News & Views Sunday, January 19, 2020

Category: Teacher Materials

Stanton’s Online Catalogs 17 January, 2020

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The Owner’s Manual to the Voice 13 January, 2020

oupusa-0199964680-fThe Owner’s Manual to the Voice by Rachael Gates with co-authors L. Arick Forrest, M.D. & Kerri Obert, M.A., C.C.S./S.L.P.
Singers must equip themselves with enough knowledge to clearly convey specific sensations and difficulties with their instrument. Understanding of potential dangers and disorders, familiarity with a variety of medical procedures, and comprehension in various facets of diagnosis and treatments empower singers to “own,” just like other musicians, their instrument.

“The Owner’s Manual to the Voice” provides singers with the knowledge necessary to communicate effectively and in intelligent terms about their instrument, especially when conversing with medical professionals. Beginning with an overview of the vocal anatomy, lead author Rachael Gates, and co-authors L. Arick Forrest, M.D. and Kerri Obert, M.A., C.C.C/S.L.P, proceed through detailed discussions of caring for the voice and common causes of vocal changes and problems before guiding the reader through the process of choosing, talking to, and working with an ENT. In so doing, they give insights that any professional voice user – whether singer, actor, broadcaster, politician, teacher, preacher, or lawyer – will find helpful if not essential. Also available in hard cover.

Explore our website for more valuable resources, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Teach Me Something New! 06 January, 2020

teach me something new today deborah a. imiolorecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Build the song collection library for your elementary classroom with these new books, perfect for teaching classroom procedures, character, and citizenship, as well as quality singing and listening skills.

Teach Me Something New Today by Deborah A. Imiolo
What does it look like to learn? What does it sound like? How should students treat each other? The songs in this creative book answer these questions for your students, helping them to understand your expectations. Each song comes with a lesson plan that emphasizes character education and music education, so your students are practicing their music skills and their citizenship skills at the same time. Most songs include optional classroom percussion or barred percussion accompaniments. Recommended for Grades K-3.

year in unison michael soudersA Year In Unison by Michael Souders
There’s always a song to sing with this charming collection designed especially with primary children in mind. Celebrate Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, Martin Luther King, Mother’s and Father’s Days, the four seasons, every month of the year, and more! These brief but timely tunes are just right for music class on any day…and everyday! Plus, you’ll always have an appropriate performance piece, no matter the occasion. Recommended for Grades Pre-K-4.

Find more collections for your classroom on our website, or contact us for recommendations. 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!

Phantom of the Music Room 04 December, 2019

phantom of the music room janet gardnerrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Phantom of the Music Room: A Mysterious Musical by Janet Gardner
Who or what is that shadowy figure playing the piano in the school music room after dark? Several students and Deputy Barney set out to solve this musical mystery with surprising results. Featuring six songs with clever texts set to musical classics by Chopin, Dvorák, Sousa, and others. This Alfred favorite is newly updated with a fresh engraving and a stellar recording! Recommended for Grades 3 and up. Approximately 30 minutes.

See Cristi Cary Miller present this fun musical at Stanton’s Elementary General Music Clinic 2019 below, or contact us for more information. 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!

Marketing Your Music Program 27 November, 2019

leon-00287741-fMarketing Your Music Program by Sean Dennison Smith
“Marketing Your Music Program: From Traditional Branding to Digital Promotion” will easily guide you through today’s world of marketing – both traditional and modern forms of social media and websites. With quality content, a strong brand and a clear strategy, you can greatly increase the presence of your choir, orchestra and band. It will also help you discover effective and efficient ways to fundraise while building important connections with a wide-reaching community.

Topics covered include: marketing overview for your music program • branding your choir, orchestra and band • websites • “Power Four” platforms • additional marketing platforms • marketing your program inmarketing your music program sean dennison smith 30 minutes a week • the road to success • social media best practices • helpful resources and websites • equipment needs • press release templates • 50 content marketing ideas to enrich your music program.

Find more valuable texts on our website, or contact us for recommendations. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

Percussion Resources for the Classroom 25 November, 2019

beat blast tom andersonrecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Teach valuable rhythm and drumming skills in the general music classroom with these great new resources – and have some fun at the same time!

