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., Item numbers: B427, B428, B429, B439, B440, B441
This four-volume series for violin in the classroom or private studio settings. It provides rote-training students with an introduction to music notation. Each volume progresses in difficulty. Volume 4 introduces shifting and upper position work.
Title: Quick Steps to Note Reading for Violin, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co., Item numbers: K69VN, K70VN, K71VN, K72VN
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., Item numbers: 13170, 13171, 13172, 13173, 13174, 13175, 13176, 13177
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.
Title: String Notespeller, Published by Belwin, Item numbers: EL00408, EL00440, EL00441, EL00442
The Student Violinist's Guide to Music Theory contains twenty familiar children's songs in a workbook format that provides an enjoyable way for Suzuki and traditional students to improve music reading skills and learn basic music theory. In order to solve the mystery of each missing song title, students learn to read meter and key signatures, count basic note and rest values, clap rhythm patterns and read musical alphabet names. Students are led through the keys of A, D and G major, 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, and 6/8 meter and more. The songs, including one canon and three rounds, build performance skills and may be used for recitals.
This book is for children having difficulty due to a poor comprehension of written music for violin. Following the order of the Suzuki violin textbooks, this book will describe note reading, music theory, how to practice, and provide material that children should use to learn to play from music.
Title: Note Reading for Violin, By Suzuki, Shinichi, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc., Item number: B213
This book is designed as a workbook to teach theory specifically relevant to the violin 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 violin 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 violin theory. No matter who uses this book, it will give a strong foundation to violin theory, and through this understanding will foster a greater love of playing. Concepts covered in this book include: learning the parts of the violin; learning about line and space notes; learning musical symbols; and how to draw music.
Title: Beginner Violin Theory for Children, By Smith, Melanie, Published by Mel Bay Publications, Item number: 20296
Step By Step: My First Note Reading Book, with its companion CD, can be used with the Step by Step series of books or with any other violin method. It leads young violinists, step by step and in a playful manner, through the basics of reading music and sight-reading. Learning goals include command of basic rhythms and all tones on all strings in the first finger pattern.
Title: Step By Step: My First Note Reading Book, By Wartberg, Kerstin, Published by Summy-Birchard Inc., Item number: B25895
Book 2 in the Melanie Smith violin theory series introduces students to new music and theory concepts which are fundamental in developing a deeper understanding of the violin. Book 2 will begin by covering the theory involving the ranges of notes for the violin 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 Violin Theory for Children: Book Two, By Smith, Melanie, Published by Mel Bay Publications, Item number: 20556