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Books-Resources, Products

Franz Wohlfahrt:

Franz Wohlfahrt: Foundation Studies for the Violoncello, Book 1, 60 Studies

Wohlfahrt’s Foundation Studies have long been successful tools for violinists and violists in mastering their instruments. This new edition is written for cello students.

The Violinist’s Daily Warm-Ups and Scale System

The Violinist’s Daily Warm-Ups and Scale System

This collection of daily violin warm-ups compiled by renowned instructor Roland Vamos is effective for professionals and students alike.

Ragamalika—Four Pieces for Piano

Ragamalika—Four Pieces for Piano

This piece by Gerald Levinson was commissioned by pianist Marcantonio Barone. Ragamalika means “garland of ragas” and describes a practice in North Indian classical music where the soloist departs from one principal raga (melodic mode) and whirls through a series of others.

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Curtain Up! Duos 1 and Duos 2

These two Curtain Up! duet books from the Magic Flute on Stage series provide student duets from the last four centuries.

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Memories of Chuck: A Compilation of Experiences on the Road

James “Jimmy” Marsala played bass and was the band leader for Chuck Berry for 41 years. In his new book, the Local 2-197 (St. Louis, MO) member offers readers some of his experiences on the road with this pioneer of rock and roll.

Philippe Gaubert: Treasures for Flute and Piano

Philippe Gaubert: Treasures for Flute and Piano

“Philippe Gaubert: Treasures for Flute and Piano” is a collection of short works for flute and piano by multi-talented musician Philippe Gaubert.

Jazz Piano Scales and Exercises

Jazz Piano Scales and Exercises

Local 802 (New York City) member Lee Evans is an acclaimed educator, performer, and composer. His Jazz Piano Scales and Exercises presents an interesting way to practice patterns and etudes while learning jazz.

Klezmer Flute Duets

Klezmer Flute Duets

For Klezmer Flute Duets, Michael Lösch has selected eight pieces from the huge repertoire of old, traditional pieces, plus five of his own compositions that were inspired by traditional klezmer music.

long slow train

Long Slow Train: The Soul Music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

“Long Slow Train: The Soul Music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings” offers a deep appreciation for the bighearted star who beat the odds and did it her way.

yes, you can!

Yes, You Can! The Band Director’s Guide to Teaching Choirs

This book is designed to bridge the path between abstract knowledge and practical application with relevant, practical pedagogical tools that are supplemented with listening and visual examples.