Artistry in Ensembles offers 17 beginning level ensembles for strings in any combination. Contents include new and exciting original pieces, transcriptions of old favorites, and arrangements of popular folk songs in a versatile three-part format.
Title: Artistry in Ensembles: Book 1, Edited by Robert S. Frost and Deborah Baker Monday, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
More than just a Method! Built from the National Standards for Music Education, this series offers students and teachers an easy-to-use, exciting curriculum that meets daily classroom challenges. Highlights include: a "Four-Fingers-Down" start for every instrument, simultaneous development of both hands, and early shifting. Each student book includes a CD, musical timelines, composer bios, a glossary, and more. Convenient lesson plans included in the Teacher Resource Guide and web support available for teachers, students, and parents.
Authors: Kathleen DeBerry Brungard, Michael Alexander, Gerald Anderson, and Sandra Dackow
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.
Because a fine orchestra depends on fine players, Solo Time for Strings emphasizes individual accomplishment, progress, and achievement while preparing young students for participation in a school orchestra. The series teaches reading in conjunction with note learning, enabling students to start playing melodies as soon as possible, and is appropriate for class or individual instruction.
Title: Solo Time for Strings: Book 3, Edited by Etling and Siennicki, Published by Alfred Publishing Co., 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.
A collection of 60 favorite movie hits from Harry Potter, Rocky, The Wizard of Oz, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and more. Each book contains a carefully edited part complete with bowings, articulations and keys well suited for the level 2-3 player. The arrangements are completely compatible with each other and can be played together or as solos. A fully orchestrated accompaniment MP3 CD is also provided. The CD includes a DEMO track of each song, which features a live instrumental performance, followed by a PLAY-ALONG track. PDF piano accompaniments are included.