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Sing-a-bration 2011 Wrap-Up

Greetings from Texas!

Were you able to attend Sing-a-bration in Lewisville, and want to make sure that you got the best-of-the-best for the upcoming school year? Or, were you unable to join us, and you’d like know what you missed?

Either way, here are some visuals from our recent event! First, check out our photo gallery (which is posted on Flickr, YouTube and Facebook, too). It’s always fun to see people in their element…!

Next, here are some resources posted just for you! Below are the 2011 Sing-a-bration titles that were highlighted at our recent workshop event at the Lewisville Convention Center (aka Hilton Garden Inn) in Lewisville, TX.

They’re presented as slide shows, session by session (Sing-a-bration Elementary, Sing-a-bration Secondary, Joy of Singing Elementay, Joy of Singing Middle School/High School, Joy of Worship w/ Multi-Pub Sacred Music Reading Session, and John Jacobson Choregraphy Workshop).

Simply browse through the slide shows (through www.slideshare.net/pendersmusicco). View each of the titles, and if you see one that you are interested in, click on the sheet music/cover image of it: You’ll then go directly to more information about it on our website.

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To make a purchase, Add quantities to your Pender’s Online Shopping Cart, etc.

Don’t miss out! Now’s the time to stock up for FALL! And don’t forget to use the coupon code — Singabration — to get a 10% discount on your order

(through September 1st, 2011)

Choral Students: Submit Text for an Upcoming Choral Arrangement!

Heritage Music Press continues to celebrate the value of music education and quality music for ensembles everywhere, and they’re inviting students to become part of the compositional process.

Through June 30, 2011, Heritage Music Press will accept submissions from students enrolled in any choral ensemble to be considered as a text for a future choral publication. The winning submission will be used by one of their composers to create a new composition for their Fall 2012 release. The student who submits this text will receive a $100 prize, and his or her choral ensemble may be given the opportunity to premiere the piece. Good Luck!!!

Best School Music Mash-Ups

VH1 Save the Music and Apple & Eve Fruitables have partnered for the second year in a row to search for the Best School Music Mash-Ups in America! One elementary and one middle school vocal group will be awarded $10,000 toward their respective music programs.

The six finalists have been chosen (three elementary/three middle school). Voting began today, and it ends on on 04/22/11.

Vote! Vote! Vote!

You can cast one vote per day in each category.

Elementary Finalists:
Pearl Rucker Elementary School – Houston,TX
Warren-Prescott School – Charlestown, MA
Anthony Elementary School – Leavenworth, KS

Middle School Finalists:
Traverse City West Middle School – Interlochen, MI
Crittenden Middle School – Mountain View, CA
Union-Endicott Central School – Endicott, NY

Visit www.Facebook.com/AppleandEve to view their finalists videos, and to learn more!

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Elementary Music Mondays, the series, posts to www.pendersbuzz.com about twice a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!

New for YOU! Joy of Singing in two tracks!

New for YOU!

Joy of Singing ELEMENTARY -and- MIDDLE SCHOOL/HIGH SCHOOL @ Sing-a-bration 2011!

For the first time ever, Hal Leonard’s very popular Joy of Singing session will be offered in two tracks during our Sing-a-bration weekend of choral workshops. By popular demand, we worked closely with our publisher partner in creating a schedule that allows us to have two Joy of Singing sessions running concurrently with each other. The sessions are scheduled for Friday, July 15th, from 9am to 4pm @ the Lewisville Convention Center.

The Elementary session will be led by clinicians Roger Emerson, John Jacobson, Mac Huff, and Cristi Cary Miller. Hal Leonard’s Classroom Reading material, which in the past has been scheduled as a separate event, will be incorporated throughout the day. In addition to the classroom reading, Joy of Singing Elementary will feature musicals, collections, classroom resources, octavos and more.

Joy of Singing for Middle School/High School will include octavos, medleys, large works and other choral resources. Clinicians scheduled are Roger Emerson, Mac Huff, John Jacobson, and Denise Eaton (Spring, TX).

Online registrations for all of our Sing-a-bration choral reading workshops has begun, and the full schedule, pricing information, lodging options and more are available by clicking on the Sing-a-bration logo, located here, or on our main website, http://www.penders.com/.

Spend your weekend with us!

Sing-a-bration 2011

July 14th through 16th

Lewisville Convention Center – Lewisville, TX.

