Archive for August, 2012

Music in Community – Band Feature

By Brendan Lai-Tong

Welcome back to the Music in Community series! Today we are excited to take you on a trip to Egypt and Italy!

Despite political unrest in Egypt, the Silver Khartoum International Community School Band (KICS) joined the music students of the New Cairo British International School to perform in the Nile River Music Festival. The combined bands from KICS and NCBIS played four concerts in Cairo: one at the Cairo Opera House, another at El Sawy Culture Wheel, one at Helwan University’s Faculty of Music in Zamalek; and finally, one at New Cairo British International School for the general public, parents, fellow students and faculty.

KICSB and NCBIS Bands

Here is what Robert had to say about the festival and the band’s experiences in Egypt:

The Nile River Music Festival that occurred in Cairo, Egypt March 29 -April 2, 2012 was a festival of Music combined with great Continue reading ‘Music in Community – Band Feature’

Dennis Alexander – Artist Interview

By Brendan Lai-Tong

Dennis Alexander

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’

How to Improve Music Memorization Skills

By Carolyn Walter

Memorizing music can be a daunting task for musicians of all stripes.  Unfortunately for many of us, repetition alone is not enough.  Simply playing a piece of music from a score over and over again only teaches you to play the piece extremely well. . .but with the aid of the written page.  The key to “getting off of the page” is identifying what kind of musical learner you are, and which strategies will be most effective for you as an individual.

#1 Prepare the piece for memorization
For technically challenging works, memorization will be much more difficult if you don’t have a firm grasp of the most difficult sections beforehand.  In a similar fashion, you should have a clear picture in mind of

Continue reading ‘How to Improve Music Memorization Skills’

Sharon Burch – 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 Burch - Freddie the Frog

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’

Music in Community – Candace Love

By Brendan Lai-Tong

Sheet Music Plus is excited to showcase the first entry in our new and recurring blog series, Music in Community! Through this series we will highlight ways that you, our Sheet Music Plus customers, have positively influenced your communities through music.

Our first story comes from Candace Love as she speaks to the challenges and rewards of starting up and successfully running a free music school. Yes, you read that correctly, FREE: Continue reading ‘Music in Community – Candace Love’

Featured Choral New Releases

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.

Hal Leonard New Release Pick

Sing and Celebrate! – Cindy Berry ($39.99 $31.99)

Sing and Celebrate! - Cindy Berry Designed for younger elementary choirs, Sing and Celebrate! contains a variety of general and seasonal songs for use throughout the church year. Packed with lesson plans, teaching resources, and rehearsal planning ideas, this collection gives you all the tools necessary for building a successful, engaging choir program in one value-packed Book/CD! The enhanced StudioTrax CD features accompaniment and performance tracks, along with reproducible singers’ pages and colorful PDF song charts for projection options! Songs, both familiar and new, along with fun, creative teaching plans will nurture the musical and spiritual growth of your singers to last a lifetime. Suggested for grades K-4. Songs include: Sing and Celebrate (General), The Gifts He Offers to You (General), Trust In the Lord (General), We Thank You, God (General/Thanksgiving), A Home For Jesus (Advent), Go, Tell It On the Mountain (Christmas), Christmas Means Jesus (Christmas), Sing Hosanna! (Palm Sunday), Rejoice, It’s Easter Day! (Easter), We Celebrate This Day (Mother’s Day/Father’s Day). Continue reading ‘Featured Choral New Releases’



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