will have FREE access to corresponding video clips for each lesson. Also available: Volume 1 (New Orleans and Jelly Roll Morton). Suggested for Grades 2 and up.

Contact us for more recommendations, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Announcing SCHOOL CHORAL WEEK 2019! 05 February, 2019

Featuring talented clinicians from major publishers, Stanton’s summer choral clinics are a fantastic way to jump-start your school year! We always look forward to visiting with our regular customers, matching up faces with names of new attendees, and meeting teachers new to Stanton’s from across the country.

We’re excited to host ALL of our valuable School Choral Week sessions this year at our store in downtown Columbus Ohio! There’s no better destination for music, and you’ll love being able to explore all the resources that Stanton’s has to offer.

Mark your calendar for these dates:

Elementary General Music Clinic
(featuring The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir)
Thursday August 1, 2019 (9:00-4:00)
Clinicians: Cristi Cary Miller, John Jacobson & Emily Crocker
THE JOY OF SINGING for Middle & High School Choir
Friday August 2, 2019 (9:00-4:00) Clinicians: John Jacobson, Emily Crocker & Mac Huff
Stanton’s Super Session
Saturday August 3, 2019 (9:00-4:00)
Clinicians: Andy Beck, Greg Gilpin & Jen Sper

Not sure which session is best for you? Here are some helpful guidelines:

I teach elementary classroom music and/or elementary school choir! (any grades K-6)
Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic (featuring The Joy of Singing for Elementary Choir) is perfect for you! We’ll feature new resources, song collections, activities, and musicals especially designed and selected for classroom music teachers. You’ll also preview new music for the beginning choral singing level (unison/2-part voices) in both octavos and song collections.

I teach middle school choir! (any grades 5-8)
Consider both the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir and the Stanton’s Super Session (see below).

I teach high school choir! (grades 9-12)
Join us at the Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir session OR the Stanton’s Super Session!

At both sessions, we’ll feature new choral music in all voicings (SATB/SAB/3-part mixed/2-part/women’s/men’s).

At Joy of Singing, we’ll present new music from Hal Leonard. You’ll also get movement ideas (including videos and choreography notes from John Jacobson), and two spotlight sessions on specific areas. Joy of Singing usually features about 50% concert/festival literature and 50% pop.

At Super Session, we’ll present new music from many publishers including Alfred, Shawnee Press, Heritage Music Press, Choristers Guild, BriLee and Carl Fischer. Super Session usually features about 75% concert/festival literature and 25% pop.

I teach middle school AND high school choir! (any grades 5-12)
Either (or both!) The Joy of Singing – Middle & High School Choir OR the Stanton’s Super Session will provide you with lots of new repertoire and teaching ideas!

Also in August 2019:

Sacred Choral Reading Session
Saturday August 10, 2019
Clinician: Jay Rouse
(no pre-registration for this session)
26th Annual Excellence in Choral Literature
Saturday August 24, 2019
Clinician: James Gallagher

Registration will open on April 1st. For more detailed information regarding any of these clinics, contact the choral department at 1-800-426-8742, extension 1. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The Wonder of Music 21 January, 2019

leon-524852recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

The Wonder of Music by John Jacobson & Lynn Brinckmeyer
Suggested for Grades 2-6
Performance time: about 30 minutes
Who are the very best advocates for your school’s music programs? The kids! Advocacy is a continuous process of diligent education to bring awareness about the benefits of music learning to the general public. And, kids can expertly share the joy of music making and learning in a variety of different ways.

The authors worked together to develop a musical revue about the wonder of music. Each of the seven original songs can be performed together as a complete program, or they can be sung in other contexts as well. The 30-minute revue includes piano/vocal arrangements with choreography and short narrations for up to 65 speaking parts. Songs include: “Music Is an Everyday Thing,” “Many Things I Learned I Learned Through Music,” “Playing Music Is Hard Work,” “A Song in My Heart,” “Working Together,” “If I Didn’t Have Music,” “Our Place in the Choir.”

In addition to a musical revue, the second half of the book is focused on strategies, ideas and conversations about the importance of music study in children’s and adolescents’ lives. There are even writing and advocacy activities to engage students in the promotion of the critical role that music plays in their lives. The ten chapters concentrate on attributes of music education and how children benefit from music study highlighted in the Broader Minded Campaign put forth by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME): Decision Making, Grit, Multiple Ways of Knowing, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking, Emotional Awareness, Reflective Learning, and Process Orientation.

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Everyday Composition 21 December, 2018

alfred-47164-frecommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Everyday Composition by Joan Eckroth-Riley
Expand your elementary curriculum with these beautifully illustrated interactive lessons to display on your computer or interactive whiteboard. Each lesson plan begins with a song, poem, or story; invites students to improvise as a group and individually using their voices, recorders, xylophones, or percussion instruments; and progresses to a rubric-based composition project. Along the way, students will organically generate, refine, and share their original musical ideas as they expand their artistic decision-making skills.

