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Keepin’ it Real: Music [Education] in the Social and Digital Age

Companies large and small go in and out of business all the time, much like the ebb and flow of the tides each day. There is no sector of business immune to it, and sometimes there seems no rhyme or reason for it either. The business of sheet music is no different. Sheet music stores and sheet music publishers rise and fall, rise and fall, akin to a lilting melody in a song.

Some make it and some don’t. Take Carl Fischer sheet music, a tried-and-true music publisher that is celebrating 140 years of service this year to 1,400 sheet music retailers worldwide, Pender’s Music Co. being one of them. Consider this: when the founder of Carl Fischer first opened up for business, he didn’t sell sheet music at all. Carl Fischer, the business, was a musical instrument repair shop, and there is really little in common when comparing band instrument repair with the writing, designing, printing, publishing and distributing of a piece of sheet music.

But what about Southern Music Company, a business that was both a sheet music retailer and a music publisher, too? In February of this year, after 75 years of retailing and publishing, the San Antonio mainstay for music educators, performers and students everywhere closed its doors for good. Of course, it must be noted here that Lauren Keiser Music Publishing eventually took over the publishing division in June, but still, it’s the sign of the times —  rise and fall, rise and fall.

Like Carl Fischer, Pender’s Music Co. is also celebrating an anniversary, albeit only 45 years and counting. And somewhat similar to them, our primary focus in the beginning wasn’t sheet music either. Think soda fountain, art supplies, school supplies and more (a little bit of music), sold right on campus to college students. But even more similar? The acceptance of change, and the willingness to adapt to it, with a little bit of risk-taking for good measure.

That’s what small business is best at. That’s what a family-owned business is best at: the germ of the idea, the drive to make it happen, the willingness to cut your losses when necessary, the stick-to-it-ive-ness to ride the rise and fall, the dare to dream big all over again.

And what does all of this have to do with music education, social media, and the digital age? Quite a lot. Over the past few days, we’ve seen the viral video of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” as arranged and performed by the 3Penny Chorus and Orchestra. The 3Penny Chorus and Orchestra is a volunteer pickup ensemble conducted by Arianne Abela, a choral music conductor and educator who graduated from Yale’s School of Music Masters Program in choral conducting in 2010. And Colin Britt, who arranged the music for the group, was one of her classmates. He is now on the faculty at the Hartt School of Music.

We’ve also seen Korean singer’s Psy “Gangnum Style” as performed by the Ohio University Marching Band. These classically trained musicians, educators and students have put their own spin on popular music of today and shared it via social media to millions of people. Brilliant! It’s certainly a positive spotlight on choir, orchestra, and marching band.

As music educators, music makers, and the companies that supply needed goods and services to them move forward, it will be important for everyone to try and adapt to the changes of how media and information is transmitted nowadays. Embracing technology and its power of connecting people to people and products and services to people will be vital to staying strong both in education and in business. Sheet music, just as recorded music and published books before it, is rapidly transforming itself into a more digital-friendly medium — point of purchase digital downloads, online score and part perusal, streaming sample audio, etc. But let’s not forget that the content — that piece of sheet music with the lilting melody — remains the same, and the value of it is truly immeasurable.

Browse the new Carl Fischer Concert Band titles for 2012: listen to recordings, view full scores, shop online!

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!

Texas UIL | PML & You

The University Interscholastic League was created by The University of Texas at  Austin in 1910. It facilitates educational extracurricular academic, athletic, and music contests, and has grown into the largest inter-school organization of its kind in the world. In particular, the Music Program of the UIL is designed to support and enrich the teaching of music as an integral component of the public school curriculum in the state of Texas.

And while your area may or may not have its own version of the UIL, there’s no doubt that the resources available from them can and are helpful to most educators, whether from the state of Texas or not. The TX UIL has been in the process of revising its Prescribed Music List, and recently, more than 100 titles were added to the band division of the list. Scroll through the slideshow below to review the latest additions, as well as to click through to audio files and pdf sample scores (where available).

Pender’s as the Arkansas Traveler

It’s always nice to have the opportunity to display at band and orchestra meetings and conventions. There’s nothing better than face-to-face time with our customers. And it’s especially nice if it’s combined with the appearance of noted clinicians, conductors or speakers.

Take the Arkansas Bandmasters Summer Meeting, for example. Anthony Maiello (from George Mason University) will be there. On Thursday (July 28 @ 9am) he’ll present the opening Keynote Address on “Never Give Up on a Student.” Following that, he’ll be conducting a Reading Band Session on music for Grades 1 to 3 (9:30am-10:20am), as well as presenting a session around his new book, Conducting Nuances: Little Things Mean a Lot (10:30am-11:20am).

