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New Books Available for Sound Innovations for Concert Band and String Orchestra

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Friday, January 06, 2012

Sound Innovations , the first-ever customizable band and string methods to hit the music education market has expanded to include a third book in the series, focusing on sound and ensemble development for intermediate groups.

Sound Innovations for Concert Band: Ensemble Development, written by Peter Boonshaft and Chris Bernotas, is a valuable resource for helping students grow in their understanding and abilities as ensemble musicians. Whether students are working to strengthen their technical facility or challenging their musicianship, Ensemble Development can be used with any band method or as a supplement to performance music. There are more than 400 exercises and more than 70 chorales grouped by key, and presented in a variety of intermediate skill levels. The chorales are written by some of today’s most renowned concert band composers, including Robert Sheldon, Michael Story, Chris Bernotas, Ralph Ford, and more.

The development concepts include tone quality, breathing, ensemble and section balance, intonation, harmonic progressions, rhythmic subdivision, phrasing, expression and style, and much more. Where possible, several exercises in the same category are provided to allow variety, while accomplishing the goals of that specific type of exercise. Many exercises and chorales are also clearly marked with dynamics, articulations, style, and tempo for students to practice those aspects of performance. Other exercises are intentionally left unmarked so teachers can determine how best to use them in facilitating their goals and addressing the needs of their ensemble.

Sound Innovations for String Orchestra: Sound Development, written by Bob Phillips and Kirk Moss, emphasizes playing with a characteristic beautiful sound. The components of producing this sound are broken into four levels, consistent with the revolutionary Sound Innovations structure: Sound Tone, Sound Bowings, Sound Shifting, and Sound Scales, Arpeggios, Chorales, and Rhythms. The levels can be used in whichever order that is best suited for students, as individual warm-ups or as structured units.

Students will learn technical development through clear and thorough instruction, including the proper use of the bow with the variables of tone, the next group of bowings needed for intermediate repertoire, and how to shift and play with vibrato. These skills will be reinforced with comprehensive scales, arpeggios, sight reading materials, and rhythm exercises. Two warm-up chorales are also included, which can be performed by the entire orchestra or with flexible instrumentation.

Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development and Sound Innovations: Sound Development will be available in Spring 2012. Visit for more information.