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
This collection of well-known Christmas and Chanukah melodies is perfect for any gathering of string players, in any configuration. The most accessible keys have been chosen. Players opting for the string quartet or orchestra groupings will find that the melody is passed around so all members of the ensemble have "tune opportunity." Parts are conveniently sold separately, allowing performing groups to mix and match to their own specifications. The piano accompaniment can be used with all the versions. For string quartet or string orchestra.
Jingle Bells in D Major
Joy to the World
Away in a Manger
Jolly Old St. Nicholas
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Jingle Bells in A Major
Lo, How a Rose
O Christmas Tree (O Tannenbaum)
Title: Festive Strings, Edited by Joanne Martin, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
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.
A collection of 50 short pieces which have been compiled and arranged for intermediate string ensembles of all sizes. It features a wide variety of music offering many opportunities to improve and strenghthen intonation.
Title: Fine Tuning, By Spinosa and Rusch, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
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 Frost, Robert S., Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.