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Books-Resources, Products

36 selected works for solo piano

Ervin NyiregyhÁzi: 36 Selected Works for Solo Piano

36 Selected Works for Solo Piano marks the first time any of Ervin NyiregyhÁzi’s music has been commercially published since he was six years old.

Revenge of the she-punks

Revenge of the She-Punks: A Feminist Music History from Poly Styrene to Pussy Riot

Viviene Goldman blends music history and personal experience to create a vivid portrait of a genre of nonconformity defined by outsiders.

wedding music

Wedding Music for Violin and Viola, Wedding Music for String Quartet

Both wedding music books, by Scott Staidle of Local 11-637 (Louisville, KY), include 14 favorites for weddings, recitals, parties, and receptions.

CRASH! Course for Success

CRASH! Course for Success: 5 Ways to Supercharge Your Personal and Professional Life

In this book, Rich Redmond of Local 257 (Nashville, TN) explains his five principles of success—Commitment-Relationships-Attitude-Skill-Hunger (CRASH)—and illustrates how to utilize them at work, at home, and at play.

classical guitar album

Classical Guitar Album: New and well-known pieces (Volumes 1, 2, and 3)

Paul Coles’ three-volume Classical Guitar Album offers nearly 100 varied pieces of increasing difficulty.


Luciano Berio: Duetti (arrangement for two violas)

This set of arrangements of Luciano Berio’s Duetti, originally for two violins, represents an expansion of the limited repertoire for two violas.

steps using fixed do

STEPS Using Fixed DO: Strategies & Tools Encouraging Proficient Sightsinging

Written for choirs of all types, this book provides a systematic and sequential process for those who teach sight reading using Fixed DO (the key of C).

life in music from the soviet union to canada

A Life in Music from the Soviet Union to Canada: Memoirs of a Madrigal Ensemble Singer

A Life in Music from the Soviet Union to Canada shows the musical career of Alexander Tumanov and shows his devotion to his art under trying circumstances.

insight singing

InSight Singing: Fixed DO

Based on a multi-sensory approach to music reading, this book integrates visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning styles to achieve confident sight-reading skills.

no walls and the recurring dream

No Walls and the Recurring Dream

In her new memoir, Ani DiFranco of Local 1000 (Nongeographic) recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of music, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and much more into an inspiring whole.