Beat Blast by Tom Anderson
Well, “All Right Now,” here’s all you need for jamming along on percussion instruments! Everything is provided from helpful warm-ups, grooves and specific playing suggestions. Styles from rock, pop, and alternative are explored with these authentic play-along tracks. You just add the extra spice of percussion. Full scores are provided for the teacher, along with digital access to play-along audio recordings and separate PDFs of the percussion instrument parts. Grab your cowbell, shakers, tambourines and drums. It’s time to get “Happy!”

rhythm o rama mari schayRhythm-O-Rama! by Mari Schay
Raise the curtain on blockbuster theme songs from “Star Wars,” “Rocky,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Mamma Mia!,” and more, plus hits from Bruno Mars, American Authors, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus. These age-appropriate, skill-building arrangements reinforce rhythmic concepts, note reading, playing techniques, and so much more! Along the way, master teacher Mari Schay highlights specific challenges and rehearsal strategies for all 12 tunes. Full teacher scores appear in the book, and access to online student parts (for printing and projecting) is included.

woods metals shakers skins artie almeidaWoods, Metals, Shakers, Skins by Artie Almeida
Have you ever wondered how to use all of the various percussion instruments you’ve picked up throughout the years to deliver rigorous music education? This book has the answer! Artie Almeida shares her best strategy for classroom percussion instruments: using plastic hoops to organize the class! Hoop Group Stations give students the chance to play instruments from a specific percussion family, and students can easily rotate stations to play a new set of instruments. Students will have the time of their lives as they experience different timbres and playing techniques, and with Artie’s 22 in-depth lessons, they will be focused on learning at the same time.

Find more drumming and rhythm resources on our website! 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!

For Band Directors Teaching Choir 21 November, 2019

practical guide to choral conducting bradley ellingboerecommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral Music Specialists

What? Me? Teach choir? But I am a band director!

Perhaps you’re trained as a band director and you find yourself in a job where you are suddenly expected to teach a choral class, and the most training you’ve had is perhaps one or two semesters of voice. Check out these resources to competently approach teaching chorus when trained as a band director.

A Practical Guide to Choral Conducting by Bradley Ellingboe
With nearly 40 years of experience in the choral field, esteemed conductor and composer Bradley Ellingboe shares his wisdom, tips, and practical advice in an accessible and enjoyable style. His pragmatic approach will help you learn the right questions to ask for your own unique situation, and will help you learn to arrive at your own solutions.
The interrelated chapters guide you through the necessary steps for preparing a successful concert or season, making effective rehearsal plans, efficiently preparing your scores and conducting gestures, problem solving issues of vocal technique, and much more. The appendix of correlated, reproducible worksheets, templates, music, and handouts will help you more easily organize your plans and apply the useful suggestions.

finding your teacher voice katie o'connor-ballantyneFinding Your Teacher Voice by Katie O’Connor-Ballantyne
Singing is an integral part of any music classroom, but the voice works differently than other instruments and needs its own specific strategies. Whether you’re an instrumentalist who finds yourself teaching choir, or a vocalist who is an expert at singing, this book can make your rehearsals more successful. Beginning with an exhortation to use your own voice as a singing example – even if it’s not perfect – it presents all the skills your singers need to learn: posture, diction, pitch, notation, and the list goes on. Each chapter offers a clear overview of a singing goal, then lists several strategies you can use to achieve it with your group.

harmony handbook katie o'connor-ballantyneHarmony Handbook by Katie O’Connor-Ballantyne
A treasure trove of choral pedagogy! This step-by-step guide will take beginners from unison to two-part singing by focusing on the underlying aural and developmental skills necessary for success. Sequential chapters on unison, echo, round, and partner singing serve as benchmarks along the way to full harmony. Each of ten carefully curated songs is prefaced with a two-page rehearsal guide that targets essential objectives and suggests exercises and activities designed to introduce, explore, and master the pieces. Learn how to anticipate and address musical challenges for this repertoire, then transfer these masterful techniques to your entire program.

For more choral guidance, please contact us – we’re happy to help! 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!

The Stanton’s Difference: 21 Day Trial 28 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

a-cityscape-of-Columbus-Ohio.-1500x609Stanton’s is one of the largest sheet music retailers in the country, with tens of thousands of titles in stock. We understand that many of our customers can’t make it to our Columbus, Ohio location to peruse music, so we offer a 21 Day Trial service.

