News & Views Sunday, January 20, 2019

Category: Staff Picks

Jazz Ensemble Trumpet Features 18 January, 2019

alfred-jlc9907-frecommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Portrait of Louis Armstrong by Duke Ellington, Grade 5
Jazz at Lincoln Center Library is an exciting project under the artistic direction of Wynton Marsalis that is dedicated to the preservation of the jazz style and designed to honor the greats of jazz history. The Duke Ellington charts are all exact transcriptions as recorded by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, and they are all medium to medium-advanced in difficulty.

Chops, Don’t Fail Me Now! by Domonic Spera, Grade 3
This timeless funk-jazz chart with will romp with the best of them. A wonderful great choice for mid-level bands that will get the house swingin’. Utilizing one of the favorite standard chord patterns in jazz.

alfred-40349-fBackrow Politics by Gordon Goodwin/arr. Peter Blair, Grade 2
A trumpet section feature with a straight-eighth groove. This chart was adapted for young players from Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band chart and it sizzles, yet is accessible. Available written trumpet solos for all four parts and the 1st trumpet range to written G on top of the staff. An exciting chart for sure!

Gravy Waltz by Ray Brown/arr. Willis Maiden, Grade 5
This chart is a blast! It is one of the more popular charts from Maynard’s Birdland Dream Band. It is a high-energy chart which features baritone sax, as well as trumpet. You need a lot of horses in the trumpet section for this one, but it is well worth it. 5-4-4-4 (or use original instrumentation only)

Mister Nice Guy by Larry Neeck, Grade 2.5
A eloquent ballad written in tribute to Henry Mancini featuring a Trumpet or Flugelhorn solo. Perfect for developing bands, and excellent for contest or concert. Very highly recommended!

kendor-61770-fTrumpets Forever by Jeff Jarvis, Grade 3.5
Given the widespread popularity of Jeff Jarvis’ “Critical Mass,” “Honk,” and “Slingshot,” you’re going to love his latest funk original for advancing groups. A solid, catchy funk groove coupled with a rich chord progression gives it plenty of audience appeal. Solos are offered to 2nd and 4th Trumpets. Each set also includes a guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson, and rhythm section parts are partially notated with chords cued.

In a Sentimental Mood by Duke Ellington/arr. Mark Taylor, Grade 3
No one handles Ellington for younger ensembles better than Mark Taylor, and this well-crafted arrangement shows why. Although Mark uses a written trumpet solo on the bridge, the main theme is handled by the full ensemble playing primarily tutti rhythms. Included are solos for trumpet and tenor (written or ad lib) then a brief double time swing section featuring the entire ensemble. We think the Duke himself would have liked this one.

barn-032-4427-00-fFree Range Trumpets by Howard Rowe, Grade 3
Trumpets love to shine, so bring them out front and turn them loose on this hot trumpet section feature. A cleverly written call and response introduces each soloist and the open solo section gives your superstars another opportunity to grab the spotlight. The audience will not be able to contain themselves as the chart builds to a powerhouse finish. Playable with reduced instrumentation. An important addition to your library!

Concerto for Cootie by Duke Ellington/arr. David Berger, Grade 3.5
Duke Ellington wrote ”Concerto for Cootie,” which when lyrics were added became “Do Nothing till You Hear from Me.”

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

“It Is Finished”: Cantatas for Lent & Easter 2019 16 January, 2019

alfred-47785-frecommended by Judy H. and Jennifer F., Sacred Choral Music Specialists

It Is Finished: A Tenebrae Service by Mary McDonald
For Holy Week or Good Friday, “It Is Finished” is a unique, powerful, and compelling Tenebrae service from the always uncommonly creative Mary McDonald. At 30 minutes in length, it is easily prepared and will serve perfectly as a centerpiece for any Holy Week service. Or, perform the anthems separately during Lent and Holy Week. The optional chamber orchestration is elegant, yet practical. Optional PowerPoint files with inspiring images for projection during the service will add a moving visual element. Titles include “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross;” “I Am Light, I Am Life, I Am Love;” “As You Will, It Will Be;” “It Is Finished,” and more.

