News & Views Monday, July 22, 2024

Category: Solo & Ensemble

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.

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Realizing Diversity 15 March, 2024

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

Realizing Diversity: An Equity Framework for Music Education by Karen Howard
Questions abound about diversity in music education. How can we engage with diverse populations, repertoire, and identities while upholding integrity and achieving equity? What are cultural appropriation, othering, tokenizing, and essentializing? How can we avoid bias in our teaching and repertoire selection? How do we create a more socially just music education?

These are critical questions with accessible answers. But if we are to become better music educators, we must reflect on these questions, our own identities, and our relationships with the music and people of the world.

“Realizing Diversity” by Karen Howard is a groundbreaking and practical resource for crafting diverse and anti-bias music education in classrooms, ensembles, and studios at all levels—from preschool to university and community settings.

At the book’s core is an Anti-Bias Framework intended to help music educators gain confidence and comfort in designing music curricula that are just, equitable, and make participants feel safe and welcome. Structured around the four social justice domains of identity, diversity, justice, and action, this framework explores topics of anti-racism, gender and sexual identity, power and privilege, disabilities, economic realities, empathy, and critical consciousness.

Dr. Howard also includes discussion of educational movements in United States history, the challenging “world music” label and related authenticity, the hyper-prevalence of Western Eurocentric music, inclusive repertoire selection, as well as appendices with critical practices for educators and a sample curriculum.

An indispensable book for pre-service, beginning, and veteran music teachers of toddlers through adults, “Realizing Diversity” considers the many separate but deeply interrelated questions related to creating a more socially just music education.

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Hearts All Whole 26 February, 2024

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

Hearts All Whole: Reflections on (Life and) Twelve Choral Gems by Robert Bode
With his hallmark wit and humor, choral conductor and poet Robert Bode brings readers on a journey through twelve great choral works, offering anecdotes, valuable insights, and interpretive advice for each. Along the way, Bode chronicles his own learning journey and shares candidly about his mistakes, his triumphs, and his love for the repertoire that has played a significant role in his life and illustrious career. This wisdom-filled volume will forever change your understanding and interpretation of these twelve choral gems – a must-read for all choral conductors and musicians.

Titles include: “Ave Maria” by Josquin, “Ave Redemptoris Mater” by Palestrina, “O Mirtillo” by Monteverdi, “Ave verum corpus” by Mozart, “O schöne Nacht!” by Brahms, “Os Justi” by Bruckner, “Bogoroditse Devo” by Rachmaninoff, “My Spirit Sang All Day” by Finzi, “Hodie Christus natus est” by Poulenc, “At the Round Earth’s Imagin’d Corners” by Spencer, “Ubi Caritas” by Duruflé, and “Sure on This Shining Night” by Lauridsen.

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Sicut Cervus and More Classics from the Choral Canon 27 December, 2023

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

Sicut Cervus by G.P. da Palestrina/ed. Thomas Dunn. SATB a cappella
A pristine example of Italian Renaissance sacred literature for mixed choir. The Latin text is based on Psalm 42.

Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord arr. Undine S. Moore, SSAATTBB a cappella
One of the great a cappella spiritual arrangements of all time, “Daniel, Daniel, Servant of the Lord” is a very popular selection in a variety of situations, and deservedly so!

Shenandoah arr. James Erb, SSAATTBB a cappella
James Erb’s classic eight-part (SSAATTBB) arrangement of the American folk song “Shenandoah” has taken its rightful place in our contemporary choral literature. It’s a winner!

The May Night by Johannes Brahms/arr. Arthur Frackenpohl, SATB with piano
With short sections for men only and women only, this is a popular contest/festival selection.

Set Me as a Seal by René Clausen, SATB a cappella
Quiet and relatively short in duration, this a cappella work is pensive and wonderfully expressive. Often selected for performance in contests and festivals, it has earned its reputation as a 20th century choral classic.

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

100 Years of Disney with The King’s Singers 25 October, 2023

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

The King’s Singers celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Disney with “When you wish upon a star,” a joyful album of 25 hit songs drawn from the soundtrack of the past century. They are joined by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and a host of guest artists in a programme comprising virtuoso close-harmony arrangements freshly commissioned from an international line-up of composers, including John Rutter, Nico Muhly, Alexander L’Estrange, Toby Young, Jim Clements and Jamey Ray. The tracklist embraces songs from nine decades of Disney animation, spanning everything from “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (1937) to “Coco” (2017) to evoke memories of childhood for listeners of all ages.

Available for all to sing are these new arrangements:
On My Way (from Brother Bear) arr. Jim Clements, SATTBB a cappella
From the 2003 Disney movie “Brother Bear,” this song with words and music by Phil Collins speaks to the importance of friendship. When a friend is in need, there are no better words to hear than, “I’m on my way.”

When She Loved Me (from Toy Story 2) arr. Philip Lawson, SATTBB a cappella
“Every hour we spent together lives within my heart, when she loved me.” Performed by Sarah McLachlan, this tender ballad from Disney/Pixar’s “Toy Story 2” tugs on the heart strings of young and old with its nostalgic lyrics and memorable melody. Beautifully set for choirs with close a cappella harmonies that evoke the emotion from the film, it will once again be loved by choirs and audiences alike.

You’re Welcome (from Moana) arr. Toby Young, SATTBB a cappella
From the Disney movie “Moana,” and now a part of the new recording of Disney songs by the King’s Singers. This upbeat song in 12/8 is energetic, clever, and especially “virtuosic.” This song may come from a kids’ movie, but this arrangement is not for kids. Even the very best choirs will find this a cappella arrangement most worthy of their attention!

