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