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June Sale On Now/New in Music Education!

June Sale On Now! – A sign summer is on the way, our annual June Sale is on now! Visit our new page https://musicdirect.ca (more on that below) for pricing and details, grab the sale price, and then start the car! Billing delayed till September on next years budget. Don’t let our inability to read a calendar stop you. We are pleased to stretch the dates and offer this early for everyone’s benefit. Think of it as budget yoga! Also see below for our New Music Session dates (yay!) and what’s new in music education.

New! – Excellence in Chamber Music, Book 2 by Bruce Pearson. Excellence in Chamber Music, Book 2 is a collection of flexibly-scored ensembles­-perfect for festivals, concerts, summer camps, or ensemble practice. All fifteen songs are arranged for any combination of band instruments, from solo to small ensemble to full concert band. Excellence in Chamber Music Book 2 is correlated with Tradition of Excellence Comprehensive Band Method, Book 2. Grade 2.5. $8.99. See our sale for reduced prices on this and all books.

 

Originally this post included an announcement about the availability of Rico 50 pack reeds, but unfortunately, we regret to inform you that the 50 packs are not available, as per notification from the manufacturer.


For those directors that may be down-hearted thinking I wish I could take advantage of the June Sale but I don’t have money, don’t fret! This sale is for those of busted wallet as billing on the June Sale may be delayed till fall on next years budget! Broke music directors everywhere rejoice and sing Hallelujah!

Elementary Music Rudiments by Mark Sarnecki. Looking for a new theory book for your band or choir class? Consider the Elementary Music Rudiments (2nd ed.) published by Frederick Harris Music, available in Basic ($18.95), Intermediate ($23.95), and Advanced ($24.95). Spiral bound. Mark Sarnecki’s comprehensive approach to music theory gives students of all levels the tools they need to become well-rounded musicians. Each book in these progressive series includes clear and concise lessons, using language appropriate for students at each stage of their development. Helpful diagrams and images accompany each lesson and combine with a variety of engaging learning activities to reinforce essential skills and knowledge. Elementary Music Rudiments, 2nd Edition organizes concepts into three progressive levels with an Answer Book available separately. Visit our page for sale prices.

Unique New Music Sessions. Below are the dates for our fun and distinctive version of a reading session. See the best in brand new music for concert band, jazz band and choir. Be wined and dined. Hold the date.

Red Deer – Friday August 24, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m. Eastview Estates Community Hall
Calgary – Monday August 27, 2018 – two sessions, choir @ 1:00 pm, band @ 3:00 p.m. Tuscany Club
Edmonton – Tuesday August 28, 2018 @ 3:00 p.m. Riverdale Community League Hall

Speaking of sessions if you have not had the chance to review the current hand picked titles premiered at this years sessions at the start of the school year please do so or consider a few provided below, literature well worth your time. Click here for a recording on our new (and almost finished) web page https://musicdirect.ca:

Concert Band
Southhamptom March – Robert Sheldon – grade 1.5
Kaalin’s Flight – Ryan Meeboer – grade 2.5
Persian Dance No. 2 – Amir Molookpour – grade 3 (or difficult grade 2.5)
Dos Danzas Latinas – Andre Waignein – grade 3.5
Folk Tune (Sheep Shearing Song) – Grainger arr. Mark Rogers – grade 4

Jazz Band
Sonnymoon for Two – Sonny Rollins are. Paul Martha – grade 1.5 swing
Hip Hug Her – arr. Rick Stitzel – grade 2 funk
Acronymn Blues – Doug Beach – grade 3 shuffle

Choir
I Believe in the Sun – Thomas Juneau – 2 part
Soldier’s Cry – Trent Worthington – SA (great for Remembrance Day)
Catch a Falling Star – arr. Peter Sicotte – SATB
Homeward Bound – Holst arr. Mary Crocket – SATB

New Web Page! We have been working hard on our new web page, but its a big job. Each of our hand picked titles over the last 25 years needs to be edited individually. Thats well over 1000 concert band, jazz band and choral recordings and score views. Plus hundreds of entries for method books, reeds, supplies and more. A big thank you to our staff who have been working sometimes into the wee hours of the morning to have this ready for the start of our June Sale. Directors, thank you for your patience as we navigate through this. We hope you like it. If you visit often you will notice small changes as we tweak. While not completely polished, our page is fully workable and ready for the June Sale, on now!

Congratulations to CADME on the recent Count Basie Orchestra concert in Calgary April 12. Great to see so many enthusiastic students and directors in attendance to hear this seminal jazz band. Music Direct is pleased to co-sponsor the event.

Thank you for reading this. Have a great spring.

