Monthly Archives: July 2014

Music Resources

Sheet Music RoseAlfred’s Music Publishing  Edna Mae Burnam’s Step By Step Piano Course

Bill Rice Ranch CDs, Sheet Music, Music Books:!/~/category/id=2122006&offset=0&sort=normal  Blue Book of Pianos: Find your piano’s age from the serial number.

Classical Sheet Music: One yearly subscription for $29.95 covers unlimited printing, downloads, and Scorch.

Dampp Chaser: Home of the Piano Life Saver

Ebay: Find used and new sheet music and instruments

Hal Leonard:  Edna Mae Burnam’s Step By Step Piano Course

J.W. Pepper Sheet Music

Majesty Music Christian Music

Magnify the Lord-CD with Ray, Ann, & Christina Gibbs

MAT Electronics

Old Fashioned Christian Music on Internet Radio

Piano Adoption: Free Pianos in the United States

PianoMart: Shop for a piano

Soundforth Christian Music

Winning Warm-ups for the Voice

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Piano Tuning by Julia

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Does your piano sound a little off key?  Do a few notes annoy you every time you play?  Are you concerned about the quality of your choir’s next recorded event?  Do you find that your ears rebel during piano practice?  Has it been six months or more since your piano was tuned last?  It may be time to schedule a piano tuning.  In our temperate climate, weather changes and sensitive woods in the piano affect the tension of the strings, causing variations in tone.  Most pianos should be tuned twice a year to adjust to the new changes in temperature and humidity.  If your piano causes your ears to suffer, contact Julia Race at (570) 295-0371 to schedule your piano tuning.

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Piano Lessons with Julia

Playing PianoJulia Race offers piano lessons in Lock Haven, P.A.  A 2005 graduate of Faith Baptist School of Theology, Julia holds bachelor’s diplomas in Sacred Music and Elementary Education.  She has a passion for training competent, dedicated, pianists who enjoy serving others.  She has participated in recordings and has a small recording studio that features digital and acoustic pianos.  Some concepts addressed through lessons include:

Note reading

  • Arranging
  • Following a Director
  • Counting Time
  • Technique
  • Theory
  • History
  • Performance
  • Healthy Practice
  • Repertoire
  • Technology
  • Recording

Julia enjoys using the following materials in her lessons:

  • Edna Mae Burnam’s Step by Step lessons.
  • Alfred’s Piano Course
  • Theory worksheets
  • Music downloads
  • Acoustic and Electric pianos
  • Various hymn books
  • Various repertoire and lesson books available

Lesson prices are as follows:

  • $10.00 per half hour (recommended for juniors and younger children)
  • $15.00 per 45 minutes (recommended for young teens)
  • $20.00 per hour (recommended for older teens and adults.

Call Julia at (570) 295-0371 to schedule a free first lesson, with no commitment to continue further lessons.

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The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Season Opener

The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

WSO photo for pops in the park

Hymn of Praise

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

7:30 P.M.


Beethoven, Triple Concerto with Eaken Trio, guest artists.

Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 2, “Lobgesang” with Lycoming College and Susquehanna University choirs.


“We are delighted to collaborate for the season opener with the Lycoming College Choir and the Susquehanna University Choir performing Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major known as Lobgesang.  Called a Symphony Cantata with texts from the Bible, it was written to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the printing press.
The Eaken Trio will join the orchestra in the first half to perform Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello known as the Triple Concerto in C-major.  This is a unique combination of soloists that derives from the more common trio for chamber music.  This will be another opportunity to hear our principal cellist Andrew Rammon along with another two superb musicians, violinist John Eaken and pianist Gloria Whitney.”

-Williamsport Symphony Orchestra Brochure


Balcony $15.

Section 2 $40.

Section 1 $50.

Students: Tickets for students ages 4-23 are free in the upper balcony.  Seats in the orchestra section are $5.  Discount price is not available in the Sterling Circle, Loge, and First Row Balcony.  College students must present a valid college ID at the time of obtaining tickets.  An hour before the show, students may request free rush tickets for Orchestra seats.