lorenz-531046Calvary’s Love by Lloyd Larson & Jay Rouse
In “Calvary’s Love,” Lloyd Larson and Jay Rouse offer an inspiring reminder of the gifts of love and life that are ours because of the price Jesus paid at Calvary. Flexibly conceived for Lent, Holy Week, or Eastertide programming, it may be performed as a whole, or each individual anthem may be presented during the weeks leading up to Easter, depending on your programming needs. Small and large choirs alike will find the choral writing appealing and versatile, and accompaniment options range from piano only to Ed Hogan’s powerful orchestration. Choirs and congregations will be encouraged by this musical telling of the timeless message of God’s sacrifice and love through Jesus. “Greater love has no one than this: that one lay down His life for His friends.”

About the Authors:
Judy H. has been working in Stanton’s Choral Department since 1975. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University, and a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University. A member of the Grove City Chamber Singers, Judy also enjoys reading and spending time with her four grandchildren.

Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

NEW for High School Jazz Ensemble 14 January, 2019

alfred-47031-frecommended by Ben Huntoon, Jazz Specialist

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat by Charles Mingus/arr. Alan Baylock, Grade 3.5
The sonic landscape of this tenor ballad on a classic Mingus tune is free and soulful. The solo tenor provides an introduction, followed by the lush ensemble with a suggested written tenor solo. Lead trumpet range is to written B-flat with optional parts to include flute and vibes. This superb chart belongs in every library.

Running with Scissors by Gordon Goodwin, Grade 3.5
A very hip, funky groove chart played around 168 BPM and loaded with the classic Goodwin flair. Plus, sample solos are provided for C instruments, E-flat alto/bari, B-flat tenor, B-flat trumpet, and trombone. Lead trumpet range is to written high C with optional D. The instrumentation incorporates an auxiliary percussion part and optional instruments including flute and vibes. The band and the audience will totally enjoy this great chart!

alfred-47030-fSuch Sweet Thunder arr. Mike Kamuf, Grade 3.5
This chart swings! A sensational chart that captures the collaboration of Ellington and Strayhorn, played around 130 BPM. Lead trumpet plays to written A with optional high C. Solos written out for trombone, alto, trumpet, and tenor. Great use of plunger mutes for trumpets. Excellent chart in every way!

Big Time by Gregory Yasinitsky, Grade 4
Commissioned by the Northwest Missouri All-District Honor Band, this funky tune for advancing groups features a swinging bass line fused with a half-time, hip hop groove. It includes a fun saxophone soli, written or ad lib solos for tenor and trumpet, and an exciting ensemble section which grows from a whisper to a roar. A guitar chord chart by Jim Greeson is included in each set.

kendor-61305-fThe Hip-Hop Bop Stop by Ellen Rowe, Grade 4
A fun piece for advancing groups, this chart alternates between hip-hop and swing styles. Written or ad lib solos are included for alto, trumpet and guitar, and 3rd & 4th Trumpets double on flugelhorn. A guitar chart by Jim Greeson is included in each set.

Heat Index by Matt Morey, Grade 2
Based on the chord changes for the Gershwin standard “Summertime,” this nifty swinger combines the hallmarks of other tunes such as Cantaloupe Island and the Theme from Get Smart TV show to create a hard swinging chart that’s fun for everyone. The melody is carried by the trumpets and alto saxes while the lower voices provide rhythmic support. Written solos for trumpet and alto sax are provided along with the chord changes. A rousing shout chorus builds to the finish. Trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff.

bakjaz-20029-fRiggs! by Paul Baker, Grade 2
This chart is a fun tribute to Regents Professor Emeritus Jim Riggs of the Univerity of North Texas. This chart in the Nestico style captures his personality and sense of humor while providing a focus on the saxophone section. The chart begins in the key of F and modulates to Bb. Written solos are provided for alto sax and trumpet or piano. A swinging shout chorus drives to a restatement of the melody before bringing everything to a close with the ensemble. A great sounding chart for a great saxophonist, teacher, and friend. Trumpet range is to written G on top of the staff.