Don Closson
Music Direct Ltd. – Serving for 25 Years!
Fine Concert Band and Jazz Literature, Choral, Supplies – Special Orders/Rushes
Listen @ http://www.musicdirect.ca
Email – musicdir@telus.net

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New in Music Education

Hello! Please see below for what is new in music education.

New! – Making Music Matter – Frank Ticheli. Frank has recently released his beginner band method and quickly followed it up with book 2. Making Music Matter is available in Smart Music.

Book 1 – In addition to the exercises, warm-ups, and drills, there are 24 original works by Frank Ticheli as well as 15 solo pieces. One of the different components of this book is that not all instruments start on the same pitch. Student books $13.95, percussion $17.95, conductor – $69.95

For more information and a short tour on book 1 click here

Book 2 – The second book continues to elevate the traditional goals of second-year students. As with Book 1, it skillfully presents lessons that develop creativity and performance skills. For more information on book 2 click here

You likely know that we keep the black deluxe band folders in stock. Did you know we also stock deluxe choir folders? Yes, we do! If imprinting of school or student names are not needed, these could be with you right away. Same applies to deluxe band folders. Any band or choral folder can have imprinting of school and student names.

Deluxe Choir Folder with Strings – Model #30PPS – in stock – $18.95

Deluxe Choir Folder without Strings – Model #30PP – in stock – $14.95

As our weekly Rush Speed/Regular Price service gets more popular please see below…
Reminder – we order from the two largest publishers (Alfred and Hal Leonard) every week, placing our orders on Friday morning. If you can place your order anytime on Thursday by the end of the day, we can get your music to you at the speed of light! We have Alfred arrive in one business day, on Monday at 10 am, blazing fast! Hal Leonard arrives in 2 business days on Tuesday by 6:00 pm, super fast! This is our weekly Rush Speed/Regular Price service. No extra charge for this super quick speed! Music from other publishers is not this fast but arrives promptly.

Also, did you know both Alfred and Hal Leonard distribute for other smaller publishers? Hal Leonard includes the following publications; De Haske, Curnow, Shawnee, Southern, Boosey and Hawkes, Jenson, G. Schirmer, Rubank, Canadian Brass, to name some. Alfred includes; Belwin-Mills, Columbia Pictures Publications, Warner Bros., Chappell, Suzuki to name some. Both companies have large umbrellas housing other publications. Together these two publishers account for about 75% of music for band, and choir. We look forward to getting you anything you wish very quickly from these two large publishers – from a single part to a conductor score to anything they offer.

Looking to update your conducting technique this summer? Please see the link below for Conductor School by Wayne Toews.
Click here

We continue to work away on our web page update. Thank you for your patience as we make strides to provide a better page.

Our annual June Sale is not far away. A great time to order supplies, methods, and defer payment to next years budget. But my budget is spent, you say? If your budget is at rock bottom this is the sale for you, as billing is delayed till fall! Depleting your funds shows administration every bit is needed. If you spent it all congratulations!

Once again I’m attending the Print Music Dealers annual conference, this year with a tour of Hal Leonard’s facility.

Best wishes for an awesome spring.

Thank you!

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Did you know…

Did You Know…

We order from over 100 publishers/providers of band and choir music?
 
It’s true, some of them are shown below.  Have a look to see some of the publishers serving music education. 
 
And more are added every year.  Just ask and we’ll order, from anywhere!
 
  
Our January promotion is on!  Order $250 or more in January and receive a Tim Hortons or Starbucks card as a token of our appreciation.   This applies to orders of music (possibly from providers above), reeds, supplies, method books, music folders, or anything off our catalogue (found at https://musicdirectltd.com).  If music shopping, our page is a convenient way to source top quality literature for concert band, jazz, and choral (new web update is in the works).   Card will be included with your order.  We look forward to providing a tasty “Frappucino with chocolate sauce” or bevy of your choice (or lunch) to kick off 2018.
As mentioned, a new web update is in the works.  Of our two page names, normally musicdirect.ca and musicdirectltd.com have exactly the same content.  Until the new page is ready use the familiar page at https://musicdirectltd.com.   http://musicdirect.ca is undergoing the new changes, its online but not quite finished yet.  After the transition either web name will take you to the new page.
We work to be prompt with all publishers but remember our weekly Rush Speed/Regular Price service with the two largest publishers (Hal Leonard and Alfred) is super fast.  We place our orders every Friday a.m. and have Alfred arrive (from New York) in one business day, on Monday at 10 a.m.  This is the fastest UPS can bring it!  Hal Leonard arrives in two business days (from Minnesota) on Tuesday by 6:00 p.m.  Super quick for both!  No extra charge!
Best wishes for an outstanding 2018!
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New Methods for Junior Band, Senior Band and Musical Theatre

Please see below for new releases in music education for band and choir.

