Audition Tips for Musicians

Accomplish Your Musical Goals With Our Top Audition Tips

A new school year/term  is quickly approaching, and that means audition time for many of us! Whether you’re hoping to join a particular ensemble, secure a soloist position or land a first chair spot, we’re sharing three of our best audition tips for musicians. You’ve chosen the perfect piece, spent weeks (or months) practicing, learned to control those pre-stage jitters, now all that’s left to do is step on out there and ace your audition. Even if you’re totally prepared there are things you can do to give yourself a little competitive edge come audition time. We’ll look at three awesome tricks that we’ve found to be successful, and we hope you share your words of advice
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The history of Canon in D

Beyond the Aisle with Pachelbel’s “Canon in D”

Perhaps the most influential eight bars of music ever written, Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” is instantly recognizable even to classical music rookies. With wedding season in full swing here at MNHQ, we thought we’d take a closer look at the story behind the nuptial favorite. Johann Pachelbel was somewhat of a mid-Baroque era superstar, credited with helping to develop the chorale prelude and fugue. His languid contrapuntal melodies were wildly popular throughout Europe, and he was a highly revered and sought-after teacher/mentor. Oh, and Pachelbel also was a close friend of the Bach family… yes, that Bach family. As is the case today, musical trends rose and fell out of fashion. Our friend Johann’s corales
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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 over 260,000 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 job openings.

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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