How It Works: Music can be secured with either a Stanton’s account or a credit card. We send you the in-stock materials you request, and you pay nothing but the shipping and handling costs. As long as the music is returned to us in NEW condition within 21 days, you are never charged. If you have specific titles you’d like to see, we will happily send those to you, or you can ask one of our knowledgeable staff members to select pieces for you based on concert theme, performance venue, type of group, etc.

try.gifWhat You Can Take On Trial (by department):
Choral, Handbell, Classroom General Music & Solo Vocal: You may take up to 20 single copies of octavos and/or up to 5 musicals, collections, or director’s scores.

Band, Orchestra and Instrumental: You may take up to six items on trial, including full arrangements, solos and chamber ensembles (only scores will be sent for titles appearing on the OMEA High School Large Group Contest List).

Piano/Keyboard: Up to five collections and/or 10 teaching pieces, one copy each. Popular sheet music is not available for 21 Day Trial. 75% (by dollar amount) of the piano music on trial must be purchased.

For more details about our 21 Day Trial, visit us online at stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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Managed to a Moment 26 August, 2019

lorenz-538192recommended by Jen Sper and Lora Moore, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialists

Managed to a Moment by Mari Schay
Here’s a lifeline for anyone who’s had a frustrating day, week, or month in the elementary music classroom – and that, of course, includes all of us. Teaching music is hard. This insightful and affirming book makes it easier, outlining strategies for all the details that make your classroom a successful learning environment. You’ll learn ways to manage yourself and your workload; your relationships with colleagues, students, and families; and how to plan and deliver curriculum.

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!

The Stanton’s Difference: Big Enough to Serve Your Needs – Small Enough to Serve YOU 21 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

tall StantonsWe’re Big Enough to Serve ALL Your Needs
– Stanton’s Sheet Music has direct access to all major and many minor, independent, and European publishers, allowing us to carry and order hundreds of thousands of print music titles for you.

Stanton’s e-Tools are designed to make your job easier! Use our Listening Library, Jukebox, YouTube channel, Wish List, and Digital Delivery features to compare and organize titles for your music program.

– Itemized purchase orders, bids, quotes, and large orders are no problem. We work with many schools around the country and U.S. International schools who “bulk order” over the summer.

– Besides providing music to customers all over the country, access to major publishers like Hal Leonard and Alfred combined with stantons.com gives Stanton’s Sheet Music global reach with numerous international orders and worldwide shipping destinations.

But Small Enough to Serve YOU
– Stanton’s Sheet Music is still a single location, family-owned store in downtown Columbus, Ohio. We do not have a separate warehouse or call center, and our website is just another way to shop for music with Stanton’s.

– We have three sales departments, each with a specific number of dedicated, specialized staff: Choral & Classroom Music, Band & Orchestra, and Keyboard & Pop. While anyone in a respective department can help you, if you find a specific staff member you like to work with, feel free to request them.

gm clinic 2018We are your customer service. We answer your phone calls and e-mails. We fill your orders and process your online orders. We personally handle your “sheet music emergencies.” We solve any problems should they arise. We will get to know you by name, and by working with you over time, get to know your program.

We are your partner in music education, performance, and ministry. We choose our Stanton’s Five Star Features to help make your job easier. We organize and conduct Stanton’s numerous clinics, workshops and reading sessions. We develop Stanton’s e-Tools with you, the music teacher, in mind.

We hope that over the course of this series we have given you some reasons to make Stanton’s your #1 choice for sheet music. If not, give us a call or place an order with us, and see why Stanton’s Sheet Music has been Sheet Music Specialists since 1960!

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The Stanton’s Difference: For New Teachers 14 August, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

The staff at Stanton’s understands the stresses and pressures of the first year of teaching. Getting to know your building and district, discipline, lesson plans, evaluations, booster groups, budgets/purchasing, scheduling….oh, yeah, and actually teaching! We’d like to make your life just a little bit easier, and here’s what we can do to help:

clipart-money-money-clip-art-pictures-jpg-FvwF6D-clipartMoney Matters: Requisitions, purchase orders, board accounts, booster accounts; it can all seem “Greek to you” if you’re not familiar with school purchasing. Visit or call us as soon as you are hired to determine what kind of account(s) your school has and what you have to do to get music. Don’t be shy, ask lots of questions now!

We’re Happy To Meet You: Come on down and visit us in person! Introduce yourself to the staff, let us know what and where you’re teaching. We can give you a short tour of the store and let you know what kinds of products we have that fit your needs. We’ll also be happy to send you home with any current promotional materials or a 21 Day Trial so you can choose literature at your leisure.

questionSo Much Music, So Little Time: The tens of thousands titles that we have in stock can be a bit overwhelming for anyone. The music educators on our staff can steer you in the right direction, offering suggestions for all types of classes and ensembles at all levels. We spend hundreds of hours each year reviewing new publications, so we show you only the best of what’s out there.

