<![CDATA[CosmoMusic.ca Blog]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:04:16 +0000 en hourly 1 <![CDATA[Just Picked Up a New Instrument? These Play-Alongs Can Help!]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 11:04:54 +0000 Hal Leonard is out with a new book series for beginning instrumentalists! Their Easy Instrumental Play-Along series is perfect for players who have just picked up a new instrument. As of now, the collection is comprised of three books: Classic Rock, Disney and Classical Themes. The books feature fun and recognizable songs arranged for beginners, making them ideal for encouraging regular practice!

All songs included in these three books stay in B flat concert, which is the key most beginner instrumental method books begin with. Furthermore, the notation and rhythms are carefully edited to suit a novice playing level. Each piece provides the ‘lead’ or melody line for the student to play along with a recorded track. These tracks are included in the price of the book and can be accessed online through a code provided inside each book. By simply going to the website provided (on your computer, tablet or cell phone) and entering your unique code you will gain access to a Demonstration track and a Backing track for each of the 10 songs in your book. The Demo track features recordings of an instrumentalist playing the melody line. This helps the student hear how the song should sound. The Backing track contains an accompanying orchestra that the student can play along with. These great-sounding intricate audio tracks compliment the simplicity of the instrumental line.

Upon entering in your online access code, users will have the option to create a music library in which all the audio tracks from any books purchased from this series can be kept. Creating this library will allow users to have the music for future access and guarantees their music will never get lost. It also ensures ease and convenience in allowing the storage of all Hal Leonard music files in one place.

These books are available for a variety of instruments including flute, clarinet, alto and tenor saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, violin, viola, cello and keyboard percussion.

Upon your next visit to Cosmo Music come in to Corner Books and speak with a Print Music Specialist about previewing these books!

Stephanie & Victoria
Print Music Specialists

Corner Books
905.770.5222 x 310

<![CDATA[FREE Workshop: "Chord Play – The Art of Arranging at the Piano"]]> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 12:26:39 +0000 FREE Pedagogy Workshop with Forrest Kinney

Introducing: Chord Play – The Art of Arranging at the Piano

Date: Monday, July 29, 2013

Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall in Cosmo Music

Tickets: FREE! RSVP to printmusic@cosmomusic.ca now as space is limited!

<![CDATA[Alfred 2013 Piano Workshop]]> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:15:54 +0000 Effective & Efficient Practice with Tom Gerou

Date: Monday, July 22, 2013
Time: 9:00am – 12:30pm
Location: Cosmopolitan Music Hall in Cosmo Music
Tickets: FREE!
RSVP to printmusic@cosmomusic.ca now as space is limited!

<![CDATA[Joining the Dots for Guitar: A Fresh Sight-Reading Approach]]> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:30:12 +0000 Sight-reading is an essential part of every classical guitarists musical growth and career.  However, apart from playing through easier repertoire it can sometimes be difficult for guitarists to find material to work on.  The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) has recently published a series of books focused specifically on sight-reading in the beginning to intermediate grades.

Designed for use with a teacher or on one’s own, Joining the Dots for Guitar takes students through five levels of sight-reading exercises and instruction based on the requirements for the ABRSM guitar exams. Organized by key signature, each book contains warm-up exercises, a key exploration/improvisation component, sight-reading pieces, duets and trios and longer solo pieces at the end.

There is a nice variety of tempos, styles and phrasing challenges to work through and teachers will find the duets and accompaniments to be excellent motivators and teaching tools during lessons.  With helpful sight-reading tips and an easy-to-follow layout working through each book is as fun as it is rewarding. If you have an exam coming up you’ll definitely want to pick one of these books up.  Drop by anytime and we’d be happy to show you this new and exciting series.

Click HERE for more information on these books.

Happy Playing!

Elliott Chung
Print Music Specialist
905.770.5222 x310

<![CDATA[FREE Workshop for Piano Teachers]]> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:22:45 +0000 Cosmo Music, The Student Music Organizer and Red Leaf Pianoworks invite you to a FREE pedagogy workshop for piano teachers.

Join Darlene Irwin, teacher and author of The Student Music Organizer, as she explains how to organize and simplify your teaching for success.

Also, explore a broad range of Canadian contemporary piano works from the Red Leaf Composers Collective in a presentation by composers Martha Hill Duncan and Susan Griesdale.

Date: Tuesday, June 18, 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON

Contact Cristina D’Alessandro to register: 1-800-463-3000 x 310 or printmusic@cosmomusic.ca

<![CDATA[Classical Guitar Christmas Repertoire]]> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 09:33:01 +0000 Christmas is fast approaching and if you’re looking for classical guitar repertoire then you should definitely check us out. Corner Books stocks a wide variety of Christmas anthologies arranged specifically for classical guitar players, both with and without tab.

