Archive for November, 2012

Kicking Kickstarter Up A Notch – Part 2

By Brendan Lai-Tong

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra

In October we were the first to interview film director and cellist Ty Kim about his work with the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra (PACO) and their Kickstarter campaign. For those of you who don’t know, Kickstarter.com is a unique way for individuals with great ideas to raise funding for their projects. Kickstarter.com enables artists to reach a world-wide audience and many successful projects have gotten off of the ground through thisinnovative crowd-sourcing tool. The aim of Ty’s project was to raise seed funding to produce a short documentary film that showcases PACO and howchamber music teaches young people to play well with others in an orchestra and in life. You can read Continue reading ‘Kicking Kickstarter Up A Notch – Part 2’

Holiday Gift Ideas

By Brendan Lai-Tong

Hi Sheet Music Plus Fans! We hope that your  2012 been full of great lessons, performances and musical accomplishments.  Now that the holiday season is finally upon us, this is the perfect time to start looking for music gifts for your students, friends, teachers and colleagues. Check out these great gift ideas below:

Gift ideas for classical musicians:

Did you know that Sheet Music Plus sells CDs? We have 8,000+ recordings under the Naxos label including  greats like Bach, Mozart, Debussy and more. Listening to recordings of great performances is an important part of growing as a musician, so why not add a few to your holiday shopping list!

Bach CDs

Bach CDs

Mozart CDs

Mozart CDs

Debussy CDs

Debussy CDs

For those who are looking to become full-fledged Continue reading ‘Holiday Gift Ideas’

10 Interesting Facts About Trombone

By Zachariah Friesen

Here are 10 interesting facts about trombone that you may not have known. Allow me to indulge you:

1. The trombone is derived from an instrument called a sackbut.

Yes, you read that correctly, sackbut. The name sackbut is derived from the Middle French words saquer and bouter literally means “pull, push”. This is a very fitting name for the instrument since it was the first instrument to have a movable slide. This is unique to the instrument. The sackbut was mainly used in sacred and court music settings during the 1600s. Interestingly, the trombone has changed very little since its precursor, the sackbut. Many other instruments have been improved with major revisions to their original design. Apparently, trombone was the closest to perfection!

2. The trombone is said to be the “Voice of God”.

Some say that Beethoven and other composers described the Continue reading ’10 Interesting Facts About Trombone’

Artist Interview – Phyllis Thomas – Interactive Now! series

By Brendan Lai-Tong

Phyllis Thomas

Phyllis Thomas

Today we had the opportunity to interview Phyllis Thomas, co-author of the Interactive Now! series published by Heritage Music Press.

Phyllis, born and raised in Colorado, has had an extensive career in music as a performer and music educator. She graduated with a M.M. degree from the University of North Texas with a major in vocal performance. Phyllis has sung in productions with the Dallas Opera, Fort Worth Opera and other regional opera companies. Her years of experience as an elementary music teacher in Texas is what eventually led her to co-author the Interactive Now! series with Debbie Anderson, music teacher friend and colleague.

Each volume of the Interactive Now! series, previously known as SMARTBoardNow, is a collection of ten interactive lessons designed specifically for use in the K–5 music education classroom. The most exciting aspect of this series is that it is designed for use with an interactive whiteboard or IWB.  Using an IWB is tested and proven to be effective in teaching music concepts, greatly enhancing the student’s learning experience.  See video below:

Let’s find out more about Phyllis and the Interactive Now! series.

Continue reading ‘Artist Interview – Phyllis Thomas – Interactive Now! series’

10 Tips to Motivate Your Child to Practice

By Jenny Silva

We’re sure that everyone with children knows how challenging it is to motivate a child to practice. Every day there are activities that are vying for your child’s attention. Consistent and smart practice is essential to growing as a musician. The sooner your child can start to develop a regular practice regimen, the more apt they will be to succeed in their musical endeavors. Here are 10 tips to help motivate your child to practice:

1) Make practicing part of the routine – same time every day.  Ideally, it should be before the fun stuff – TV time or computer games. Play with what time of day works best for you. My kids are morning kids, and so morning practice works well for us.

2) Set realistic expectations for Continue reading ’10 Tips to Motivate Your Child to Practice’



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