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

LOS ANGELES, CA  -  Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Alfred Music Publishing expands its Sound Innovations, series – the first-ever customizable band and string methods to hit the music education market – with a third book for band and orchestra 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.

Included in the Sound Innovations for Concert Band series are a few original ensemble arrangements, titled Sound Innovations Fanfare, African Adventure, and Construction Zone, which can be used as great ways to implement the lessons and techniques taught through the Ensemble Development books.

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 in an easy to use layout. Sequential development of the proper use of the variables of tone including bowing lanes, bow weight, bow speed and bow division is provided. The bowings needed for intermediate repertoire are thoroughly broken down for successful teaching. Thorough presentation of shifting appropriate for each instrument, the use of finger patterns and the development of vibrato are included. 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. In addition, online video presentations of new techniques will be available for students and teachers.

Included in the Sound Innovations for String Orchestra series is an original ensemble arrangement, titled Sound Innovations Fanfare, which can be used as great way to implement the lessons and techniques taught through the Sound Development books.

Sound Innovations: Ensemble Development and Sound Innovations: Sound Development books are now available. Visit for more information.