About the Author:
Ben Huntoon is the Jazz Education Consultant at Stanton’s Sheet Music. He received bachelors and masters degrees in music from Capital University and The Ohio State University respectively. As a professional trumpeter, Ben is accomplished in a wide variety of genres and has performed throughout the Midwest on many stages over the past 30 years. He also teaches trumpet, coaches brass ensembles and has served on the jazz faculty at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.

Song Collections for the Classroom 11 January, 2019

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

alfred-47173-fAnts in My Pants by Sally K. Albrecht
So creative, so kinesthetic, so cute! It’s simply a blast to sing this baker’s dozen of unison animal songs designed for primary-aged singers. Each of the whimsical, kid-inspired tunes tips the hat to a favorite creature and their inherent actions. Helpful movement suggestions offer specific staging ideas as well as clever classroom activities to encourage participation. Giggles are guaranteed as your littlest musicians “Wiggle Like a Worm,” “Swim Like an Otter,” spin their very own spider web, and more. Perfect for in-class exploration and on-stage entertainment! Recommend for Grades Pre-K-3.

alfred-46842-fPop Kidz by Andy Beck, Alan Billingsley & Greg Gilpin
Kids love to sing popular music, but finding appropriate choices can be challenging. Until now! This stellar songbook features familiar pop tunes selected especially for their uplifting lyrics and empowering themes. The targeted arrangements are just right for young singers, offering no fuss vocal ranges, hip musical hooks, and a few easy-to-sing optional harmonies. Parents, siblings, administrators, and even hard-to-motivate students will enthusiastically engage with this hit parade of contemporary chart toppers! Recommended for Grades 3 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.

Suggestions for Choral Adjudications 2019 09 January, 2019

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

The beginning of 2019 is a perfect opportunity to look back at what your students have learned so far this school year, and to look forward to the new and exciting musical challenges you will present to them in the coming months. As you prepare for your upcoming concerts, festivals, or adjudicated events, we recommend these repertoire choices, carefully chosen from many new and recent publications as the “best of the best!”

for SATB Ensembles
leon-517698Hold On! arr. Brandon A. Boyd, SATB divisi with piano
Although there are a number of fine arrangements of this spiritual, Brandon Boyd’s setting of “Hold On!” for mixed chorus divisi with piano is exceptionally creative yet true to the idiomatic style. The rich harmonic language set against lyrical melodic passages and articulated by syncopated rhythmic elements provides a thrilling opportunity for singers and audience alike.

Music in the Night by Elaine Hagenberg, SSATB with piano
Elaine Hagenberg is one of our country’s most respected writers. The superb craftsmanship of her works once again is seen in this new piece. Scored for 5-part mixed chorus (divisi soprano) and piano on a text of Harriet Prescott Spofford, try the piece in a group reflecting the power of music, for Women’s History Month or American Music Month.

chorgd-cge230-fThe Old Mill by Kenneth Riggs, SATB with piano
Rigg’s intriguing setting of this poignant, reflective poem by Thomas Dunn English features an accompaniment that emulates flowing water and the turning of the mill wheel. The minor mode and 6/8 pulse effectively establish the mood for this haunting piece which will provide a unique contrast for your concert or festival programming needs.

Antiphonal Cantate by Greg Gilpin, SATB with piano
Whether performed on risers, as a processional, or encircling the audience, this celebratory fanfare is the perfect opening number for concert or festival and is appropriate for use throughout the school year. The middle section is in 3/2 and provides an interesting and fun contrast. The text is both in easy Latin and in English, and an optional English text is provided for sacred use.

for Treble Ensembles
mornin-7-0577-fO Clap Your Hands by Stephen Chatman, 3-part treble with piano
“O Clap Your Hands” is a setting of words from Psalm 47 as translated and adapted by the composer. Influenced by jazz and gospel music, this fast, energetic work surges forward with constant syncopation, rich pan-diatonic and chromatic harmony, and repeated melodic lines and text. The bright and challenging piano part, with its added-tone arpeggios and extended registers, highlights and punctuates the vocal lines. Through alternating keys, various homophonic and contrapuntal episodes, and the addition of “tutti” clapping, the work reaches a climactic, resounding ending.

