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The Literary Essay & Its Similarity to Sheet Music

What is an essay? When you look up the word ‘essay’ in a dictionary or online, it’s actually somewhat fascinating how the definition and description about it is so similar to what you would assume you’d find when looking up the definition and description of ‘sheet music.’ It’s quite uncanny, really. With a simple word change here or there, or a twist of phrase, what can be said about an essay can be said about a piece of sheet music, or a music composition. Wait. What was that? A music ‘composition?’ Isn’t ‘composition’ a synonym for ‘essay?’ Well, there you go.

You see, according to Wikipedia, an essay is “a piece of writing which is often written from an author’s personal point of view.” That’s pretty much what a piece of sheet music is supposed to be, too. The best music is sheet music that is written from the composer’s point of view.

According to About.com, “Essays are brief, non-fiction compositions that describe, clarify, argue, or analyze a subject.” Wow. [Sheet] music is much the same.  A music composition should come from the heart and be honest and true. And certainly there’s no one out there that would argue that music is not a descriptive medium. Additionally, what serious, upper-level music student hasn’t been required at times to analyze a piece of sheet music? And let’s not forget the element of clarity that music can bring to just about any situation. Hence, the existence of love songs, silly songs, sad songs, children’s songs, love gone wrong songs, and more. Music makes going through everyday life better.

The primary definition of essay at Dictionary.com states that it is “a short [literary] composition on a particular theme or subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative, or interpretive. Again, wow. Sheet music primarily begins with a theme, and certainly music can be very regimented and analytical, yet its speculative elements and how it is interpreted are big components, too. It’s all relative to the composer and the listener, of course, and it’s different for everyone. But that’s exactly why music has such value. Sheet music is limitless.

Essays are an important educational tool as well, and can be written in various forms and styles, like compare and contrast, cause and effect, descriptive, narrative — the list goes on. To wit, sheet music takes on many forms and styles, too. Some we understand, and some we don’t. And therein lies part of the mystery of it all. Whether sheet music is written in an analytical style, or whether it is written in a myriad of contrasts, it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the creative endeavor was entered into at all. The process of writing a piece of sheet music includes forming an introduction, developing a body, and a conclusion. Wait. What was that? Introduction…body…conclusion. Sounds like the three primary elements of a good essay.

Enter the Morty Manus “What Music Means to Me” Essay Competition. Deadline is March 25th.

The Magnifica @ TMEA | TCU | TWU | UNT


The Magnifica
Brass Quintet from France @
TMEA | TCU | TWU | UNT Feb. 6, 7 & 10, 2012
 

Pender’s Music Co., Arpeges of France (IMD), and Music 1st are bringing the Magnifica Brass Quintet to the February 2012 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio. The members will be presenting a master class and evening concert during the TMEA convention at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. They will also be spending time in the Pender’s Music Co. Booth (beginning @ #1219) throughout the weekend.

In addition to their appearance at TMEA, the Magnifica will also be presenting master classes and concerts at:

UNT on Monday, Feb. 6;

TCU on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 6 and 7; and

TWU on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

All university events are free and open to the public.

Dr. Etienne Stoupy (TWU) & David Begnoche (TCU)

are scheduled guest artists.

NOTE: Magnifica performance music and CDs will be available for purchase at each of the venues.

Spring Things for Strings

It’s easy to get caught up in the post-Spring Break Slump…..many are likely thinking about how many days are left in the current school year, and when does all-things-summer begin. But let’s not be too hasty! Is there a Spring concert looming ahead? Do you need some help in making some programming decisions?


Pender’s Picks the Pops for Orchestra
is here! Our Orchestra Buyer, James Nicholson, has selected the best-of-the-best to include in his top Picks of new and best-selling music for orchestra. There’s sure to be something listed that would be perfect for your group’s final performance of the year.
And not only that, but our Carrollton and Oklahoma City stores are having a Spring Sale on Full and String Orchestra music. That’s right, it’s 50% off, in-store only, on lots and lots of titles…..there are some exclusions, of course (no TX UIL music, and no brand-new titles), but there are literally hundreds of other pieces to choose from — great additions to any school library. Email or call Carrollton (jnicholson@penders.com -or- 972.818.1333/866.589.0751) or Oklahoma City (okcmusic@penders.com -or- 405.842.7825/800.772.8405) for more information. The sale ends May 31st, so take action now for the best selection, and Happy Spring!

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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!

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!