Simple Gifts of Music, Mindfulness and Thanksgiving

As we prepare to share in heart-warming traditions, celebratory musical gatherings and, yes, retail-related reverie, we look back nearly 170 years to a song that provides a gentle reminder of gratitude in its purest form. “Simple Gifts” was composed by Joseph Brackett in 1848, and its melody and message are as relevant today as when the Shaker elder first penned the piece. The tune itself is instantly recognizable, having appeared in a number of variations through the years such as Sydney Carter’s 1963 “Lord of the Dance,” Aaron Copland’s ‘Appalachian Spring’ ballet, TV spots for cars and appliances, and covers ranging from contemporary Christian artists to rock bands. Joseph Brackett’s
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Meet the Musicians of “Wayfaring Stranger” + Download Your Free Sheet Music

How do you celebrate spreading the joy of music to more than 5 million people around the world? Well, if you’re the world’s leading digital sheet music company, you give away free sheet music, of course! Not only are we offering a variety of vocal, piano, instrumental and even choral “Wayfaring Stranger” sheet music for free through the end of November, we also filmed a beautiful video featuring the piece, which we think demonstrates the unifying power of music. If you haven’t yet seen it, take a moment to watch now. We shot the video at a local historical theatre here in Madison, Wis. and enlisted the help of four
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Fun! Engaging! Educational! Learn How to Play Piano with Piano Maestro for FREE.

At the heart of everything we do, Musicnotes aims to help you make the world a more musical place. Every once in a while, a tool comes along that so closely and perfectly aligns with our mission, we can’t wait to share it with all of you. If you know someone who wants to learn how to play piano, or if you’re looking to pick music back up after time away, JoyTunes‘s Piano Maestro, for iOS, is one of the hands-down best music education apps we’ve seen (and they have the awards to prove it). We’re so excited to announce that our friends at JoyTunes are offering a FREE Piano Maestro 1-month membership to our
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Choral Update: New Advent/Christmas Sacred Choral Selections from World Library Publications

By Jonathan Miller, Director of Choral Catalog Remember, you can preview full scores before purchasing any of the terrific sacred choral pieces highlighted in this article on the Musicnotes website. Or, choose from a huge selection of secular Christmas choral scores from Pentatonix, Straight No Chaser and many more of today’s leading arrangers. Musicnotes is pleased to have recently added a set of Advent and Christmas titles – 15 in all – from World Library Publications (WLP). WLP focuses on meeting the needs of Catholic and other liturgical churches, where they have a strong presence and an excellent catalog. These works can enhance seasonal programming for a wide variety of
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Music Crafts

Simple Musical Crafts for Kids: 12 Rainy Day Projects

Even if your little ones are a bit too young to start formal musical training, it’s a terrific idea to expose them to basic concepts like rhythm, pitch and melody. A fun and exciting way to get youngsters involved in their earliest musical training is by helping them to make their own musical instruments. We’ve scanned the web to find 12 go-to (simple) musical crafts perfect for a rainy day, a quiet weekend or really any time! Looking for something a little more advanced than the preschool-level activities below? Use these 100% FREE resources to teach little ones how to read sheet music: Beginner Notes sheet music, keyboard note guide, and keyboard apps for iPad
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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Player Piano With a Brand NEW Arrangement & Video

MADISON, WI — October 6, 2015 —, the world’s leading digital sheet music retailer and publisher, is excited to announce the release of a brand-new digital sheet music and video package by Player Piano, the award-winning digital series that pairs virtuosic piano compositions with elaborately themed videos. Debuting today, Player Piano’s “Superman March” is one of composer Sonya Belousova’s most technically challenging arrangements to-date. The video, directed by the other half of Player Piano, renowned filmmaker Tom Grey, features Belousova cosplaying as journalist Lois Lane while performing the latest in Player Piano’s catalogue of pop culture musical reimaginations. The “Superman” music video follows in the footsteps of previous Player Piano cinematic tributes including the Doctor
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Popular High School Musicals

The Shows Go On: Most Popular High School Musicals

School musical auditions will soon be upon us, which means directors are finalizing this year’s show selections. There’s no doubt that each year’s production leaves a lasting impact on all involved, after all, you can’t just erase thousands of hours of running lines and mastering  choreography. The Musicnotes team got to talking about our most memorable productions, and noticed quite a few of us, from all over the country, had performed in the same shows during our school days. That got us wondering: what are the most popular high school musicals of all time? Well, a quick internet search pointed us to this article, which compiles 75 years of data
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Marching Band

March On! 10 Benefits of Playing in School Marching Band

You’ll be required to play outdoors, in temperatures ranging from frozen to sweltering. We ask that you wear the most scratchy, ill-fitting outfit imaginable, oh, and did we mention it comes with a really special hat? And we’re going to throw in early morning drills and weekend events for good measure. Does that sound like a recipe for fun to you? Well, we proud band geeks wouldn’t have it any other way! It’s that time of year when high school band geeks around the country get to take center stage, er, field, and show their non-roll-stepping peers what they’re made of. In addition to totally killing your half-time performance and wowing all your classmates, it turns
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News: Play Faster, Play Better with New Musicnotes Sheet Music Player for Mac

MADISON, WI — September 22, 2015 —, the world’s largest digital sheet music publisher and the leader in downloadable sheet music technology, today announced the release of its first-ever Digital Sheet Music Player app for Mac. The Musicnotes Mac app allows musicians to benefit from many of the same innovative features and functions available in Musicnotes’ top-rated Android and iOS mobile apps, plus even more. Not only can users enjoy audio/visual playback, custom audio mixing with tempo control, and key transposition of their digital sheet music, they also can print digital sheet music files right from their Mac desktop. Jon Higgins, Musicnotes’ Director of Technology, said his goal is
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Q&A With Songwriters, Storytellers and Stage Stars Marcy & Zina

Longtime composing/writing team Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich create songs that turn mundane day-to-day occurrences into laugh-out-loud musical events. For example, did you hear the one about the coffee Cassanova? How about the suitor who wooed his sweetheart with Weight Watchers? Have to learned to beware of thespian charmers from charm city? The songbooks of Marcy and Zina have long been adored by musical theatre fans, and their quick, smart, quirky pieces are favorites for stage auditions. The duo has been honored with the Fred Ebb Award for Musical Theatre Songwriting, a nomination for Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Lyrics and Music, and has toured nationally and internationally performing the
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