May be used alone or as a follow-up to Everyday Improvisation. This interactive resource works on both individual computers and interactive whiteboards, and is PC and Mac compatible. Recommended for Grades 2-5.

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

IPA Made Easy 19 December, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is an alphabetic system of phonetic notation based primarily on the Latin alphabet. It was devised in the late 19th century as a standardized representation of the sounds of spoken language. The IPA is used by lexicographers, foreign language students and teachers, linguists, speech-language pathologists, actors – and of course, singers!

How many years has it been since your last diction class? These valuable resources are perfect to bring that knowledge back to the forefront so you can use it in your choral classroom and vocal studio!

IPA Made Easy by Anna Wentlent
This handy guidebook is an easy reference for the symbols used in IPA: what they look like and how they are pronounced. Example words for every symbol are included in English, Latin, Italian, German, French, and Spanish. An online resource includes recorded demonstrations of every sound. A clear and concise tool for singing in foreign languages, equally useful in the choir room and the vocal studio.

IPA Made Easy Poster Set by Anna Wentlent
This set of full-color 9″ x 12″ cardstock posters provides a practical tool for teaching the International Phonetic Alphabet and uniform vowel formation. Each poster displays one of the primary vowel sounds, including its IPA symbol, pronunciation, and example words in English, Latin, Italian, German, French, or Spanish. Plus, an online resource offers recorded demonstrations of every sound. Equally useful for choral rehearsal rooms and vocal studios!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Sound Percussion 10 December, 2018

alfred-47315-frecommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

Sound Percussion by Dave Black & Chris Bernotas
Part of the Sound Innovations family, Sound Percussion fills the need for a comprehensive percussion method that provides a clear progression of notes, rhythms, and skills that can be used for group or individual lessons. Sound Percussion has a clear and flexible approach with plenty of reinforcement.

Sound Percussion contains six sections covering everything from setting up the instruments to percussion ensemble performance, including:
• Sound Rhythm
• Sound Meter
• Sound Rudiments
• Sound Rolls
• Sound Effects
• Sound Performance
Directors can work through the book(s) progressively, or jump from section-to-section in order to address the specific educational needs of their students. The mallet book, however is more sequential by nature of note introduction.

Skills are introduced with a backward-by-design approach. Learning goals are first identified, and then exercises are logically designed with obtainable steps that lead you toward achieving that goal. This is particularly helpful for mallet note recognition and snare drum rolls.

Sound Percussion is a comprehensive resource that’s perfect for teaching your students the fundamentals necessary to becoming well-rounded percussionists. Books available for: Teacher’s Score, Snare Drum and Bass Drum, Mallet Percussion, Timpani, and Accessory Instruments.

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

NEW Drumming & Percussion Resources 30 November, 2018

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Buckets to Body Percussion by Mark Burrows
Percussion brings a ton of excitement to the music classroom, but there are also obstacles like cost and storage space. This book solves it all, eliminating as many challenges as possible so you and your students can enjoy the endless possibilities of percussion in the classroom. Recommended for Grades 3-6.

Easy Buckets by Mark Shelton
Start bucket drumming today! These easy grooves are a great way to teach bucket basics. They also work as warm-up exercises for bucket ensembles that are already cooking. Inside this book, you’ll find 30 simple grooves and two easy ensembles, along with a concise tutorial. Set up some pails, hand over some sticks, pass out the parts, and let the bucket grooves begin! Recommended for Grades 3-6.

lorenz-525028Percussion Parade by Artie Almeida
Welcome to the wonderful world of non-pitched percussion! These instruments are affordable and accessible, students love them, and they are so good at introducing and reinforcing important concepts like beat competency, timbre, tempo, and dynamics. Artie Almeida applies her signature style to non-pitched percussion, making every lesson in this book both rigorous and joyful. Bring the parade to your classroom, and take advantage of tons of great new teaching ideas along with beautiful visual aids, helpful videos, and step-by-step instructions that make every lesson successful. Recommended for Grades K-6.

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Tuned In 26 November, 2018

recommended by Ken Tilger, Band Education Specialist

fjh-bb212cs-fTuned In: A Comprehensive Approach to Band Intonation by Brian Balmages & Robert Herrings
Good intonation is one of the most important foundations of music. This book includes a downloadable set of drones in every key for use in combination with the exercises provided. Playing with drones helps musicians better understand pitch tendencies and further develops the ear.

