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These organizations selected music from Sandscape Publications for their festivals, contests, and performances:

  • New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA)
  • Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA)
  • University Interscholastic League (UIL)
  • The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM)
  • National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC)
  • Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC)


    New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA)
    Festival Manual 2015 to 2018

    Jazz Tunes for Friends (jazz piano solos, level 4) by Roberta Mandel was selected for the NYSSMA Festival Manual, highlighting "Blues for James" and "For Billy Strayhorn" in this edition. The 2012 to 2015 manual featured Ms. Mandel's "Oscar," composed for her friend Oscar Peterson.

    Music in the following sheets and music books by Valarie Morris were selected for the July 2015 to July 2018 NYSSMA Festival Manual:

  • Frolic (oboe duet, level 4)
  • Do a Duet (oboe duet, level 5)
  • Serenade (clarinet solo with piano accompaniment, level 2)
  • Serenade (English horn solo with piano accompaniment, level 3)
  • What a Day! (bassoon duets, level 1) *
  • Frolic (bassoon duet, level 4) *
  • Do a Duet (bassoon duet, level 5) *
  • Serenade (jazz trombone solo with piano accompaniment, level 3)
  • Serenade (vibraphone solo with piano accompaniment, level 2) *
  • What a Day! (percussion ensembles, level 1) *
  • What a Year! (percussion ensembles, levels 2 and 3)
  • What a Week! (percussion ensembles, level 3)
  • What a Year! Mallet Challenge (percussion ensembles, level 4)
  • Ritsch, Ratsch (vocal quartet, levels 5 and 6)
  • What a Week! (viola duets, level 4) *

    * Also selected for the NYSSMA Festival Manual 2005 to 2012.


    Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA)
    High School Required List 2010 to 2014

    The following ensembles were selected for the OMEA High School Required List:

  • Triumvirate (brass trio, Class A)
  • Deck the Halls, arr. (brass quartet, Class A)
  • Jingle Bells, arr. (brass quartet, Class A)
  • Winter Cheer (saxophone quartet, Class C)
  • Scrumptious (misc. sax ensemble, saxophone quintet, Class A)


    University Interscholastic League (UIL)
    Prescribed Music List 2003 to 2010

    These tunes were selected for the Texas UIL Prescribed Music List:

  • Serenade (bassoon solo with piano accompaniment, grade 2)
  • Good Morning, Rachel (trumpet solo, grade 3)
  • Für Alise (trumpet solo, grade 3)


    Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM)
    2005-2009 Popular Selection Syllabus

    The Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada selected Valarie Morris' piano arrangement of Scott Joplin's "The Entertainer" for their Popular Selection Syllabus.


    National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC)
    2004-2010 Festivals Bulletin

    NFMC selected 64 tunes from Sandscape Publications for its Festivals Bulletin for these instruments:

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Alto Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Guitar
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass
  • Accordion

    When tunes are part of a collection, the name of the music book is shown in parentheses.


    Flute

    Crocodile (Animal Anthology: Land Lovers), Elementary Class I
    Lobster (Animal Anthology: Water Play), Elementary Class I
    January (What a Year!), Elementary Class I
    June (What a Year!), Elementary Class I
    February (What a Year!, Elementary Class II
    March (What a Year!), Elementary Class II
    Bay Cruise, Medium Class II/Mod. Difficult Class
    Triumvirate, Moderately Difficult Class


    Clarinet

    Any two duets (What a Year!), Elementary Class
    Any two duets (What a Week!), Medium Class


    Alto Saxophone

    Für Alise, Medium Class I


    Trumpet

    January (What a Year!), Elementary Class
    March (What a Year!), Elementary Class
    September (What a Year!), Elementary Class
    October (What a Year!, Elementary Class


    Guitar

    Whale (Animal Anthology: Water Play), Classical Style
    Stingray (Animal Anthology: Water Play), Pick Style


    Viola

    Good Morning, Rachel, Elementary Class II
    April (What a Year!), Elementary Class
    May (What a Year!), Elementary Class
    Monday, (What a Week!), Difficult Class
    Thursday (What a Week!), Difficult Class
    Saturday (What a Week!), Advanced Class


    Cello

    Any one piece (What a Year!), Medium Class I


    Bass

    Good Morning, Rachel, Primary Class I
    Für Alise, Medium Class II
    June (What a Year!), Primary Class
    November (What a Year!), Primary Class
    April (What a Year!), Elementary Class
    August (What a Year!), Elementary Class


    Accordion

    C Major Scale (Scaling the Accordion, Book 1), Elementary Class I
    Rhinoceros (Animal Anthology: Land Lovers), Elementary Class I
    Tiger (Animal Anthology: Land Lovers), Elementary Class II
    Octopus (Animal Anthology: Water Play), Elementary Class II
    Tortoise (Animal Anthology: Land Lovers), Elementary Class III
    Salmon (Animal Anthology: Water Play), Elementary Class III


    Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC)
    2003-2004 Syllabus

    MTAC selected the solos in these piano music books for their syllabus:

  • Animal Anthology: Land Lovers (prep to level 1)
  • Animal Anthology: Water Play (levels 2-3)
  • Animal Anthology: Flights of Fancy (levels 5-7)



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