Category Archives: Hal Leonard

On Being the Best

Every now and again, it’s nice to take a break from the mechanics of teaching and read something that’s informative, historical and inspirational, to give you that boost you might need in reaching your next goal. Many of the publications available from Meredith Music definitely fit the bill.

One of the newest is The Best We Can Be: A History of the Ithaca High School Band 1955-67. This inspiring story provides an extraordinary model for band programs of today and tomorrow explaining how the most creative high school band program in America’s history evolved and functioned daily, with glimpses of individuals involved including Frederick Fennell, Norman Dello Joio, Vincent Persichetti, William D. Revelli, Warren Benson, Richard Franko Goldman, Donald Sinta, Harvey Phillips, “Doc” Severinsen and Benny Goodman.

Here’s a YouTube video of Garwood Whaley, President & Founder of Meredith Music Publications, with some of his thoughts about this significant book by Frank L. Battisti and R. Bruce Musgrave:

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Midweek Newspeak for band/instrumental, 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!

Boonshaft on Teaching Music

This week is the Texas Music Educators Association Convention, and many members of our staff are away from our store(s) manning the booths there. It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of all that’s going on, once you get to San Antonio — there’s definitely something that appeals to everyone there. This year, one of our favorites is in Texas again: Dr. Peter Boonshaft.

One of Boonshaft’s latest endeavors is as the co-author of a new band method, Sound Innovations by Alfred Publishing Company. But it’s perhaps his Teaching books that resonate and speak volumes for most of us. There are three books in the series: Teaching Music with Passion, Teaching Music with Purpose, and Teaching Music with Promise.

Additionally, Boonshaft has melded the three inspirational music education books into a whole new edition, which is appropriate for ALL educators. It’s entitled Teaching Music with Passion, Purpose and Promise, and was released 2010.

Boonshaft will be presenting two sessions at TMEA, plus he’ll be in the Pender’s booth immediately following the sessions. Attend either or both of the sessions, and then stop by our booth to say HELLO!

Unleashing the Power of Sound Innovations: The Revolutionary New Band & String Method
Friday, February 11th
12:30 – 1:30pm – CC102
Clinicians: Bob Phillips (Alfred Publishing Co.) & Dr. Peter Boonshaft (Hofstra University)

The 33 P’s of How to Conduct a Wonderful Rehearsal
Friday, February 11th
2:00 – 3:00pm – CC Ballroom B
Clinican: Dr. Peter Boonshaft (Hofstra University)

Dr. Peter Boonshaft in the Pender’s Booth

Friday, February 11th
3:15 – 4:15pm – Band Island (near booth 1420)

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Midweek Newspeak for band/instrumental, 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!

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!

What Music Means to Me

Many of the people that work in the music industry outside of music education are or were educators themselves. Maybe they’re musicians, either professionally or recreationally; or perhaps they came to the industry through some other musical connection. The music industry is quite varied, and includes retail, wholesale, recording and technology, artist management, publishing and royalty rights, and much, much more.  And while there are indeed folks that work in the music industry that do not have any formal music training, for those of us that do, it’s that much sweeter when we can toot our horn for one of our own.

As so many music educators know, you don’t leave your trade at the back door of the school when you head home for the day. It’s a part of your everyday life, and it’s a part of who you are, both at home and at work. It identifies and defines you, by some measure. Other hobbies and interests can lure you away from music of course, but isn’t it funny how even the other endeavors somehow manifest themselves with a musical twist? And isn’t it glorious when they can co-exist so beautifully together, in harmony? A perfect example is Pender’s own Richard Rejino, the General Manager of the Dallas/Carrollton store.

 
Richard has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from West Texas State University, and a Masters degree in Piano Performance from the University of North Texas. He’s worked in print music retailing, as an owner and/or manager, for nearly 29 years. Richard also loves photography – it’s probably his biggest hobby. He loves his music, and he loves taking pictures. The result of that combined synergy? What Music Means to Me.  This project was initiated by Richard to raise public awareness of the value of music in education and in the quality of life, giving a voice to music students to express the power of music through their own experiences.

Written testimonials (in their own words) of musicians, from middle school students to senior citizens, are combined with Richard’s photography in a book that is informative, inspirational, and quite telling, on the power of music in people’s lives. The project, now available in book form, was even named a ‘Gotta Have It’ item at the recent National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) trade show in California. NAMM is the not-for-profit association that unifies, leads and strengthens the global music products industry, and What Music Means to Me was chosen as an item that should be in every music retailer’s store. Beyond the selling, though — the book and its pictures are insightful and revealing; they remind us all of the value of music in every day life.

Pender’s Piano Prose for Piano/Keyboard, the series, will post to www.pendersbuzz.com about once 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!

Are you a Gleek?

Glee, the Fox TV show has given new life to [show] choirs, musical theater, all manner of the arts, and school music programs in general all around the country. Who knew that all those 70’s and 80’s classic rock power ballads of years gone by would enjoy such a renewed popularity? That it’s now cool [again] to sing, dance, perform in groups, and be proud of it?

Yet, while it might seem like some crazy phenomenon to some, to us — the educators, the students who have been in music and arts programs for years, and to the professionals who provide all the print music, books, instruments, and much more — we experience our own phenomenon every day. We know the value in what we do, and why it is so important to us. It’s simple. It just matters.

For educators and professionals, it has mattered at nearly every level of our lives. Most of us were students first, of course, so we’ve been involved with music for years, and cannot imagine a life without it. Educators enjoy the euphoric rush of seeing their fledgling individual or group do well in that all-important performance. Professionals in the industry at large know that without the quality goods and services supplied to those groups, that doing well can be more difficult. Therefore, there’s great satisfaction in putting that much sought-after piece of music in the eager hands of the educator, or that shiny new horn in the arms of a novice musician. It matters.

For all those students, in music programs great and small, it matters, too. Music makes you smarter; music may be your oasis; music [groups] can be your socialization; music might be your ultimate relaxation. And that’s the beauty of it, of course. Music is a like a shape-shifter — it can be whatever you want it to be — it doesn’t judge you, and it doesn’t mock you. Music makes you better. It matters.

So, are you on the Glee bandwagon yet? Come on, we know you want to…..Dream On [Queen]; Imagine [John Lennon]; Show your True Colors [Cindy Lauper], Faithfully [Journey]….

Friday’s Focus on Vocal, the series, will post to www.pendersbuzz.com about once 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.