Brain Waves Stay Tuned to Early Lessons – NYTimes.com

Elementary Music Mondays @ Pender's BuzzNew York Times Blog:

When children learn to play a musical instrument, they strengthen a range of auditory skills. Recent studies suggest that these benefits extend all through life, at least for those who continue to be engaged with music.

Read on… Brain Waves Stay Tuned to Early Lessons – NYTimes.com.

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The Literary Essay & Its Similarity to Sheet Music

What is an essay? When you look up the word ‘essay’ in a dictionary or online, it’s actually somewhat fascinating how the definition and description about it is so similar to what you would assume you’d find when looking up the definition and description of ‘sheet music.’ It’s quite uncanny, really. With a simple word change here or there, or a twist of phrase, what can be said about an essay can be said about a piece of sheet music, or a music composition. Wait. What was that? A music ‘composition?’ Isn’t ‘composition’ a synonym for ‘essay?’ Well, there you go.

You see, according to Wikipedia, an essay is “a piece of writing which is often written from an author’s personal point of view.” That’s pretty much what a piece of sheet music is supposed to be, too. The best music is sheet music that is written from the composer’s point of view.

According to About.com, “Essays are brief, non-fiction compositions that describe, clarify, argue, or analyze a subject.” Wow. [Sheet] music is much the same.  A music composition should come from the heart and be honest and true. And certainly there’s no one out there that would argue that music is not a descriptive medium. Additionally, what serious, upper-level music student hasn’t been required at times to analyze a piece of sheet music? And let’s not forget the element of clarity that music can bring to just about any situation. Hence, the existence of love songs, silly songs, sad songs, children’s songs, love gone wrong songs, and more. Music makes going through everyday life better.

The primary definition of essay at Dictionary.com states that it is “a short [literary] composition on a particular theme or subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretive. Again, wow. Sheet music primarily begins with a theme, and certainly music can be very regimented and analytical, yet its speculative elements and how it is interpreted are big components, too. It’s all relative to the composer and the listener, of course, and it’s different for everyone. But that’s exactly why music has such value. Sheet music is limitless.

Essays are an important educational tool as well, and can be written in various forms and styles, like compare and contrast, cause and effect, descriptive, narrative — the list goes on. To wit, sheet music takes on many forms and styles, too. Some we understand, and some we don’t. And therein lies part of the mystery of it all. Whether sheet music is written in an analytical style, or whether it is written in a myriad of contrasts, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the creative endeavor was entered into at all. The process of writing a piece of sheet music includes forming an introduction, developing a body, and a conclusion. Wait. What was that? Introduction…body…conclusion. Sounds like the three primary elements of a good essay.

Enter the Morty Manus “What Music Means to Me” Essay Competition. Deadline is March 25th.

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The Magnifica @ TMEA | TCU | TWU | UNT


The Magnifica
Brass Quintet from France @
TMEA | TCU | TWU | UNTFeb. 6, 7 & 10, 2012

Magnifica 2012

Pender’s Music Co., Arpeges of France (IMD), and Music 1st are bringing the Magnifica Brass Quintet to the February 2012 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio. The members will be presenting a master class and evening concert during the TMEA convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. They will also be spending time in the Pender’s Music Co. Booth (beginning @ #1219) throughout the weekend.

In addition to their appearance at TMEA, the Magnifica will also be presenting master classes and concerts at:

UNT on Monday, Feb. 6;

TCU on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7; and

TWU on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

All university events are free and open to the public.

Dr. Etienne Stoupy (TWU) & David Begnoche (TCU)

are scheduled guest artists.

NOTE: Magnifica performance music and CDs will be available for purchase at each of the venues. 

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Tapspace: The Shock-and-Awe of Percussion Sheet Music

Do you know Tapspace? Tapspace Publications™ is a sheet music publishing company that specializes in creative, notorious, riotous, even shock-and-awe percussion sheet music. Since the late 1990s, their focus has been on providing advanced rudimental percussion sheet music and concert percussion sheet music, especially for solos and ensembles.

