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Sound InnovationsTM
Sound Innovations for String Orchestrais a revolutionary new method that combine time-tested educational concepts, input from thousands of teachers, advances in modern technology, and solid pedagogy that follows state and national music education standards.
Sound Innovations for String Orchestra is available in two versions: the Standard Edition (Book 1, Book 2, and Sound Development), selected by our industry-leading author team and available anytime at your local retailer, and the Director's Choice Edition (Book 1) which, for the first time in history, gives teachers the ability to customize their own method and use their own experiences in creating the best method book for their unique classrooms.
Book 1 and 2 Features
Both the Standard Edition and the customizable Director's Choice Edition feature:
  • Master Classes with expert musicians and teachers on DVD referenced throughout the entire book
  • Recorded melody examples and play-along accompaniments for every line of music in the book
  • Availability in SmartMusic, with FREE access to the first 100 lines of music in Book 1
  • Clean page layouts and clear organization of concepts
Book 2 Standard Edition
Sound Innovations Book 2 continues your student’s musical journey by teaching with segmented presentation of new concepts and introducing ensemble playing. Isolating concepts and teaching them individually help facilitate understanding of the more advanced material. Continuing the unique Sound Innovations organization by levels, the book contains four levels, each of which are divided into several sections that introduce concepts separately and provide plenty of practice and performance opportunities to reinforce each lesson.
Sound Development
Sound Innovations: Sound Development 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: (1) Sound Tone, (2) Sound Bowings, (3) Sound Shifting, and (4) Sound Scales, Arpeggios, Chorales, and Rhythms. The levels can be used in the order that is best for your students, as individual warm-ups or as structured units. Your students will learn 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, rhythm exercises, and warm-up chorales. Preview the book.
Director's Choice Edition
Sound Innovations Director's Choice Edition allows you to customize your own method book within a pedagogically sound framework to provide you with the flexibility you need to incorporate the teaching style and ideas that work best for your classroom. Follow our easy, step-by-step process to create your own method, which lets you:
  • Select the starting concert pitches
  • Select the starting rhythms
  • Select starting bowing technique (Arco or pizzicato)
  • Substitute tunes or include song genres
  • Add review and enrichment pages
  • Optionally include note names in note heads
  • Personalize the cover and introductory page
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