I Will Arise and Go by Shawn Kirchner, SSA with piano or hammered dulcimer
This is an evocative, folk-like setting of Yeats’ poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree.” The modal vocal writing is both simple and sophisticated and always expressive of the yearning in Yeats’ words.

Awake the Trumpet’s Lofty Sound by G.F. Handel/arr. Russell Robinson, SSA with piano and trumpet
A very energetic and joyful chorus from Handel’s oratorio Samson, “Awake the Trumpet’s Lofty Sound” arranged by Russell Robinson is in an accessible key for SSA choirs. Sure to delight audiences and enhance programming for any concert.

leon-523143Set Me as a Seal by Bruce W. Tippette, SSA with piano
From Song of Solomon comes a cherished text set to rich harmonies for women’s voices. Beginning with a simple and warm piano introduction, unison singing melts into harmonic delight, creating an emotional climax and resolving to a quiet ending stating again “for love is strong as death.”

for Tenor/Bass Ensembles
Down by the Salley Gardens arr. Ben Bram, TTBB a cappella
Ben Bram is the amazing arranger for the Pentatonix. Justin Miller is the hailed director of the Westminster Men’s Chorus – one of the best ever. Justin asked Ben to create a piece for his new series that they could premiere at the ACDA Western Division conference – and now we can offer it to you. Absolutely yummy might be the best way to describe the arrangement. Creative and satisfying would also be appropriate words.

leon-521763Plorate filii Israel by Giacomo Carissimi/arr. Brandon Williams, TTBB a cappella (optional piano)
Here is the beautiful final movement from Giacomo Carissimi’s oratorio Jephte. Originally for SATB choir, soloist, narrator and instruments, here is a new arrangement for men that allows them to explore this important musical style. Along with the Baroque style and the Latin text, this piece also lends itself to teach legato line, imitation and the emotional context of loss and lamentation.

Tuba Mirum by Mark Burrows, TTB with piano
With a lashing, powerful piano accompaniment to impel the equally dramatic traditional text from the Requiem Mass, this commanding musical setting for men, women or mixed chorus is spellbinding indeed. It is an exceptional repertoire choice for concert or festival performances, displaying rich passages from a full-throated forte to a lovely, controlled piano, all while exuding an air of fiery, rhythmic drive and a sense of urgency. A pronunciation guide and translation are included.

cfn-bl1014-fPoor Wayfaring Stranger arr. Christi Jones, TTB with piano
With ostinato-like phrases throughout, Jones’ rhythmic and interesting arrangement of this beloved spiritual will suit the needs of developing tenor-bass choirs of all sizes. Performed with piano accompaniment or a cappella, “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” is sure to please in any concert.

For more recommendations, please contact us – and remember, 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 Transcriptions for Mid-to-Upper Level Strings 07 January, 2019

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Specialist

Here are Stanton’s Top Choice Classical Transcriptions for concerts and adjudications for this school year. Every string orchestra section gets interesting parts to play, each title contains all kinds of musical skills to teach and/or reinforce, and every one of them will bring pleasure to the players and the audience. None of these titles have been arranged for string orchestra before, yet it is standard classical repertoire. What a wonderful opportunity to introduce your students to new, top quality music. This is outstanding literature that needs to be experienced!

leon-04492072-fLa Finta Semplice Overture, K. 51 by W.A. Mozart/arr. Jamin Hoffman, Grade 3-4
If you want to introduce your high school players to the magic of Mozart, this would be an ideal tool for that purpose. Wolfy wrote it when he was 12 years old, and while it showed maturity beyond his years, he was still a novice, as your young students are, so it’s a match made in heaven. This is especially true if your first violins are your strongest section, since they get the bulk of the melodic content. Work on spiccato bowing, forte-pianos and the chromatic accidentals to catch the sparkle of the Mozart style.

