Welcome to Sound Innovations!

Welcome to the official blog of Alfred Music Publishing’s Sound Innovations, our revolutionary new methods for concert band and string orchestra. This blog will update you daily on the latest developments, along with sneak peeks, exclusive behind-the-scenes content about the making of the method, and supplementary information to enhance your use of Sound Innovations.  Here are the latest updates:

Standard Edition

The Sound Innovations, Book 1 Standard Edition student books for concert band and string orchestra are now available for purchase! Visit a Sound Innovations Authorized Retailer or alfred.com to purchase them today!

Director’s Choice Edition

As a thank you for being part of the Sound Innovations family, we have released an early beta version of alfred.com/soundinnovations! There, you can find more information about the method, and build your Director’s Choice Editions for concert band and string orchestra. This sneak peek preview of the site allows you to create an account, then customize, preview, and print samples of your method. Visit the site today to begin customizing your own starting pitch, rhythms, playlist, and enrichment pages!

On the week of August 16, 2010, the complete site will be live for you to order your books and have them delivered to your school as early as 10 business days after placing your order. Our timelines have been carefully selected to accommodate starting dates for the majority of music programs across the country. Because not every school starts at the same time, we have options in place if your school starts before our anticipated timelines:

  • If you’d like to use Sound Innovations for the upcoming school year and need to place your order before our launch timelines, we recommend you order the Standard Edition, which provides the great features of Sound Innovations that have been selected by expert authors, with the feedback of teachers around the world. The Standard Edition provides, among numerous innovative features, an instrument-specific mp3 disc with recordings of every line of music in the book, an instrument specific master class DVD that is referenced throughout the book, availability on SmartMusic (along with the first 100 lines for free), all with a clear and organized structure and layout. Using the Standard Edition will allow you to get a deeper understanding of the method so that you may better customize the Director’s Choice Edition for your classes for the next school year.
  • If your school starts in August but before your books will be delivered, you can log onto your account and print the introductory pages of each student book for the beginning class sessions. This will provide the necessary content for your students until your books arrive.

As we explore uncharted territory and set a new standard on this revolutionary method, we are taking the time to perfect the elements that it encompasses and provide you with the highest possible quality product, with several stages of development and testing. Our top priorities are to provide this unprecedented system for teachers, as well as a solid ordering infrastructure for our retailers. We appreciate your patience as we develop this new technology.

Feel free to subscribe to this blog and follow our Twitter profile for daily updates and information as it develops!

Congratulations on being one of the first music educators in history to adapt this revolutionary new method. We know you will enjoy using Sound Innovations to help your students experience the joy of making music!

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