Archive for October, 2012

Artist Interview – John Kreitler (Christopher Kazoo and Bongo Boo)

By Brendan Lai-Tong

Today we will be looking at the Christopher Kazoo and Bongo Boo series by John Kreitler!

John Kreitler

John Kreitler

John Kreiter is a film & T.V. composer, songwriter, music producer & classical music composer residing in Los Angeles, CA. He holds a B.A. in Composition from Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR where he studied violin, composition and conducting, before continuing his studies towards an MM in Composition from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

Kreitler began his professional career composing film scores for Avco Films and for independent filmmakers in the Midwestern United States as well as scores and songs for commercials before moving to Los Angeles. His composing credits include the award-winning films “To Beat the Devil” (Avco Films) and “6344” (Butterfly Films); songs for Material Girls (MGM/Sony) numerous television films & documentaries; numerous daytime television series, including As the World Turns, Guiding Light, Another World, All My Children; the European series Riviera,and the NBC drama Passions. He has also contributed underscoring, songs and source music for numerous prime-time series such as Law and Order, Friends, Homicide, Melrose Place, 90210, Lois & Clark, Saturday Night Live, and many others. He has won ten EMMYs since 1991 and been awarded the prestigious BMI/TV Film Award ten times.

In addition to his busy composition schedule, Kreitler is Continue reading ‘Artist Interview – John Kreitler (Christopher Kazoo and Bongo Boo)’

Managing Musical Performance Anxiety

By Carolyn Walter

While speaking with a friend several years ago, I mentioned that like so many other people,  I wished I was never anxious while performing.  Insecure about my ability to do well at high-pressure performances and auditions, I yearned for a magic bullet that would make me supremely confident and impervious to self-doubt.  I will always remember my colleague’s response:  A dancer and classical bassist by trade, she shrugged her elegant shoulders and replied, “Yes, but I am always a little bit glad when I am nervous at a performance, because it means that I actually care.”

In that moment, I began to Continue reading ‘Managing Musical Performance Anxiety’

Happy 15th Birthday Sheet Music Plus!

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 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!’

Music in Community – BandWorks!

By Brendan Lai-Tong

Have you ever wanted to play in a rock band? For some, the buzz of electric guitars, sonically sublime vocals, and the energetic roar of the crowd are enticing enough to want to give it a try. As you all know, not all of this is as easy as it seems. It takes some serious study time to get to the level of the greats like Queen and Led Zeppelin.  After hours of study and private lessons, you will still need to round up some like-minded individuals to perform with, not to mention booking venues. If this sounds like a lot of work, well… it is! Where do you begin?

BandWorks

Today’s Music in Community feature, BandWorks, has the solution. Bandworks, a company based out of the California East Bay, was co-founded by Steve Gibson and Jeremy Steinkoler with a mission to bring people of all levels together to play music.

I think the most compelling aspect of BandWorks is the community experience we offer for kids and adults.  We’re all looking to play music together, and BandWorks provides the supportive environment for it, and really builds community among musicians. – Jeremy Steinkoler

The program started as Continue reading ‘Music in Community – BandWorks!’

Kicking Kickstarter Up A Notch

By Brendan Lai-Tong

Crowd sourced funding seems to be all the rage recently! By turning to this method of fundraising, amazingly creative individuals are able to enlist the help of the community to make their dreams come true. Musicians, in particular, have been following suit in order to fund musical projects that wouldn’t have become a reality otherwise.

One example of this is film director and cellist Ty Kim. Ty is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker and award-winning television producer.  Some of his accolades include six Los Angeles area Emmys, the National Edward R. Murrow Award, nine Golden Mikes, and the Associated Press Award for California.

Director Ty Kim with childhood idol, Muhammad Ali

Director Ty Kim with childhood idol, Muhammad Ali

Ty has played the cello since the age of four and was a student of Francesca Church.  At Stanford University, Ty continued his cello studies with Stephen Harrison and later formed a piano forte trio with two fellow students that were coached by Andor Toth.  More recently, Ty played two Continue reading ‘Kicking Kickstarter Up A Notch’

Publish Your Compositions Easily With Digital Print Publishing

By Brendan Lai-Tong

Do you compose music? If so, we’re sure that you have considered the idea of selling your compositions. Deborah Keily Hanson, a member of the Music Teachers Association of California, recently signed up for Sheet Music Plus Digital Print Publishing and found out how easy it is to get one of her pieces listed on our site!

Deborah Keily Hanson

Deborah Keily Hanson

Deborah has a diverse musical background as an accomplished musician, teacher, and performer. She has performed solo recitals, accompanied soloists from the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, performed at the Ocho Rios International Jazz Festival in Jamaica, accompanied musical theater groups locally and with the Los Angeles Opera Musical Theater Company.

Her compositions Palawan and Sunrise at Yushan recently won 1st place in the 2012 MTAC composers competition. Palawan, along with some of Deborah’s other compositions, are available for purchase right now on our site.

We wanted to make it easy for composers to sell their compositions. All compositions are added directly into our searchable catalog online and composers earn 45% royalties right away. The best part is that it is absolutely FREE! Continue reading ‘Publish Your Compositions Easily With Digital Print Publishing’



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