Published March 24, 2014
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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.
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If you’re like me, the most stressful part of the holidays is finding the perfect gift for all my friends and loved ones. As so many of us here are musicians, we thought we’d share some gift ideas for musicians we’d love to see under our Christmas trees this year! We hope they’ll help you find just the right gift for the musicians in your life.
Constructing Melodic Jazz Improvisation – $24.95
If you’re familiar with the sounds of jazz greats like Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, JJ Johnson or Miles Davis, it’s likely that you were spellbound by their amazing improvisational solos. This book contains a very thorough method with which to acquire a solid foundation for growing your improvisational skills. The best part about this book that it contains a play along CD to practice improvisation over a wide variety of chord changes. This is a perfect gift for the budding jazz musician.
Constructing Melodic Jazz Improvisation
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Circle of Fifths Watch – $49.95
Grappling for gift ideas for your musically inclined loved ones? Your family and friends will be impressed by the thoughtfulness of this creative gift that represents their musical side. This watch is the perfect gift for the enthusiastic musician. Also available for men and with a chromatic face. Plus, every musician needs to be on time and know their scales!
Circle of Fifths Watch
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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!’
By Brendan Lai-Tong
Today we had the opportunity to interview Professor Dennis Alexander, a prolific composer on staff at Alfred Music Publishing. In addition to his compositional duties at Alfred, Dennis is also an active soloist, accompanist, chamber musician and clinician. Keep reading to learn more about Dennis and how he approaches his compositional process.
You may know his compositions from some of the books below:
What inspired you to start a career in music?
I grew up in Continue reading ‘Dennis Alexander – Artist Interview’
By Brendan Lai-Tong
We recently had the opportunity to interview Sharon Burch, music teacher, clinician and author of the Freddie the Frog series.
Sharon is a National Board Certified Teacher in Music,
holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Truman University in
Kirksville, Missouri and a Masters’ Degree as a Professional Educator from
Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. In addition, she also holds a certification in
piano instruction from the International Piano Teaching Foundation developed
by Dr. Robert Pace. She has served as a vocal and piano instructor, taught preschool through 8th grade general music and directed junior high
and high school choirs. Sharon currently specializes in K-3 music.
Sharon found that the use of games, storytelling and puppetry in teaching was a highly effective way to communicate the concepts of music to her students. As a result, the Freddie the Frog series became a reality in 1995.
Sharon authored Continue reading ‘Sharon Burch – Artist Interview’
Featured Choral New Releases
By Brendan Lai-Tong
Choir Directors, this article is just for you! We decided to showcase some of the newest releases from your favorite publishers like Hal Leonard, Alfred, Lorenz, Brentwood Benson and Hinshaw.
Don’t miss your chance to save 20% on the new releases in this article as Continue reading ‘Featured Choral New Releases’
By Brendan Lai-Tong
There are few instruments more familiar to the public than the trumpet. Influential artists such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Maurice Andre and Phillip Smith helped bring the trumpet into the public spotlight. The trumpet is a versatile instrument that is present in a wide variety of musical genres such as classical, jazz, rock and more. As a result, there is an extensive amount of Continue reading ‘Top 10 Little Known Facts About The Trumpet’
By Sheet Music Plus
Greetings music teachers, students and performers. Welcome to the official Sheet Music Plus blog!
We strive to bring you the most helpful, informative, and thought provoking articles written by musicians for musicians.Upcoming articles will feature composers, arrangers, and community ensembles, giving you insight into Continue reading ‘Welcome to the official Sheet Music Plus Blog!’
By Ryan Jobes
The disc record developed over the fist half of the 20th century and gained in popularity as radios and home stereos became an important part of family entertainment. By the 1940’s, thick 78 rpm records began to give way to crisper higher fidelity sound of records pressed on vinyl. During the 50’s and Continue reading ‘History of the B-Side’
By AnneMarie Cordeiro
G. Schirmer has proven itself to be an important and influential figure in American music publishing. This publishing house continues to offer a wide variety of sheet music to be enjoyed by practical and theoretical musicians of all levels. Take a look at Continue reading ‘Piano favorites from G. Schirmer Publications’