fjh-ST6443-fSymphony #6, First Movement by Ludwig van Beethoven/arr. Robert D. McCashin, Grade 3.5
Every high school orchestra student needs to experience Beethoven. And what better piece than a movement from one of his famous symphonies? We don’t recall ever seeing an arrangement of the First Movement from Beethoven’s Symphony #6 (“Pastorale”) in recent history. And what a delight! In Beethoven’s words, it evokes “pleasant feelings which awaken…on arriving in the countryside.” The music is peaceful and tranquil, and at the same time spritely and effervescent. In 2/4 with the quarter note = 104-108, it bubbles along like a babbling brook. It is in the key of F, like the original, which shouldn’t tax students at this level. There are accidentals, triplets (and 3 against 2) double stops, staccato vs legato and other techniques typical of the Classical/early Romantic period. Robert McCashin has done an absolutely superb job with this transcription. Do yourself and your students a huge favor and get this masterpiece from the inimitable Ludwig van.

kendor-10088-fNorwegian Dance Opus 35, No. 1 by Edvard Grieg/arr. Deborah Baker Monday, Grade 3
Teach your students the importance of scales (“Why do we have to practice these things?”) because they will be needing fingerings for the natural, harmonic and melodic D Minor scales as well as the A Major scale for G# accidentals. Your second violins get to review the notes on their G string and the violas, their C string, and everyone gets work on chromatic accidentals. Every section gets some action so no one can complain about boring parts, plus the lively tune may bring to mind Grieg’s famous “In the Hall of the Mountain King.” Outstanding concert addition or adjudication option.

grandm-GMMOR210-fDrink to Me Only with Thine Eyes arr. David Bobrowitz, Grade 3
The familiar melody was written in the late 1700s to words playwright Ben Johnson penned in 1616, so there is some history here! But it’s not the same old stuff you may expect. There are jazz harmonies with Neapolitan twists, unexpected rhythmic quirks and a contrasting pizzicato section that will get everyone’s attention. With a key change from C to D and everyone getting a crack at the melody, your students will enjoy playing it and your audience will get a thrill hearing it as well. Don’t miss this one!

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.

Creative Programming: Madrigals 04 January, 2019

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

The educational benefits of programming madrigals in your choral program are many: students gain a new historical perspective, learn to sing unaccompanied in a small ensemble, and are exposed to a different style of literature than in larger choirs. Madrigals are even perfect for your show choir – the part independence, listening skills, and choral balancing are all skills applicable to that repertoire as well!

leon-522803Late In My Rash Accounting by Thomas Weelkes/arr. John Leavitt, SAB a cappella with optional percussion
Excerpted from “The SAB Choir Goes Renaissance,” this single offers simple, homophonic singing through the verse but a wonderful opportunity for your choir to sing Renaissance polyphony through the “Fa la la” section. In keeping with the style of the Renaissance, an optional hand percussion part has been added as a possible enhancement.

leon-523401Pastime with Good Company by King Henry VIII/arr. Steven Rickards, SATB with piano and drum or tambourine
This song, made popular during the Renaissance, celebrates the joys of dancing, singing, and hunting. Detailed performance notes offer suggestions for presenting an authentic and stylistic performance by employing instruments and ostinato percussion lines.

leon-525262The Madrigal Singer arr. John Leavitt, SATB a cappella collection
John Leavitt has established a reputation for carefully selecting important and historic repertoire, editing it in ways to make singers successful all while staying true to the stylistic period. This new collection from John includes “Fair Phyllis I Saw,” “Fa Una Canzona” and “Tant Que Vivray.” Three important and standard pieces in a value priced collection.

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.

20 Songs from 8 Hit Movies! 02 January, 2019

Songs from “A Star Is Born,” “La La Land,” “The Greatest Showman,” and More Movie Musicals
Movie musical lovers will delight in this songbook chock full of top-notch songs from blockbuster movies arranged for piano, voice and guitar!

Includes: “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” and “City of Stars” from La La Land; “Evermore” and “How Does a Moment Last Forever” from Beauty and the Beast; “Fernando,” “Mamma Mia” and “Super Trouper” from Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again; “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Suddenly” from Les Misérables;  “A Million Dreams” and “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman; “On the Steps of the Palace” from Into the Woods; “Tomorrow” from Annie; plus seven songs from the 2018 hit movie A Star Is Born featuring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper: “Always Remember Us This Way,” “I’ll Never Love Again,” “Is That Alright?,” “Look What I Found,” “Maybe It’s Time,” “Music to My Eyes,” and “Shallow.”