Remember Me (from Coco) arr. Jim Clements, SATTBB a cappella
From the hit animated movie “Coco,” this song is described by the writers as “the tie that binds multiple generations in the shared love of music.” Featured on the new King’s Singers recording of Disney songs, this beautiful lullaby, sung in both Spanish and English, is breathtaking.

Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

STANTON’S SHEET MUSIC: 61 Years of Great Service! 01 August, 2021

Happy Birthday to us! Stanton’s is celebrating 61 years of great service for musicians, directors, and educators. Watch our history!

#makethemostmusic #dedicationtoeducation #programwiththepros #sheetmusicspecialists #bewherethemusicis #stantonssheetmusic #sheetmusic #musiceducation #musicteacher #musiced #musiceducator #musiceducationmatters #conducting #musicdirector #music

Let Music Live! Collections for Choir 30 April, 2021

recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

Let Music Live! by Greg Gilpin
Whether you have a developing choir elementary choir or even a beginning high school choral music educator, you need quality and exciting choral literature for both male and female singers and the ever-changing vocal challenges of this age group. Two-part chorals are excellent tools to build bridges to the art of choral singing for young and inexperienced singers. They can also be valuable assessment tools for more experienced singers or at the beginning of the school year for new choirs. “Let Music Live! Energetic and Inspiring Chorals for 2-Part Singers” is designed to add energy excitement and inspiration to rehearsal and performance. Ten gospel, Christmas/holiday, Latin settings, novelty, original and inspirational texts, and folk and traditional songs fill this REPRODUCIBLE collection that can be used all year long. Rehearsal suggestions with warm-ups are included for each piece along with choreography and additional instrumentation for selected chorals. The online access to Full Performance and Accompaniment Only audio recordings and Singer MP3 parts makes this collection a real budget stretcher! Titles include: “All Night, All Day,” “The Bells of Christmas Medley,” “Festive Hodie!,” “Let Music Live!,” “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” “Shine Your Light!,” “Sing We a New Song,” “Sing-A-Ling-A-Ling,” “This Ol’ Man,” and “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod.”

Music in the Air by Emily Crocker
Here is a collection of songs curated to appeal to young men. The ranges are perfect, the texts appropriate and the results are extremely positive. This is a real value! Titles include: “The Colorado Trail,” “I Want to Be Ready,” “Over My Head,” “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile,” and “Turn the Glasses Over.”

Take 6: The Official Scores
It is impossible to put the Take 6 style into a musical style box. Jazz, gospel, R&B, pop, soul. They sing it all and at the highest level. A very famous composer was once heard to say that hearing this group changed his understanding of what is possible with the voice. Here are ten of their most famous and groundbreaking songs in their original forms. Titles include: “Gold Mine,” “Spread Love,” “If We Ever Needed the Lord Before (We Sure Do Need Him Now),” “A Quiet Place,” “Mary,” “David and Goliath,” “Get Away, Jordan,” “He Never Sleeps,” “Milky-White Way,” and “Let the Words.”

The 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. There’s also a surprise or two! Titles include: “Alleluia” (Boyce), “Christmas Is Coming,” “Coffee Canon,” “Come Follow,” “Come Let Us All A-Maying Go,” “Dona Nobis Pacem,” “Hava Na Shira,” “If Turn’d Topsy Turvy,” “Jubilate Deo,” “Mi Gallo,” “My Dame Hath a Lame Tame Crane,” “Non Nobis Domine,” “Oaken Leaves,” “Shalom Chaverim,” “The Silver Swan,” “Summer Is A-Coming In,” “Tallis’ Canon,” “Viva la Musica,” “When Jesus Wept,” and 80 more.

No matter what your in-person or remote teaching requires, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Authors:
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.

Lora Moore joined the Stanton’s choral staff in July 2018. A former middle school and high school director of 32 years, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Choral Music from Capital University and a Master’s of Arts in Choral Music from The Ohio State University. Currently she is a church choir director, operates a private voice/piano studio and is active as a clinician and accompanist. During the off hours, Lora enjoys scouting out new day trips in Ohio to balance what her budget allows for her frequent trips to New York City to visit family and take in a Broadway show or two!

Classical Repertoire for Flexible Instrumentation 25 March, 2021

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Allegretto (from Symphony #7) by Ludwig van Beethoven/arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2-3
From Beethoven’s seventh symphony, this movement is one of the master’s most recognizable and performed themes. Featured in the Oscar-winning film “The King’s Speech,” here is a skilled and effective version with flexible instrumentation, perfect for small or inexperienced groups.

Habanera (from Carmen) by Georges Bizet/arr. Scott Stanton, Grade 2.5
This classic spicy Spanish theme is an excellent rhythmic contrast piece that is familiar to all. Teaching concepts include chromatic scales, melody vs. accompaniment playing, and extreme dynamics. All players get to play melody. Cues are written throughout for easy adaptation for all size bands. Optional parts for guitar, piano, bass and percussion will round out the sound of your band. Give your students exposure to this great Romantic melody.

Hallelujah Chorus by G.F. Handel/arr. Scott Stanton, Grade 3.5
Probably one of the best known pieces of music in the history of the world, this Scott Stanton version for the Barnhouse Build-A-Band Series allows groups with severe instrumentation issues or very small groups to perform it and sound terrific. Pitched in Bb, it closely follows the original and is playable with any instrumentation as long as you have the four main parts covered by the instruments or your choice. Includes optional piano, guitar, and percussion parts. Perfect for any Christmas or holiday concert!

Hornpipe (from Water Music) by G.F. Handel/arr. Scott Stanton, Grade 3
One of the most memorable themes in all of classical music history is captured in Scott Stanton’s new arrangement for the Build-A-Band Series. Will sound great with very small group and unusual instrumentations and includes optional guitar, piano and percussion parts which can further enhance the sound.

