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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Students learn songs more quickly than they learn tunes. These 77 little songs are easy and fun to sing and play. They are graded according to finger patterns and bowings. These pieces will be a great help through the periods of boredom and frustration some students experience. They contain duet parts for teacher or other students and are ideal for group or private teaching. Violin, viola and cello books can all be used together.
Magic Carpet: Concert Pieces for the Youngest Beginner
The pieces in Magic Carpet use the same rhythms as the Twinkle Variations in the Suzuki Violin School Volume 1. The first eight pieces in the book are played on open E (or open A), and have an optional melody part, which may be played by teachers or more advanced students. Magic Carpet also includes five pieces which are designed to develop string crossings and finger placement. On the CD each piece is recorded at two speeds. The piano accompaniments and CD accompaniments are exciting and fun to play along with.
Title: Magic Carpet: Concert Pieces for the Youngest Beginner, By Martin, Joanne, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc.
"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.
Rounds and Canons for Reading, Recreation and Performance (Viola)
A collection of 80 rounds and canons; two-part to six-part (mostly four-part); mixture of folk songs, classical pieces and original material chosen to develop reading skills, ensemble skills and tone production. May be performed by players of different skill levels (beginners repeat easiest part, more advanced players rotate the other parts.) Compatible with violin (B980) and cello (B982) editions.
Title: Rounds and Canons for Reading, Recreation and Performance (Viola), By Starr, William, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc., Item number: B981