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
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.
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 Robert S. Frost, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
The Sassmannshaus Tradition: Early Start on the Violin
Title: The Sassmannshaus Tradition: Early Start on the Violin, By Sassmannshaus, Egon and Kurt, Published by Barenreiter.
The most successful Tried and Tested German Violin Method now available in English. Author Egon Sassmannshaus is one of the most experienced and renowned violin pedagogues in Germany. For the new English edition his son Kurt worked as co-author and adapted his father's successsful method for English-speaking children.
Note reading is introduced from the beginning.
Ensemble playing is encouraged from the very beginning.
Songs and Scales in different positions are easily explained and mastered.
Large print notes and text as well as many colorful illustrations are particulary child-friendly and very attractive to pre-school and school aged children.
Progresses swiftly by introducing advanced violin techniques in rudimentary form, such as shifting and varied bow strokes.
All violin techniques used are demonstrated and explained on the web site www.violinmasterclass.com.
This four-volume series for violin may be used in the classroom or private studio settings. It provides rote-trained students with an introduction to music notation. Each volume progresses in difficulty. Volume 4 introduces shifting and upper position work. 19-20 pages.
Title: Quick Steps to Note Reading for Violin, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
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 folk songs, classical themes, rounds, and original compositions arranged in such a way as to be extremely versatile in meeting the needs of the beginning level string orchestra. Each instrument has the melody line as well as additional harmony lines. By using all the parts a string orchestra is achieved. With the addition of piano, any size string class can successfully perform these selections. 25 pages.
Title: Primo Encores Elementary Level Ensembles, By Robert S. Frost, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.