Hungarian Dance #5 by Johannes Brahms/arr. Scott Stanton, Grade 3
The unique sounds of this popular classic are transformed into a very useful selection for groups with small or unusual instrumentations. From the inventive Build-A-Band Series, it is playable with any instrumentation as long as the four main parts are covered. Optional parts are included for Piano/Keyboard, Strings, Guitar, Mallet Keyboards and Percussion that can add to the charm of the performance when used. The many tempo and style changes from the original make this a wonderful teaching tool.

The Magic of Mozart arr. Ed Huckeby, Grade 3.5
A unique collection of great Mozart themes made playable for bands with limited or less than ideal instrumentation. From the opening theme of the “Magic Flute” to the rousing conclusion of the famous “Symphony #40 in G Minor,” this lively, yet very playable, arrangement will keep your audience engaged and give your performers a real sense of accomplishment.

Nimrod (from Enigma Variations) by Edward Elgar/arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 2.5
This adagio movement from the “Enigma Variations” provides an excellent opportunity for developing bands to work on tone, blend, intonation, and dynamics. Jay Bocook’s arrangement is designed for smaller bands and features flexible scoring options to fit most any ensemble.

Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven/arr. Scott Stanton, Grade 3
Your band will sound BIG on this setting of “Ode To Joy” scored especially for bands with limited or unbalanced instrumentation. As conductor, you get to create a unique band sound using the strengths of your instrumentation and following the suggested flexible interplay between sections. All players will appreciate that they get to share the melodic spotlight. Optional parts for guitar, piano, bass and percussion can be utilized to fill in the band using the Build-A-Band format. This flexible system of scoring really works! A good choice for a massed band of elementary, middle and high school musicians. First class!

Pictures at an Exhibition by Modeste Moussorgsky/arr. Michael Sweeney, Grade 2-3
Even using the reduced instrumentation inherent in the Flex-Band format, Michael brings the power and excitement of the original in this authentic-sounding arrangement for inexperienced players. Includes: “Promenade,” “The Hut of Baba Yaga,” and “The Great Gate of Kiev.”

Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar/arr. Scott Stanton, Grade 3
Now even very small bands or bands with severe instrumentation issues can give an inspiring performance of this classic piece for any graduation ceremony. Includes several options for repeats so that you can make it just the right length for any situation. Guaranteed to sound great as long as you have the four basic parts covered and also includes optional percussion and keyboard parts that can enhance it even further.

Renaissance Suite by Tielman Susato/arr. James Curnow, Grade 2-3
James Curnow’s “Renaissance Suite” for full band continues to be a popular choice for contest and festival. Here is a version carefully adapted for flexible instrumentation that features these distinctive 16th-century dances by Susato. I. Las Mourisque (Basse Danse), II. Mille regretz (Pavane), and III. La bataille (Pavane).

Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin/arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 3
Gershwin’s landmark work brought elements of jazz to the symphonic stage. Featuring the main themes from this masterpiece here is a well-paced and effective setting for flexible instrumentation.

Rondeau by Jean-Joseph Mouret/arr. Scott Stanton, Grade 3
Jean-Joseph Mouret’s famous baroque classic has now been made playable by very small bands by Scott Stanton’s new Build-A-Band arrangement. This classic music will come alive as long has you have the four essential parts covered. Optional percussion, guitar and keyboard parts can add to the overall effect. Best known as the theme for “Masterpiece Theatre,” it is sure to be a favorite of students and audiences alike!

Themes from 1812 Overture by P.I. Tchaikovsky/arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2-3
This well-scored arrangement opens with the slow chorale-like theme from the beginning of the original overture. From there it builds to the familiar dynamic strains and powerful conclusion.

William Tell Overture (Finale) by Gioacchino Rossini/arr. Scott Stanton, Grade 3.5
One of the most popular classical themes of all times has been skillfully arranged for the “Build-A-Band” Series by Scott Stanton.

No matter what your in-person or remote teaching requires, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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, 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, the Muppets, and hockey (especially the Penguins).

NEW in the Flexcel Concert Series 09 March, 2021

Flex your ensembles adaptability and dedication to music – 10 new titles for Band, Orchestra,or Both! #makethemostmusic #dedicationtoeducation #programwiththepros #sheetmusicspecialists #bewherethemusicis #stantonssheetmusic #sheetmusic #musiceducation #musicteacher #musiced #musiceducator #musiceducationmatters #covidlearning #covidteaching #conducting #musicdirector #music

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

NEW for 2021
Bardic Air and Reel by Larry Clark, Grade 2.5
Sound larger than life with this brilliantly scored overture for developing band. Beautifully expressive playing with ample opportunity to teach grace-notes and traditional “snaps,” Larry has crafted an accessible work for young band that is reminiscent of great band works of the past. Your students will ask to play this one over and over!

Exhale by Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 3.5
“Exhale” is a wonderful new soundscape for concert band using dynamics and tiered orchestration to create breathing-like sound effects. Composer Sean O’Loughlin has crafted a festival-worthy overture with a fresh new sound!

Gothic by Tyler Arcari, Grade 1.5
Inspired by the Gothic artists of the 12th century, this exciting new work for concert band explores lots of musical ideas. From independent playing to contrapuntal melodic lines, “Gothic” delivers a well-rounded concert experience. Explore the possibility of departmental collaboration as you explore artists and works from the Gothic period.

Rhythmania by Carol Brittin Chambers, Grade 1.5
“Rhythmania!” is an exciting new work for a developing band! Introduce your students to new sound effects produced with hands, sticks, and pencils on stands in this rock-inspired opener! We know your students are going to ask to play this one more than once!