This forward-thinking sheet music publishing company offers some downloadable sheet music, but they also support their dealer network of brick-and-mortar and online sheet music stores. For a catalog that is not for the faint of heart, adventurous percussionists need look no further.

Innovation and creativity drove Tapspace to enter the software market in 2003 with the release of the software Virtual Drumline™ . Taken from the Tapspace website, “[Virtual Drumline]…allows users to achieve ultra lifelike playback of percussion sounds while composing.” Fancy that!

The impact of this software “has revolutionized the way music educators, composers, and arrangers write [sheet] music and teach their music, and it has become a standard library of sounds in the education field.”

Partnerships with Sibelius Software and MakeMusic! have allowed Tapspace to explore taking their innovations even further, while still maintaining software standards that make working with programs from various sources seamless.

Creativity in percussion sheet music — with technology, a hip vibe, and a bent on the crazy, wild and hilarious. Check out some Tapspace percussion sheet music and software today!

Here’s a sampling of some Tapspace sheet music and software:

[19823500] Virtual Drumline 2.5 (Marching/Concert Percussion Software)
[23448300] The Blue Book (A Test Guide for the Modern Percussionist)
[22989100] Beyond Basic Percussion (10 Beginning Percussion Ensembles)
[19737000] Violent Ice Cream (Snare Drum Solos)
[21832400] Violent Tenor Cream (Tenor Drum Solos)

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Where Sheet Music, Competition & Creativity Collide (in TX)

If you live in the state of Texas, and you’re involved in music and education in the schools, then the two acronyms TX UIL and TX PML likely spill freely and frequently from your lips. And even if you’re not from Texas, but are involved in music education somewhere in this great country of ours, then you probably know what they mean, right? Just in case you don’t, though, here’s the information in a nutshell taken from the UIL home page: “The University Interscholastic League (UIL) exists to provide educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests for schools in Texas.”

As it pertains to UIL music, of course, this includes marching band, concert band, full and string orchestra, both instrumental and vocal solo and ensemble, and choir. Solo and Ensemble music events in band, choir and orchestra are scheduled in 28 TX UIL Music Regions, and portions of the choral and instrumental sheet music to be performed must come from the Prescribed Music List (PML).

Hence, since the performance at least in part must come from the UIL music list that is not of your own making, the sheet music selection itself is a very important part of the process, because no individual soloist or music performance group wants to play sheet music that is either too easy or too difficult. Nor do they want to play from just any sheet music that is on the UIL music list. It needs to be sheet music that is specifically relevant to their group. Picking out what sheet music is to be played at a competition (or in essence, at a mini concert), is perhaps one of the most difficult parts of the TX UIL music process. That PML piece must be representative of the overall performance level of either that one person (in a solo), or the entire group of musicians involved. Because it’s all about the competition, right? Or is it?

Students want to earn that Division One Rating at the region competitions, so that they are eligible to advance to the TX UIL State Solo and Ensemble Contest that is traditionally hosted in Austin every year on Memorial Day Weekend. The annual trek is to Austin, because it was the University of Texas at Austin that created the TX UIL in first place in 1910. So consider that. What has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world, has a more than one hundred year history, and the model from which it was created here in Texas is now emulated all over the country.

But is it really all for just the competition? Most certainly not. Yet in almost any music circle, you’ll find there is usually a constant debate about competition, its merits, and how it relates to music and the arts. There is a school of thought that since music and the arts are creative pursuits, why must competition or the participation in music contests be an integral part of it, particularly in the school classroom? It almost seems contradictory doesn’t it? Music | Creativity | Expression. What is competitive in that? How can you measure creativity? Expression?

Yet (again from the internet pages of the TX UIL), “the Music Program [specifically]…is designed to support and enrich the teaching of music as an integral component of the public school curriculum in the state of Texas.” Support…enrich…compete, too…and don’t forget to play or sing that choral octavo or instrumental sheet music as creatively and expressively as you can. Because luckily for us, UIL music and competition have and will continue to coexist beautifully together, because as anyone knows, the heart and soul of a school’s music organization is its concert ensemble, whether it be the top-level choral group, or the elite wind ensemble in the concert band program. It is by no coincidence at all that the best marching band programs are a direct reflection of the best concert bands; that the best a cappella choral groups are an extension of the premiere choir in the school; that the wind trios, brass quartets, and percussion ensembles that compete in the TX UIL music contests are usually formed from the top players of their respective programs.

