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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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The Force is Strong with New Star Wars Music (Including The Force Awakens Sheet Music)

You don’t need to visit galaxies (or sheet music shops) far, far away for Star Wars music arrangements, because Musicnotes has the very best selection of instantly downloadable sheet music from the beloved Star Wars saga right at your powerful fingertips. Not only will you find officially licensed sheet music for John Williams‘ instantly recognizable film scores (every instrument and skill level included),  we’ve also got a few special Star Wars music arrangements that you can’t find anywhere else, plus NEW sheet music from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In fact, Musicnotes is honored to be your exclusive source for the astonishing NEW Star Wars music compositions by world-renowned piano virtuosos Player Piano feat. Sonya Belousova and Jarrod Radnich!  Check out both
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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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Fun! Engaging! Educational! Learn How to Play Piano with Piano Maestro for FREE.

At the heart of everything we do, Musicnotes aims to help you make the world a more musical place. Every once in a while, a tool comes along that so closely and perfectly aligns with our mission, we can’t wait to share it with all of you. If you know someone who wants to learn how to play piano, or if you’re looking to pick music back up after time away, JoyTunes‘s Piano Maestro, for iOS, is one of the hands-down best music education apps we’ve seen (and they have the awards to prove it). We’re so excited to announce that our friends at JoyTunes are offering a FREE Piano Maestro 1-month membership to our
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Choral Update: New Advent/Christmas Sacred Choral Selections from World Library Publications

By Jonathan Miller, Director of Choral Catalog Remember, you can preview full scores before purchasing any of the terrific sacred choral pieces highlighted in this article on the Musicnotes website. Or, choose from a huge selection of secular Christmas choral scores from Pentatonix, Straight No Chaser and many more of today’s leading arrangers. Musicnotes is pleased to have recently added a set of Advent and Christmas titles – 15 in all – from World Library Publications (WLP). WLP focuses on meeting the needs of Catholic and other liturgical churches, where they have a strong presence and an excellent catalog. These works can enhance seasonal programming for a wide variety of
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Simple Musical Crafts for Kids: 12 Rainy Day Projects

Even if your little ones are a bit too young to start formal musical training, it’s a terrific idea to expose them to basic concepts like rhythm, pitch and melody. A fun and exciting way to get youngsters involved in their earliest musical training is by helping them to make their own musical instruments. We’ve scanned the web to find 12 go-to (simple) musical crafts perfect for a rainy day, a quiet weekend or really any time! Looking for something a little more advanced than the preschool-level activities below? Use these 100% FREE resources to teach little ones how to read sheet music: Beginner Notes sheet music, keyboard note guide, and keyboard apps for iPad
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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Player Piano With a Brand NEW Arrangement & Video

MADISON, WI — October 6, 2015 — Musicnotes.com, the world’s leading digital sheet music retailer and publisher, is excited to announce the release of a brand-new digital sheet music and video package by Player Piano, the award-winning digital series that pairs virtuosic piano compositions with elaborately themed videos. Debuting today, Player Piano’s “Superman March” is one of composer Sonya Belousova’s most technically challenging arrangements to-date. The video, directed by the other half of Player Piano, renowned filmmaker Tom Grey, features Belousova cosplaying as journalist Lois Lane while performing the latest in Player Piano’s catalogue of pop culture musical reimaginations. The “Superman” music video follows in the footsteps of previous Player Piano cinematic tributes including the Doctor
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The Shows Go On: Most Popular High School Musicals

School musical auditions will soon be upon us, which means directors are finalizing this year’s show selections. There’s no doubt that each year’s production leaves a lasting impact on all involved, after all, you can’t just erase thousands of hours of running lines and mastering  choreography. The Musicnotes team got to talking about our most memorable productions, and noticed quite a few of us, from all over the country, had performed in the same shows during our school days. That got us wondering: what are the most popular high school musicals of all time? Well, a quick internet search pointed us to this article, which compiles 75 years of data
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