For more information about this collection, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Irish Folk Tunes for Viola 26 December, 2018

49044675recommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Irish Folk Tunes for Viola is a valuable collection of 60 traditional Irish tunes, and includes a CD recorded by Benedict Taylor, an award-winning violist, composer and ethnomusicologist. The tunes are a selection of jigs, hornpipes, reels, marches, slow airs and ballads. There are notes on style and interpretation for all tune types. If you play viola and enjoy folk dancing, this will supply you and your fellow dancers with some live music for your dancing pleasure! An added bonus is the fact that chord names are included with the music, so friends who strum can join in. Even if you aren’t a dancer, this is a fun collection of intermediate to advanced Irish tunes.

For more information about this collection or other viola music, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

About the Author:
Barb M. has worked in the Keyboard Department at Stanton’s since 1981. An active folk musician in the Columbus area, Barb also works with ensembles at her church and plays in the Columbus State Concert Band. In her spare time, Barb loves working with animals and computer games.

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.

Baby Boomer Favorites! 20 December, 2018

00137596-wlSongs of the 1960s is part of The New Decade Series. Each book presents the most popular songs of a decade. Baby boomers will remember some old favorites in this volume: “Proud Mary,” “The Twist,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Downtown,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and lots more Beatles tunes!

Remember when there was a jukebox in nearly every restaurant, and songs were two for 25 cents? Some restaurants even had a way to pay for your songs at each table – you could drop your quarter in the box and choose your two songs without getting out of your booth to go to the main jukebox! Some bands had funny names – like “The Monkees” who sang “I’m A Believer,” and “The Troggs” who sang “Wild Thing.”

This would make a great last-minute holiday gift for a baby boomer who plays piano or guitar. There are 100 songs, and they all have online backing tracks when you use the code printed inside the book’s cover, so you can just sing along, too! Take a walk down Memory Lane!

For more information about this collection, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit us online at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Composer Profile: Shawn Kirchner 17 December, 2018

ShawnKirchnerby Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Shawn Kirchner has recently become a composer name that I am especially excited to see come across my desk. His choral writing is strongly influenced by folk traditions around the world, as evident in both his arrangements and original compositions, which are equally compelling.

A composer/arranger, singer/songwriter, and pianist active in the music circles of Los Angeles, Kirchner’s choral works are performed throughout the world. His appointment in 2012 as the LA Master Chorale’s Swan Family Composer in Residence was the culmination of an ongoing creative relationship with music director Grant Gershon, resulting in numerous commissions and premieres at LA’s Disney Hall. Kirchner has also collaborated with and/or written for many leading choral ensembles across the country, including Conspirare, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Lorelei Ensemble, San Diego Master Chorale, Los Robles Master Chorale, and the Atlanta Master Chorale.

The music of Shawn Kirchner is available through Stanton’s from a variety of publishers, including Boosey & Hawkes, Oxford University Press, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. For more information about Shawn and his music, please visit his website.

Stanton’s Recommends: Unclouded Day, Weevily Wheat, Sweet Rivers, I Will Arise and Go, Cornerstone, Wana Baraka

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.

Bada Bing! It’s Spring! 14 December, 2018

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Ready to start planning for your elementary spring musical? Here are some exciting new options for all grade levels!

leon-524846Kid Flix by John Jacobson, John Higgins, Tom Anderson & Janet Day
Suggested for Grades 4-8
Performance time: about 25 minutes
Have fun with songs from “Zootopia,” “The Polar Express,” “Monsters Inc.,” “Moana,” “Spider-Man” and “The Peanuts Movie” in this newest Express Musical. The printed black-and-white Singer Editions feature vocal lines only. The Teacher Edition includes piano/vocal arrangements, choreography notes, and access to reproducible program narrations for up to 39 speakers, digital lessons, a full-color nonprintable digital Student Edition for viewing by the whole class or for sending to student devices, and tips for using the digital lessons. To perform with recordings, play or download the recordings with the access code, play directly from your digital lesson page, or purchase the performance/accompaniment CD for a physical copy of the recordings.

