Alfred’s ‘Sound Differentiation for Beginning String Orchestra’ and ‘Music Mosaic’

Mike Lawson • Instruments & Gear • October 16, 2020

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Sound Differentiation for Beginning String Orchestra from Alfred Music helps provide ways to help meet the needs of all the learners in beginning string classes.

Sound Differentiation is a motivational, time-saving supplemental resource that 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.

The difficulty of each piece progresses throughout the book. Any or all of the parts can be used to create an arrangement. The ensemble can play in unison, separate into two groups, or more. The parts are identical for each instrument. $8.99 each (Violin Book, Viola Book, Cello/Bass Book) and $12.99 (Teacher’s Score)

Music Mosaic is a contemporary collection that teaches American music history through student-centered projects. Each of the 15 lessons is intended to prompt risk-taking and the expression of artistic intent, making students the leaders of their own learning. From tracing the culture of an ancestor to forming a student ukulele jam, from creating a vaudeville show to writing and recording a rap, pick and choose favorites or use the complete book as a sequential curriculum on the development of American popular music. Many of the projects involve student research and culminate with a slide presentation, making them perfect for distance learning. Core music standards, teacher instructions, reproducible student sheets, and single-point assessment rubrics are included for each project. Recommended for grades 5-9. $34.99

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