Zombie Attack by Jason Taurins, Grade 1.5
This creepy new work for developing bands is a perfect fit for your next Halloween concert. With plenty of opportunity for sonorous tutti playing and low brass independence, Jason’s unique harmonic style is great for teaching common accidentals. We know your students will ask to play “Zombie Attack!” again and again.

2020 Releases
All-Purpose Performance Collection
arr. Larry Clark, Grade 3
The “All-Purpose Performance Collection” contains songs for all occasions with almost limitless possibilities – “Fanfare Resilience,” “Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” “Taps,” “Amazing Grace,” “Holiday Happiness” (4 carols), “Happy Birthday to You,” “Alma Mater,” “Pomp and Circumstance” and “Triumphal March.”

Flexcel Chorale Collection by Ed Kiefer, Grade 2.5
These eight expressive chorales written by veteran music educator and composer Ed Kiefer can be used for warm-up or to work on musicianship, and will make any ensemble from as few as five players to a full ensemble sound wonderful.

House of the Rising Bells arr. Tyler Arcari, Grade 2
Open your next holiday concert with this clever pairing of two folk tunes: “House of the Rising Sun” and the “Ukrainian Bell Carol.” Arranged for developing band by Tyler Arcari, “House of the Rising Bells” is sure to add something unique to your winter program.

Low Voice on the Housetop arr. John M. Pasternak, Grade 2
“Low Voice on the Housetop” is a fun piece that features an argument between the low voices and the rest of your ensemble. Naturally, the low voices prevail in this clever Christmastime arrangement. Originally scored for full concert band, this work from John M. Pasternak has been set for flexible ensemble in Excelcia’s Flexcel series!

Waltz of the Carols arr. Sean O’Loughlin, Grade 2
Introduce your students to 3/4 time with this clever mash-up of Christmas carols in Waltz style. Each section has a turn to shine with the melody, perfect for parents to get a good shot of their little ones at their Christmas concert.

No matter what your in-person or remote teaching requires, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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, 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, the Muppets, and hockey (especially the Penguins).

OMEA Virtual Exception Recommendations 04 February, 2021

recommended by Megan W., Orchestra Specialist

Find you have fewer musicians or your instrumentation has issues? Don’t count yourself out of solo and ensemble events yet! For the Ohio Music Education Association’s Virtual Solo & Ensemble Adjudicated Event, high school ensembles can enter in the new “Flex Class” designation. Flex Class is designed for those members who have “unique” COVID-forced instrumentations. In Flex Class there is no required list and a rating will be assigned. Directors are encouraged to choose quality music through flex arrangements or other quality literature.

Find your flexible fixes from this list of highly recommended titles written for band and orchestra.

GRADE 0.5-1.5
Great Beginnings
by Michael Kamuf, Grade 0.5 Flex Band/Strings
This energetic composition is the perfect opener or closer employing soaring melodies, rich harmonies, and driving rhythms. All instruments get an opportunity to play melodic material, and this piece is a great vehicle to introduce slurs and accents to your beginners.

Tambora by William Owens, Grade 0.5 Flex Band
Using just six notes, this intense work evokes the power and ferocity of an active Indonesian volcano! After an epic opening, bold melodic lines intertwine with moments of clapping and stomping while an array of percussion colors paint a vivid picture of the 1815 Mount Tambora eruption and the tragic aftermath. Simply stunning!

Escape from Thunder Mountain by Scott Watson, Grade 1.5 Flex Band/Strings
The tropical island volcano, Thunder Mountain, has lain dormant for years. As a party of adventurous researchers work atop the legendary mountain, it begins to shake with pre-eruption tremors! Check out this original composition by Scott Watson!

GRADE 2-2.5
Blue Ridge Reel
by Brian Balmages, Grade 2.5 Flex Band
Adaptable 4-part orchestration with piano and percussion. An exciting venture into the world of bluegrass based on one of the composer’s most popular works for band.

Capstone by Tyler Arcari, Grade 2 Flex Band/Strings
Young bands will enjoy playing this traditional march. Lots of dynamic changes and built-in color will have your audiences clapping in no time. A melodic horn part and moving low brass lines will keep everyone in the band interested and sounding their best! Playable as little as 5 wind/string players and percussion, this accessible concert march is perfect for small ensemble rehearsal, performance, or as a planning piece for when your ensemble comes back together in force.

Danza de mi Corazon (Dance of My Heart) by Steven L. Rosenhaus, Grade 2.5 Flex Strings
Composer Steven Rosenhaus always strives to have his music connect emotionally with players and audiences alike. This energetic work does that and makes you want to dance too! It’s truly a “dance of the heart.”

Habanera (from Carmen) arr. Scott Stanton, Grade 2.5 Flex Band
This classic spicy Spanish theme is an excellent rhythmic contrast piece that is familiar to all. Teaching concepts include chromatic scales, melody vs. accompaniment playing, and extreme dynamics. All players get to play melody. Cues are written throughout for easy adaptation for all size bands. Optional parts for guitar, piano, bass and percussion will round out the sound of your band. Give your students exposure to this great Romantic melody.

Into the Clouds! by Richard L. Saucedo, Grade 2-3 Flex Band
Featuring a driving pulse throughout, powerful percussion writing, and dramatic impact points, here is Richard’s popular contest work for young players carefully adapted for flexible instrumentation. “Into the Clouds!” is an impressive way to open any concert!

Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2 Flex Band
James Weldon Johnson’s 1900 poem was set to music by his brother in 1905, and has since become known as the “Black national anthem.” With a theme of thanksgiving and affirmation, this is a stirring anthem for our times.