To purchase tickets, please call the CAC Box office at (570) 326-2424 or 1-800-432-9382 or visit

via The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra.

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Free Sheet Music Scales

Enjoy the free printable major scales from  These scales are printed in two pages of clean, clear typeface.

Free Sheet Music Scales

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10 Tips and Tricks for Sight Reading Music

10 Tips for Sight Reading Music

10 Tips and Tricks for Sight Reading Music.


10 Tips and Tricks for Sight Reading Music

Sight reading seems to be one of those challenges that either a beginning musician loves or has recurring nightmares about. For those of us in the latter category, we’ve consulted with music educators who specialize in the important skill of sight reading music to make it less scary and (maybe even) a little enjoyable!

Practice beforehand…

Time signatures and key signatures are, well, key to being a successful sight reader. For a quick review of how to understand time signatures and key signatures, check out our basic sheet music reading primer.

First, familiarize yourself with and practice a wide variety of time signatures so that you’re ready for any situation. You can mask a mistake in pitch much easier than one in rhythm. As the saying goes “always count… never stop.” Here’s a website we found with helpful, free rhythm exercises.

Another suggestion is to print out some free manuscript paper. Write out various rhythms of half notes and quarter notes in 4/4 time. Next, do the same with quarter notes and eighth notes, then eighth notes and sixteenth notes. Play each of the rhythms as you write them or count/tap/verbalize them out loud, and mix-and-match them as you go along. That way, you’ll familiarize yourself with how they look on the page and you’ll be prepared to perform each rhythm in any context.

Next, memorize your key signatures! A tip for reading SHARP (major) key signatures is to look at the last sharp, and move a half-step above that. In this example, your last sharp is a C, so a half step up from C-sharp is D, meaning your key is D Major.Sharp key signatures

A tip for reading FLAT key signatures is to look at the second-to-last flat (reading left to right). In this example, your second-to-last flat is E, so you’re in E-flat Major. The exception to this rule is F major (or D minor) which only has one flat (B-flat).Tip-for-reading-flat-key-signatures

Then, be sure to know your scales  forward and backward. Practice singing or playing your scales, while reciting (or thinking of) the name of each note as you play it.

Along those lines, learning to sight sing, even if you’re not a vocalist, will help you sight read music for any instrument. Phrasing, intonation and musicality are universal, and sight singing will help you practice those without having to concentrate so closely on what your hands are doing.

Also be sure to practice, practice, practice sight reading music without looking at your hands. Knowing the feel of your instrument’s keys/frets/fingerboard is essential to sight reading music because your eyes will be focused on the piece. Sight reading is like training for a marathon, you need to continuously practice your skills in order to keep them. But, in the end it will pay off! Sight reading is one of the greatest musical joys you will ever experience!

Right before playing…

It goes without saying that first you’ll want to look at the piece. Tap out the rhythm, including rests, then read through the notes and follow the overall structure so you’ll know where to go at repeat bars, D.C., Codas, Segnos and the like. Mentally commit changes in key or time, as well as accidentals, dynamics and other markings. If you’re allowed, make helpful marks on your sheet music in any spots you anticipate having difficulties. Never leave home without your handy sheet music pencil!

Next, sound the piece out in your head. Pay attention to patterns, including scale and arpeggio fragments. If you recognize patterns ahead of time, the notes will be much easier to sight read, and it will free you up to focus on other parts of the piece.

The best musicians study the music closely before playing. The reason they sound so good when they sight read a piece for the first time is because they’ve already studied the sheet music. While the director is handing out the sheet music, the best musicians are secretly scrutinizing it, studying the road map, looking for potentially awkward passages, tapping out rhythm, trying out fingerings—all without playing a note!

 When you begin the piece…

Don’t forget to breathe! It sounds silly, but sight reading music, especially under pressure, can be daunting. Breathing can help you keep tempo and follow your phrasing. For winds players and vocalists it’s even helpful to mark where you plan to breathe beforehand.

