The Art of Choral Programming

 Musicnotes is thrilled to announce the addition of renowned choral conductor, composer, arranger, artistic director and vocalist Jonathan Miller to the team.  Jonathan joins us while continuing his work with Chicago a cappella, an esteemed ensemble of professional singers he founded in 1993. In addition to overseeing the Musicnotes choral sheet music offerings, Jonathan graciously agreed to share his insights and expertise on choral arranging, vocal well-being, repertoire suggestions, choral music programming and more with all of us on the Musicnotes Blog. In fact, the latter topic he’s touching on today. The Art of Choral Music Programming: How to Captivate an Audience I am excited to be joining the Musicnotes
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Spooky Piano Themes

Melodic Spooks and Spells: Solo Piano Halloween Sheet Music

The cobwebs are all up, the jack-lanterns are lit and the spooky snacks are all set out for your guests… but still, the atmosphere for your Halloween party isn’t quite right. Yes, you’re missing the mood music – and, of course, there’s no better music than live music. The problem is, with the guests on their way, you don’t have time to figure out what to play … While Musicnotes has a great selection of Halloween Sheet Music for all instruments, in a social setting your best instrument will be the piano – so we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite spooky piano solos, perfect for your
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Match the song titles with their lyrics

Can You Match New Hit Songs with Their Lyrics?

Did you know we add new sheet music to Musicnotes.com nearly every single day? In fact, about 400 new arrangements appear on our website weekly. That’s a whole lot of hit songs to keep up with. We thought it’d be fun to see how many recent hit songs you can identify with a little lyrical quiz. All 10 of the titles below have been added to site (amongst many, many more) in the past week or so. See if you can match up the lyric with the correct song title below, and be sure to check out all the newest additions to our massive sheet music catalogue.

Oktoberfest sheet music

Learn About and Learn How to Play Fun Oktoberfest Music!

Each year in Munich, Germany, more than 6 million people gather to eat, drink and socialize celebrating all things Bavarian, as millions more gather for their own ‘Oktoberfest’ celebrations around the world. While the beer, brezen and würstl are consumed, revelers enjoy an array of traditional German tunes, often singing and dancing along. Here at Musicnotes headquarters, we like to celebrate Oktoberfest Gemütlichkeit by playing a wide array of German sheet music! Since the festival runs from mid-September through the first weekend of October, we wanted to be sure to get our oompah fix in with the Top 10 Oktoberfest Songs to play at your very own celebration. Traditional German
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Improvisation tips

Begin Putting the ‘Pro’ in Musical Improvisation

Perhaps the ultimate display of personal musicianship and expression, improvisation is a fantastic component to any developing musician’s study. Learning to play spontaneously isn’t easy, and it’s certainly a skill built on trial and error. However, there are a few things beginners can do to aid in their mastery of musical improvisation. First, you might be thinking, “I’m not a jazz guy, what do I need to practice improvisation for?”From Bach to Beethoven, improvisation has a storied history in classical music, allowing composers to show off their skills and attract attention and admirers. A recent study has even suggested that musicians who train in improvisation are able to unlock their
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Quotes for pianists

Quotables for Pianists: 12 of Our Favorite Piano Quotes

Did you know that September has been named Piano Month by The National Piano Foundation? Just in time to celebrate, we’ve gathered some of our favorite piano quotes paying tribute to one of our very favorite instruments. We hope you enjoy this collection of piano quotations, and please add your own treasured odes to the piano in the comments section at the end! 1. “It’s like a whole orchestra, the piano for me.” -Dave Brubeck (Download Dave Brubeck sheet music) 2. “Life is like a piano. What you get out of it depends on how you play it.” -Tom Lehrer (Download Tom Lehrer sheet music) 3. “When I had nothing
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Encouraging Good Practice Habits

Make Practice Time Rewarding and Fun with These 5 Simple Practice Tips!

With the new school year now fully underway, many households are getting into their groove and finding the right routine. In any musical household, one very important (yet sometimes overlooked) factor of a successful school year schedule is practice time. Following school, homework, extra-curricular activities and sleep, musical practice may occasionally get pushed to the wayside or left until the last minute, which, as we know, doesn’t really help budding musicians expand their skills and reach their goals. We’ve narrowed down five simple tips for encouraging good practice habits that children can carry on throughout their musical careers. When practice is rewarding and ‘fun,’ youngsters will look forward to that
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Let It Go sheet music

News: “Let It Go” Sheet Music Smashes Sales Milestone in Record Time

MADISON, WI – September 12, 2014 – ‘Frozen’ sheet music has shone hot atop our Musicnotes Top Downloads list since its early 2014 debut, but even the most seasoned of sheet music forecasters couldn’t predict that the Disney film’s breakout anthem, “Let It Go,” would hit the 100,000 sale milestone at such a scorching fast pace. “Let It Go,” penned by acclaimed husband-and-wife songwriting team Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, joins the company of just three other songs ever to reach Musicnotes’ prodigious 100,000 download milestone. Adele’s “Someone Like You,” Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up,” and “Hallelujah,” written by Leonard Cohen, each have been purchased and downloaded more than
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Sleeping at Last

Q&A with Composer, Innovator and Modern Musical Renaissance Man, Sleeping At Last

There’s a mantra commonly repeated in writing to “show, don’t tell.” Sleeping At Last creates music that doesn’t just tell us stories, he shows us the warmth and emotion behind them. His anthology-inclined discography is a study in musical storytelling concepts, from the 36-song year-long ‘Yearbook,’ to this year’s ‘Atlas: Year One,’ a compilation of pieces from his ‘Atlas’ series of EPs. Perhaps it is his propensity for narrative through music that’s made Sleeping At Last a favorite among TV and film producers. “Turning Page,” the absorbing declaration of love that appeared in ‘Twilight IV: Breaking Dawn – Part 1,’ is a perennial favorite of Musicnotes musicians, as is “Sun,”
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Country sheet music vs. Rock sheet music

Is Your State A Little Bit Country or A Little Bit Rock ‘N’ Roll?

In a clash of the digital sheet music genres, it looks like country and rock ‘n’ roll are somewhat evenly matched, according to the shopping patterns of U.S. musicians.   Inspired by songwriter Marty Cooper’s classic tune “A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock ‘N Roll“® (as performed on ‘Donny & Marie’), our stat-savvy data team explored a year’s worth of U.S. sales data to determine where, geographically, country or rock sheet music proved to be most popular. Country sheet music was defined by any song with a ‘country’ tag on the website, while rock consisted of sub-genres ‘arena rock,’ ‘classic rock,’ ‘hard rock‘ and ‘rock & roll.’ Overall,
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