So play on and compete. Seek and find the best band sheet music, choir sheet music, and instrumental sheet music which speak not only to you, but to your students as well. The time to do it is now. Christmas is right around the corner and the TX UIL music competitions will be here before you know it. Therefore, let the sheet music, competition and creativity collide, and trust Pender’s Music Co. to help you. The result will be worth it.

Helpful links:

Band PML | New Selections for 2011 | Texas UIL (slideshow)
New Texas UIL | PML Concert Band Additions for 2011-2012 (pdf)
Choral PML | New Selections for 2011 | Texas UIL (slideshow)
New Texas UIL | PML Choral Additions for 2011-2012 (pdf)
Orchestra PML | New Selections for 2011 | Texas UIL (slideshow)
New Texas UIL | PML Full & String Orchestra Additions for 2011-2012 (pdf)
Texas UIL | PML Vocal
Texas UIL | PML Instrumental
Texas UIL | PML String

 

 

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This article in an Alabama newspaper kind of hits home on a day we give thanks…Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Alabama Voices: Reasons abound to give thanks

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A Pender’s Pick in choral sheet music: My Fair Lady

23132051-My Fair Lady choral medleyMy Fair Lady: A Choral Medley

Lerner & Loewe/arr. Andy Beck

Rediscover the impressive music from the Broadway and Hollywood blockbuster My Fair Lady. These indelible stage and screen songs are classics of American musical theatre and are as impressive today as when at the height  of their popularity. Rich choral moments, theatrical solo opportunities, and sweeping orchestrations offer 7 ½ minutes of first-class entertainment.

Songs: I Could’ve Dance All Night | On the Street Where You Live Wouldn’t It Be Loverly | I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face |Get Me to the Church on Time.

sample pdf | sample audio

23132051 | SATB | $3.50
23132052 | SSAB | $3.50
23132091 | Choral Inst Pak | $60.00
23132093 | Acc CD | $49.99

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A Pender’s Pick in church choral sheet music: How Can We Keep From Singing?

How Can I Keep From Singing

How Can We Keep From Singing?

Songs by Getty, Townend, Tomlin & Redman
Compiled by Tom Fettke

How Can We Keep From Singing? is the first in an exciting new collection series —- Library of Contemporary Classics. It spotlights 12 exceptional pieces from Keith and Kristyn Getty, Stuart Townend, Matt Redman, and Chris Tomlin. Among the featured arrangers are Michael Lawrence, Russell Mauldin, Tom Fettke, and Heather Sorenson.

These anthems “stick,” are scripture based and move people to a deeper walk with Christ. The messages are clear and the music engaging. Expert crafting of each arrangement keeps volunteer choirs in mind.

With so much new music appearing so fast, how can we know what worship music will endure? We can’t know. God determines which seeds bloom and which do not; however, we can know what music is enhancing worship in churches around the world today.

Titles: How Can I Keep from Singing · Our God · Jesus Messiah · Forever · What Grace Is Mine · Every Promise of Your Word · See What a Morning · All the Way My Savior Leads Me · There Is a Higher Throne · Jesus Is Lord.

Whether offered with fully orchestrated InstruTrax CD or with the tasteful keyboard accompaniment, God’s people, respond to these special songs.

sample pdf

23332310 | SATB Collection | $8.99
23332321 | Acc CD | $69.99
23332331 | Listening CD | $16.99
23332332 | Listening CD 10-pak | $59.99
23332333 | Preview Pak w/CD | $16.95

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Silly Songs & Sing-Alongs for Composers Did you know: Bach had twenty kids; Beethoven lost most

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Luigi’s Baton & the Orchestra Family Reunion (Grades 3-6) It’s time for the family r

Luigi’s Baton & the Orchestra Family Reunion (Grades 3-6) It’s time for the family r

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