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Sing-a-bration Elementary – Thursday, July 14th – 9am to 4pm

Sing-a-bration Secondary – Thursday, July 14th – 9am to 4pm

Joy of Singing Elementary – Friday, July 15th – 9am to 4pm

Joy of Singing Middle School/High School – Friday, July 15th – 9am to 4pm

John Jacobson Choreography Workshop – Saturday, July 16th – 9am to 4pm

Joy of Worship – Saturday, July 16th, 9am to 4pm

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Choral Cache Thursdays, the series, will post to www.pendersbuzz.com a couple of times a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!

Have you Met Freddie the Frog?

Have You Met Freddie the Frog? 

Freddie the Frog is an elementary music sensation! He’s a music teacher’s best friend, especially in teaching preschool through third grade students the basic elements of music.

Using the 14″ hand puppet, in conjunction with the storybooks (written by Sharon Burch; illustrated by Tiffany Harris), is a fun, creative, engaging way to introduce treble clef, bass clef, tempo, beats, rhythm, and more.

The first book in the series is Freddie the Frog and the Thump in the Night, where Freddie explores Treble Clef Island and discovers big adventures. The treble clef comes alive as a map of where Freddie lives, and the various lines and spaces represent each part of the story.

In Freddie the Frog and the Bass Clef Monster, Freddie’s adventures continue, when he awakens from hiberanation to discover that he is not on his beloved Treble Clef Island. As he searches for home, he discovers dancing bees, a moonlit cocoon garden, a fire-breathing dragon and the Bass Clef monster. Here, too, lines and spaces represent a map of this eerie adventure, and sound effects and music bring it to life.

The series’ third installment is Freddie the Frog and the Mysterious Wahooooo, where Freddie and his best friend, Eli the Elephant discover the tempo, rhythm and beats of Tempo Island. Eli and Freddie are perfect in introducing kids to the joys of playing rhythm instruments.

Freddie the Frog and the Secret of Crater Island, the fourth in the series (so far), teaches six note names and completes the treble clef staff that was first introduced in Freddie the Frog and the the Thump in the Night.

All the books include an audio CD with story narration and bonus sing-a-long songs. In addition, there are supplemental teaching aids available, including flash card sets, a rhythm game, and posters.

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Elementary Music Mondays, the series, posts to www.pendersbuzz.com about twice a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!

March is Music in Our Schools Month

Did you know that March is Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM)? That’s right, in just a few days there will be a prime chance to highlight the music program in your own school, or perhaps the school(s) of your past, or maybe the school(s) of someone you know and/or are related to.

MIOSM is when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation, and the celebration has grown since its inception in 1973. MIOSM began as a single statewide event. Its purpose is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music. MIOSM is a perfect venue for music teachers to bring their music programs to the attention of the school and the community and to display the benefits school music brings to students of all ages. The theme for 2011 is Music Lasts a Lifetime.

It’s also a prime time to heighten the awareness of all school music programs, since it’s budget time for many school boards. In this era where all cuts are discussed in earnest, there’s no better opportunity than now to chime in and make your case for the preservation of your program.

Things that can help:

Music in Our Schools Month Website: The destination for resources and guidance in celebrating the month in your school, including logos, activity ideas, contests, advocacy and more.

SupportMusic.com: SupportMusic.com is a public service initiative that impacts resolve and support for music education in local communities around the United States and abroad. Tens of thousands of concerned citizens visit the website every month and use its resources to keep music education strong in their schools and communities.

The Make Your Case database, powered by SupportMusic.com, and presented through MENC: This destination will help you build a case for your music program, particularly if it’s threatened. Music education advocates can use the facts, statistics, research, and anecdotes on specific topics for presentations, speeches, and other communications with school board members, administrators, and legislators.

Music indeed lasts a lifetime…..celebrate Music in Our Schools Month!

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Elementary Music Mondays, the series, posts to www.pendersbuzz.com a couple of times a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!

John Jacobson @ TMEA & in the Pender’s Booth 02/11

John Jacobson, now a bonafide YouTube sensation, will be at the TMEA convention on Friday, February 11th to speak about his new publication written in collaboration with Cristi Cary Miller, Order from Chaos.

Incorporating tidbits from the book, Jacobson will show you how to embrace the chaos, discuss the importance of having a plan, highlight how to get and keep your students’ attention and more!

Then, shortly after his session, John will be in the Pender’s Booth, from 5pm to 6pm. It’ll be a great time for you meet with him further — and have him sign a copy of his book, too!