Sundance by Carl Strommen, Grade 2.5 Flex Band
Hear the sounds of the mountains in this dynamic concert work for young bands. Carl Strommen’s piece has great potential for festival performance, and now in a flexible instrumentation version it will be readily playable by more bands.

GRADE 3+
Hungarian Dance #5 by Johannes Brahms/arr. Scott Stanton, Grade 3 Flex Band with optional strings
The unique sounds of this popular classic are transformed into a very useful selection for groups with small or unusual instrumentations. From the inventive Build-A-Band Series, it is playable with any instrumentation as long as the four main parts are covered. Optional parts are included for Piano/Keyboard, Strings, Guitar, Mallet Keyboards and Percussion that can add to the charm of the performance when used. The many tempo and style changes from the original make this a wonderful teaching tool.

March from The First Suite by Gustav Holst/arr. Scott Stanton, Grade 3.5 Flex Band
The final movement from the Holst First Suite has been arranged in the Build-A-Band format by Scott Stanton, making this timeless band classic accessible to small or limited instrumentation ensembles. A top-notch selection for contest, festival or concert performance.

Renaissance Suite by Tielman Susato/arr. James Curnow, Grade 2-3 Flex Band
James Curnow’s Renaissance Suite for full band continues to be a popular choice for contest and festival. Here is a version carefully adapted for flexible instrumentation that features these distinctive 16th-century dances by Susato – I. Las Mourisque (Basse Danse), II. Mille regretz (Pavane), and III. La bataille (Pavane).

Three Ayres from Gloucester by Hugh M. Stuart/arr. Robert Longfield, Grade 2-3 Flex Band
This playable yet musically rewarding three-movement suite was composed by Hugh M. Stuart in 1969 and continues to be a popular work for contest and festivals. Skillfully adapted here for flexible instrumentation, the music captures the early English folksong style with moods and dances of the common folk.

For more options, visit the Flex Category on our website. Remember, no pop pieces for OMEA S&E! And as always, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Megan W., originally from Pittsburgh PA, is happy to call Columbus and Stanton’s Sheet Music “Home.” As a musician, Megan has played in marching and concert bands, youth orchestras, full orchestras, small ensembles, and a few choirs. Her interests include fiddling, reading, writing, martial arts and yoga.

Music Theory Resources for Band, Choir, Orchestra, and Classroom 17 November, 2020

Do you need music theory resources? Are you planning for general music classes at the secondary level? Is your district continuing remote or hybrid learning into the second semester? Let Stanton’s help!

The Music Theory categories on our website are newly updated and revised to make shopping for resources for your classroom easier than ever!

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

Combat COVID-19 10 November, 2020

There’s no doubt that the coronavirus has affected musicians worldwide – especially their ability to rehearse or perform in any type of group setting. These products are being distributed by Stanton’s Sheet Music and are designed to help with this dilemma so musicians everywhere can start making music again – safely!

The Singer’s Mask from The Broadway Relief Project
Designed for comfort and with a professional presentation, we now have a solution for singers and performers nationwide. The Singer’s Mask was designed and manufactured by Broadway professionals. Based on feedback from their peers, this mask helps contain droplets while allowing space around the mouth to sing comfortably. The face mask area has three layers that includes a nonwoven Polyesther, sandwiched by layers of cotton muslin. There are two small windows on both sides that don’t have the Polyester middle, allowing for greater air flow. The top edge of the mask has a flexible wire inside (ear to ear) to custom fit your exact face shape and keep the material reliably away from the mouth. It’s washable in cold water. In general, adult size is intended for high school and older. Youth is for 14 year-olds and younger. See size chart to determine. Available in both black and beige. Proceeds will benefit the Broadway Relief Project (www.broadwayreliefproject.com). Made in the USA.

Wind Instrument Face Mask from Gator Cases
Made to meet the recommendations set forth by the NFHS’ Performing Arts Aerosol Study! This reusable and hand washable double-layer face mask for playing wind instruments helps reduce the spread of aerosols during instrument play, allowing the instrumentalist to play without having to remove their face covering. It features a cotton flap on the mouth opening with magnetic connections to keep it open or closed and adjustable elastic straps for increased comfort. Made of cotton and polyester fabric. Available small, medium, and large; see size chart to determine.

Wind Instrument Bell Covers from Gator Cases
Made to meet the Performing Arts Aerosol Study Recommendations! This wind instrument double-layer bell cover greatly reduces the spread of aerosols with a breathable design with little to no back-pressure or acoustic loss during performance. Made of non-woven polypropylene fabric, this cover is equipped with a removable MERV-13 filter and an elastic closure and cord lock to keep the cover secured to the bell opening. Re-usable and hand washable. Available in multiple sizes for various woodwind and brass instruments; see size chart to determine.

Please note that these products are non-returnable, and ship separately from print music orders. Additional shipping charges may apply. Contact us at 1-800-42-MUSIC for more information.

Digital Learning Voice Class 27 October, 2020

Digital Learning Voice Class from Hal Leonard
“Digital Learning Voice Class” is a brand-new series from Hal Leonard created to support educators with remote teaching and learning. This digital product includes sheet music and backing tracks for teachers to share with up to 20 students. With the help of the accompaniment with vocal aid track the student can learn the music and, once learned, the student can sing for the teacher using the accompaniment-only track.

The included backing tracks are available for each of the 20 students to download from any device through Hal Leonard MyLibrary using the code included on the last page of your purchase.