Christmas Carols for Easy Classical Guitar by Mark Phillips is our easiest collection for the classical player. Most of its pieces are in the first position and have been arranged in standard notation with tablature underneath. If you’re just getting started with the classical guitar or have been playing for a year or less then this may be the book for you. A demonstration CD of the over twenty pieces is also included. Popular titles in the book include Silent Night, Away in a Manger, Joy to the World, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Angels We Have Heard on High, and The First Noel.

The Christmas Book: Carols Arranged for Acoustic Guitar by Elias Barreiro is a more challenging collection, comparable to an RCM 4 or 5 level. Its arrangements have been written in a variety of key signatures and include frequent use of partial and full barres. Classical guitarists might also appreciate that the tab arrangements have been included in a separate section at the back. Elias Barreiro is a Cuban guitarist and composer and he includes some traditional South American Christmas pieces such as Cantico (Venezuelan), Going to Bethlehem (Chilean) and The Holy Child (Puerto Rican). This book is ideal if you’re looking for some new and interesting Christmas arrangements.

Christmas Music for Guitar by Allan Alexander is a great choice for intermediate or advanced guitarists looking for traditional pieces that are suitable for performance. Allan Alexander is a prolific composer and arranger and has authored other books such as Celtic Music for Guitar, Flamenco Music for Guitar, and Renaissance Music for Guitar. He frequently uses variations in his arrangements and he applies this technique to many of the pieces in his Christmas folio to extend their familiar melodies. Tablature is included in a separate section and a demonstration CD also accompanies the book. Arrangements include Greensleeves, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Deck the Hall and Coventry Carol.

In addition to these titles we also carry repertoire suitable for duets and small ensemble performance. So come on in and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect guitar music for your holiday season.

Happy Playing,

Elliott Chung
Corner Books
905.770.5222 x 310

<![CDATA[Hal Leonard Easy Jazz & The Amazing Slow Downer: Featuring Froggy!]]> Thu, 24 May 2012 12:22:49 +0000 Today in the Corner Books department at Cosmo Music, we take a look at how Hal Leonard’s Easy Jazz books and software helps you get better. Featuring our resident Froggy!

From Hal Leonard:
Improvising is easier than ever with this new series for beginning jazz musicians. The Hal Leonard Easy Jazz Play-Along Series includes songs with accessible chord changes and features recordings with novice-friendly tempos. Just follow the streamlined lead sheets in the book and play along with the professionally recorded backing tracks on the CD. The audio CD is playable on any CD player and for PC and MAC computer users, the CD is enhanced so you can adjust the recording to any tempo without changing pitch! Volume 3 includes 18 songs: Afternoon in Paris • Doxy • Girl Talk • Impressions • In Walked Bud • Lady Bird • St. Thomas • Solar • Sunny • and more.

Hal Leonard’s Easy Jazz Collection includes:
Music Easy Jazz Play Along 1 - 1st Jazz Songs
Music Easy Jazz Play Along 2 - Standards for Starters
Music Easy Jazz Play Along 3 - Easy Jazz Classics
Music Easy Jazz Play Along 4 - Basic Blues

So come on in and be on your way to sharpening your Jazz skills.

Doug Armstrong
Cosmo Music

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<![CDATA[FREE Pedagogy Workshop for Voice Teachers with Barbara Dunn-Prosse]]> Wed, 11 Apr 2012 15:08:32 +0000 Cosmo Music and The Royal Conservatory Examinations invite you to a free pedagogy workshop with Barbara Dunn-Prosse.

Resonance™ A Comprehensive Voice Series & Voice Syllabus, 2012 Edition.

Resonance™ is the fourth edition of the acclaimed Voice Series published by The Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited. As in previous editions, Resonance™ encompasses a rich and varied selection of Repertoire, Vocalises, and Recitatives that students of all ages and voice types will find appropriate to their musical interests and level of technical ability. New to this edition, musical theatre and some popular styles are represented in levels 1 to 8 of the Repertoire books.

Barbara Dunn-Prosse
Barbara holds a Master of Arts in English Literature, an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Music and English, and a Bachelor of Education in Music, English, and Drama from Queen’s University as well as ARCT Diplomas in Voice Performance and Piano Performance. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and The Royal Conservatory College of Examiners, where she serves on the Council of Examiners. Barbara teaches voice in Stratford, Ontario and at The University of Western Ontario.

