Published February 4, 2016
Composing , General , Publishing , Teacher Resources
Tags: Alfred Music, Alfred's Basic Piano Library, learn to play piano, method books, Morty Manus, piano, piano methods, piano students, piano teachers, Sheet Music Plus
by Jacy Burroughs
Piano teachers, have you ever wondered about the creative process that goes into developing a piano method? In September 2015, I had the privilege of interviewing Morty Manus, former president of Alfred Music Publishing and co-author of the popular piano method series Alfred’s Basic Piano Library. He and his wife, Iris, shared with me the story of how the popular piano method series Alfred’s Basic Piano Library was born.
I was deeply saddened to hear of Morty’s passing early in 2016. He was so charming and full of life just a few short months earlier. How lucky I was to have participated in this interview and, with the support of Alfred Music’s fine recording studio staff, publish these videos in honor of him. The interview is separated into thirteen chapters, each of which is summarized below.
In memoriam: Morty Manus (1926-2016)
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Published December 30, 2015
General , How To Articles , Teacher Resources
Tags: how to read music, how to read music notes, how to read piano music, how to read piano sheet music, how to read sheet music, learn to read music, music note names, music note symbol, music note symbols, music staff notes, music symbols, musical note symbol, read music, reading music, reading music notes, reading sheet music, sheet music, Sheet Music Plus, sheet music symbols
Sheet music, the written form of music notes, may appear very complex to the untrained eye. While reading music is like learning a whole new language, it is actually much less complicated than you may think. This article will discuss how to read music notes. A separate article will discuss how to read rhythms. Continue reading ‘Learn How to Read Sheet Music: Notes’
Published December 30, 2015
General , How To Articles , Teacher Resources
Tags: how to read music, how to read music notes, how to read piano music, how to read piano sheet music, how to read sheet music, learn to read music, music notation, music note symbol, music note symbols, music symbols, musical note symbol, reading music, reading music notes, sheet music, Sheet Music Plus, sheet music symbols
Being sheet music enthusiasts, we wanted to provide some help to those music enthusiasts who are just learning how to play or have played by ear for years and would like to learn how to read sheet music notation. We’ve created this tutorial for you, starting with the basic listing of music symbols. Topics covered include the musical staff, clefs, position of notes on the staff, key signatures, time signatures, basic note lengths, and bar lines. A future article will include stylistic markings, like accents, dynamics and tempo markings. For a more in depth discussion on reading music notation, check out our blog “Learn How to Read Sheet Music: Notes”
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Published July 17, 2015
Tags: choir music, choir sheet music, choral music, choral sale, choral sheet music, choralsheetmusic.com, sheet music, Sheet Music Plus, vocal music, vocal sheet music, voice music, voice sheet music
Choralsheetmusic.com, brought to you by Sheet Music Plus, is your new ultimate resource for choral and vocal music.
You’ll love shopping at choralsheetmusic.com because:
- It is designed specifically for choral musicians. The search tools and category navigation bar will help you quickly find your choral products.
- Your Sheet Music Plus account will work on choralsheetmusic.com. No need to create another login or password.
- All Digital music purchased from Sheet Music Plus or choralsheetmusic.com is accessible through your Digital Library.
- Discounts are the same! You can still take 8% off whenever you buy 2 or more copies of the same titles.
- Items are returnable for up to a whole year!
And now, you can save big during our Annual Choral Sale!
Published December 9, 2014
Arranging , Composing , Music in Community , Publishing , Songwriting
Tags: arranger, competition, composer, composition, Digital Print Publishing, New Year's, self-publishing, Sheet Music Plus, songwriter
Composers, Arrangers, and Songwriters: we’ve got another exciting contest for you happening now through the end of December. Upload your sheet music and mp3 recordings to automatically enter the New Year’s Music Selling Contest. The more titles you upload, the greater chance you have of winning!
Let Sheet Music Plus help you accomplish a New Year’s resolution of publishing and selling more of your music. Upload the best-selling title in the below categories and win $300! We encourage you to upload as many titles as possible across the categories below in December, then promote and sell your titles from January 12 – February 15. The submission period has already started so start uploading your titles ASAP!
Here’s how it works:
- December 1-31, 2014 – Upload new original compositions and arrangements to your Digital Print Publishing account
- January 10, 2015 – All titles will be live on sheetmusicplus.com
- January 12 – February 15, 2015 – Selling competition period
- February 20, 2015 – Top-selling products at end of selling competition period will be announced
- Instrumental: Concert Band, Jazz (Big Band, Combo), Orchestra (full and string), Chamber Ensemble, Solo
- Sacred Choral: all voicings
- School/Community Choral: all voicings
- Piano: solo, 4-hand, duets
- Best-Selling Instrumental – $300
- Best-Selling Sacred Choral – $300
- Best-Selling School/Community Choral – $300
- Best-Selling Piano – $300
Stay tuned for more strategies on how to market and promote your music once the competition selling period starts. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below or write an email to : email@example.com
For your reference, here’s the link for Digital Print Publishing:
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*All entries must be titles uploaded for the first time. Sheet Music Plus reserves the right to disqualify a title due to copyright concerns, violation of contest terms, content deemed inappropriate, or any other reason. Rights to all uploaded titles remain the property of the original owner. All titles associated with this contest are subject to our Digital Print Publishing Terms and Conditions.
