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Sound Innovations for String Orchestra Overview

Written by Bob Phillips, Peter Boonshaft, Kirk Moss, Stephen Benham, Matt Turner, and Robert Sheldon, the Sound Innovations authors bring years of extensive teaching, conducting, and composing experience. The most comprehensive method available, you can teach beginners through advanced ensembles with the same series.

Course Components

Sound Innovations for String Orchestra Book 1

Book 1

Book 1 has clean page layouts, solid pedagogy, clear goals for each exercise, and Book 1 is now completely free in SmartMusic! Provide MasterClass lessons with the included instrument-specific videos and accompaniment recordings that are now available streaming on SI Online. The content is organized into six short levels, providing benchmarks, assessment indicators, and intermediate goals.

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Sound Innovations for String Orchestra Book 2

Book 2

Continue your students’ musical journey with Book 2, where new concepts are isolated and taught individually for better retention. Continue skill development with review, new keys, rhythms, tone development, and introductory scales and arpeggios. Provide MasterClass lessons with the included string ensemble videos and accompaniment recordings that are now available streaming on SI Online. The book is divided into levels, providing benchmarks, assessment, and intermediate goals.

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Creative Warm-Ups for Intermediate String Orchestra

Creative Warm-Ups for Intermediate String Orchestra

The levels of this book focus on four important aspects of string performance and can be used in any order as either warm-ups or structured units. Level one’s sound intonation exercises develop high-level listening skills through practicing intervals, chord tones and balance. The structured rhythmic patterns in level 2 provide opportunities to analyze, audiate, compose, notate, and perform rhythms. Level 3 focuses on bowing fluency and choreography, leading to a characteristic, beautiful sound. Level 4 features a groundbreaking sequence of exercises and repertoire that will help develop improvisation and composition skills.

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Sound Development for Intermediate String Orchestra

Sound Development for Intermediate String Orchestra

Teach your students to play with a characteristic beautiful sound with Sound Innovations: Sound Development for Intermediate String Orchestra. Components are broken down into four levels: (1) Sound Tone, (2) Sound Bowings, (3) Sound Shifting, and (4) Sound Scales, Arpeggios, Chorales, and Rhythms. Use this text with or after any method in a classroom or individual setting.

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Sound Development for Advanced String Orchestra

Sound Development for Advanced String Orchestra

Continuing with the emphasis on playing with a beautiful sound, this level focuses on three-octave scales, especially those needed for regional auditions and all states. The four levels, (1) Sound Tone, (2) Sound Bowings, (3) Sound Shifting, and (4) Sound Scales and Arpeggios, can be used in the order that is best for your students. Use this text with or after any method in a classroom or individual setting.

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Sound Differentiation: Familiar Tunes on the D and A Strings with Differentiated Parts

Sound Differentiation—Coming Soon!

This motivational, time-saving supplemental resource provides differentiated parts for 15 well-known pieces and is perfect for a variety of teaching situations, including like- or mixed-instrument classes as well as in private study! These arrangements are ready for use in an adaptable format with identical parts for all instruments. In order of difficulty, the parts are bass line, tune, harmony, variation 1, and variation 2. The difficulty of each piece progresses throughout the book.

Sound Leadership: Leadership Training Curriculum for Music Students

Sound Leadership

Sound Leadership is designed to help facilitate an engaging and collaborative process between both student leaders and program directors that allows for self-discovery, goal-setting, and defining roles and responsibilities.

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SI Online

SI Online

Perfect for remote teaching or for in-class needs such as differentiating your teaching for diverse learning abilities, SI Online includes all of the streaming MasterClass videos and accompaniment tracks for Sound Innovations.

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Sound Innovations Correlated Performance Music

Correlated Performance Music

Each correlated string orchestra and concert band performance music piece contains an educational pack that includes an emphasis on expressive playing, historical information, exercises to help with specific technical issues, notes on the composition, and more.

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Sound Innovations for Concert Band eBooks

eBooks

Most Sound Innovations books are available on eBooks for iPads®, ChromebooksTM, PCs, and Macs®, allowing for use in 1:1 classrooms.

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