Bach and Before for Strings contains the same 19 chorales as Bach and Before for Band. Newly set in string-friendly keys, the string book cannot be used in conjunction with the band book. However, the book does provide material that is easily tailored to all string ensembles. Because each part book includes all four voice parts (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) there are unlimited opportunities to introduce unison playing to the string orchestra. Unison playing is the most efficient way to improve the overall quality of a string orchestra's sound, and is the foundation of playing in-tune. The chorales range in difficulty from very easy to very sophisticated and are suitable for year two through high school string orchestras.
Title: Bach and Before for Strings, Edited by David Newell, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
A collection of holiday favorites with mix & match melody/harmony and instrumentation options. Interchangeable parts offer performance and practice variations within the different string sections and encourage musicians of varying ability to play together. The optional CD features original accompaniments with string ensemble and piano.
Sing We Noel
O Come, Little Children
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
Still, Still, Still
Silent Night Country Swing
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Title: Holiday Hits, Published by Stars and Strings Forever
More than just a Method! This is a tool designed to meet the needs of every orchestra director and student. It is the only orchestra curriculum of its kind that provides music educators at all levels with easy-to-use, exciting tools to meet daily classroom challenges and bring new vibrancy to teaching music. Some highlights from the course include: It was built from the National Standards for Music Education: Scripted lessons and embedded assessments throughout: "Four-Fingers-Down" start for every instrument: Separate but simultaneous development of both hands: Bass begins in III position developing early shifting: Full teacher lesson plans: A comprehensive Teacher Resource Guide: Web site support for teachers, students and parents: At home assignments that provide guided practice and encourage parent and family involvement: Each student book comes with a CD: Units include timelines, listening maps, fine art, composer photos, glossary and so much more.
Authors: Kathleen DeBerry Brungard, Michael Alexander, Gerald Anderson, and Sandra Dackow
A comprehensive publication of graded duets that have been skillfully arranged. It is published for all stringed instruments, and is arranged so that it can be performed by any two of these string instruments, making this collection a valuable tool in the school classroom as well as in the private studio. Easy to Medium difficulty.
Title: Progressive Duets: Volume One, Edited by Larry Clark and Doris Gazda, Published by Carl Fischer
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.
(Technical Studies And Solo Literature For String Orchestra And Individual Study) by Doris Gazda. This exciting new method includes a well-planned mixture of the technical studies needed for the advancing student with the great music that makes it worthwhile. The following subjects are systematically approached and reinforced by musical examples: first through fifth position, intervals, harmonics and shifting, bowing styles and techniques, vibrato, ornaments and more! This is a great way to help ALL of your players continue to grow and should narrow the gap between those taking outside lessons and those who do not. This is an excellent resource!
Title: High Tech for Strings, By Gazda, Doris, Published by Carl Fischer