In her performing career Barbara has appeared in Rhombus Media’s film of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, toured southern Ontario with her one-woman show, and been a featured soloist with symphony orchestras across North America. Barbara spent several seasons with the Canadian Opera Company, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and in both the touring and Toronto companies of The Phantom of the Opera.

Barbara, with her colleague Susan Ambrose, was a co-compiler of the Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited’s 2012 publication Resonance: A Comprehensive Voice Series, and the 2012 edition of The Royal Conservatory’s Voice Syllabus, 2012 edition.

Tuesday, May 8, 9:30am to 12:30pm
Cosmo Music: Cosmopolitan Music Hall
10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill, ON

Contact to register:

Doug Armstrong
Corner Books, Department Head
905.770.5222 x 310
or toll-free 1-800-463-3000

<![CDATA[The Led Zeppelin Guitar Method]]> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:03:18 +0000 Coming soon! Led Zeppelin, one of the most successful and influential rock groups of all time, has teamed up with Alfred Publishing to produce a brand new method book aimed at the beginning guitarist. Complete with photos and historical information about the band, the book includes the fundamentals of guitar playing such as holding and tuning your guitar, strumming chords, reading music notation and TAB, music theory, speed and dexterity exercises, fingerstyle playing, power-chords, hammer-on’s and pull-offs, and barre chords. Even better, the lessons are based on actual Zeppelin tunes so you can play the songs you like as you learn the instrument.

Hits such as “Stairway to Heaven”, “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”, “Dazed and Confused”, “Good Times Bad Times” and “Communication Breakdown” are all included and have been arranged with the beginning guitarist in mind. There are plenty of more tunes to be found within the book and there’s even a useful chord and fretboard chart for easy reference. The enhanced CD that is included demonstrates all the exercises and songs and allows you to adjust the tone and tempo of each piece, giving you even more control over your learning experience.

We’re expecting the book to arrive in a couple of weeks so give us a call if you’d like to pre-order your copy today, or drop on in to the store and we’ll be happy to help you out!

Sample Page 1
Sample Page 2
Sample Page 3
Sample Page 4
Sample Page 5

audio file: Communication Breakdown
audio file: Stairway to Heaven
audio file: You Shook Me

Led Zeppelin Guitar Method

Elliott Chung
Corner Books
905.770.5222 x 310

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<![CDATA[The Newest Releases for Concert Band from Hal Leonard]]> Thu, 15 Mar 2012 10:06:38 +0000 You’ll find a lot of popular titles that your students will love in this list, including the Lady Gaga Fugue and Adele’s mega hit Rolling in the Deep. You can listen to audio samples of these titles by clicking on the link below, or simply by visiting www.halleonard.com.

Symphonic Band - Grade 4

Captain America March

Alan Silvestri/arr. Michael Brown
From the summer blockbuster film Captain America: The First Avenger, composer Alan Silvestri has created a powerful and memorable march based on the main theme. Skillfully adapted for the concert stage by Michael Brown, here is an exciting and uplifting march for mature groups.

Pie in the Face Polka

Henry Mancini/arr. Johnnie Vinson
From the classic movie The Great Race starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Natalie Wood, here is a Mancini gem featured in the memorable and climactic pie fight scene. This entertaining arrangement can be used to feature the entire clarinet section, just a few players, or even a soloist. Optional section parts are also included.

Concert Band - Grade 3

Come Fly With Me

James Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn/arr. Paul Murtha
Written for Frank Sinatra and title track of his 1958 album, this tune remains popular through recent recordings and usages in TV and film. Here’s a wonderful big band style arrangement for full concert band that features plenty of variety in scoring and a very authentic sound.

A Night in Tunisia (Saxophone Section Feature)

John "Dizzy" Gillespie and Frank Paparelli/arr. Paul Murtha
Helping to pioneer the Afro-Cuban style of the ‘40s, Dizzy Gillepsie’s signature composition has been recorded by countless jazz artists over the years and has become a true jazz standard. Skillfully arranged here as a saxophone section feature with concert band, this sizzling arrangement alternates between Latin and swing styles like the original. A wonderful change of pace.

Anthem (from Chess)

Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Bjorn Ulvaeus/arr. Sean O’Loughlin
From the ‘80s Broadway musical Chess, the song “Anthem” has enjoyed renewed popularity due in part to recordings by Josh Groban and Linda Eder. Here is a beautifully effective setting for full concert band of this memorable song.

Santana in Concert

arr. Michael Brown
The engaging, smooth sound of Carlos Santana has remained popular for more than four decades. This marvelous medley for the stage is written all in one tempo and features Santana hits through the years including: Evil Ways, Oye Como Va, and Smooth.

