As a musician, you know how important technique and theory are to musical mastery. But in between all of the practicing, auditioning, and gigging, it’s also important to pay attention to your overall health!
Think about it: as a vocalist, can you remember the last time you ran of out breath while singing a long phrase? Pianists, woodwind, and brass players, have you ever felt sore after a long practice session? Here’s where staying fit and healthy comes into play.
If fitness isn’t already part of your routine, take some tips from the infographic below about the best exercises and stretches for musicians, courtesy of TakeLessons.com.
Published October 12, 2016
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by Jacy Burroughs
The Christmas season is one of the busiest times for musicians, with church gigs, themed concerts and holiday parties galore! With the thousands of arrangements out there, it can be difficult to decide what to play. That’s why Sheet Music Plus has come up with this brief guide of our most popular Christmas arrangements to help you get started. The following arrangements are great for both professional musicians and students. Pros can easily sightread these at a gig and students, with a little more preparation, can have some festive pieces for their holiday concerts. Continue reading ‘Top Christmas Chamber Music Arrangements’
Published May 18, 2016
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Start creating the arrangements you’ve been dreaming of. Arrange over 1000 hot copyrighted songs.
Sheet Music Plus is excited to announce ArrangeMe, a groundbreaking program that allows arrangers to create and sell arrangements of copyrighted music exclusively on Sheet Music Plus through the digital self-publishing platform SMP Press. Sheet Music Plus worked with music publisher Hal Leonard to provide SMP Press users with over 1000 songs, from Broadway showstoppers to award-winning hits. It’s free and easy to participate. Sheet Music Plus, together with Hal Leonard, handles payments to copyright holders so arrangers have more time to create. Continue reading ‘Introducing ArrangeMe: Legally Create and Sell Arrangements for over 1000 Copyrighted Songs’
Published April 22, 2016
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Tags: Choir, choir program, choir program ideas, choir program themes, choral, choral program, choral program ideas, choral program themes, college choir, elementary choir, high school choir, junior high choir, middle school choir, school choir concert, school choir program, school choral concert, school choral program, Sheet Music Plus
This spring, Sheet Music Plus held a school choral program contest, in which choir directors at the elementary, middle, high school and college levels were encouraged to submit the repertoire list for their schools’ spring choral concerts. The choral programs were judged based on originality, thematic content and age appropriateness. The winners received a $200 gift certificate to Sheet Music Plus. They shared the inspiration behind their creative programming with us. Congratulations, winners!
Iron Forge Elementary School
Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania
Theme: “The Iron Forge Construction . . . Through Music of Course!”
“I was working down the hall one day last spring when I heard a very loud “bang, bang” Continue reading ‘Spring School Choral Concert Winning Programs!’
Published April 8, 2016
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Tags: accent, adagio, allegro, andante, articulation, articulation markings, dynamics, fermata, how to read music, learn to read music, learn to read music notes, moderato, music, music notation, music notes, presto, sheet music, Sheet Music Plus, staccato, tempo, tenuto
So you may be thinking to yourself, “I know how to read and play notes and rhythms, but how do I make it sound more interesting?” That’s where dynamics, articulations and tempo come in. Dynamics tell you how soft or loud the music should be played; articulations tell you how short, long or strong a note should be played, and tempo tells you how slow or fast to play the music. Most sheet music will have more than just the notes and rhythms; it will have symbols and terms for dynamics, articulations and tempo as well. It is like learning a whole new language. We’ve outlined the basics to help get you started.
Continue reading ‘Learn How to Read Sheet Music: Dynamics, Articulations and Tempo’
Published March 31, 2016
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Tags: classroom resources, Common Core, education law, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, ESEA, ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act, music education, music educators, Music Express, music teachers, NAfME, National Association for Music Education, NCLB, No Child Left Behind, well-rounded education
On December 9, 2015 Congress voted in favor of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It is the seventh reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), originally passed in 1965, which is the national education law that commits to equal opportunities for all students. In the new law, music is mentioned as a separate, stand alone subject for the first time in ESEA’s history. This is a major win for music education as ESSA provides opportunities to expand access to music education nationwide. Continue reading ‘Every Student Succeeds Act: What It Means for Music Educators’
Published March 14, 2016
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 wa…
Source: Overshadowed Female Composers: Celebrating Music by Women Composers