E-Tools: Stanton’s website has several different e-tools to assist you in choosing, purchasing and teaching your music. There’s our YouTube channel, Jukebox, Listening Library, Digital Delivery and, of course, the Stanton’s Barcode Scanner App – available for free in The App Store and Google Play.

For more details, questions or to introduce yourself, visit us online at stantons.com, or give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC!

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The Stanton’s Difference: Make It a Road Trip! 31 July, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

Depositphotos_71126621_l-2015Places where you can browse and buy A LOT of sheet music are hard to come by. It’s amazing how many times we hear, “It’s so nice to be able to look at music before you buy it,” and “I live in _________, and there is nowhere like this to buy music.” This last statement includes cities like New York and Los Angeles, and has been made by some of the touring Broadway Across America musicians who come through Columbus. If you live within driving distance of Columbus, and you’re wondering if a trip to Stanton’s is worth it the answer is “absolutely!”

Who doesn’t love a road trip? We’re not as far away as you might think. Columbus is only a two hour drive from Cleveland and Cincinnati, and 3 hours from Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Lexington and some of the farther reaches of Ohio. Besides, Stanton’s Sheet Music is in a former A&P grocery store (complete with cupola) that has hundreds of thousands of sheet music titles in stock!

While you’re here, you are welcome to look through and compare all of the music that’s on hand. You can pull up a chair at our listening station or use the Stanton’s app on your smart phone to scan titles and listen to them throughout the store. If it’s your first time at Stanton’s, let us know – we’ll give you a tour! Did we mention that you can also take advantage of our knowledgeable staff, too?

Bring your entire music department! Do you have an upcoming professional development day this fall? We’d love to see your WHOLE music department here in the store! Let us know you’re coming, and we’ll be happy to set aside a table for your group, and we can even start pulling some repertoire suggestions for you to peruse while you’re here.

Need to grab lunch, or staying in town for dinner? In addition to sheet music suggestions, our staff can recommend plenty of unique, non-chain places to grab a bite. Within walking distance are Dirty Frank’s, Little Palace, The Walrus, Katzinger’s Delicatessen, Mikey’s Late Night Slice, and Indian Oven. Also nearby are plenty of restaurants in German Village, on Gay Street, and in the Short North and Arena Districts. And what’s a visit to Columbus without ice cream from Jeni’s?

Have we given you enough reasons to come to Columbus and visit us? We look forward to seeing you soon!

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The iTheatrics Method 29 July, 2019

gia-g9403-fThe iTheatrics Method: The Quintessential Guide to Creating Quality Musical Theatre Programs by Timothy Allen McDonald, Cynthia A. Ripley & Marty Johnson
“The iTheatrics Method” is the world’s first musical theatre education textbook specifically devoted to building high-quality, sustainable musical theatre programs in schools and community settings.

Created by iTheatrics, the leading authority on music theatre education, this book is the culmination of more than twenty years of hands-on teacher training conducted by master educators Timothy Allen McDonald, Cynthia A. Ripley, and Marty Johnson. These methods have been vetted by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ prestigious Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) initiative, and have been eagerly embraced by New York City’s Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Written in an entertaining, conversational style, and featuring hundreds of images from successful musical theatre programs all over the world, this book also includes the advice of more than 100 instructors currently working in the field. Whether you’re a teacher just starting out or a seasoned professional, “The iTheatrics Method” is indeed your quintessential guide to creating quality musical theatre programs for students.

The Stanton’s Difference: Setting Up Accounts Is Easy! 24 July, 2019

At Stanton’s, we know you have many choices when it comes to purchasing sheet music. This series, The Stanton’s Difference, highlights just a few of the many reasons why Stanton’s is the best place to buy music for your school, church, private studio or personal use!

If you’re a school, church or community music director, your purchases are usually invoiced to an account to be paid by your institution. If you are new to any of these positions, or have recently changed gigs, give us a call! We will be happy to provide you with your organization’s account number(s), and walk you through the billing process.