Titles in the Digital Learning Voice Class series include:
Aura Lee (arr. Emily Crocker): High Voice and Low Voice
Because You Were There (by Mac Huff & John Jacobson): Medium High Voice and Medium Low Voice
Dark Brown Is the River (by Audrey Snyder): Medium High Voice and Medium Low Voice
Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel? (arr. Roger Emerson): Medium High Voice and Medium Low Voice
Hush, Little Baby (arr. Cristi Cary Miller): Medium High Voice and Medium Low Voice
In Time of Silver Rain (by Audrey Snyder): Medium High Voice and Medium Low Voice
My Soul Is Awakened (by Cristi Cary Miller): Medium High Voice and Medium Low Voice
Shoshone Love Song (by Roger Emerson): Medium High Voice and Medium Low Voice
Sing with Me (by Mac Huff & John Jacobson): Medium High Voice and Medium Low Voice
The Stars Are with the Voyager (by Emily Crocker): High Voice and Low Voice

Perfect for voice teachers working remotely, choirs unable to sing together, and virtual music classes focused on singing! No matter what your in-person or remote teaching requires, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

The “…for Two” Duet Series 22 October, 2020

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

The “…for Two” Duet Series from Hal Leonard features easy duet arrangements of various styles of music for two wind instrumentalists. Books can be played on two like instruments or mixed with any other wind instrument book in the series. Each book is available for flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, and trombone.

Beatles
Broadway
Classic Rock
Classical Themes
Disney
Hit Songs
Movie Songs
Pop Classics

No matter what your in-person or remote teaching requires, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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, 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, the Muppets, and hockey (especially the Penguins).

Accent on Flex-ABILITY 06 October, 2020

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Accent on Flex-ABILITY from Alfred Music
Movie Favorites: Solos, Duets & Trios for Winds arr. Bill Galliford
Adaptable and flexible to your unique needs, “Solos, Duets & Trios for Winds” is a versatile series that encourages playing in a variety of combinations. Featuring three written parts for every song, the arrangements are designed so that the top line is the melody (Part 1), the second line (Part 2) creates a duet, and the third line (Part 3) forms a trio. You can play solo parts alone or form small wind ensembles by mixing and matching instrumentation, as well as mixing the parts played. Students will gain the opportunity to learn how to play in a small chamber group setting. The accompanying online media includes fully orchestrated backing tracks, PDF files with piano accompaniments, and TNT 2 software, which features the ability to change the speed of the recordings without changing the pitch. “Solos, Duets & Trios for Winds: Movie Favorites” features 19 of the most familiar and popular movie themes ever.

Accent on Ensembles by John O’Reilly & Mark Williams
“Accent on Ensembles” is an exciting book of duets, trios and quartets for flexible instrumentation that correlates with “Accent on Achievement.” Use these ensembles to develop confidence in young players and as a valuable resource for music during contest season. Since the instrumentation is flexible, any combination of instruments can play together. Available for both Book 1 and Book 2.

Yamaha Band Ensembles by John O’Reilly & John Kinyon
“Yamaha Band Ensembles” provide interesting repertoire selections in an amazingly flexibly format that will meet the needs of your band year after year, regardless of how your group’s instrumentation varies. Each piece can be performed as a solo or ensemble by any combination of same or mixed instruments. Each ensemble also correlates with a specific page in the “Yamaha Band Student.” Available for Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3.

Flex-Ability Series by Victor Lopez
The “Flex-Ability” series is ideal for solos, duets, trios, quartets, or any size ensembles, including woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion. Players of various abilities can play together – levels 1-3, with each line of the score decreasing in difficulty. Available for Flex-Ability Classics, Flex-Ability Pops, and Flex-Ability More Pops.

No matter what your in-person or remote teaching requires, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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, 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, the Muppets, and hockey (especially the Penguins).

FlexDuets, FlexTrios & More 03 September, 2020

recommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

FlexDuets
First Year FlexDuets arr. Scott Wagstaff
Scott Wagstaff designed and edited this new series of flexible instrumentation duet books to make sure that grade 1-2 players have a positive first experience playing in a small ensemble. Featuring 12 selections that can be played by virtually any combination of two like or mixed wind instruments using the appropriate key-compatible book(s), these duets were written to accommodate the needs of Scott’s own students and have already been played many times at contests with excellent results.

Second Year FlexDuets arr. Carl Strommen
These flexible instrumentation duet books are designed as a followup to the popular First Year FlexDuet collection. Featuring 10 grade 2-3 selections that can be played by virtually any combination of two like or mixed wind instruments using the appropriate key-compatible book(s).

Classical FlexDuets arr. Frank J. Halferty
This collection is a terrific resource for student groups, church musicians, family musicians and more. These grade 2-3 arrangements are fully interchangeable. The piano accompaniment book is optional and the tuba book includes two versions of the duets; one that is to be played by 2 tubas, and one that can be played with another instrument.

Festival FlexDuets arr. Frank J. Halferty
These 8 duets are destined to become a staple of school music libraries as they can be mixed or matched using any combination of the 10 different books for wind and string instruments. They can also be combined and played by a larger ensemble that has challenging instrumentation.

FlexTrios
FlexTrios for All Winds arr. Lennie Niehaus
To answer the call for chamber music with flexible instrumentation, veteran writer Lennie Niehaus has designed this new series of books. Featuring 10 selections that can be played by virtually any combination of three (or multiples of three – 6, 9, 12) like-or-mixed wind instruments using the appropriate key-compatible book.

FlexTrios for Woodwinds arr. Lennie Niehaus
These trios are playable by any combination of three woodwind instruments. Parts are provided for instruments in C (flute or oboe), Bb (clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano or tenor sax), Eb (alto or baritone sax, Eb clarinet, alto clarinet), and Bass Clef (bassoon). Perfect for any performance setting, these trios can be expanded for any multiple of three woodwind players (6, 9, 12).

