This is an eight volume series (in production for several volumes) of music compilations with companion CD's. The series ranges from elementary to advanced levels and represents a truly exciting variety of genres and techniques. This collection offers cellists the opportunity to work in various positions, meters, keys and styles. Many of the works are recognized as stepping stones to the major repertoire, while others are newly published and original pieces.
Title: Solos for Young Cellists, Edited by Carey Cheney, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
Folk Strings is a collection of folk melodies from around the world arranged for strings. This collection includes melodies in a variety of moods and with rhythmic patterns which are representative of their country of origin. The arrangements in Folk Strings can be effective with players at a variety of levels. Less experienced players can play the melody line. In order to provide maximum flexibility, the collection is available in a number of instrumentations. The melody is passed around so that all members of the ensemble can have the opportunity to play the tune. Score and parts are marked with "Melody" and "Harmony" to help players bring out the melody at the appropriate moment.
Title: Folk Strings, Edited by Martin, Joanne, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
Magic Carpet: Concert Pieces for the Youngest Beginner
The pieces in Magic Carpet use the same rhythms as the Twinkle Variations in the Suzuki Violin School Volume 1. The first eight pieces in the book are played on open E (or open A), and have an optional melody part, which may be played by teachers or more advanced students. Magic Carpet also includes five pieces which are designed to develop string crossings and finger placement. On the CD each piece is recorded at two speeds. The piano accompaniments and CD accompaniments are exciting and fun to play along with.
Title: Magic Carpet: Concert Pieces for the Youngest Beginner, By Martin, Joanne, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
"Playing With Style" is a set of colorful concert pieces in a variety of styles, including tango, ragtime, and jazz. The pieces use effects such as glissando and tremolo and allow opportunities to explore chromaticisms, swing rhythms, and syncopation. In the string parts, the melody is passed around so that all members of the ensemble can have the opportunity to play the tune. Fingerings have been kept to a minimum and are normally included only for clarification of chromatic passages or where notes go out of first position.
Title: Playing with Style: Duets, By Martin, Joanne, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
Ensembles for Cello are cello accompaniment parts for the corresponding Suzuki Cello School Volumes. They are perfect for teachers who do not play piano or are excellent for group classes with students of varying levels. All songs arranged by Rick Mooney
Title: Ensembles for Cello, By Mooney, Rick, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
Music Plus! was written to provide the student with great music that is enjoyable, accessible, and sounds reasonably complete in two voices. It is playable in like instrument groupings, or with either or both of the other instrument voices. This collection is suitable for students with reading skills comparable to those completing the "Adventures in Music Reading" Book 3 by William Starr.
Title: Music Plus! An Incredible Collection, Edited by William Starr, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
This is an original collection of multi-level pieces with flexible scoring that can be played by any combination of violin, viola, and cello. Each trio has two easy parts and one part for a teacher or advanced student. The optional piano accompaniments provide additional musical color to the ensemble.
Title: Trio Tapestry, By Martin, Joanne, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
Step By Step: An Introduction to Successful Practice for Violin
The Step by Step series is a collection of exercise books/CDs for violin based on Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's Mother-Tongue approach. From the very beginning, it will provide a solid foundation in instrumental technique. The focus is on teaching correct, child-appropriate practice habits that range from listening, singing and dancing, to playing music. The ideas presented should stimulate daily practice and also make it more effective. The CDs include pieces from the Suzuki Violin School in various tempi as well as the most important preparatory exercises.
Title: Step By Step: An Introduction to Successful Practice for Violin, By Wartberg, Kerstin, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.