It’s back-to-school time. To help, we’ve got some new large ensemble titles. This month we’ve added two titles for choir, five for concert band, three for string orchestra, and four for jazz ensemble (including Gordon Goodwin’s killer arrangement of Herbie Hancock’ Watermelon Man). View the complete list of new ensemble pieces.
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.
This month the spotlight is on Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades,” a medium-advanced piece for concert band, now available in SmartMusic. Widely regarded as one of the very best by one of the very best, “Blue Shades” combines Mr. Ticheli’s own unique voice with the influence of traditional jazz and blues music he heard in his childhood near New Orleans, Louisiana.
We’ve added 29 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for choir, concert band, jazz band and string orchestra. View the complete list here. But wait, there’s more.Summer is Coming!
Summer break is right around the corner. Now is a great time to brainstorm strategies to keep kids practicing over summer break.
The delightful musical comedy/drama La La Land was the smash hit of 2016. It set records both in winning seven Golden Globes and in receiving fourteen Oscar nominations. Among the six Academy Awards it received were Best Original Score and Best Original Song (“City of Stars”).
This week we’ve added three songs from La La Land to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library:Another Day of Sun City of Stars Mia and Sebastian’s Theme
Each song is provided as solo content for one instrument to play along with orchestral accompaniment.
This month’s featured title is Frank Ticheli’s Simple Gifts: Four Shaker Songs, based on four traditional Shaker pieces. This beautiful, mature work is suitable for middle school through college bands, as well as community bands. Best of all, this grade 3 piece is available today in SmartMusic. Click the play buttons below to hear recordings of each of the four movements.
This month we added 25 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for choir, concert band, string orchestra, and seven pieces for jazz band. View the complete list here.
As part of our celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month we’ll focus on one of those pieces, Vince Gassi’s arrangement of Louis Prima’s classic Sing, Sing, Sing, which was immortalized by Benny Goodman’s 1938 Carnegie Hall performance.