Remember:

Order from Chaos: Taming the Wild Classroom
Clinician: John Jacobson, Hal Leonard Corporation
3:30 – 4:30 PM / CC BALLROOM C3

Followed by:

Meet and Greet John Jacobson
Pender’s Booth – Elementary Section (near booth #1620)
5:00pm – 6:00pm

In the meantime, did you see John’s debut on the Ellen DeGeneres show? For Ellen’s birthday, he went to the show’s studio and taught her staff the routine to “Double Dream Hands” (aka Planet Rock by Jacobson & Huff). He then led them in a surprise performance that was aired on January 26, 2011. John and his routine has garnered quite a following: it has been recreated, spoofed and posted many, many times on YouTube.

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View other John/Ellen “Double Dream Hands” videos on our YouTube channel, and on our Facebook page, under the YouTube tab….see you on Friday, February 11th @ TMEA!

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Elementary Music Mondays, the series, will post to www.pendersbuzz.com a couple of times a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!

Sing-a-bration is Makin’ a Move!

Exciting, important announcement! The Pender’s Music Company summer choral event, Sing-a-bration, is MOVING! That’s right. Our weekend of workshops that has been held in Grapevine for the last several years is getting a new home, and we’re all pretty excited about it around here, so we wanted to get the word out early to all of you.

We’re moving to Lewisville, TX to the Lewisville Convention Center, aka The Hilton Garden Inn. The dates for 2011 are from Thursday, July 14th through Saturday, July 16th. All workshops, each day (and the Pender’s on-site store), will be held in the convention center meeting space, which is attached to the Hilton Garden Inn. This facility is conveniently located at Exit 447B of Interstate I-35, near the intersection of I-35 and State Highway 121.

We have many reasons to be excited about moving to Lewisville and the Hilton Garden Inn:

  • There is more than enough meeting space for all of our workshops (and the Pender’s store). We’ll all be under ONE roof, for the duration of the event.
  • The Hilton Garden Inn is only three years old. It’s a beautiful hotel, is carpeted throughout, etc. The convention space is attached to the hotel, and can be accessed through an inside corridor near the main lobby, or through its separate main entrance that is adjacent to a huge parking area (free). There will be plenty of room for everyone.
  • In addition to the Hilton Garden Inn, there are several great hotels in the area, and we’ve set aside room blocks at three others, with very reasonable room rates, beginning at $79 per night.
  • The larger meeting space(s) allow us more flexibility in scheduling, and what we’re able to offer each of you. We’ve listened to your feedback, and we have some wonderful plans in store (more on that in a bit).
  • All food and beverage will be catered through the Hilton Garden Inn, which means that the hotel’s catering/convention staff will be there for us, the entire time.
  • We will have a completely separate area set up for lunch, at round tables – and if the weather is good, we may even dine out alfresco, on the Tuscany Garden Patio, with its covered pavilion and fountain.
  • Free wireless internet throughout the meeting space.
  • The Lewisville Convention Center is just minutes from Vista Ridge Mall, many other shopping areas, dozens of restaurants, etc. With Lewisville Lake, golf courses and more, there’s something in the area for everyone.

The NEW Schedule

Thursday, July 14th (9am to 4pm)

The first day remains our traditional Sing-a-bration day – Multi-Publisher workshops, in two tracks – Elementary and Secondary — with Andy Beck (Alfred Publishing Co.), Mary Lynn Lightfoot (Heritage Music Press), and Greg Gilpin (Shawnee Press).

Friday, July 15th (9am to 4pm)

For Day Two, we have something NEW! Yes, it’s still Hal Leonard’s popular Joy of Singing (not to worry), but for the first time ever, this day will ALSO be in two tracks – Choose Elementary or Middle School/High School. The Elementary track WILL include Classroom Reading with Cristi Cary Miller. The other featured clinicians from Hal Leonard, for both tracks, are Roger Emerson, Mac Huff and John Jacobson. We also welcome Denise Eaton for the first time, to round out the Middle School/High School slate of presenters.

Saturday, July 16th (9am to 4pm)

On Day Three, there will be two different workshops, running concurrently – the ever-popular John Jacobson Choreography and Reading session, as well as a full day of Joy of Worship, our church session.

Half of the church session will be presented by Hal Leonard and their affiliated publishers (Brookfield Press, Daybreak Music, Integrity, Fred Bock, and more); the other half will be our Multi-Publisher offerings (Alfred, Beckenhorst, Lorenz, Roger Dean, Shawnee Press, and others). Our clinicians for Joy of Worship will include Joseph Martin and Mary McDonald.

Hotel Information

Here is the information regarding the blocks of rooms that we have set aside for Singabration. Please use the appropriate Group Codes, etc, in order to receive the correct rate.