Since the exhibits don’t open until 1pm on Thursday, we’ve scheduled Dr. Maiello to be in our booth from 2:00 to 2:30pm for book signings, questions, etc.

Denis DiBlasio will be at the convention, too, and he’s going to be in the Pender’s booth just after Dr. Maiello. DiBlasio has a new set of jazz ensemble charts, published by Northeastern Music. He’s also got a new improvisation book: Pathways to Improvisation: A Resource for Learning and Teaching Jazz Improvisation. Visit with Denis in our booth from 3-3:30pm on Thursday.

Later that evening, DiBlasio’s going to be an integral part of the Arkansas Jazz Educators Clinic & Concert, scheduled for 9pm.  Go to the ASBOA website for more information regarding Dr. Maiello and/or Denis DiBlasio at the Arkansas Bandmasters Summer Meeting.

See you at the convention!

Arkansas Bandmasters Summer Convention

DoubleTree Hotel & Little Rock Convention Center

Little Rock, AR

July 27-30, 2011

(Exhibits on Thursday & Friday only)

Music from Glee: It’s Not for Singers Only


The Fox TV show Glee continues to breathe new life into many classic ’70s and ’80s-era songs, as well as heighten the awareness of music and the arts in our modern-day schools. It’s the glee club that’s usually in the spotlight of the series, but luckily for today’s instrumental educators, there have been several band arrangements that have been produced, in addition to the chorals, that correlate with the show.

Therefore, the entire music department can get in on the re-popularization of many of the iconic rock songs and power ballads of decades gone by, as well as enjoy fresh, innovative versions of some of today’s hottest songs.

So, Glee-k Out! at your spring concert this year. There are plenty of arrangements to choose from, and the band (and the audience) will love it!

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Additional Songs, featured in the TV Show Glee:

Grade 1

Any Way You Want It (Journey)

Grade 1+

Defying Gravity (Wicked)

Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)

I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables)

Lean On Me (Bill Withers)

Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)

Grade 2

Don’t Stop Believin’ (Journey)

Sweet Caroline (Neil Diamond)

Time Warp (Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Grade 2+

Tribute to Journey (medley)

Grade 3

Defying Gravity (Wicked)

Hello, Goodbye (Beatles medley)

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Midweek Newspeak for Band and 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!

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!

OMEA & Student Motivation

The Oklahoma Music Educators Convention/Conference begins this week, so preparations for the Pender’s Music exhibit are in the final stages. There are many interesting clinics that are to be presented in the Band Division. One of them will feature Harry Haines (Professor of Music, Emeritus) and Russ Teweleit (Associate Director of Bands), from West Texas A&M University. They’ll be addressing student motivation and assessment.

The clinic will also include audio and video recordings of three band/wind ensemble classics: Armenian Dances (Reed), Lincolnshire Posy (Grainger), and La Gazza Ladra (Rossini). The young bands featured in the audio and video are from Professor Haines’s public school teaching days, which just goes to show you that the classics, aged though they may be, never seem to lose their allure, for both audiences and students alike. They challenge the students, and impress the crowds. What’s not to like about that?

Who: Harry Haines & Russ Teweleit, Clinicicans

What: Student Motivation

Where: Oklahoma Music Educators Convention ( OMEA, Tulsa, OK Convention Center)

When: 8:00 to 8:50am, Friday, January 21st, 2011

Midweek Newspeak for Band and 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!

Oklahoma Horn Day

It’s Wednesday — Midweek Newspeak for Band and Instrumental @ 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. Today, we look to our Oklahoma City store for inspiration…

The University of Oklahoma’s Horn Studio hosts an annual workshop each year for horn players of all ages. While Oklahoma Horn Day is filled with Masterclasses and sessions that are led by artist/faculty from various Oklahoma universities, the day is always centered on a featured Guest Artist. This year’s guest is Julie Landsman, long-time principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (a position she held from 1985 to 2010). She was born in Brooklyn, New York and is a graduate of the Julliard School, where she studied with James Chambers.

Topics for middle school will include classes on Horn Basics (Horn 101), and how to start developing technique. High School sessions will concentrate on solo masterclasses in preparation for State Solo & Ensemble Contest. Collegiate and Adult performers will be able to participate in masterclasses that cover solo literature and orchestral excerpts. There will be numerous opportunities for both individual playing as well as ensemble performance.

Anectdotally, Landsman’s Met audition was documented in the last chapter of the national bestseller Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell.

What: Oklahoma Horn Day 2011
Who: Masterclass with Julie Landsman, Horn
When: Saturday, February 19th, 2011
Where: Oklahoma University Music Department
How: Register in advance or at-the-door. Registration fee is $10.00 per person.

Midweek Newspeak for Band and 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!