Hello!

Before you get to that please note the June Sale is on. Save on supplies, books, band music, choral music, reference books etc with immediate or delayed billing. Click here for the sale http://musicdirect.ca

You may know the author Scott Rush from his reference books below. Certainly he isa director wit ha lot of good habits!

  • Habits of a Successful Band Director
  • The Evolution of a Successful Band Director
  • Habits of a Successful Middle School Band Director
  • Quality of Life Habits of a Successful Band Director
  • Habits of a Successful Choir Director

Please see below for Scott’s two new band methods:

New! – Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician – (A Comprehensive Method Book for Years Two, Three, and Beyond) by Scott Rush / Jeff Scott / Emily Wilkinson / Rich Moon / Kevin Boyle – Editor: Marguerite Wilder – $14.95

Perfect for use by an entire band or solo player for years two, three, and beyond, this series contains carefully sequenced warm-ups, chorales, sight-reading etudes, rhythm vocabulary exercises, and much more. In one place, this series presents everything an aspiring player needs to build fundamental musicianship skills and then be able to transfer those skills directly into the performance of great literature.

Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician:

  • Provides material for use during fundamentals time that promotes a comprehensive approach to developing skills necessary to fill the musical toolbox.
  • Presents effective exercises for clarinets going over the break, trombones in second and fifth position, flutes going from C to D, percussion sticking, trombone F-attachment tips, and L and R indicators for clarinet.
  • Includes a sequential format that leads to the mastery of reading rhythms and ultimately, to musical sight-reading.
  • Provides chorales for the development of tone quality, ensemble sonority, and musicianship.
  • Combines pedagogy, technique building, fundamentals development, sight-reading, and musicianship into one book under one cover.

Habits of a Successful Middle School Musician is the answer to the question, “What should I be learning during fundamentals time?”

New! – Habits of a Successful Musician – A Comprehensive Curriculum/Method for Use During Fundamentals Time  – Scott Rush and Rich Moon – $14.95

Habits of a Successful Musician is a vital, field-tested series for building fundamentals and – most important – a musical collection of more than 200 sequential sigh-reading exercises.

Perfect for use by an entire band at most likely a high school level, this series contains carefully sequenced warm-ups, sight-reading etudes, rhythm vocabulary builders, and much more. In one place, this series collects everything an aspiring player needs to build fundamental musicianship skills and then be able to transfer those skills directly into the performance of great literature.

Habits of a Successful Musician:

  • Provides material for use during fundamentals time that would promote a comprehensive approach to developing skills necessary to fill the musical toolbox.
  • Promotes the idea that fundamentals time should transfer directly into the performance of great literature.
  • Includes a sequential format that leads to the mastery of reading rhythms and, ultimately, to musical sight-reading.
  • Provides chorales for the development of tone quality, ensemble sonority, and musicianship.
  • Presents rhythm charts in a new format to allow transfer from timing and rhythm to pitches in a musical context.
  • Provides audition etude sight-reading in a full-band format that is well thought-out in scope and sequence.
  • Presents exercises in various keys, tonalities, and modes to aid in the development of the complete musician.
  • Creates a mindset intent on establishing a culture of excellence for both the full band program and individual players.
  • The Conductor’s Edition features expanded text, exercises, and lessons. This spiral-bound book is 142 pages long.

Habits of a Successful Musician is the answer to the question high school directors ask, “What should I be learning during fundamentals time?”

New! – The iTheatrics Method – The Quintessential Guide to Creating Quality Musical Theater Programs – by Timothy Allen McDonald / Cynthia A. Ripley / Marty Johnson / Broadway Innovations LLC – $73.95

The iTheatrics Method is the world’s first musical theatre education textbook specifically devoted to building high-quality, sustainable musical theatre productions and programs in schools.

Created by iTheatrics, the leading authority on music theatre education, this book is the culmination of more than twenty years of hands-on teacher training conducted by master educators Timothy Allen McDonald, Cynthia A. Ripley, and Marty Johnson. These methods have been vetted by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ prestigious Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) initiative, and have been eagerly embraced by New York City’s Department of Education.

Written in an entertaining, conversational style, and featuring hundred of images from successful musical theatre programs all over the world, this book also includes the advice of more than 100 instructors currently working in the field. Whether you’re a teacher just starting out or a seasoned professional, This iTheatrics Method is indeed your quintessential guide to creating quality musical theatre programs for students.

Thank you for reading this. 17.75 school days till the end of June, but teachers or kids aren’t counting down!