News & Views Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Category: Teacher Materials

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!

Music and Magical Movement 29 March, 2019

lorenz-525030recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

Music and Magical Movement, Oh My! by Katie Grace Miller
Break out the parachutes, ribbons, and scarves, and discover the magic that happens when you bring movement to your listening lessons. These 16 lessons range from Kindergarten to Grade 6 with a variety of genres and styles, from percussion ensemble to parade band. They include an assortment of musical topics, such as long and short sounds with “Carnival of the Animals” and instrument families, that teaching veteran Katie Grace Miller has worked magic with in her classroom or performance opportunities. She offers many of those Mrs. Miller’s Magic Tricks here so you can do the same. It’s no illusion; try it and be amazed!

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.

THIS SUMMER: Elementary Clinic with Cristi Cary Miller 26 March, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

recommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

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

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

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

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

A Young Singer’s Journey 04 March, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gotta Have Games! 20 February, 2019

alfred-46834-frecommended by Jen Sper, School Choral and Classroom Music Specialist

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

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

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

Easy Classical Piano 14 February, 2019

00288045-wlrecommended by Barb M., Keyboard and Folk Music Specialist

Simple Classical Piano Pieces is a great collection of 50 favorite piano pieces, spanning from J.S. Bach (1685-1750) to Bela Bartok (1881-1945), written by those who played and taught keyboard. These originals are little gems! Each one is only one or two pages long, at a grade level 2 or 3. Because this collection has selections from various time periods, it is a great tool to introduce works of different styles.

For more information about this collection or others 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!

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.

Jazz and Kids! 13 February, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Announcing SCHOOL CHORAL WEEK 2019! 05 February, 2019

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

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

Mark your calendar for these dates:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Also in August 2019:

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

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

The Wonder of Music 21 January, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Everyday Composition 21 December, 2018

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Teaching with Respect 09 November, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Pop Intervals and Ear Training for Choir 22 October, 2018

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

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

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

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

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