FlexTrios for Brass arr. Lennie Niehaus
These trios are playable by almost any combination of three brass instruments. Parts are provided for instruments in Bb (trumpet or baritone T.C.), F (Horn in F), and Bass Clef (trombone, baritone B.C. or tuba); tuba can only play part 3. Perfect for any performance setting, these trios can also be expanded for any multiple of three brass players (6, 9, 12).

Classical FlexTrios
Classical FlexTrios arr. Andrew Balent
These 18 trios cover a wide range of styles from the Baroque era to the 20th Century. Published in score form for any combination of instruments using the appropriate key-compatible books.

Classical FlexTrios for Woodwinds arr. Andrew Balent
This flexible grade 3 collection contains five well-known classical and traditional pieces that can be played by any combination of 3 woodwind instruments.

Classical FlexTrios for Brass arr. Andrew Balent
This flexible grade 3 collection contains five well-known classical and traditional pieces that can be played by any combination of 3 brass instruments (Tuba may only play the 3rd line).

FlexQuartets
Classical FlexQuartets arr. Andrew Balent
This collection is a terrific resource for student groups, church musicians, family musicians and more. These grade 3 arrangements are fully interchangeable, and contain well-known classical melodies. Published in score form for any combination of instruments using the appropriate key-compatible books.

No matter what your in-person or remote teaching requires, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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, 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, the Muppets, and hockey (especially the Penguins).

Publisher Permission Contact Information 11 August, 2020

Use this list to contact publishers to obtain written permission to make copies, distribute sheet music digitally, or perform via live-stream or private performance platform.

No royalties needed (with permission):
If your performances take place in a cost-free, exclusive education environment you do not need to pay royalties. You can host your performance via the schools’ private live-streaming/video chat service they use to conduct classes, which can only be attended by requesting to have the link emailed to them, or via Google Classroom just for parents, family, and friends that is updated with new performances as the year goes on. A private Facebook group with sharing disabled can also be created for exclusive education performance presentation.

Royalties needed (with permission):
You will need to pay royalties for live-streaming or link posting on social media news feeds, YouTube, Instagram, etc, and selling of DVDs or ticketed performances.

hal leonard logoHal Leonard
https://www.halleonard.com/licensing/index.action
This link will describe the legality for printing extra parts, recording, and live-streaming performances of all Hal Leonard published titles. It’s written for choir, but you can apply the same logic to any type of music. Just click on the link that best describes your situation and fill out the form.

Distributed Brands:
• Curnow Music Press
• De Haske Publications
• Emersongs
• Hal Leonard – Milwin Music Corp.
• Jenson Publications
• King’s Singers / KS Music
• MJQ Music
• Musicworks
• Rubank, Inc.

https://halleonard.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
Contact Hal Leonard here if have new questions.

alfred logoAlfred
https://www.alfred.com/licensing/
How to submit a request: Register as a user to obtain permission from Alfred. Once you fill out their form, a rep will contact you to finish the process.

https://www.alfred.com/types-license-requests/
This link is for the types of requests Alfred will give for their publications. Mechanical is the type of licensing for broadcasting and posting of recordings.

Licensing needs and questions:
permissions@alfred.com, and include your request ID # in the subject of your email to expedite the handling of your request.

Distributed Brands:
• Advance Music
• ASTA
• Dover
• Eighth Note Publications
• Faber Music
• Jamey Aebersold
• Jazz at Lincoln Center
• Make Music
• Wilfin Music

https://www.alfred.com/contact-us/
Contact page for more questions.

kendormusicKendor
https://www.kendormusic.com/cc6/copyright-licensing.html
Use this link to read Kendors’ policy and request process. licensing@kendormusic.com is the email address to send any questions or concerns to.

Distributed Brands:
• Kendor Music
• Doug Beach Music
• Almitra Music
• Cojarco Music
Before you seek permission to use a publication, check the first line in the copyright notice for the name of the real copyright owner. Kendor forwards requests to owners of the copyright when it is not them

Phone: 716-492-1254
FAX: 716-492-5124
Email: info@kendormusic.com

fjh logoFJH
https://www.fjhmusic.com/permission.htm
Each request is reviewed on an individual basis with a singular performance per permission. Choose which permission you need, fill out the form, and send your request to them via:

Distributed Brands:
https://www.fjhmusic.com/catalog.htm

Phone: (954) 382-6061
Fax: (954) 382-3073
Email: custserv@fjhmusic.com

Kjos-Composer-PlaceholderKjos
https://kjos.com/licensing
Kjos has updated their licensing page with their COVID-19 specific rules.

https://kjos.com/contact
Fill out this form when you know all of your information per each item for the type of permission you need. You can also mail (not email) or fax your request.

Neil A. Kjos Music Company
Attn: Permissions
P.O. Box 178270
San Diego, CA 92177-8270
Fax: (858) 270-3507

https://kjos.com/news/cat/string/ Blog for string distance learning techniques.

excelcia logoExcelcia
Write an email to Diana with your catalog number and title of your piece to ask for permission to perform in an exclusive educational environment. The only brands they distribute are their own.

Contact


PHONE: (863) 213-3100
EMAIL: info@excelciamusic.com
FAX: (863) 816-3339

grand mesa logoGrand Mesa
Send an email or call with your important information to ask for permission to perform in an exclusive educational environment. The only brands they distribute are their own.

Phone: 970-628-1621
Fax: 970-263-0860
Email: info@grandmesamusic.com

barnhouse logoBarnhouse
https://www.barnhouse.com/
Scroll down on their homepage to find their COVID-19 Copyright updates.

Recording, Arranging, Licensing


How to obtain the mechanical license for all performances.