alfred-46824-fBada Bing, It’s Spring! by Jill Gallina
Suggested for Grades K-4
Performance time: about 15 minutes
Spring is just around the corner, but the flowers have yet to bloom. The children are waiting for nice weather, the weeds have popped out of the earth, but the flowers remain steadfastly hidden underground. It takes the clever Dandelion Queen to figure out why, and bring about the first blossoms of the season! This charming, easy-to-stage musical is designed specifically for grades K-4. The unison songs, brief rhyming script, creative costume ideas, and simple staging suggestions will make your primary production a snap. Reproducible student pages, full performance and accompaniment recordings, plus full-color cover art are included on the enhanced CD.

leon-524849Yee Haw! by Cristi Cary Miller & Jay Michael Ferguson
Suggested for Grades 1-5
Performance time: about 35 minutes
Come on, dudes and dudettes! Join us for a rollicking western adventure – ride the open range, have a rough ‘n’ tumble hootenanny, share a tale and a song or two, and sleep under the stars. This 35-minute musical adventure features seven songs with rhyming narration and 39 speaking parts adaptable to various cast sizes. The Teacher Edition includes piano/vocal arrangements with choreography, script, helpful production guide and digital access to PDFs of singer songsheets, lyric sheets and narrations. To perform with recordings, there are 2 options. For cost-saving value, the Performance Kit/Audio Access includes the Teacher Edition w/singer PDFs and digital access to performance/accompaniment audio recordings.

Find more creative choices for your young students on our website, or contact us for more ideas! 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.

Give the Gift of Music! 13 December, 2018

00145525-wlThe Most Requested Children’s Songs is a great holiday gift for a musical family with young children or for an elementary classroom music teacher. There are 73 songs included, such as Disney songs like “Circle of Life,” old favorites like “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” patriotic songs like “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and silly songs like “The Unicorn” and “Splish Splash.” There are songs that can be appreciated by kids from kindergarten through 5th grade. The piano accompaniment includes the melody in the right hand, and the songs are in medium vocal ranges.  The book is bound so that it will stay open on the piano – so convenient! Guitar chords are also included so you can strum along.

Call us for more information at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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.

Tin Pan Alley 07 December, 2018

leon-00279673-fTin Pan Alley contains 15 favorite songs from Tin Pan Alley arranged by Phillip Keveren “with a touch of jazz.” Standard favorites include “My Melancholy Baby,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “12th Street Rag.” This intermediate collection is fun to play for yourself, for a recital, or for background music at a party. These standard favorites bring a smile to everyone’s face!

For more information about this collection or other collections like it, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at keyboard@stantons.com, or visit our website at stantons.com. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

King’s Singers 50th Anniversary 05 December, 2018

In 2018, the 50th anniversary year of The King’s Singers, there is much celebrating to be done! A 3-disc CD has been recorded by the current members of the group and from that new recording, the most popular songs have been selected for these collections. Known for their consummate artistry in all genres and styles, their interpretations of standard a cappella repertoire and pop and folk music are legendary.

leon-521706The Art of the King’s Singers
Songs include: “Sing Joyfully” (William Byrd), “Sicut Cervus” (G.P. da Palestrina), “In Manus Tuas” (Thomas Tallis), “Musica, Dei Donum” (Orlando de Lassus), “Abendlied” (Josef Rheinberger), “Das ist je Gewisslich Wahr” (Heinrich Schutz), Dessus le Marche D’Arras” (Orlando de Lassus), “All Meine Herzgedanken” (Johannes Brahms), “Die Nacht” (Franz Schubert), “Baisez-moi” (Josquin des Prez), “Rest” (Ralph Vaughan Williams), and “Das G’laut zu Speyer” (Ludwig Senfl).

leon-525005Folk Songs and Fantasies
Songs include: “And I Love Her,” “And So It Goes,” “Danny Boy,” “Down by the Riverside,” “Down with Love,” “I’ll Follow the Sun,” “Loch Lomond,” “Love Is Here to Stay,” “MLK,” “Quand Tu Dors Pres De Moi,” and “That Lonesome Road.”

