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Musicroom Staff Picks – 10th October 2022

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Tim Burton’s 1993 The Nightmare before Christmas is a true Halloween movie classic. This stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy directed by Henry Selick and tells the story of Jack Skellington, the King of Halloween Town and dubbed “Pumpkin King” who stumbles upon Christmas Town. Jack becomes obsessed with celebrating the holiday, calling Santa Claus “Sandy Claws” and convincing fellow citizens of Halloween Town to take over Christmas operations. The craftmanship of the team behind the movie and Danny Elfman’s score made this movie the hit that it continues to be today. This official song collection reprises the film’s tunes with “Jack’s Lament,” “Jack’s Obsession,” “Making Christmas,” “Oogie Boogie’s Song” and more.

John Thompson’s Easiest Halloween Hits

First published in 1954, John Thompson’s Easiest Piano Course is one of the world’s most-loved and best-selling piano methods. John Thompson’s timeless approach to teaching has been trusted by generations of teachers to start millions of students on their musical journey. Featuring popular hits for Halloween, this book includes 15 repertoire pieces to complement the Easiest Piano Course, helping to reinforce basic technique, develop musicality and increase the enjoyment of learning. Includes music from Little Mix, Disney, “Baby Shark”, The Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz and Hotel Transylvania.

Strange Sounds

Welcome to a world of Strange Sounds. The 10 unique piano solos in this collection are great for a Halloween-themed recital, but they are also perfect at any time of the year to stimulate imaginations and encourage inventiveness! There’s something for everyone with titles such as: The Cool Skeleton (Carolyn Miller) · Creepy Crocodile (Carolyn C. Setliff) · Escape from the Dark Forest (Randall Hartsell) · The Goblins (Thompson) · A Haunted House (Burnam) · Into the Abyss (Charmaine Siagian) · Lupus Ululat (Jason Sifford) · The Midnight Ball (Naoko Ikeda) · On This Eerie Night (Glenda Austin) · Spooky Night (Gillock).

“This collection is a real find, including ten equally enchanting pieces that are bound to be popular with elementary players, while showcasing the creativity of some of the most characterful voices in the piano pedagogy repertoire” – Pianodao.com

The Addams Family – Young@Part

The Addams Family Young@Part® is the authorized 65-70 minute edition of the Broadway musical for elementary and middle schools, and youth theatres. Through a series of workshops with industry professionals and actual kids, the Young@Part® musicals are tailor-made for younger actors. Song keys are changed where needed, songs and scenes are edited for time and content, while keeping the spirit of the original Broadway show intact. There are great parts for girls, boys and can feature any size ensemble/chorus, who are featured throughout the show. The perusal pack includes a Cast Script/Vocal Book and access to online audio containing all of the music from the show. Audio is accessed online using the unique code inside the book and can be streamed or downloaded and the audio files include 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.

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