Distributed Brands:
• C. L. Barnhouse Co.
• Birch Island Music Press
• Chesford Music Publications
• K. L. King Music House
• BOVACO Music Publications
• Arco String Publications

wingert jones logoWingert-Jones
http://www.wjpublications.com/wj/mechanical-license.jsp
Fill out this form to get permission to perform with royalties, any WJ product. Contact gclass@wjpublications.com to inquire about obtaining written permission for private performances.

carl fischer logoCarl Fischer
https://www.carlfischer.com/licensing
Everything you need to mail in your request for performance permission.

Email: licensing@carlfischer.com

If All Else Fails
If these publishers cannot help you, you will need to contact the song’s copyright owners. Information found at the bottom of the music. Contact me if you need help finding the publisher trail. As I’m sure you’re aware, if the owner says no, then you will have to purchase rights or choose a different piece.

Use these performance rights societies to purchase:
• ASCAP (www.ascap.com)
• BMI (www.bmi.com)
• SESAC (www.sesac.com)
• Global Music Rights (www.globalmusicrights.com)

Excellence in Educational Ensembles 04 August, 2020

excellence in chamber musicrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

Tradition of Excellence: Excellence in Chamber Music by Bruce Pearson & Ryan Nowlin
“Tradition of Excellence: Excellence in Chamber Music” Books 1 & 2 are collections of flexibly scored ensembles— perfect for festivals, fall or spring concerts, summer camps, or ensemble practice. All fifteen songs in each volume are arranged for any combination of band instruments, from solo to small ensemble to full concert band, and each volume is correlated to its respective Tradition of Excellence Band Method book.

Perfect Addition to Any Starting Band Program!
• 15 favorite melodies scored for maximum performance flexibility.
• Mix-and-match any combination of band instruments.
• Playable as solos, duets, trios, larger ensembles, or even full concert band.
• Add the Piano/Guitar Accompaniment to enhance performance.

Excellence in Chamber Music, Book 3 is a collection of Grade 3 – 3 ½ arrangements of favorite melodies and classic literature, flexibly-scored for use with ensembles of any size or composition. Perfect for festivals, concerts, summer camps, or ensemble practice, this volume includes 15 favorite songs with 3 parts to choose from: A (melody); B (harmony); and C (bass). By mixing and matching instruments and parts each arrangement can be performed in an unlimited number of ways from solo to small ensemble to full concert band. The combinations for chamber music practice and performance are endless!

standard of excellence festival ensemblesStandard of Excellence: Festival Ensembles by Bruce Pearson, Chuck Elledge & Dean Sorenson
Playing in a variety of ensembles is an important component in the complete education of young instrumentalists. Festival Ensembles, Book 1 presents a collection of 15 flexibly scored Grade 1-1.5 ensemble pieces, and Festival Ensembles, Book 2 presents a collection of 15 flexibly scored Grade 2-2.5 ensemble pieces, perfect for festivals, concerts, summer camps, and variety chamber practice throughout the year.

Highlights include limited ranges, easy rhythms, and a wide variety of musical styles and genres, while Kjos “Multiple Option Scoring” allows for ensembles using any number or combination of instruments, ranging from solos through full band performance. Students will love mixing and matching different combinations of instruments on melody and harmony lines. Great for groups with non-standard instrumentation. Unequaled versatility makes this a must for every young band library!

No matter what your in-person or remote teaching requires, shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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, 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, the Muppets, and hockey (especially the Penguins).

Flexible Music for the Upcoming School Year 21 July, 2020

armed forces on parade michael sweeneyrecommended by Ken T., Band Education Specialist

As school districts around the country begin communicating the attendance, course structures, and health and safety protocols for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, Stanton’s Sheet Music is working to provide you with music and ideas that will ensure music teaching and learning in band, provide the possibility of performance, and contain the built-in flexibility you need for the varied and out-of-the-ordinary ensemble experiences that are likely to follow. First in this series of suggestions for flexible ensembles:

The Flex-Band series from Hal Leonard
The Flex-Band series is the ultimate in flexible instrumentation programming with over 100 titles for grades 2-3. Features of this series include:
– Perfect for incomplete or unbalanced instrumentation
– Scored with just five parts
– Playable with combinations of woodwinds, brass, or strings
– Includes traditional percussion parts
– Series titles include standard concert works, marches, pop, and holiday arrangements

Best-selling titles in the Flex-Band series include:
Armed Forces on Parade arr. Michael Sweeney, Grade 2.5
Aztec Fire by Jay Bocook, Grade 2-3
Bohemian Rhapsody arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2-3
Disney Film Favorites arr. Johnnie Vinson, Grade 2-3
Great Movie Adventures arr. Michael Sweeney, Grade 2.5
The Incredibles arr. Paul Murtha, Grade 2.5
Korean Folk Rhapsody by James Curnow, Grade 2.5
Liberty Bell March arr. Jay Bocook, Grade 2.5
Pirates of the Caribbean arr. Michael Sweeney, Grade 2.5
White Christmas arr. Michael Sweeney, Grade 2-3

Find the complete Flex-Band series on our website, and stay tuned for more flexible repertoire recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Stanton’s Online Catalogs 17 January, 2020

online catalog directory program with the prosView all of Stanton’s Five Star Features and favorites with our new online catalogs! Featuring our favorite new titles for school and sacred ensembles in fun, programmable categories, use our online catalogs to go straight to a title’s preview material. Visit our directory to find the catalog for your ensemble.

Want to know when we post a new catalog? Connect with us!
Find Inspiration in Your Inbox: get an email of all our promotions, coupons, and announcements
Follow us on Facebook: find funny music memes, special behind the scenes features, and event opportunities
Program with the Pros!