Instruments & Gear

Alfred Music announced the release of Sound Innovations for Elementary Classroom Guitar, an innovative method for class instruction, especially for young children.

It was developed specifically to address the needs and learning styles of children. Unlike Sound Innovations for Guitar 1 and 2, which were aimed at teenage students, the bulk of instruction for this installment resides within this teacher edition — the content in the matching student book is streamlined and relies on instruction from the teacher. Beginning with rote learning, imitation, and echoing, students will play and perform familiar melodies, strumchords, and perform duets and trios. Eventually the curriculum takes them through singing and accompanying singers. Students will read music notation, guitar tablature, and guitar chord diagrams. They will learn traditional chords but also explore the neck of the guitar with simple and exciting non-traditional “moveable” chord shapes. The method follows both state and national music education standards.

Each book includes web access to online video lessons in which the author explains all concepts and demonstrates the music in the student and teacher editions. There are also downloadable MP3 recordings that demonstrate every musical example, and supplemental worksheets in PDF format that can be printed and handed out to the class. Sound Innovations for Elementary Classroom Guitar, teacher edition is available for $34.99, and the student edition is available for $6.99.

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