Christmas Choral Music

Top 2014 Christmas Choral Music: Get a Jump on the Season

Jonathan Miller, our Director of Choral Catalog, shares his top Christmas choral music picks for Christmas/Winter 2014 programs. We recently sent out our picks for the Musicnotes choral “Christmas Top 24,” to our choral email subscribers, and I thought I’d tell you a little about some of the pieces on the list. (Psst… If you’re not on our mailing list yet, be sure to sign up!) I’m especially excited to share the news that we have two Musicnotes exclusives: the red-hot Pentatonix a cappella version of “Mary, Did You Know?”, in a beautiful and faithful transcription/edition by renowned arranger Paul Langford; and “Text Me Merry Christmas,” the sweet and funny
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Spooky Piano Themes

Melodic Spooks and Spells: Solo Piano Halloween Sheet Music

The cobwebs are all up, the jack-lanterns are lit and the spooky snacks are all set out for your guests… but still, the atmosphere for your Halloween party isn’t quite right. Yes, you’re missing the mood music – and, of course, there’s no better music than live music. The problem is, with the guests on their way, you don’t have time to figure out what to play … While Musicnotes has a great selection of Halloween Sheet Music for all instruments, in a social setting your best instrument will be the piano – so we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite spooky piano solos, perfect for your
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Oktoberfest sheet music

Learn About and Learn How to Play Fun Oktoberfest Music!

Each year in Munich, Germany, more than 6 million people gather to eat, drink and socialize celebrating all things Bavarian, as millions more gather for their own ‘Oktoberfest’ celebrations around the world. While the beer, brezen and würstl are consumed, revelers enjoy an array of traditional German tunes, often singing and dancing along. Here at Musicnotes headquarters, we like to celebrate Oktoberfest Gemütlichkeit by playing a wide array of German sheet music! Since the festival runs from mid-September through the first weekend of October, we wanted to be sure to get our oompah fix in with the Top 10 Oktoberfest Songs to play at your very own celebration. Traditional German
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Music from Around the World

Discover New Music from Around the World!

If you’re reading this post right now, there’s a 5% chance you’re joining us from Germany, an 8% chance you’re tuning in via Australia and a 12% chance you’re checking in from the UK. In fact, our sheet music is downloaded and played all around the world, in nearly every country. That’s why we work diligently to get new music from popular artists everywhere. What’s even cooler is that you can discover new music and artists just by browsing our website! Take a musical trip with us, and see what your fellow savvy sheet music shoppers are playing! Topping charts and sheet music stands in Ireland right now is Sam
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The Fault in Our Stars

Hot Summer Sheet Music Alert: ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ Selections Available Now!

Time heralded it as the #1 fiction book of 2012. The movie adaptation, out June 6, is projected to be a celestial summer smash. And we’re predicting the music chosen to accompany John Green’s emotional ‘The Fault in Our Stars‘ story will be topping many must-learn-to-play lists soon! ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ soundtrack, which quickly shot to #1 on the iTunes Soundtrack list and debuted on Billboard’s Soundtrack chart at #2, showcases many of today’s brightest mainstream and indie artists. And, it goes without saying, Musicnotes is proud to offer the best selection of instantly downloadable sheet music from the movie soundtrack! Learn a little about the soundtrack below,
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armed service songs

Memorial Day Music Class: The History of Armed Service Songs

Here in the US, we celebrate Memorial Day the final Monday in May to honor Americans who have died while in military service. Traditional festivities include parades, picnics and programs paying tribute to those who gave their lives in service to our country. Of course, these events are the perfect opportunity to feature the armed service songs from each military branch: “Anchors Aweigh” for the U.S. Navy, “The Caissons Go Rolling Along” for the U.S. Army,  “The Wild Blue Yonder” for the U.S. Air Force,  “The Marines’ Hymn” for the U.S. Marine Corps and “Semper Paratus” for the U.S. Coast Guard. Each of these armed service songs has a rich
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sheet music for weddings

Happily Ever After: 100 Wedding Songs for Your Ceremony and Reception

Love is in the air this time of year, and the right music can make your big day all the more memorable. We’ve pulled together 100 popular wedding songs for your ceremony and reception. Simply click on a song title to preview and listen to each of the sheet music options. You can also view all available arrangements of each song, if available, by clicking the ‘See other arrangements of this song’ link. Not only are these great suggestions for you to choose for your own wedding day, learning to play any of them for the bride and groom makes a one-of-a-kind, heartfelt wedding gift as well! Traditional Ceremony Wedding
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Audution Suggestions from TV Shows

20 Great Vocal Auditions from ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice’

We don’t know about you, but some of us here at Musicnotes HQ are serious TV talent show devotees. With new seasons of ‘American Idol’ and ‘The Voice’ now in full swing, we’ve been filling many a weeknight cheering on our favorite contestants and critiquing their audition choices. These TV programs can prove to be a great resource for ideas to apply to your own upcoming vocal auditions or end-of-school year talent show selections. Below are some of the audition songs that have especially caught our ‘ears’ this season, and that we think would make great additions to a vocal repertoire. Most are Singer Pro arrangements, sheet music created for
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Graduation Songs for 2014

Pomp, Circumstance and Sheet Music: Class of 2014 Graduation Songs

If a picture is worth a thousand words, we think a piece of music can express a thousand emotions. May is just around the corner, and it’s time to reminisce on the past, look ahead to the future, and pick out  graduation songs that represent all of those feelings in the most meaningful way. We’ve gathered a terrific assortment of sheet music for graduation to help you celebrate the big day and commemorate your fantastic accomplishment. Check out our list below, including graduation song favorites, rock nostalgia, recent hits and even a few less-conventional options. We’ve also included a link to the song’s official video, so that you can be
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Ohe-Hit Wonders

Too Good to Miss: Our Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of Sheet Music!

Ah, the one-hit wonder. That time-honored cultural phenomenon of musical artists or groups breaking out with one fantastic, catchy, everyone-is-singing-along song, only to disappear faster than you can say “Macarena.” The truth is, many one-hit wonder artists are extremely talented musicians and/or song writers. And, just like the countless talents out there who haven’t scored the signature hit yet, there isn’t always a rhyme or reason to why only one song made it big. We’ve taken a look at our best-selling sheet music one-hit wonders below, defined as signature songs by artists who didn’t have another chart-topper. Just to note, we DID include songs by a-ha and Dexy’s Midnight Runner,
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