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.
Fifteen pieces arranged for any combination of 3 or more stringed instruments. All 3 parts are included in each book allowing all students to gain experience playing both melody and harmony parts. The "mileage" of each selection is also increased as it never has to be played with the same instrumentation twice.
Title: Ensemble Time for Strings, Published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
by Charles Peters and Paul Yoder.
This six-part series begins with the basics and progresses through advanced harmony and arranging. Each book is a complete text and workbook in itself containing 30 short lessons and assignments. Most work can be completed outside of rehearsals at the student's own pace. Review and grading can be done in less than 5 minutes of class time. This combination of home study plus just a few minutes of rehearsal time for theory will produce amazing results in a very short time.
Book 1: Beginning Theory Book 2: Intermediate Theory Book 3: Advanced Theory Book 4: Elementary Harmony and Arranging Book 5: Intermediate Harmony and Arranging Book 6: Advanced Harmony and Arranging
Title: Master Theory, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
"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.
A collection of carefully selected violin and cello etudes flexibly scored to provide maximum benefits in technical and musical growth for all string players. Useful as concert material and for tonal development, pitch accuracy, bowing skills and ensemble playing. A unison version, an orchestrated version and duet parts for each etude are included.
Title: Variables, By Henry Kolar, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
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