Similarly, try to relax and concentrate. Keep your eyes on the page, even if you make a mistake. Don’t correct yourself, just keep moving along. We promise, it will get easier!

In review, our 10 Tips for Sight Reading Music Are:

  1. Familiarize yourself with a variety of rhythms.
  2. Memorize key signatures at-a-glance.
  3. Know your scales forward and backward.
  4. Practice playing without looking at your hands.
  5. Practice sight singing.
  6. Take a minute to examine the piece you’re sight reading. Tap out the rhythm, read through the notes and follow the structure.
  7. Mentally commit changes in key or time signature within the piece.
  8. Make markings on the paper (or on your tablet/iPad), if allowed.
  9. Sound the whole piece out in your head, recognizing patters.
  10. Breathe, relax and keep going, even if you make a mistake.
  11. (Bonus tip) Never leave home without your sheet music pencil!

Do you have additional tips for sight reading music that you’ve found helpful? Do you have a sight reading success story to share? Please let us and your fellow musicians know in the comments below!

via 10 Tips and Tricks for Sight Reading Music.

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Baldwin Black Spinet Piano For Sale

Baldwin French Provincial Spinet Piano in Gloss Black


Unmatched Quality Features Found Only in Baldwin Pianos

  • Exclusive 19-Ply Pinblock

  • Famous Baldwin Scale

  • Solid Spruce Soundboard

  • Exclusive Full-Blow Action

  • Baldwin-built Hammers

  • SynchroTone TM Bass Strings

Built in the Tradition of Baldwin Grand Pianos

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Characteristics:  The French Provincial or French Country design is evident in the scroll work above the piano desk, the fancy key cover handles and the curved legs on the piano and bench.  The touch on the sound is quite soft.  Both my young students and more experienced pianists enjoy the touch on this piano. The repetition rate is good.  The sound is nice and clear, loud enough for a group, and quiet enough for your living room.  I have been using this in for a small church and piano lessons since it was refinished.  It has met needs for solos, ensemble work, personal enjoyment, piano lessons, and congregational accompaniment.
Repairs:  This Baldwin piano was recently professionally refinished by Julia Race Music Services.  The former color was Regal Oak, but is now Gloss Black.  As part of the refinishing of this piano, the missing oak bottom panel was replaced and refinished with another oak panel.  The key bed, piano back and entire case were thoroughly cleaned.  Surfaces blemishes were repaired with a polyurethane product before being sanded and refinished with a quality polyurethane glossy color. The rectangle stylistic frames on the exterior case sides were removed for a more modern look.  A small repair was made in the lower hitch pin area.  The felts are still in good shape and the tuning pin bushings are tight, helping a tuning to last.  As a professional piano technician, I have come across many levels of bushing holding power, and these bushings are better than most pianos I have dealt with.  The piano has been tuned and will be tuned once more to A440 before sale.
Dimensions:  The measurements of the piano are as follows:

Length at the lid: 57″.
Width at the key bed: 25″.
Height from the floor to the top of the lid: 36 1/4″.
Shipping:  I encourage prospective piano buyers to view this piano personally. Please call Julia at (570) 295-0371 to arrange a meeting.  I do not ship internationally. Shipping may be available upon an individual basis for destinations within 200 miles of zip code 17745.  Please call Julia to see if this may be an option for you before trying to buy this item.

Age:  The serial numbers fit the Baldwin Acrosonic, but there was no other reference to the Acrosonic sub-brand on the piano. According to the serial number 1284647, if Acrosonic, this piano was built between 1981 and 1982.  Please scroll down to the end of the blog to see the list of serial numbers for Baldwin/Acrosonic.