“Tuned In” contains comprehensive studies in every major and minor key featuring:
• Chromatic Intervals
• Interval Tuning
• Chorales that isolate the same pitch in every section
• Drone exercises in major and minor
• Descending triad exercises that explore major, minor and diminished chords

All major and minor scales with suggested drone pitches are included (or use the downloadable option), as well as over 30 chorales with block chord studies.

Several recommended tuning notes for every instrument provide a complete picture of intonation via whole instrument tuning, and whole section and whole band tuning chorales allow you to get a quick snapshot of your band’s intonation and instantly hear any sections that are out of tune!

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

Beyond the Chorale: New Warm Ups for Concert Band 16 November, 2018

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Beyond the Chorale by David R. Gillingham & Dennis W. Fisher
The age-old dilemma of finding appropriate warm-up pieces/studies for the symphonic band is now made much easier. No longer will bands need to play through a multitude of short, homorhythmic, single-textured four-part settings of chorales. “Beyond the Chorale” is a collection of 10 short, miniature concert pieces with a variety of styles, textures, timbral combinations, tonalities, rhythms, harmonies, and melodic material that transcend the traditional “warm-up” by offering many other pedagogical challenges that are guaranteed to raise the musicality of any band.

This is the missing “bridge” between the daily regimented warm-up and the music that makes up our curriculum.

These creative works and corresponding pedagogical content provide real-time application of principles that can be carried forward into rehearsal and performance, no matter the grade level.

“Beyond the Chorale” is a collection of pieces so musically compelling that they easily serve multiple simultaneous functions, including warm-up, technique building, intonation enhancement, sight-reading, and much more. Enjoy…and profit.

barn-rws-1826-00-fDeveloping Band Warm-Up by Robert W. Smith
The search is over for the ideal daily warm-up routine for your developing band. Master composer and music educator Robert W. Smith has constructed a complete warm-up for your growing musicians. Tone quality, intonation, articulation, flexibility, dexterity, and expression, are all addressed and exercised in this efficient warm-up that fits on a single page your student’s folder.

Steps to Success by Kim Benson & James Swearingen
Are you searching for a quick, yet highly efficient warm-up routine for your younger players? Then search no more. In less than five minutes, lip slurs, mini-scales, intervals, rhythm patterns and chorales can all be addressed. Using these exercises will instill a lifelong understanding of why warming up is important. In addition, students will instantly become more focused as you transition into your valuable rehearsal/teaching time. Kim Benson and James Swearingen, two well-respected music educators, have teamed up to make your instruction more effective, your musicians stronger and your program highly successful. A must-have for today’s approach to teaching instrumental music! Also available in a second volume, More Steps to Success.

leon-527409Tuning Chorales for Band Volume 1 by Richard L. Saucedo
Drawing on his many years of experience building nationally acclaimed band programs and also his work as a successful guest conductor and clinician, Richard Saucedo has created a much-needed set of key-based chorales. These chorales incorporate the concept of drones (included on every part), and in addition to helping your ensemble focus on tuning these are great for developing tone, balance and phrasing. Volume 1 includes three chorales: Bb major, D minor, Eb major.

About the Author:
A former band director, Ken taught grade 5-12 band and music appreciation in both public and parochial schools in central Ohio. His iPod ranges from jazz to classic and alternative rock, symphonies, and classic songs from Sesame Street and Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. His interests include comic books, traditional amusement parks, the Muppets, football and hockey (especially the Steelers and Penguins), and all things Pittsburgh.

Teaching with Respect 09 November, 2018

leon-517686recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Teaching with Respect by Stephen Sieck
This is a book for choral directors who find themselves in conversations they might not feel ready to have.

“Teaching with Respect” prompts us to ask deeper questions about the language we use, about systems of power, about our heritage and inheritance. When we examine our teaching, we may find that, while we do not intentionally act with racism, sexism, or bigotry, we may be complicit in adopting systems and language that marginalize and discriminate. But since we want to be the kind of directors that foster artistic communities built on respect, we must be willing to ask such questions. And the burden cannot be on our singers who are being marginalized to teach us a more respectful path; it is on us to learn how it is that we are marginalizing.

In this book we look closely at our teaching strategies. How does our repertoire and instruction intersect with our singers’ identities, specifically their learning abilities, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, and race? How do we engage with our audience? The book suggests an ethical approach to teaching choral music that is centered on respecting the singers in front of us. Readers will discover ways to maintain and elevate their artistic standards of excellence while also expanding their mindset.

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Pop Intervals and Ear Training for Choir 22 October, 2018

leon-524857recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Pop Intervals & Ear Training for Choir by Roger Emerson
See it! Hear it! Sing it! Using familiar popular song phrases, POP INTERVALS FOR CHOIR teaches and reinforces the 10 most common intervals a singer will need to effectively sight-read choral literature. In addition, singing by step and establishing a key center are taught with popular songs that every singer will know. The importance of audiation (inner hearing) is reinforced with each interval as well as easy-to-follow instructions for preparation and extension.

