THE J. W. PEPPER BLOG | DELIVERING MUSIC SINCE 1876

THE J. W. PEPPER BLOG | DELIVERING MUSIC SINCE 1876

THE J. W. PEPPER BLOG | DELIVERING MUSIC SINCE 1876

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16 New & Powerful Choral Songs to Help Students During Hard Times

Choral Music has always had the ability to inspire and heal wounds, and now many songs are taking on a new meaning as teachers...

Black History Month Songs: Using Music to Teach About the Past

Updated January 2020 The idea for Black History Month was developed during a difficult time for African Americans in the United States. In 1926, segregation...

Preparing Students for Auditions

It never failed. Late November into December, when my performing groups were approaching the final stages of concert preparation, one or more students would...

School Concert Planning Checklist

Trying to keep track of all of your classes and ensembles is hard enough. Then concert planning time comes, and there is a sea...

Reading Sessions: The Shortcut to Your Success

For the past few months, the Pepper editors have listened to mountains of music to find the best choices for our Pepper Live events,...

Music Advocacy Resources for Spring Concert Programs

In March, the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and music associations across the nation celebrate Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM). It is...

Choosing Orchestra Music – Playing to Your Strengths

Every spring, orchestra teachers anticipate getting next year’s rosters. They give a good indication of the instrumentation they'll be working with in the coming...

Planning the Perfect Concert Program

Your concert is coming up; you and your students have been working on the selected repertoire for a while now – things are coming...

Choosing Festival Repertoire

Last updated January 14, 2020 You have decided on the trip, made all the preparations, and your students and parent groups have been hard at...

ePrint: Your Source for Printable Sheet Music

Pepper's ePrint service is getting even better, and we can’t wait to share the improvements with our customers. Since its introduction, ePrint has grown in popularity...

Introducing My Library

Performance planning is rarely the highlight of any music director’s season. Designing your concert may be enjoyable in itself, but the stress that comes...

Church Music Publishers Association endorses J.W Pepper’s print-on-demand music service

Exton, PA - The Church Music Publishers Association endorses J.W Pepper as the print-on-demand music supplier for its publisher members. J.W. Pepper's print on demand...

Repertoire – Choosing Quality Choral Music, Conclusion

Now that you have found some potential pieces and they fit the “who, what, when, where and why” of your practical considerations, what now? ...

Repertoire – Choosing Quality Choral Music, Part 2

In Part 1 we discussed practical considerations in choosing repertoire, such as the makeup of your performing group and the expectations of your intended...

Repertoire – Choosing Quality Choral Music, Part 1

Of the responsibilities that music teachers have, perhaps one of the most challenging is that of finding and choosing quality repertoire.  With the amount...

Rejoice in the Small Choir

It has been long-standing tradition that if you are a church choir member, you sing SATB music.  I don't know when this became the...

Goodbye, My Friend

As a faithful attendee of Pepper new music reading sessions, "Goodbye, My Friend” was presented at one this summer.  Call it premonition or just...

‘Tis A Gift

I recently enjoyed a Ballston Spa Community Band concert while attending the New York State School Music Conference in Albany, New York. Prior to...

Stringing Along

Stringing Choral Folders: "First, take the metal tip of the string and loop it under the claw..." If you have to string choral folders to securely hold...

The Power of “Glee”

I took some time today to listen to some of the incredible arrangements that have emerged from our newest recordings and found myself pondering the significance of shows such as "High School Musical" and "Glee" from a music education standpoint.

Dr. Tim on concert etiquette

Concert etiquette is important as it shows respect for both performers and fellow audience members alike.   Musicians that pursue their craft in earnest grow to appreciate...