Fun Fact: How Many Different Methods Can You Make?

Fun Fact: As we prepare to unveil the SI Director’s Choice website in just four days, our SI production team is having fun testing out the many possible customization options that SI provides.

We discovered that there are over 10 trillion possible combinations you can create with all the different customization options. Yup, you read that right: 10 trillion! Luckily, our team didn’t have to test them all! See you on August 16th!


Edited Aug. 20, 2010:

We recalculated our formulas and ran them by two math/statistics experts… turns out we were a little off. There are actually 1,125,899,906,842,620 possible combinations of SI books you can create. That number is so high, we had to “Google it” to see what it is called!

Enjoy the possibilities!

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2 Responses to Fun Fact: How Many Different Methods Can You Make?

  1. Erin Smith says:

    It would be great if teachers can also customize:
    1. Texts for the opening pages of how to play/hold the instrument, etc. and goals for exercises.
    2. Level of rhythmic/metric complexity. We introduce 16th notes and compound meter with our beginning students about half-way through the year.
    3. Range. We encourage our beginning brass players to play the entire Eb and upper F scales, but they always have to write out from concert C and up in most methods. For those that feel this is pushing too high too fast, perhaps writing concert C, D, Eb, and F in octaves would be another solution. Those that are ready to play higher have the pitches already there. Those that aren’t can just play the lower notes.
    4. Option of when to introduce dynamics within the method.


    • Hi Erin,

      Thank you for writing and for your suggestions. Sound Innovations is an ongoing and constantly evolving method, so we plan to develop ideas and add new customization options on a regular basis based upon feedback from teachers. Some of these features are already in the works (such as text for opening pages and instrument set-up) and we have forwarded the suggestions to our authors and developers, so be on the lookout for added features. Will you be using Sound Innovations this year?

      -The Alfred Sound Innovations Team

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