SmartMusic Repertoire Update: December 2017

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: December 2017

This month we’ve added 13 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for concert band and string orchestra.

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But wait, there’s more! We also added five brand-new method books. These include Vocalize! (Alfred), Sound Innovations: Creative Warmups (Alfred), Measures of Success for Strings, Book 2 (FJH), My First Arban (Carl Fischer), and My First Universal (Carl Fischer).

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: November 2017

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: November 2017

In November we give thanks for the bountiful music we have at our fingertips. Well, that and other things, too.

This month we’ve added 13 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for choir, concert band, and string orchestra.

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Featured Content:The Headless Horseman

Featured Content: The Headless Horseman

Today’s featured content is Timothy Broege’s The Headless Horseman. This grade 2 piece is suitable for middle school and high school concert bands. What’s more, it is spooky and perfect for this time of year!

Click the play button below to hear a recording of The Headless Horseman and click on the cover to follow along in the score.

Featured Content: Portrait of a Clown

Featured Content: "Portrait of a Clown"

Today’s featured content is Frank Ticheli’s Portrait of a Clown. This Grade 2 piece masterfully portrays the varied emotions of the clown. Because it doesn’t rely heavily on low brass and low woodwinds, it’s often a great choice for young band programs that have not yet fully developed those sections.

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: September 2017

SmartMusic Repertoire Update: September 2017

September is here and the school year is up and running!

To help, we’ve added 19 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are pieces for choir, concert band, jazz ensemble, string orchestra, and full orchestra.

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We invite you to explore the full SmartMusic Repertoire Library and/or request additional titles you’d like us to add.

Featured Content: Paul Baker’s Arnge Drank

Featured Content: Paul Baker’s Arnge Drank

This month the spotlight is on Paul Baker’s funky jazz ensemble piece Arnge Drank (which is, of course, in SmartMusic). Rather than tell you how fun this grade 3 chart is, take a quick listen to this video of the All-American College Band playing it (with added tuba and French horns):

To help us provide performance suggestions for the piece, we went right to the source, Paul Baker, composer of Arnge Drank and owner of Baker’s Jazz And More Music Publishing.

Featured Content: Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method

Alfred's Basic Guitar Method

This month the spotlight is on “Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method, Book 1.” Originally introduced in 1956, Alfred’s Basic Guitar Method has become the standard, having helped launch more than 5 million guitarists.

What’s New?

The music in the method has evolved significantly since 1956, and now includes blues, country, folk, jazz, rock and pop music.