The Piano Blue Book has this to say of Baldwin pianos:

“BALDWIN Pianos bearing this well known and an honorable name was the product of The Baldwin Piano Mfg.Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio, and were. In the best sense of the word, instruments of the highest degree of excellence. The system or chain of scientific improvements peculiar to the Baldwin piano based on the law of acoustics, and known as the Baldwin acoustic system, which permitted the greatest conservation of tone, secures an artistic result of the highest quality, and has resulted in gaining for. It a leading position among the world’s artistic musical instruments. The Baldwin piano has an individuality of the highest character. When it was exhibited at the International Exposition at Paris in 1900 it was honored with an award (The Grand Prix) which has never been bestowed on any, other American piano, and the highest honor ever received by any, piano made In America. The Baldwin pianos are made in most modem and perfectly equipped factories under ideal manufacturing conditions. At the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, St. Louis, Mo., 1904, the Baldwin piano was again awarded the Grand Prize and still another Grand Prize was awarded the Baldwin pianos and Manualos at the Anglo-American Exposition, London, 1914. The “New York Tribune,” in commenting on the comprehensive display of the Baldwin Company at Paris, and the success of this piano and this house, said that they made a record that would never he forgot in the history of uprights, grands and reproducing pianos, the grands including the various sizes from concert grands to small grands for parlors. In Rome, 1923, the Baldwin piano was awarded the Papal Medal and the House of Baldwin appointed “Purveyors to the Holy See.” The Baldwin piano is recognized as a universal favorite between the leading operatic artists and virtuosos of the pianoforte. The Baldwin Manualo is a unification of the most artistic piano with the most scientific players’ construction; in other words, it combines the highest artistic attainment in piano production with the most gratifying ability of performance. The entire output is controlled by The Baldwin Piano Company.

The Baldwin Grand Piano, designed, built and guaranteed by the Baldwin Company, Loveland, Ohio, is used exclusively by the first rank of artists in all spheres of musical expression – pianists, composers, conductors, singers, instrumentalists – as well as the outstanding symphony orchestras around the world and in music festivals everywhere. Without reservation, from the nine-foot concert grand to the five feet, two inch grand, every Baldwin embodies the latest concepts of acoustical science and piano making, it is a precision engineered musical instrument of the highest degree of excellence. Any Baldwin made piano is worth the time. Money and energy to rebuild or refurbish.

Baldwin also builds Howard spinet and grand pianos, and Hamilton studio pianos for home and school, all maintain great resale value.

1900 – 10400 1962 – 152706 1974 – 204113 1986 – 266329
1910 – 16400 1963 – 156591 1975 – 208742 1987 – 270416
1920 – 35800 1964 – 160868 1976 – 213470 1988 – 278556
1930 – 63000 1965 – 165701 1977 – 217853 1989 – 284228
1940 – 88700 1967 – 175821 1979 – 228858 1991 – 293772
1943 – 102000 1968 – 179702 1980 – 236654 1992 – 301774
1948 – 105000 1969 – 184661 1981 – 242984 1993 – 305110
1950 – 110243 1970 – 190028 1982 – 248306 1994 – 310000
1955 – 128167 1971 – 192401 1983 – 253274 1995 – 313000
1960 – 145002 1972 – 195485 1984 – 257293 1996 – 316000
1961 – 148635 1973 – 199649 1985 – 26225″”


This distinctive and exclusive name designates a line of spinet and console pianos built by the Baldwin Piano Company. Coined from the Greek word,”akros,” meaning supreme and the Latin word, “sonus,” meaning tone, the trade mark “Acrosonic” is registered in the United States Patent Office. Acrosonics are famous for their beautifully compact styling, their tonal clarity and power and Baldwin’s exclusive Full-Blow Action.

1936-2650001967-831583 1977-1104802 1987-1406054
1946-3650001968-851540 1978-1135737 1988-1432927
1956-5854541969-881087 1979-1180266 1989-1442402
1960-6798441970-912986 1980-1220374 1990-1431760
1961-7028061971-933476 1981-1253176 1991-1450068
1962-7237781972-953937 1982-1286178 1992-1463568
1963-7437721973-979129 1983-1324487 1993-1478744
1964-7631431974-1007687 1984-1343955 1994-1483157
1965-7840171975-1035719 1985-1365605 1995-1491127
1966-8037271976-1067508 1986-1383187 1996-150032″


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