These easy-to-read, progressive exercises by Joanne Martin develop a student's reading skills one stage at a time, with many repetitions at each stage. I Can Read Music is designed as a first note-reading book for students of string instruments who have learned to play using an aural approach such as the Suzuki Method, or for traditionally taught students who need extra note reading practice. Its presentation of new ideas is clear enough that it can be used daily at home by quite young children and their parents, with the teacher checking progress every week or two.
Title: I Can Read Music, By Martin, Joanne, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
SOLOS FOR YOUNG VIOLISTS is a five volume series of music books with companion compact discs featuring 34 works for viola and piano. Many of the pieces in this collection have long been recognized as stepping stones to the major viola repertoire, while others are newly discovered, arranged and published for this series.
Compiled, edited and recorded by violist Barbara Barber, SOLOS FOR YOUNG VIOLISTS is a graded series of works ranging from elementary to advanced levels and represents an exciting variety of styles and techniques for violists. The collection has become a valuable resource for teachers and students of all ages. The piano track recorded on the second half of each CD gives the violist the opportunity to practice with accompaniments.
Title: Solos for Young Violists, By Barber, Barbara, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
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.
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.
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.
Contains duet parts for viola and violin from Suzuki School Volume 1 (viola melody/viola harmony; violin melody/viola harmony.) Item B410, formerly titled Ensembles for Viola Vol. 3, is now titled Violas in Concert. It is a collection of viola ensembles arranged and composed by Elizabeth Stuen-Walker. The classical collection includes pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Corelli, Dvorak, Seitz, Shostokovich, and others. The uniqueness of this collection is that the melodic material is shared among the different parts equally, making them more enjoyable to play and perform.
Title: Ensembles for Viola, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
The practice of scales need never be monotonous. This volume is "user-friendly" with each of the twelve keys complete on two facing pages. Dozens of bowings and rhythmic variants are offered to develop and improve evenness, clarity, agility, speed and intonation. An innovation introduction to double-stops takes the guess-work out of this important technique. The Circle of 5ths explains key signatures. The book includes three octave major, melodic minor, harmonic minor, arpeggios, broken 3rds and chromatic scales. Double-stops in octaves, thirds, sixths and harmonics are presented in two octaves.
Title: Scales for Advanced Violists, By Barber, Barbara, Edited by Barbara Barber, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc., Item number: B8023