Katie Agioritis – Digital Print Publisher, composer, arranger and music educator
Kate Agioritis is an Australian composer, arranger and music educator. She primarily writes educational resources for use with her own students including various orchestral and band works, and her small ensemble arrangements have proven popular with student and adult performers worldwide.
Kate holds a Master of Music Education, as well as an AMusA in Saxophone and has most recently studied arranging through Berklee College of Music in Boston. She is currently the Head of the Creative Arts Faculty at Whitsunday Anglican School in Queensland.
Kate is the top earner in Sheet Music Plus’ Digital Print Publishing, with over 400 titles uploaded and nearly $10,000 in royalties since joining in late 2012. In a recent interview with our very own Ryan Brown, she provides some helpful suggestions for composers and arrangers hoping to achieve success through self-publishing.
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Did you know you can sell digital copies of your arrangements and original scores through Sheet Music Plus? Our Digital Print Publishing program allows you to upload PDFs and audio samples, input important marketing information, and set your own price (min. $1.99). Visitors can easily find your music using our advanced search engine, which receives over 3 million visits a year. It’s quick, easy, and FREE!
Start uploading today and you’ll automatically be entered in our first Digital Print Publishing Contest, happening July 1-31, 2014, with three categories of winners:
1. Best-selling new upload ($300 award and promotional highlight).
2. Highest cumulative sales for new uploads ($100 award).
3. Editor’s pick for best new upload ($100 award).
Titles must be NEW UPLOADS, submitted after 9:00am PST, June 11, 2014. All titles must be submitted by June 22, 2014, 11:59pm PST, in order to be live by July 1. Titles uploaded after this time will not be included in the contest.
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Published March 24, 2014
Tags: Alma Mahler, Alma Mahler sheet music, Anna Magdalena Bach, Clara Schumann, Digital Print Publishing, Fanny Mendelssohn, Fanny Mendelssohn sheet music, female composers, Maria Anna Mozart, Nannerl Mozart, sheet music, Sheet Music Plus, women composers, Women's History Month
In honor of Women’s History Month, we would like to recognize five important historical female composers who did not receive the recognition of their more famous male family members, although it was deserved. Prior to 1900, it was not uncommon to see women performing music. In fact, it was a requirement of all accomplished young ladies to play the keyboard. While performing music was encouraged, creating music was not, which is why we hear so little music by female composers before the twentieth century.
Anna Magdalena Bach (1701-1760) was the second wife of Johann Sebastian Bach. She was a professional vocalist, although not much is documented of her career. We know that she met her husband when he was the Capellmeister (a music director) in the German city of Cöthen and that she continued to sing professionally after they were married. Anna Magdalena Bach played an important role in her husband’s work, transcribing much of her husband’s music. Recent research by musicologists has suggested that several of J.S. Bach’s compositions were actually composed by his wife, including the famous Six Cello Suites.
Continue reading ‘Overshadowed Female Composers: Celebrating Music by Women Composers’
By Charles Moehnke
With over 835,000 titles in the Sheet Music Plus catalog, it can occasionally be challenging to find the exact edition you want. During my years in customer service, however, I’ve developed a strategy for zeroing in quickly and effectively. By following these few strategies you can simplify your search experience and become a Sheet Music Plus Power Searcher, just like me!
To quote a fortune cookie I once received, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” That Confucius fellow was obviously way ahead of his time, because Power Searching is all about simplicity! I start every search on Sheet Music Plus by using our main search bar at the top of the page.
This search bar will search all fields and descriptions, and your results will be displayed based on the relevance the title has to your initial search. You can modify any set of search results to only show digital or print titles, and you may adjust the order of the listed items, sorting by price, top-selling order, alphabetically and release date–whatever best fits your needs.
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Today we’re celebrating Sheet Music Plus’ 15th birthday! First and foremost, we would like to thank all of the parents, teachers and musicians that have made the last 15 years exceptionally great.
We thought it would be fun to give everyone the inside scoop about Sheet Music Plus by interviewing the founder of the company, Nick Babchuck.
Nick Babchuck and Brendan Lai-Tong
Nick was always fascinated with the way mail order business worked due to the fact that it was conceptually, statistically and mathematically intriguing. By the age of 15, he had already read an entire book on the subject! The mid to late 90’s marked the beginning of the dotcom boom. At this point in time, Amazon.com had been around for roughly a year. It was Amazon’s melding of mail order and online catalog which sparked the idea of creating Sheet Music Plus! In late 1996, the idea of starting Sheet Music Plus was beginning to become a reality.
Many people don’t know this, but Continue reading ‘Happy 15th Birthday Sheet Music Plus!’