Are you new to shopping with Stanton’s? Rest easy – our staff can check to see if your organization already has an account (many often do), and if not, setting up a new account is easy! In fact, we can help you set up a new account when you place your first order, or make your first purchase, in a matter of minutes!

free-vector-invoice-conceptWhat we need:
– Name of the organization to be billed
– Billing address
– Billing phone number
– Purchase order number (if required by billing institution)
Let us know where you would like to have your order shipped, and you’re done!

Some notes:
– Stanton’s can bill your: School Board/District; Church; School Building Activity Fund; Booster organization; Community Band/Choir organization
– We can assign multiple ship-to addresses and institutional credit cards to your account.
– You can bill orders to your account at our store, over the phone, at stantons.com, or at any conference or reading session where we’re exhibiting!

If you have any questions, give us a call at 1-800-42-MUSIC and speak with our sales staff, or press 4 to speak directly with our Accounting Department, and shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

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Choral DVDs 19 July, 2019

Too hot to work in the yard? Too rainy to go to the pool? Spend some time this summer INSIDE with one of these valuable DVDs for some easy professional development – and no sunburn!

gia-dvd628-fAchieving Choral Blend Through Standing Position by Weston Noble
For the first time, Weston Noble’s lecture and demonstration on matching voices for a seamless choral sound is available. By using the principles presented, not only will the sound of the choirs improve, but conductors will realize an immediate enhancement in intonation and rhythmic clarity in their ensembles. Weston Noble discusses the beginning of his experimentation with standing arrangements, Robert Shaw’s use of this system, minimizing vibrato, improving singers’ listening skills, the use of the altos-in-front choral arrangement, and the use of the “flip-flop” to achieve different choral textures.

leon-08753287-fCreating Artistry Through Movement by Henry Leck & Randy Stenson
Here is an amazing choral resource that demonstrates how movement while singing helps to harness the natural kinesthetic learning processes in males. Featuring the acclaimed St. Mary’s International School Varsity Ensemble, conducted by Randy Stenson, the DVD includes warm-ups and exercises to improve tone, intonation, phrasing, articulation, special vocal effects, head voice and vocal agility. Through these exercises, the singer develops his own individualized shaping gesture, which leads to improved musicality during rehearsal, versatility and expressiveness. The companion book includes the notated exercises, additional instructional material, suggested seating charts, learning strategies and much more.

lorenz-sbmp663-fWorking with Male Voices by Jerry Blackstone
Topics covered include:
– Music-based choral tone: repertoire and the musical challenges inherent therein determine the vocal procedures needed to communicate the composer’s intent.
– Tone and the singing male: beautiful/appropriate choral tone; warm-ups; rehearsals of works which utilize different timbres and which present particular challenges for the singing male, such as tessitura, register changes, and vowel color.
– Voice classification: what does one look for and hear when deciding in which sections singers should be placed.
– Tonal consistency throughout the range-a particular problem in men’s voices: warm-ups with the group which deal with the problem; demonstration using pieces in which consistency is problematic, particularly as it affects intonation.
– Intonation issues (probably the biggest issue for untrained singers): discussion followed by a demonstration of warmups and rehearsal techniques which help.
– Rehearsal procedures: using head voice, or falsetto, is highly effective in dealing with intonation issues and in introducing foreign languages.
– Communicative choral singing: what makes a particular performance “moving” or “exciting”?
– Live performances: starting with warmups, then progressing through an initial rehearsal, a rehearsal later in the process, and then a live performance to demonstrate what has been discussed; examples for playback in classroom situations.

leon-08742094-fThe Boy’s Changing Voice by Henry Leck
Join Henry Leck and a choir made up of young male singers from the Indianapolis Children’s Choir and the Indianapolis Youth Chorale. They explore the historical, physical, emotional, and individual musical perspective of the boy’s changing voice as well as how the process affects the choral ensemble as a whole. This video offers choir directors, studio voice teachers and young singers the opportunity to examine the process of vocal maturation and how that process might be approached within the choral ensemble. Includes warmups and vocal exercises, ranges and guidelines for vocal classification, technical data, interviews with several young singers, and several excerpts of solo and choral repertoire in performance.

gia-dvd745-fThe Anatomy of Conducting by James Jordan & Eugene Migliano Corporon
For the first time, two of America’s most respected conductors – instrumental and choral – enter into a collaboration, using cutting-edge technology to illustrate their teaching principles for learning the basics of conducting technique. Through insightful masterclass dialogue, unique multi-angle video demonstrations, and state-of-the-art motion capture animation, conductors will be able to study the gesture of both renowned conductors. Revolutionary graphics show the skeletal movement of each conductor in real-time to give conductors an in-depth and accurate picture of body mechanics and architecture. Topics covered on this DVD include:
– Basic conducting patterns in legato and marcato for all basic meters
– Conducting with and without a baton – Extensive demonstration of preparatory gestures
– Explanation of the architecture of conducting
– Body Mapping principles applied to conducting
– Discussions on Sound Shaping and Sound Morphology
– Unique interactive menu allows conductors to study conducting patterns from several angles
This DVD is a complete tutorial for basic conducting technique as taught and demonstrated by two of America’s master teachers and conductors.

