Monthly Archives: October 2011

Notation Software: Are You Ready for an Upgrade?

Sibelius 7

In stock and available now from Pender’s Music Co…the NEW edition of Sibelius, a gold standard in music notation software! And what’s even better is that we’re able to help Educators make the upgrade!

The latest generation of one of the world’s best-selling music notation software:
Avid Sibelius 7
It’s sophisticated enough to meet the demands of top composers, arrangers, and publishers, yet simple enough for beginners and students. Work quickly with the brand-new,
task-oriented user interface. Experience your scores in stunning clarity with the exclusive, professional-quality sound library. Collaborate more easily thanks to full MusicXML interchange support and other sharing options. And view beautiful, print-quality scores with advanced typography and graphics support. Designed by musicians for musicians, Sibelius 7 is the fastest, smartest, easiest way to write music.You can even take your scores on the go with the Avid Scorch app for iPad.
Sibelius 7: Upgrade [16723461 | $149.95]
Do you have an older version of Sibelius that needs an upgrade? We can help!
Sibelius 7 Educational: Academic/Student Edition [16723452 | $295.95]
* Comes with FOUR YEARS of -F R E E- Upgrades!! *

Other Notable Software for Educators and Students

Finale 2012: Academic Hybrid Edition [16690350 | $350.00]

From inspiration to applause, music comes alive with Finale®. Easily compose, arrange, notate and print engraver-quality sheet music that plays back with world-class sounds. Whether you’re creating orchestral film scores or MP3 files for your iPod, Finale offers you the flexibility and freedom to create any music you can imagine. This NEW version will be in stock soon….call or check online for availability!

Finale PrintMusic 2011 [16704100 | $119.95]
Sibelius AudioScore Ultimate 7 [22303600 | $249.95]
Sibelius PhotoScore Ultimate 7 [16808100 | $249.95]

Give us a call, or shop our website….Our Music Specialists are here to help you in determining your particular software needs!

Tuesday’s Tidbits: UIL Orchestra (PML)

While we realize that everyone is not as invested in the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List (PML) as we are, since two of our stores are in Texas, it still merits mention that this year there were many new titles added to the list(s), including music for full orchestra and string orchestra.

And while your particular situation may not require that you perform music from the list, that doesn’t mean that the list, in and of itself, is not indeed still a good resource when you’re simply looking for festival or competition music for other uses. That’s why we highlight it here and on our website, as well as across some of our other media channels (Slideshare, Flickr, Facebook, etc).

Just think about it….some great folks in Texas have done a lot of the work for you: reviewing, listening, and critiquing music, looking for only the best of the best in all levels for orchestra and strings. There are other states around the country that simply adopt the Texas UIL/PML list as their own, and call it day. Now, some people might call that robbery, and some people might just call it knowing when to take advantage of a good thing…..we’ll let you decide that for yourself. In the meantime, view the slideshow, download the pdf, and take a look at some great music for full orchestra and string orchestra.

Texas UIL Orchestra Sheet Music (PML): New Additions for  2011

The full orchestra/string orchestra sheet music titles that were recently added to the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List (PML) [2011].


And here is a link to the pdf brochure, which is on our website (also interactive):


Remembering the Santa Maria

Columbus Day has been celebrated all over the world in one form or another, since the colonial period, when European nation states established colonies on other continents. It was during the 400th anniversary of the United States observing and celebrating Columbus Day (1892) that teachers, preachers, poets and politicians really began using Columbus Day as an overall catalyst in teaching the ideals of patriotism to the masses.

War effort support and national loyalty to one’s country were popular themes that were used to encompass the celebration. Perhaps you made it a point to do something special and patriotic in your classroom last week, leading up to this day (since many schools were closed today); or maybe you’ll consider doing something in the coming days.

It’s always nice to remember where we came from, to reflect upon the sweet journeys of our lives, and to be thankful and proud of what we have, and what we’ve accomplished, either as individuals or collectively – as a classroom, a school, a state, a nation, a people.

Happy Columbus Day!