The Importance of Developing Sight-Reading Skills

Music educators generally agree that the ability to sight-read is an important skill, necessary for the development of independent learners, and an indispensable part of training for musicians. According to Joyce Eastlund Gromko, “Just as reading comprehension is a basic component of most standardized tests of language arts literacy, so music sight-reading is a critical […]

New Music Friday: Song Without Words

This work, originally titled “Lied” comes from a set of works for solo piano. About Song Without Words View Score 00:00 00:00 No title 00:00 This work offers students access to the music of an important and under-recognized composer. The dynamics and expressive markings of the original piano version have, for the most part, been […]

13 Halloween Titles for Your Fall Orchestra Concert

Haunted houses! Vampires! Pirates! It’s always fun to include a Halloween piece (or two!) at your October concerts and Tempo Press has you covered for scary and spooky orchestra music.  There are original pieces by Mark Barnard, Jason Krug, Thom Sharp, and more. Plus, arrangements from Sandra Dackow, Robert McCashin, and Robert Longfield.  So whether […]

New Music Friday: Nordlys

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are called Nordlys in Norwegian. The part of Norway above the Arctic Circle may be the best place to observe nature’s incredible light show. Science says auroras occur when charged particles ejected from the sun strike the earth’s atmosphere, ionizing gas molecules like a neon sign. But those who […]

We Want Your Submissions!

Have you been writing music for your orchestra? We want to see it. Tempo Press is always on the lookout for new student-level music for full and string orchestra, and solos and small ensembles for violin, viola, cello, and bass. We accept submissions all year long, but review once a year in October. The deadline […]

Spotlight: Alan Bernstein

After an initial career as a traveling musician, Alan Bernstein studied music at the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education. For the next 29 years, he has been a music teacher, first in Fall River, MA and then in the Newport, RI public schools, where he […]

New Music Friday: At the Fair

“At The Fair” was conceived as a somewhat light-hearted dance using traditional forms and harmonies. Although the piece was not written for advanced players, it should offer some challenges to an average orchestra. As a teaching piece in the key of D and G, several occurrences of accidentals (D♯, G♯, A♯ & E♯) require student […]