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School Purchase Orders

We accept school purchase orders. Please observe the following:

  • Purchase order must be on school/college/university letterhead.
  • You can download an order form here (or use your own PO as in above).
  • Billing terms are net 30.
  • Clearly indicate both billing and shipping address and any special invoicing instructions.
  • Please add shipping and handling charges when calculating totals (see table below).
  • Please provide a contact and phone in case we need to get in touch with you. If possible, also provide the name of the music teacher or other person who ordered the music.
  • Please mail PO to Mona Lisa Sound, 45 Brimstone Hill Rd., Middletown, NY 10941-3349 or fax to 201-696-3946
  • Please provide a contact and phone in case we need to get in touch with you. If possible, also provide the name of the music teacher or other person who ordered the music..

When Will I Receive My Order?

We make every effort to get your package out within 24 hours of receipt of your order. The earlier in the day we receive the order and the amount of orders we have to process will impact on whether or not your order will go out the same day it was received. At the very least, your order will ship the next day  (Saturdays and Sundays not included) and you will receive it within two to three working days from the day it ships.


How Do I Judge The Difficulty Levels?

Check the difficulty ratings accompanying each arrangement on this site. The ratings range from very easy to challenging. Please note that even the very easy rating can go into 4th position, therefore none of our works are appropriate for those that are absolute beginners (in their 1st year of study). We will always help you select the most appropriate pieces.


Tips for teachers

Offering music based on popular music is a clever way of disguising standard issues in technique and tone production within the student's "own" culture. We recommend starting students on at least 2 or 3 contrasting works ABOVE their current level of perceived ability. Try:

  • "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" (very classical)
  • "Stairway To Heaven" (well known and rock)
  • "Black Dog" (changing meters and hard rock)

or for our easiest starters:

  • "Fool On The Hill"
  • "If I Fell"
  • "Blackbird"

IMPORTANT: Don't minimize the difficulty of this material when comparing to standard repertoire. In numerous ways it is harder.

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Programming this material is as much an art form as writing and playing it. If you will be augmenting a standard repertoire performance, may we suggest choosing at least two MLS works that have a strong recognition appeal and contrast one another. Consideration for audience makeup is crucial. Consider the following - do you want to:

  • Entice - "Dust In The Wind" is beautiful and soft yet highly recognizable,
  • Fool - "Satisfaction" starts out classical and moves into a highly recognizable bass line,
  • Blow away - "Heartbreaker" is loud, heavy metal, and virtuosic.

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Tips for performers