Music from Tombstone

Bruce Broughton/arr. Ted Ricketts
The 1993 western film Tombstone tells the tale of the legendary gunfight at the O.K. Corral. And while the movie itself met with limited success, the powerful soundtrack by Bruce Broughton has become a classic. This adaptation for band features the primary themes in a bold and impressive concert setting.

March with Mancini

Henry Mancini/arr. Johnnie Vinson
The playful, engaging and melodic style of master composer Henry Mancini is no more apparent than in the marches he composed for the silver screen. Here is a sparkling march medley that includes Timothy, March of the Cue Balls, Swing March, and The Great Race.

James Horner Movie Magic

arr. Michael Brown
James Horner continues to create memorable and striking themes for film with a career spanning 30 years, and including music for some of the biggest movie blockbusters of all time. Here is a stunning medley for the concert stage that features themes from Avatar, Field of Dreams, The Mask of Zorro, Rocketeer, and Titanic.
04001309/$60.00 ** Available Spring 2012

Lady Gaga Fugue (Based on “Bad Romance”)

Stefani Germanotta and Nadir Khayat arr. Giovanni Dettori/adpt. Johnnie Vinson
In a recent YouTube moment that went viral, Giovanni Dettori created a convincingly traditional Baroque fugue based on the opening strains of Lady Gaga’s hit “Bad Romance”. Johnnie Vinson has done a marvelous job of adapting this setting for concert band, providing a terrific opportunity to teach an important musical form and have some fun at the same time.

I’m Shipping Up to Boston

Alexander Barr, Ken Casey, Woody Guthrie and Matthew Kelly/ arr. Sean O’Loughlin
Recorded by the Dropkick Murphys, this Irish jig with a rock and roll edge has become a popular anthem for professional sports teams not only in Boston (naturally), but also in stadiums and arenas across the country.


Ave Maria

Kevin A. Memley/arr. Preston Hazzard
Originally a composition for chorus by Kevin A. Memley, this adaptation by Preston Hazzard makes expert use of the various tone colors available for band. Cascading waterfall effects are represented in the mallet percussion and woodwinds, while an underlying rhythmic texture provides a flowing background for the lyric melody. The piece builds nicely to a full band climax before returning to a quiet and delicate mood for the close.
04003124/$60.00 (Grade 3)

Legend of Devil’s Lake

Michael Sweeney
Depicting an ancient tale of battle between water serpents and giant thunderbirds, Michael’s dramatic work for young players provides plenty of imagery amid the dark sonorities and driving percussion contrasted with delicate melodies and rich harmonic textures. This multi-style composition provides an engaging and rewarding work for concert or festival.
04003145/$55.00 (Grade 2.5)

Discovery Plus - Grade 2

Captain America March

Alan Silvestri/arr. Paul Murtha
Carefully arranged for younger bands, here's a terrific arrangement of the exciting main theme from the blockbuster summer movie Captain America: The First Avenger.

Can You Feel the Love Tonight (from “The Lion King”)

Elton John and Tim Rice/arr. Michael Brown
Here’s the moving ballad from Disney’s landmark animation classic The Lion King in a wonderful setting for young players. Featuring brief solos for alto sax and trumpet, this arrangement also passes the melody around to various sections of the band. Popular programming at its best for any occasion.

Party Rock Anthem

Skyler Gordy, Stefan Gordy, David Listenbee and Peter Schroeder/arr. Michael Brown
Here’s the popular #1 hit in a rock solid, uptempo arrangement for young bands. With interesting parts for all sections (even the low brass) and a catchy melody riff, your band is sure to enjoy this one.

Forget You

Bruno Mars, Ari Levine, Philip Lawrence, Thomas Callaway and Brody Brown/arr. Michael Brown
Recorded by Cee Lo Green but also featured on the TV show Glee (sung by Gwyneth Paltrow), this infectious tune is written in a style reminiscent of ‘60s Motown. Smartly scored for the entire band, this one is easy to learn and fun to play.

Hey Jude

John Lennon and Paul McCartney/arr. Robert Longfield
Recorded by the Beatles in 1968, this classic ballad has remained popular through the years. This arrangement for young players opens with a trumpet solo followed by a statement in the woodwinds. The lower voices then get a chance at the melody before the full band takes over on the familiar chorus. Sure to be a favorite with your audience as well as your students.

Rolling in the Deep

Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth/arr. James Kazik
One of the hottest names in pop music today is Adele, and this bluesy, gospel style hit has been #1 in the US and also Europe. This solid arrangement by James Kazik features a driving soulful groove and will sound great with young players.

Corner Books
905.770.5222 x 310