Honor Flight Donation Drive

Honor Flight Donation Drive a Soaring Success!

MADISON, WI — July 29, 2014 — More than a dozen military veterans will be honored with a trip to their respective war memorials, thanks to the help of Musicnotes customers who purchased patriotic sheet music between Memorial Day and Independence Day this year. The annual six-week Musicnotes Honor Flight donation drive provides $1 from every patriotic download to local chapters of the Honor Flight Network, a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s war veterans through tours to Washington D.C. memorials. Exceeding previous years’ sales and reaching this year’s goal, 2014 proved to be the most rewarding drive yet. A total of $8,000 will be divided equally between the Badger Honor Flight in Madison, Wis. and the
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Summer Hits

Songs of Summers Past, Do You Remember These 20 Hot-Weather Hits?

There are certain things we absolutely can count on each summer (we’re especially thinking back to the days of marching band practice). Strange tan lines, endless bottles of water, copious amounts of sunscreen, and that one summer song that we absolutely love in May and have no way of escaping come August. Enter: the big summer hit! Each summer there’s quite a bit of buzz about what song will be ‘the’ song of summer.  After all, this is the singular popular jam determined to define what the past 4 months have been all about. And, undoubtedly, these ‘earworms‘ work their way into our collective consciousness, dominating airwaves, spawning YouTube covers and infiltrating nearly every barbecue and
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Georgia Stitt Interview

Q&A with Lyricist, Composer, Musical Director and All-Around Broadway Pro, Georgia Stitt

Dressing in a nun’s habit while singing in Latin on national live television? All in a day’s work for the supremely talented conductor, vocalist and writer Georgia Stitt! You may recognize Georgia from her role as a member of the nunnery in NBC’s ‘The Sound of Music Live!’ or as a vocal coach on ‘Grease: You’re the One that I Want!.’ You might also be a big fan (as we are) of her many  acclaimed written works including ‘Alphabet City Cycle,‘ ‘Sing Me a Happy Song‘ and ‘My Lifelong Love.’ We asked the lovely Broadway songstress to share a bit about her writing process, why she fell in love with the theatre, her best
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Madison, Wis

Facts, stats and interesting tidbits about the Musicnotes sheet music team!

Did you know that more than 4 million awesome musicians trust Musicnotes for their sheet music? And we’re proud to offer close to 250,000 digital arrangements covering nearly every genre and instrument. But none of it would be possible without our super team of talented musicians, programmers and designers here at MNHQ in Madison, Wisconsin. We thought it’d be fun to survey our staff and learn a little more about the people behind all the great sheet music! Take a look at our results in the infographic below. Interested in learning more about Musicnotes? Check out our ‘About Us’ page for additional information. Want to join our team? See current
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Songwriters Hall of Fame Songwriting Competition

A Songwriting Competition by Songwriters, for Songwriters

Calling all serious songwriters! Musicnotes is excited to share this amazing opportunity launched by our friends at the Songwriters Hall of Fame and Universal Music Publishing Group, the first ever Songwriters Hall of Fame Song Competition! Conceived by the talent and brainpower behind both great organizations, the Song Competition offers an opportunity for songwriters, both amateur and professional, to submit their work for a chance to win the Grand Prize: a publishing contract with Universal Music Publishing Group, an Epiphone Masterbilt DR-500MCE guitar, two tickets to the 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Gala, and recognition from the stage at the ceremony. (This gala is really an
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Practice Tips for Musicians

Maximize Your Time with These Practice Tips

Why do we practice? Sometimes it’s fun to pick up or sit down to your instrument and just play around, but that’s not really practicing. Practice, by definition, is a repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency. We as musicians are continuously honing our skills, reaching for the next level of competency and ultimate mastery of our instruments. Practice is work! And with these practice tips, you’ll be able to make the most of all the effort exerted during those precious practice hours. We’ll go through simple dos and don’ts of maximizing your practice time. And, like anything new, it’s going to take some practice
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Overcoming Stage Fright

10 Tips for Overcoming Stage Fright

Your palms start sweating, your muscles tense up, your heart beats so loud you think that, certainly, the whole audience can hear. Stage fright, also called performance anxiety, is a common ailment that affects many musicians, from beginners to professionals. If you’re one of the millions who suffer from stage fright know that you’re not alone, that it’s not your fault, and that there are activities and exercises you can do to help naturally overcome the anxiety. First, let’s understand why we feel stage fright. It’s all a natural reaction due to the body’s fight or flight response, a biological survival adaptation that kicks in when we feel threatened. We
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Musical Theatre

They Started on the Stage: Popular Artists Who Began in Musical Theatre

Singing, dancing, acting… the trifecta of musical theatre talent. In fact, many Hollywood careers have been launched thanks, in part, to musical theatre backgrounds. We’re all fairly well aware of the fine musical pedegree of some of Hollywood’s elite: Hugh Jackman, Lea Michele,  Julie Andrews and Liza Minnelli, to name just a few. But you may be surprised by some of the former theatre kids who became even more famous for their on-screen rolls and mainstream music careers. It just further proves how much we theatre kids rock! Read about a few our favorite stage-trained actors/artists below, and answer our trivia question at the end for your chance to win
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Jarrod Radnich Virtosic Piano Solo sheet music

Q&A with virtuosic pianist, performer and composer Jarrod Radnich!

First things first, if you haven’t yet watched the new YouTube video of Jarrod Radnich performing “Don’t Stop Believin’,” scroll down and watch it! Really, we promise, it’s that cool. Heck, even if you have already seen it, watch it again … we’ll wait. Inspiring, right? We are so excited to share with our blog readers more about the man behind the piano. Jarrod Radnich is a modern classical pop star who’s perhaps best known for astonishing audiences and inspiring piano virtuosos with his re-imagined arrangements of rock, movie soundtrack and video game standards. He started professionally instructing piano at age 11, received a full scholarship to Berklee at 14,
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benefits of music

Song for Thought: The Many Benefits of Playing Music

Encouraging young ones to take instrumental or vocal lessons not only will  help them foster a love and appreciation of music, studies prove the benefits gained through music education will last throughout an individual’s lifetime. If you’re a musician yourself, you likely can vouch for how music has helped shaped your life, and the measured benefits of playing music that you’ve enjoyed when performing and when pursuing other interests. That’s because learning to play music may actually re-wire your brain, bringing about a wide array of beneficial traits that extend beyond the music room. The varied skill sets we develop while learning to read, play and perform have helped bring
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