Alfred Music Expands Sound Innovations Series with Creative Warm-Ups for String Orchestra

January 19, 2018

Creative Warm-Ups for String Orchestra Alfred Music, the leading publisher in music education since 1922, is proud to announce the release of Sound Innovations for String Orchestra: Creative Warm-Ups, a companion resource to Sound Innovations: Sound Development for Intermediate String Orchestra and Sound Innovations: Sound Development for Advanced String Orchestra.

Sound Innovations: Creative Warm-ups emphasizes four aspects of string performance essential to the refinement of musicianship and skill at the intermediate level. Consistent with the Sound Innovations structure, the book is divided into flexible levels that can be used in the order that is best for your students' development, whether that means as individual warm-ups or as structured units.

Students explore, develop, and refine these key facets of playing:

  • Sound Intonation
  • Sound Rhythms
  • Sound Bowing Fluency and Choreography
  • Sound Creativity

Students will develop high-level listening skills through practicing intervals, chord tones and balance, major/minor/diminished/augmented chord qualities, drones, and extended hand patterns---including cello extension pedagogy. Students will also learn to analyze, audiate, and perform rhythms that create rhythmic independence and develop large-group rhythmic ensemble playing. Bowing fluency exercises will lead students to play with all parts of the bow, start in different points of the bow, use expressive bow strokes, and execute fluid string crossings. A groundbreaking sequence of exercises and repertoire help students develop a toolbox of material to use while improvising in distinct styles: classical, jazz, Latin, rock, and over a drone accompaniment. Video demonstrations of key skills and audio tracks are referenced in the book and will be able to be accessed online for free at soon.

Sound Innovations: Creative Warm-ups are available for $8.99 (Teacher’s Handbook for $34.99) at music retail stores, online retailers, and

Review copies are available upon request.

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