A Plethora of Programmatic Possibilities for Strings 03 December, 2018

recommended by Dan C., Orchestra Specialist

When your high school winter concert is over, have a few of these outstanding titles waiting in the wings to keep the momentum going. In a wide range of styles, they have interesting, active parts for everyone, so no one will complain of boredom, plus technical elements that can be taught while everyone is enjoying the music and won’t realize they are learning something! Every title would be a outstanding adjudication option and/or a memorable concert addition.

fjh-st6457-fA Riverside Celebration by Brian Balmages, Grade 2.5-3
Written in honor of a retiring Riverside, Illinois music teacher, this rhythmic energizer captures the playfulness of students thriving under the direction of a great teacher and features a memorable melody intentionally designed to stay with the listener long after the piece is over, a reflection of how music teachers never really retire! There is optional percussion (splash cymbal, ride cymbal and tambourine) which would add nice color and stability, but the string writing is so infectiously rhythmic, that it could be done without the percussion, if necessary. All in first position, except for basses, there are a few accidentals and some doublestops using fingered notes with open strings, but otherwise the name of the game is rhythm! Taken in 2, with the quarter note = c. 200, there are a few bars in 3/4 time that create additional momentum, plus a few moments of slight restraint and others that are just carefree childlike fun. The rousing A Riverside Celebration is destined to become one of Balmages best-selling pieces. Don’t miss it!

alfred-46710-fMoment at Angels Landing by Bob Phillips, Grade 3
Written in memory of string teacher and singer/songwriter Jenny McGraw from Waverly, Michgan, here is a beautiful, lyric piece that gives every section melodic content and some shifting, even second violins! With hints of The Water is Wide and quotes of Amazing Grace, your cellos get some of the spotlight as the orchestra subtly wends its way through various meters in the keys of C major and C minor. You can also emphasize a sustained and legato sound with connected bow strokes and sensitive phrasing. A gorgeous change of pace for serious settings.

cfn-cas112-fUnleashed by Peter Terry, Grade 3
Capture the exhilaration of being set in motion with unlimited optimism and energy! Unleashed is a rhythmic and propulsive galop that spins off lyrical material as it drives to a climactic finish that is both exciting and fun. Subdivided counting is key, as well as keeping the pulse steady as the piece propels itself forward. Sure to be a showstopper!

Yumiweeus by Richard Meyer, Grade 4
Echoing the increasingly popular, youthfully mature notion of “coming together to common ground,” this joyful and jubilant piece has the sound of a celebration and a title that describes how music unites us all – (You-Me-We-Us!) Written primarily as a Theme and Six Variations, Richard Meyer puts your players through their paces with various time signatures (5/4, 3+3+2/8 among others), key signatures and modes (E Ionian and more) to keep them challenged. Duets featuring the first stand players of every section introduce the first five variations and a virtuosic final variation closes the piece. So many of Meyer’s pieces have that “it” factor that puts them in a class by themselves, and Yumiweeus does not disappoint. If you’re got the horses this year, be sure to consider this winner.

kendor-9961-fAria for Strings by Frank J. Halferty, Grade 4
To help your high school students build their maturity of sound and musicality, this gorgeous, singing selection will increase their awareness, through listening to each other, how their parts all fit together and whose line should dominate in the musical fabric at any given moment. Lower voices should lead crescendos for richness and fullness, but must not decay too slowly on decrescendos, leaving the upper voices unsupported. These are among the many subtleties in this piece that can be taught to make a group that much more musical – plus you’ll have a beautiful contrasting piece to your more lively literature in your repertoire.

grandm-gmmor194-fScherzo on Rising Water by Robert Moore, Grade 4
If you have students that have pretty good “chops,” love to tackle grade 4 material, and enjoy music off the beaten track, be sure to check out Scherzo for Rising Water. It’s crazily syncopated enough that at first it’s difficult to find the downbeat, but then, like storm clouds opening, the sun shines through and you are flowing with the tide. When all the parts fit together it’s got a great groove, much like quirky video game music, but it will take intense counting and subdivision from the start to make that happen. If your students are up to the challenge, they will absolutely love this one.

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.

NEW Drumming & Percussion Resources 30 November, 2018

lorenz-525029recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

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.