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Musicroom’s Staff Picks – 7th March 2022

Disney’s Encanto

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s soundtrack to Encanto has taken the music world by storm. The catchy single ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno‘ was Disney‘s first ever UK number 1! The entire soundtrack also topped the album charts and the momentum only keeps growing! Our souvenir matching folio, available in Piano, Vocal & Guitar, as well as Easy Piano, features eight pages of full-colour art from the movie with 9 songs arranged for easy piano with lyrics.

West Side Story Vocal Selections

All 11 songs from the movie soundtrack of Steven Spielberg’s 2021 adaptation of the classic musical. Songs are arranged for piano, voice and guitar, with chord symbols, guitar chord frames, and full lyrics. The melody is included in the piano part.

How to Practise Music

The essential, pocket-sized companion for every musician. Accessible and authoritative, How to Practise Music is an ideal guide for anyone learning to play music. Suitable for instrumentalists and vocalists of any genre, this comprehensive handbook will give you a better idea of how to practise music, good reasons for doing so, and the confidence to succeed.

Vocal Aerobics

Vocal Aerobics provides 40 weeks worth of practice material, covering: proper breathing; chest voice vs. head voice; vowel formation and focus; diction; diphthongs and triphthongs; arpeggios; major and minor scales. Benefits from this complete set of workouts include: better tone; vocal diversity; improved blending with other singers; ear training; and relaxed singing. The audio features professional musicians performing each track, accessed through Hal Leonard’s popular MyLibrary platform. The audio can be streamed or downloaded and includes PLAYBACK+, a multi-functional audio player that allows you to slow down audio without changing pitch, set loop points, change keys, and pan left or right.

Way Home from ask the river

British composer Rachel Portman has written over 100 scores for film, television and theatre. She was the first female composer to win an Academy Award for her original score for Emma (1996). She later received similar accolades for Cider House Rules (1999) and Chocolat (2000). Just as comfortable scoring for movies, Portman has also written concert stage music, more recently, climate change inspired opera, The Water Diviner’s Tale. From Portman’s latest album, ask the river, ‘Way Home‘ is a lyrical song scored for violin and piano, echoes the composer’s continued commitment and feelings about our fragile environment.


This collection by french composer Isabelle Aboulker promises beautiful melodies for any occasion: the passionate vocalises of Je t’aime sits alongside the limpid settings of poet Jean de La Fontaine, while the eeriness of the merchant of souls in Au Marché de Saint-Paul contrasts with the light humour of the Savoir-vivre cycle. Recently awarded the prestigious Grand Priz of the French Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique (SACEM) Isabelle’s prosodic clarity and voluptuous focus on the evocative power of words speak of a deep attachment to the legacy of French song composers.

Books To Watch

Books To Watch‘ represents upcoming major releases, which are not yet in stock but available to pre-order now. The books you see here may have come into stock by the time you are reading this, so be sure to jump on these new releases right away, as they’ll sell out quickly!

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