How to choose a music teacher

How to Choose a Piano Teacher

The benefits of learning to play music are indisputable, and one of the most important aspects in creating an exciting, valuable music education experience for yourself or your child is knowing how to choose a piano teacher. Communication styles, learning methods and preferred genres are highly personal, meaning that it takes a little bit of background work to choose the best music teacher FOR YOU. Below we’ll go over our 5 helpful tips for choosing a piano teacher, which actually may applied to choosing any music instructor, and our top resources to turn to for additional help. By following these tips, you can be sure to choose a teacher who
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Best of 2014

What Sheet Music Topped Musicnotes Musicians’ Most-Played in 2014?

As we bid 2014 adieu, it’s fun to look back and summarize the year in sheet music. Each January, Musicnotes releases its list of the 100 best-selling pieces (out of the now nearly 300,000 arrangements) in its digital sheet music catalogue. Follow along with our top 100 sheet music arrangements here, and read ‘note’able highlights from this year’s list below. ‘Frozen’ freezes out competition 2014 will forever be known as the year of ‘Frozen’ sheet music. “Let It Go” shattered digital sheet music sales records, achieving 100,000 downloads in just eight months, a phenomenal feat to say the least. In fact, 10% of our entire 2014 top 100 list is
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What Sheet Music Should You Play?

What Sheet Music Should I Play Now?

Are you having a difficult time deciding what sheet music to play or sing next? We’re here to help with our top sheet music suggestions of the year. These songs may not have hit our bestsellers list, but their beautiful compositions make them our choices for some of the most sheet-music-friendly (known as ‘SMF’ here around Musicnotes headquarters) songs added to our catalogue in 2014. Click on the song title to preview and/or purchase the song’s officially licensed digital sheet music arrangements. And, if you’re still not sure what to play/sing, take our fun quiz to find which of the following pieces is best suited to you! 1. How Do
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New Years sheet music

Our Top 10 All-Time Favorite New Year’s Songs

There are certain songs this season that help us reminisce on the past, celebrate the present and look forward to the coming year. We’ve compiled our 10 favorite New Year’s songs whose sheet music will help ring in 2015 musically. 1. “What Are You doing New Year’s Eve?” by Frank Loesser A classic among New Year’s songs, “What Are You Doing…” was written by Frank Loesser, the songwriter behind Broadway’s ‘Guys and Dolls‘ and ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,’ in 1947. The song has since been covered by scores of artists, including Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and even Idina Menzel on this year’s ‘Holiday Wishes’ album. 2.
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Alan Menken interview

Q & A with Legendary Composer of Film and Stage Alan Menken

Alan Menken is undoubtedly one of this generation’s most preeminent composers of film and stage. His work with Disney has helped defined the musical movie experience of countless young people, and his musical stage adaptations continue to innovate and leave audiences awe-struck, allowing us to fall in love all over again with songs like “A Whole New World,” “Part of Your World,” “Beauty and the Beast” and so many more. We were beyond honored to have the opportunity to ask Menken a few questions about his musical background, his process of adapting film music to the stage and just what it’s like to have Grammys, Oscars and Tonys solidifying a
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Ralph Peer Biography Contest

Music for the Masses. Win Your Ralph Peer Biography + A Musicnotes Gift Card!

Are you a fan of blues, folk, R&B, country or rock music? Chances are, you’re more familiar with the work of Ralph Peer than you might have known.  Barry Mazor’s new biography of the legendary music publisher and label A&R visionary takes a close look at just how influential and radically innovative Peer was, during a time in which music traditionally divided rather than united. Read a bit about Ralph Peer’s influence, and then enter for your chance to win your own copy of Mazor’s book, along with a $25 Gift Card, in the contest below! (Update: This contest has now closed. Congratulations to our winners, Jordana, Melissa and Joerg,
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Customer-Support2

A Day in the Life: Meet Musicnotes’ Customer Support Specialists

Have you ever wondered who’s answering your questions via email, live chat or over the phone? We asked our Customer Support Director Anna Fischer to share a behind-the-scenes look into the inner workings of Musicnotes Customer Support (we refer to our Specialists as ‘Superstars’ here at the office). Anna graciously agreed to take time out of her oh-so-busy holiday-season schedule and give us a look into a day in the life of your very own Musicnotes Superstars. As we head into the holiday (read: busy) season, we want to take the time to share a little more about the talented team of people who field your calls, emails and chat
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Counting musical notes

How to Count Music: Be Rhythm Ready with These Basic Tips

Are you a budding musician just starting to learn to read music? Maybe you have plenty of experience playing interpretively, but want to get a better handle on musical technique and hone your timing and synchronization. Either way, learning to properly count music is a skill that you’ll find helpful throughout your musical journey, not to mention absolutely essential if you’re planning to play with other people. The first thing you’ll need to learn in order to keep time is your basic note values. We explored note values in our “How to Read Sheet Music” blog post a while back. You can familiarize yourself with note values, as well as
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Let It Go and Let It Be

Should We Let It Be or Let It Go?

Years before millions of Elsas-in-training were belting out “Let It Go,” Paul, George, Ringo and John were imploring us to ease up and “Let It Be.” Both songs have seen cross-genre success, dozens of notable artists have clamored to cover each, and the duo of “Let It” tunes appears on the Musicnotes all-time bestsellers list. We thought it’d be fun to dig a little deeper into each of these momentous anthems. There’s no doubt in our minds that each holds a very special place in musical history, and that they both are as fun and beautiful to play as they are to listen to. Authorship It’s been noted that both
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Vice President Charles Dawes

Music Hits and Politics: It Was ‘All in the Game’ for One VP

There’s certainly no lack of discussion about music’s role in politics. From Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 3,” whose title “Bonaparte” was rescinded following Napoleon’s emperor declaration, to Pete Seeger’s “We Shall Overcome” and the counterculture movements of the 1960s and 70s, music, as with other forms of art, has not shied from politically charged commentary. However, for next week’s Election Day, we at Musicnotes have been fascinated by the story of a politico’s non-partisan musical ties. Mr. Charles Dawes served as the 30th Vice President of the United States, he won the Nobel Peace Prize, and the self-taught pianist wrote a signature tune that just happened to become a cross-generational music
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