Category Archives: Teaching Tips

Helpful articles and resources for teachers.

Sound Innovations Author, Chris Bernotas, on the Importance of Warming Up Your Performing Ensemble

By Chris Bernotas Alfred Author What is the purpose of a warm up in the band (or any) classroom? Students come into our classrooms from a variety of places, both physically and mentally. Maybe they are coming from lunch, or … Continue reading

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Helpful Tips on Flute Repair

As You’re Preparing for the New School Year, Here Are Some Tips for Getting Your School’s Flutes Up to Par. Working With the Pad Adjustment Screws on a Standard Concert Flute Here’s another essential skill that falls into the “things … Continue reading

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Cool Ideas for a Cool Era Webinar Recording

For those of you who missed the webinar by Vince Gassi and Chris Bernotas, the recording is now available – click on the webinar title below. Please note that the WebEx player is required to play the recording in its … Continue reading

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Exclusive Teaching (and Learning) Tips from Sound Innovations Author Peter Boonshaft

The start of a new school year offers so much wonder, excitement and promise. As teachers, it also allows each of us a time to reexamine what we teach and how we teach it. This gives us a chance to … Continue reading

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Sound Innovations – Just The Bass-ics

by Bob Phillips, Lead author of SI for Strings As a bass player, I have strong opinions on starting and retaining bass players in the school orchestra. Personally I like to see all four instruments taught the first year of … Continue reading

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Cool Ideas for a Cool Era: Cutting-Edge Teaching Strategies for Directors by Directors

Don’t miss Alfred composers Chris Bernotas and Vince Gassi as they host a live webinar presentation! Hear unique teaching ideas to invigorate your class Learn to use technology to connect your students to the musical community Discover detailed instructions that … Continue reading

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Percussion for the Non-percussionist

One of the topics that frequently comes up in talking to educators at trade shows, on Twitter, Facebook, etc is ‘percussion for the non-percussionist’ – for all of the educators out there with brass, woodwind and string expertise that might … Continue reading

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