Find more DVDs to expand your knowledge and improve your teaching on our website, or contact us for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

COMING SOON: The Joy of Singing 2019 25 June, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

COMING SOON: Elementary General Music Clinic 18 June, 2019

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

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

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

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

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!

33rd Annual JOY OF SINGING 15 May, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Choral Collections to Stretch Your Budget 13 May, 2019

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral Music Specialist

Don’t lose the money left in your budget at the end of the year! Make the most of it with one of these valuable reproducible collections:

chorgd-cge292-fA Cappella Volume 3 for SSA choirs
Volume III in the popular “A Cappella!” series features nine concert and festival selections for young and developing SSA choirs from creative writers Amy F. Bernon, Victor C. Johnson and Ruth Elaine Schram. The Complete Edition is reproducible and also includes a Rehearsal Resource Page for each piece, a unique and valuable teaching/rehearsal tool which features Solfege; Vocabulary; and Preparation and Extension activities, carefully crafted for each selection by Victor C. Johnson. The Choral Edition, ideal for use as a judge’s copy or for your singers, is not reproducible and the Rehearsal Resource Pages are not included. Songs include: A Couple of Old Men, Elijah Rock, The Full Heart, Kol Dodi, Lift Your Voice in Joyful Song, Miserere Nobis, Over the Sea to Skye, Said the Rain, and Sanctus. This collection is an exceptional value and a great resource for your music library. Also available: Volume 1 for 2-part choirs and Volume 2 for TB choirs.

leon-524392Let the Men Sing A Cappella for TB choirs
“Let the Men Sing! A Cappella” is the newest collection of REPRODUCIBLE unaccompanied choral works for TB voices. This budget-stretching collection features classic works, Latin settings, spirituals, multicultural, folk, holiday and Christmas selections. In addition, there is digital access to 3 audio rehearsal mixes for each piece including part-dominant and full TB performance, along with singer PDFs for projection and reproducible options. Male singers of all ages will enjoy learning and performing this excellent choral literature and the educator will find it an outstanding tool in developing male choirs and interest in choral singing. Songs include: Come Ye Sons of Art, In Flanders Fields, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning, Bethlehem Lullaby, Inimici Autem, Star of Wonder, Wayfaring Stranger, Ding-a Ding-a Ding, Ning Wendete, So Take This Song of Joy. Suggested for ages 13 and up.

leon-524393Partner Songs for the Developing Choir for 2-part choirs
The developing choir is a unique ensemble and ranges in size from many to just a few, in age from younger to older and from the experienced to brand new singers. Both males and females are a part of these groups with ever-changing vocal challenges. Educators who teach this wide group of musicians know there is a need for many tools of repertoire that build bridges to the art of choral singing. “Partner Songs for the Developing Choir” is designed to help teach harmonic singing through sophisticated melodies and distinguished texts, appealing to singers from upper elementary through middle school and early high school, and can even continue for the less-experienced or smaller adult choir. Some of the choral works are very basic in form and melodic writing, while others might include a bridge or “B” section or more intricate melodies, expanding the harmonic learning. This REPRODUCIBLE collection with helpful rehearsal suggestions and online access to Full Performance and Accompaniment Only audio recordings and Singer PDF parts can be used all year long with spirituals, Latin settings, multicultural, patriotic, Christmas and holiday selections. Songs include: Akatonbo, Bethlehem Lullaby, Et in Terra Pax, Jingle All the Way, Joshua Fit the Battle, Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning, Musica Dei, Skatin’ and Sleighin’, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, You’re a Grand Old Flag. Suggested for Grades 3-9.

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

Elementary General Music Clinic 2019 06 May, 2019

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

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

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

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

Registration is now open! Call us at 1.800.42.MUSIC for more information. Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!