You will also receive digital access to a professionally-produced audio recording of the accompaniment for each exercise and PDFs of singer parts and theory practice pages for projection and reproducible options. Build your choir’s musicianship the easy way with this motivational resource!

Exercises are based on the following songs: “Lean on Me” (step), “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da” (skip), “Isn’t She Lovely” (minor 2nd), “Hallelujah” (minor 3rd up), “Count on Me” (major 3rd up), “Brave” (perfect 4th up), “Skyfall” (perfect 5th up), “My Way” (major 6th up), “Let It Snow” (octave), “Hey Jude” (minor 3rd down), “Happy Together” (perfect 4th down), “It Don’t Mean a Thing” (perfect 5th down). Suggested for grades 6 and up.

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Ukuleles on Board! 19 October, 2018

leon-524855recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Ukuleles on Board! by Marty Gross & Sally Haines
Get on board! Using ukuleles in an elementary general music class can open new experiences for your students. These fun, accessible instruments encourage singing while promoting confidence and musical independence. Ukuleles also provide an additional way for you to observe student progress and assess musical understanding. UKULELES ON BOARD is a collection of sequential lessons that illustrate how teachers can use ukuleles along with other common classroom resources to create engaging, robust musical activities for students. Examples are provided for using ukuleles together with Orff instruments, recorders, a variety of percussion and even jug band instruments.

Each unit includes digital access to step-by-step projectable lesson slides so you can project all the visual cues your students will need. In addition to being easy to learn and fun, the folk songs used throughout the book provide students with cultural and historical connections.

The activities and concepts found in UKULELES ON BOARD are based on the National Standards for Music Education. The material has been field-tested in grades 2-4, but is also appropriate for fifth grade students new to the ukulele. This is a valuable guide to using ukuleles to support and enhance the music curriculum in your school.

Songs include: Are You Sleeping? (Frere Jacques!), Michael Finnegan, Buffalo Gals, Joe Turner Blues, Shalom Chaverim, I Love the Mountains, Little ‘Liza Jane, Hambone, One Bottle of Pop, Pay Me My Money Down, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, Go Tell Aunt Rhody, Old Joe Clark. Suggested for grades 2-5.

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.

Creative Programming: Singing in Unison 19 September, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

As choir directors, it can be easy to focus on programming repertoire with more and more voice parts (4 part divisi! 8 part divisi!! And more!!!), and mentally associating “more parts” with “more difficult,” and a “more accomplished” ensemble.

But choral directors also know how very challenging singing in unison can be! Programming unison music on your concert – at the middle school, high school, or even collegiate level – can provide your audience with a unique insight into the choral art, and how your ensemble builds skills that lead up to your “final product.” Here are a few suggestions for unison music-making with your ensembles:

leon-08743259-fThe King’s Singers Book of Rounds, Canons and Partsongs
This delightful collection of 99 rounds, canons and partsongs makes a delightful introduction to part-singing to kids from 6 to 106! The selections are arranged by categories including English Pre-1700 (Secular), Pre-1700 (Sacred), Post 1700, From Around the World and Wordless Rounds. Start in unison, and build part-singing and listening skills from there!

cfn-bl1017-fFirst Songs for the Emerging Tenor-Bass Choir by Mark Patterson
Written and arranged to meet the challenges of finding quality repertoire for emerging unchanged male singers, Mark Patterson hits the mark with this set of three songs. “First Songs for the Emerging Tenor-Bass Choir” offers directors a wide variety teachable material and is a staple for any middle school choral library.

Laudamus Te (from Mass in C Minor) by W.A. Mozart/arr. Melissa Malvar-Keylock & Jill Friedersdorf
Unison treble choirs can experience the beauty and elegance of this movement from the Mozart Mass in C Minor and gain appreciation for music of the Classical era. The flute obbligato adds to the authenticity.

Consider vocal solo literature as well! Perhaps highlight each voice part’s individual color with a selection for each section: “The Lass with the Delicate Air” for sopranos, “Witness” for altos/mezzos, “Ride On King Jesus” for tenors, and “The Vagabond” for baritones/basses! This is great for developing your singers’ listening skills.

Brainstorm more ideas with Stanton’s by calling us at 1.800.42.MUSIC, or contacting us by email at choral@stantons.com. And remember – shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Jen Sper has been with Stanton’s since 2006. A former middle school and high school choral director, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Baldwin Wallace College Conservatory of Music. An active choral singer and accompanist throughout the Central Ohio area, she also enjoys good food, running (to counteract the good food…) and the Muppets.