SmartMusic Repertoire Update: June 2017

June Repertoire Update 2017

Summer is here!

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

There’s also one new piece for jazz band. Just one? Well, heck, those kids can improvise! View the complete list.

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades”

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s “Blue Shades”

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.

Featured Content: New Releases and Superhero Theme Music

Featured Content: New Releases and Superhero Theme Music

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.

Repertoire Spotlight: Music From La La Land

Repertoire Spotlight: Music From La La Land

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.

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Simple Gifts

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Simple Gifts

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.

Repertoire Spotlight on Jazz for Jazz Appreciation Month

Repertoire Spotlight on Jazz Band for Jazz Appreciation Month

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.

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli’s Vesuvius

Featured Content: Frank Ticheli's Vesuvius

This month’s featured title is Frank Ticheli’s Vesuvius, a powerful showpiece for strong concert bands. This exciting grade 4 piece is available today in SmartMusic. Click the play button below to hear a recording of Vesuvius. Click on the cover to follow along in the score.

Repertoire Spotlight on: Vince Gassi’s “Bang Zoom!”

Repertoire Spotlight on: Vince Gassi’s “Bang Zoom!”

This month we added 25 new ensemble titles to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. Included are new pieces for choir, jazz ensemble, concert band, and string orchestra. View the complete list here.  

Today we’re featuring Vince Gassi’s “Bang Zoom!” which was recently added to the SmartMusic Repertoire Library. This is a very popular, fun, and easy concert band piece.

Featured Content: Michael Markowski’s Shadow Rituals

Featured Content: Michael Markowski’s Shadow Rituals

This month’s featured title is Michael Markowski’s Shadow Rituals, a wonderful piece for young band that’s available today in SmartMusic. Markowski describes this rhythmic and energetic piece as a dark and mystical dance – a reflection of something primitive or ancient.

Click the play button below to hear a recording of Shadow Rituals.