Musicnotes Song Spotlight

Introducing Musicnotes Song Spotlight: Musical Inspiration, Delivered On-Demand

While almost everyone can appreciate music in its completed form, we musicians respect and honor all the individual components that go into creating the art of music. From scores and arrangements to lyrics to performances, we know that a song isn’t only about the finished product, but that the some of its parts create an invaluable experience that has the ability to uplift, encourage, move and inspire. This is why we’re so proud to announce our NEW Song Spotlight video series. Musicnotes Song Spotlight videos were created to provide music lovers an inspiring, personalized ‘behind the curtain’ look at the art of writing music, speaking to the writing process and
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The Importance of Emotional Intelligence for Kids: How Does Music Help?

Emotional intelligence — or emotional quotient (EQ) — is a lot like your IQ (intelligence quotient), but instead of assessing your smarts, it looks at your emotions. Basically, emotional intelligence indicates how well you can recognize and use your emotions. More schools are integrating emotional intelligence learning into their programs to help children perform better in the classroom. One way to do this is to incorporate music-related studies into the curriculum, as research has shown a very close relationship between emotional intelligence and music. What Is Emotional Intelligence? Emotional intelligence refers to your ability to perceive emotions and assess them. This includes your ability to understand emotions, read others’ emotions,
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The History of Sheet Music

Take a Quick Trip Through The History of Sheet Music – A Fun Infographic

Just like any language, musical notation has evolved over time. The stave, clefs, notes, accidentals, dynamics and other building blocks that we today recognize as notation didn’t always exist. Similarly, it wasn’t always as easy as downloading the sheet music you want in the key you need from anywhere. (Yes, those were dark times, indeed.) From stone to sheets to iPads, the portability of sheet music certainly has improved in the past 5000 years or so. Take a look at other ways notation, sheet music and sheet music publishing have advanced from ancient Mesopotamian beginnings to today. Click here for a printable PDF version. Click here to view the infographic
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News: Record Your Performance in Our iOS App, and Upload to Social Networks Instantly!

MADISON, WI — August 24, 2016 — Every one of us is just a video away from becoming the next YouTube musical star. Musicnotes.com, the world’s leading publisher and retailer of digital sheet music and sheet music technology, is helping musicians get their shot at stardom via new audio/video recording and social media distribution in its free iOS Sheet Music Player app. The company today unveiled the latest version of its Musicnotes Digital Sheet Music Player for iOS, which allows users to record their sheet music performances straight from the app using their iPad’s camera. Musicians may then share their videos via YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and other social networks. “We’re
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Back-to-School Choir Spotlight! New Choral Arrangements of Popular Songs.

Jonathan Miller, Musicnotes choral arranger extraordinaire and director of choral catalog, shares insight into recently added choral arrangements. I’ve been creating a number of new choral settings for songs that have been popular in their original piano-vocal versions. Here are a few that you and your choir might enjoy. “H.O.L.Y.” for STB Choir (Originally performed by Florida Georgia Line) This love song has great bluegrass/gospel harmonies. Mostly I set myself the task of transcribing faithfully the harmonies in the refrain of the original recording. This song would be great to perform either with a vocal trio or a larger ensemble. “Just Like Fire” for SSA Choir Also available for SATB,
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How to Choose Sheet Music for Piano Students

Piano teachers know that the day always comes when a student asks to play a song or piece that isn’t in their method book. If they’re a first or second year student, it’s quite possible that they aren’t ready to play the most difficult (and usually most accurate) arrangement available. As their teacher, it can prove challenging to find appropriate sheet music for piano students. Fortunately, these days there are multiple difficulty levels of nearly any song or piece to choose from, such as those offered here at Musicnotes. What criteria should teachers consider when choosing an appropriate arrangement for a student? In my experience, the three most important skill
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Contrafactum: What’s That?

A lesser-known musical term, contrafactum, refers to a song in which the melody is similar or even identical to another song yet contains different lyrics. One of the most popular examples of contrafacta are “What Child is This” and “Greensleeves.” While the lyrics convey very different meanings, the melody remains the same for both. There are several reasons for why a composer would choose to repeat one melody across two different pieces. Often times, the composer has chosen to reuse the melody from another piece because it brings together the beginning and end of a show. For example, “Come to Me,” also known as “Fantine’s Death,” is sung in the first
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Tips to Keep You Cool While Playing Hot Summer Gigs + Win a Musicnotes.com Water Bottle & Tee

Festivals, farmers’ markets, garden parties, weddings and sporting events, whether you’re playing under the hot sun or a hazy moon, summertime is prime for outdoor gigs. Unlike the more temperate (climate controlled) indoor venues, there are additional considerations to keep both your body and instrument in prime condition while playing on hot summer days. We’ve put together a quick list of the 5 most essential tips for outdoor summer gigs. Read to the end and enter to win a limited-edition Musicnotes.com Contigo™ reusable water bottle and cool t-shirt! (Note: This contest has ended and winners have been notified via email. Thanks to everyone who entered!) 1. Hydrate Proper hydration is essential
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Choosing the Perfect Audition Piece for You

Tips on how to do well at an audition are more or less universal, but the perfect audition piece is not. (Check out our Updated: 40+ Songs for Stage and Show Auditions blog post.) Each individual musician is different just as every performance of a piece varies ever so slightly from the one previous. There is no “one-size-fits-all” audition piece. Not saying it wouldn’t be nice, but it just doesn’t exist. There isn’t a perfected audition piece that will work for everyone the same. There is, however, a uniquely perfect audition piece for you. Musicnotes.com is here to help guide you through three basic steps to take when selecting the
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Q&A with GMA Dove Awards ‘New Artist of the Year,’ Lauren Daigle!

To say 2015 was a breakout year for CCM pop/rock sensation Lauren Daigle would be an understatement. Daigle’s debut full-length album, ‘How Can It Be,’ shot to #1 on the Christian album charts and #16 on Billboard’s top albums chart for all genres. Featuring the lead single by the same name, ‘How Can It Be,’ earned Daigle “Song of the Year” at the 2015 GMA Dove Awards, and Daigle was awarded “New Artist of the Year” that same night. Daigle graciously took time out of her whirlwind schedule and musical appearances to answer a few of Musicnotes’ most pressing questions, including what inspires her as a writer, how she feels about others playing her
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