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.
This series of workbooks for beginning and intermediate players is designed to save rehearsal time by keeping classroom explanation to a minimum. Published in separate books for each of the stringed instruments, the take-home assignments stress the names of notes, finger patterns, scales, key signatures, terms and symbols, and other information necessary to prepare the string player thoroughly for orchestra participation.
Title: Workbook for Strings, Edited by Etling, Published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
A systemized set of work sheets for supplementing any elementary class or private method. Designed to help the student gain a better understanding of the problems of fingering and reading music at the same time save valuable lesson time.
This book is designed as a workbook to teach theory specifically relevant to the viola at a level that is attainable and challenging, yet fun for young children. It is intended to build confidence and solidify the relationship between theory and playing. Children will enjoy the drawing and coloring activities in the book, while developing the fundamentals of viola theory at the same time. The book can be used to teach beginners the basics of theory or even to refresh musicians who might need a small review of viola theory. No matter who uses this book, it will give a strong foundation to viola theory and through this understanding will foster a greater love of playing. Concepts covered in this book include: learning the parts of the viola, learning about line and space notes, learning musical symbols and how to draw music.
Title: Beginner Viola Theory for Children, By Smith, Melanie, Published by Mel Bay Publications, Item number: 20621
Book 2 in the Melanie Smith viola theory series introduces students to new music and theory concepts which are fundamental in developing a deeper understanding of the viola. Book 2 will begin by covering the theory involving the ranges of notes for the viola and then moves into specific theory concepts such as note and rest values and time signatures. The final section of Book 2 focuses on musical terms and includes a comprehensive review of all instructional concepts covered in the book.
Title: Beginner Viola Theory for Children: Book Two, By Smith, Melanie, Published by Mel Bay Publications, Item number: 20557