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Learn The Many Ways That Music Benefits Your Mind – Fun Animated Infographic

As musicians, we appreciate a vast array of music benefits that come from playing and practicing. For some of us, music helps to relax us. For others, it helps to pep us up! Sitting down at the piano or picking up our violin can offer a fun diversion, or it can challenge you in unique ways. Aside from the general pleasure we get out of practicing and performing, learning and playing music has proven benefits when it comes to mental, cognitive and emotional health as well. For example, did you know that playing music increases memory, coordination, and can actually alter your brain’s structure? School students who study music are
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By Song and By Book, Our 10 Favorite Lit-Inspired Musical Arrangements

The great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius wrote “music begins where the possibilities of language end.” As proud music nerds and book nerds,  we’re often reminded of how literature has served as an inspirational source for composers and songwriters throughout history. In celebration of National Library Week, we’re exploring the rich relationship between music and the written word with our top arrangements of downloadable sheet music inspired by literature and books. A prized book and a great song often incorporate many of the same storytelling elements: a compelling plot, an intentional cadence, and an emotional resolution. Paperback writers and piano men alike use universal human conditions to pull at our heartstrings and
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What It’s Like to Audition for The Voice + Recommended Vocal Audition Sheet Music

“For me, it was just something fun,” said Chuck P. of his decision to audition for The Voice a couple of weeks ago. A vocalist/keyboardist in a very popular local cover band by night and Musicnotes’ go-to guy by day, our ‘Chuck-of-all-trades’ sat down to share his experience auditioning for The Voice, and offer his suggestions regarding which supplies to bring, how to prepare and what to expect when getting ready for your own talent show vocal audition. When Chuck heard that The Voice was holding first-round auditions in Chicago, just a short drive from Musicnotes headquarters in Madison, Wis., he figured he’d fill out an application and make a
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Come Again? 10 More Hilariously Misheard Lyrics. Win a $10 Gift Card!

We’re sorry, this contest has ended and the winner has been notified. Thanks for sharing your hilarious entries! We’re back for another round of “what’s that lyric?” where we share what songs we’ve flubbed the words to lately. Misheard lyrics often have hilarious results. Whether singing in the shower, holding a carpool karaoke session or showing off your vocal chops among  friends, we all can relate to that moment when you’re not 100% certain that what you’ve sung is accurate. These are just a few of our favorite recently misheard lyrics, as witnessed by Musicnotes employees and friends. Never ones to take ourselves too seriously, we’re offering these mondegreens (the official 
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Q&A With Lead Singer Chad Mattson of the Outspokenly Positive Band, Unspoken.

The chart-topping Christian band Unspoken is many things, but silent certainly isn’t one of them. The group, led by vocalist Chad Mattson, has a message, and they share that message loud and clear with songs focused on empowerment and gratitude. It’s that positive, uplifting message that has resonated with fans and earned Unspoken four straight top-five American Christian chart singles, “Who You Are,” “Start a Fire,” “Lift My Life Up” and “Good Fight.” Mattson was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule, which includes an upcoming Unspoken tour, to share a bit about his writing process, what it’s like collaborating with his bandmates, and how music can
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Q&A With Christian Singer, Songwriter, and Purveyor of the Road-Less-Traveled, Jordan Feliz

One of the best parts of working at Musicnotes is that you get the opportunity to celebrate, appreciate and play an entire world’s worth of musical styles and genres. This is part of the reason we feel a kindred connection to singer/songwriter Jordan Feliz. Jordan Feliz’s single, “The River,” has quickly ascended the Christian music charts, and his debut album ‘Beloved,’ has garnered rave reviews from critics and fans alike. It’s hard to imagine that this soulful CCM breakout started his professional musical career as none other than a heavy rock vocalist for a band notably showcased via the punk-rock-focused Warped Tour. The journey from fronting the band A Current
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Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions and Meeting Musical Goals

The new year presents us with the opportunity to consider what we may want to improve upon or accomplish over the next 12 months. Have you chosen your musical new year’s resolutions or goals yet? Read on to find popular articles relating to seven common musical resolutions, including everything from learning to play a new instrument to getting into tip-top musical shape for 2016’s auditions and performances! Resolution #1: Learn How to Play an Instrument Did you receive a new instrument over the holidays? Perhaps you used to read sheet music, but could use a bit of a refresher. We have simple guides to the basics of reading sheet music,
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Holiday Gifts for Musicians. Our Easy Guide to Perfectly Thoughtful Presents!

When it comes to gift giving, it is truly the thought that counts. That’s why we’ve put together a list of perfectly thoughtful holiday gifts for musicians. Anyone who’s musically inclined will be delighted to receive one of the suggestions below. Whether your recipient is a band geek, choir nerd, orch dork, or just a general lover of music, find a carefully curated mix of musical gifts for musicians of all types. Gifts For the Studious Musician Expand musical minds with fun-to-use supplies and thought-provoking activities. Sheet Music Pencil Set A personalized pencil box with classical-adorned #2s is a gift that will not be written off. Moleskin Art Plus Music
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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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