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Alfred Music Flex Series

Alfred Music’s new Band Flex Series contains original compositions, arrangements, and rescored best-sellers in a variety of grade levels to meet the needs of ensembles with incomplete instrumentation.

These pieces and arrangements will have complete flexibility of instrumentation which will allow directors to use them for:

  • Full band
  • Mix of band and string instruments
  • Mix of woodwind and percussion
  • Mix of brass and percussion
  • Percussion ensemble
  • Mixed chamber ensemble
  • Most like-instrument ensembles
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What makes our series unique?

We spoke to many teachers about their experiences with flexible instrumentation music, and we addressed these concerns with our series:

  • Too many pop arrangements.
  • Not enough grade level options.
  • Pieces can sound messy with a lot of clutter.
  • Pieces sound “hollow” and unbalanced.
  • Many students never get to play the melody.
  • No guidance on how to use flex products.
  • Individual parts sometimes have ranges that don’t work.
  • Hard to follow the score layout.
  • Should we mention the piano acc / condensed score suggestion?

Too many pop arrangements

Alfred Music's Flex Band Series includes a variety of styles, including original compositions, arrangements, and pop, so that they can be programmed for any time of year. There is also a variety of composers and arrangers, such as Vince Gassi, Michael Story, Doug Wagner, Michael Kamuf, and others.

Not enough grade level options

Currently, Alfred's flex series includes wide variety of difficulty levels, from grades 1/2 through 4.

Pieces can sound messy with a lot of clutter

We've provided a suggested instrumentation “menu” that will help give guidance, as well as the AMAZING teacher map for when parts are assigned. [NEED TO IMPROVE THIS BLURB.]

Pieces sound “hollow” and unbalanced

We recognize that while the 5 part score looks balanced on paper, it often is not in the band room. Parts 3, 4, and 5 often have the fewest students, so their parts were not well represented, making the piece sound unbalanced. To help address that, we added a 4-part model for younger bands to help support the lower parts—having 4 parts will allow more strength in numbers for the sections that are usually lighter in enrollment. We've carefuly considered this issue while writing, ensuring balance and reinforcement between parts.

Many students never get to play the melody

Melodic lines go through all of the parts to ensure that all students have opportunities for a moment in the sun, regardless of their part number.

No guidance on how to use flex products

We have designed a teacher map with each piece that will help to not only guide you to instrument choices but more importantly, provide a way to document who you assign to which part. We provide the Flexible Options, Suggested Instrumentation, and Teacher Part Assignment spaces. When this part is lined up with the left score page, the teacher assignments will generally line up with the 4 or 5 parts in the score, so you can refer to them throughout rehearsals or performances.

Individual parts sometimes have ranges that don’t work

We examined each part extremely carefully to ensure we caught any range issues. On occasion, we used easy divisi so that te clarinet part wouldn't go over the break in the easier levels, etc.

[INSERT IMAGE OF A DIVISI THAT KEEPS AN INSTRUMENT IN RANGE]

Hard to follow the score layout

We examined each part extremely carefully to ensure we caught any range issues. On occasion, we used easy divisi so that te clarinet part wouldn't go over the break in the easier levels, etc.

[SHOULD WE SHOW HOW THE TEACHER MAP CAN LINE UP WITH THE SCORE?]

SmartMusic

In addition to addressing teachers' concerns about hollow scoring and lack of guidance, our Flex Series is available in SmartMusic. Now you can transform your students' practice from passive repetition to active learning, and keep tabs on your students while remote teaching. Students will be immediately shown what pitches and rhythms they hit or miss so they know what to work on, and they don't learn their music incorrectly. They can play along to the accompaniment, encouraging at-home practice, while helping you track their progress while teaching remotely.

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