Hilton Garden Inn (Lewisville Conv Ctr)
785 SH 121
972-459-4600
$129 Group Code PENDER

Hampton Inn & Suites
2650 Lake Vista Dr
972-315-3200
$99 Group Code: PEN

Courtyard Marriott
2701 Lake Vista Drive
972-316-3100
$89 Group Code: Singabration

Comfort Suites
755A Vista Ridge Mall Dr
(972) 315-6464
$79 *Mention Pender’s Music Co.

Movement Ideas for Treble Choirs

Movement Ideas for Treble Choirs

(by Sally K. Albrecht; provided by Alfred Publishing Co.)

Each year, Andy Beck and I film a DVD containing choreography ideas for your choirs. This year’s Shine choral movement DVD offers complete staging for the following new 2-part Alfred choral titles, appropriate for winter or spring concerts.

1. Shout for Joy is a rhythmic song of joy written in a partner-song style, featuring hand claps plus optional trumpet and percussion. I enjoy using this as a vibrant and sophisticated concert opener.

2. Grandma’s Feather Bed is a novelty arrangement, including lots of silly “oinks,” imitation banjo sounds, snoring, and country-style craziness. Grab lots of bright-colored quilts and bedspreads for the front row to pull up on the chorus each time. You’ll also need some stuffed animals, including of course “the piggie we stole from the shed.” Yee-haw!

3. Esta Es el Tiempo is a multicultural gem; part Spanish, part English. The staging for this one includes lots of easy arm movement, rhythmic claps, and “tummy walks.” Incorporate some appropriate live rhythm instruments for a special touch.

4. Rocking Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu gets a fresh and funky treatment. The staging plays with the great lyrics throughout, “I wanna jump but I’m afraid I’ll fall, I wanna holler but the joint’s too small.” It might be fun to feature a few select couples doing the choreography out in front, with the rest of the ensemble joining in on the chorus/echo sections.

5.  Joyful Joyful is a jubilant concert work which includes a refrain from Beethoven‘s Ninth Symphony. The movement for this one is energized and elegant, but still works great on choral risers.

6. We Are One is an uplifting song of unity, offering the timeless message “We are one in music, we are one in song!” On the Shine! DVD, we show you sign language, which can be used to enhance this choral. Consider using your entire group of singers on the chorus and feature select students to sign the verses.

7. Shine a Little Light is my favorite closer this year. It’s got a bit of gospel, a bit of  This Little Light of Mine, and two small solos. The rousing number features great upper torso movement, snaps, and claps that work well on choral risers.

On all of our choreography DVDs, we demonstrate the choreography in three sections:

1. Complete performance with Sally and Andy facing the camera, mirroring your movements.

2. Instructional time, with explanations, descriptions, and options given as needed.

3. Exclusive “Double Shot” performance, with Sally and Andy facing a mirror — you see the movements both from behind and in the mirror.

Let us help make your choir “shine” in an upcoming concert!

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Elementary Music Mondays, the series, will post to www.pendersbuzz.com a couple of times a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!

Beethoven Bear, Sally Albrecht & TMEA, oh my!

It’s Monday — Elementary Music Monday @ Pender’s Music Co.! As we begin 2011, we also begin a new initiative — The Pender’s Buzz — an added way in bringing content, resources, teaching tidbits & strategies, social media and more to our loyal customers. And since our home base is in Texas, early 2011 is filled with preparations in getting ready for TMEA. So it’s quite fitting that our inaugural post begins with just that! So, here we go…

Don’t miss all of the great Alfred clinicians at the upcoming TMEA convention, February 9-11! Elementary sessions will feature Sally K. Albrecht who will help you discover amazing new resources for your classroom. For instance, check out The Cuckoo, a Mexican folktale for unison voices!

Plus, certified mediator and life coach, Peggy Bennett will give examples of how we hurt each other in our professional lives and how to mend the conflict. Be sure and check out Alfred’s full TMEA clinic schedule when you get a chance!

Did you realize that the popular piano course, Music for Little Mozarts, is also an innovative Classroom Course?

This series, which features Beethoven Bear and Mozart Mouse is especially for young learners, ages 4-6. And now Alfred has taken its accessibility to Classroom Teachers one step further, with the introduction of a Music for Little Mozarts website, that is full of free downloadable marketing materials, video demonstrations (check out the video for Music for Little Mozarts, Music Discovery Book 1) and more!

Elementary Music Mondays, the series, will post to www.pendersbuzz.com a couple of times a month, with information from our staff, our publisher partners, guest bloggers and more. Come back to this site, or access it from our main Home Page, to find out the latest buzz!