Barbara Barber's new series introduces an intonation system that teaches string players the layout of the fingerboard using four basic color-coded patterns. String Class Fingerboard Geography can be used as a daily warm-up routine and complements perfectly any beginning string method. Violin, viola, cello, and bass are included in one simple book.
Violin and Viola Fingerboard Geography add eight additional color-coded patterns with workouts on all parts of the fingerboard. Barber concludes these books with dozens of short Preview Exercises for pieces in the Suzuki Violin or Viola School. However, they may complement any teaching approach.
Now in a new translation, this book is Shin'ichi Suzuki's exploration of the concepts of his Talent Education philosophy through a personal narrative of discovery and experiences. Taken from the original Japanese directly into English, this new work provides fascinating insight into the mind of the master. A must for any teacher, player, or devotee of Dr. Suzuki's teachings. Size 8" x 5.5", 142 pages.
Title: Learning Together, By Winifred Crock, William Dick, and Laurie Scott Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
This exciting new series presents sequential unison repertoire for string instruments of the orchestra and is intended for use in beginning string classes, group ensembles, and private lesson settings. Harmony parts and bass lines complete the arrangements and are composed so that any mixed string ensemble can perform the pieces. Each instrument book comes with a CD that includes solo performances, string ensemble performances, and piano accompaniment tracks of the featured repertoire.
Diamond in the Sky is a children's book on the life of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. It is for the thousands of children (and their parents) who study the Suzuki Method of learning music. This book makes Dr. Suzuki a real person to his students. It describes his life in clear, chronological order, and includes anecdotes and historical information that bring Dr. Suzuki to life in a real world. Diamond in the Sky is written for a 4th-6th grade reader, or can be used by parents to read aloud to younger children.
Title: Diamond in the Sky, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc., Item number: B40090
Educados Con Amor: El Metodo Clasico de la Educacion del Telento. Now available in Spanish, this book is the cornerstone upon which to build any Suzuki-oriented library. In it the author presents the philosophy and principles of Suzuki's teaching methods. Through the examples from his own life and teaching, Suzuki establishes his case for early childhood education and the high potential of every human being, not just those seemingly gifted.
Title: Nurtured by Love (Spanish Translation), By Suzuki, Shinichi, Edited by Carbonell and Lopez, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc., Item number: B40330
Step By Step: My First Note Reading Book, with its companion CD, can be used with the Step by Step series of books or with any other violin method. It leads young violinists, step by step and in a playful manner, through the basics of reading music and sight-reading. Learning goals include command of basic rhythms and all tones on all strings in the first finger pattern.
Title: Step By Step: My First Note Reading Book, By Wartberg, Kerstin, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc., Item number: B25895
All the research reinforces the positive effect of performing a "first concert" with your beginning string players as soon as possible, and this collection was written to help you create a successful and exciting event. All of the compositions in this book use only the notes and skills covered in the first 10 - 12 pages of most typical method books. Of the thirteen pieces, five are pizzicato, and four others may be performed pizzicato or arco, providing you with the flexibility to select material that matches your students' abilities.
Title: Jumpstart First Concert for Strings, Edited by Robert Woods, Published by Lorenz Corporation
The comprehensive approach of Artistry in Strings
provides all the basic tools necessary for establishing solid technique
and expressive music making. Perfect for classroom, group, or private
instruction. Each book includes music theory, composition, listening
exercise, improvisation, ensemble performances, and interdisciplinary
studies for a well-rounded approach. Music styles include classical,
jazz, country, rock and folk music from a variety of cultures around the
Book 1 provides the well-rounded approach students need to become successful string players and
overall musicians. Bowing curriculum begins immediately to encourage
the physical development needed for strong bowing technique. Note
reading right from the start allows students to develop strong reading
skills. Rhythm Charts feature rhythmic word associations for quick
comprehension and long-term retention.
Title: Artistry in Strings, By Robert S. Frost, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.