Standard of Excellence (SOE) is one of the most complete and most widely used band methods available. It combines music theory, music history, ear training, and multi-cultural studies with a strong performance-centered approach to learning. Each student book features colorful highlighted sections when a new fingering, rhythm, or musical concept is introduced, making these new skills visually stimulating. The student books also include:
- For... Only exercises (i.e. For Flutes Only): These exercises offer idiomatic solutions to the unique challenges of each instrument.
- "Excellerators"(advanced supplemental exercises) reinforce and enrich performance basics.
- Achievement Lines and Go For Excellence! test lines ensure objective assessment of students' accomplishments.
The full conductor score contains objectives for every line of music, director tips, extended reference articles, duplicable worksheets and quizzes, theory, listening, composing, improvisation, geography, foreign language, history, and other interdisciplinary Activities for Excellence.
The Enhanced version of SOE contains access to updated software so each student book will have access to Kjos’ Interactive Practice Studio (IPS) software. IPS provides online access to a virtual book along with recordings.