Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements Interactive Expanding

Mike Lawson • News • August 18, 2020

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Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements Interactive, the online component for its Essential Elements methods for band and strings, crossed over a half million student users this past school year.

Hal Leonard credits this milestone to Essential Elements Interactive’s critical role in helping music directors move their programs online as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The online resources and communication tools helped students and teachers stay connected and continue to learn music.

Since its beginnings in 1991, Essential Elements has been curated by a dedicated team of leading music educators. Over the years, the team has made thoughtful revisions in response to suggestions from music directors across the country. The first major revision came in 1999 with the “Essential Elements 2000” update and then in 2012 it was adapted once more to become “Essential Elements with EEi.”

“We have been investing in online learning with EEi since 2012 and when the pandemic hit it became very clear that we have the solution that teachers and students need for hybrid learning,” said Paul Lavender, vice president Instrumental Publications for Hal Leonard. “We are now rapidly expanding our Essential Elements features to provide more solutions for educators, whether students are in the classroom or at home.”

Essential Elements is expanding this fall to offer:

· Student video recording and submission via the EEi Music Studio

· SoundCheck™ performance assessment in Noteflight Learn for book 1-3 exercises

· EE Digital Access purchase that offers access to both EEi and EE Books online

· EEi integration with Google Classroom and other learning management systems

· Free 60-Day subscription to Sheet Music Direct Pass for all EEi teachers and students (via parents)

Access to Essential Elements Interactive is included with each method book purchase. EE exercises are also available to Noteflight Learn users to use with SoundCheck, powered by MatchMySound. Directors that use Essential Elements methods have a full-featured, hybrid learning solution for their students to learn both in class and at home.

Learn more and download a perusal method at eeiblog.com.

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