Solo Time For Strings, Book 3. By Forest R. Etling. Published by Alfred Publishing Co.
From the Preface:
The Purpose of Solo Time For Strings is to better prepare our young string students for participation in the school orchestra. Though written for string class use, the material is equally adaptable for individual instruction. In unison, each section progresses at the same rate. The viola part has the same challenge as the violin part. The basses are expected to play as well as the cellos. In that a fine orchestra is dependent upon fine players, Solo Time puts emphasis upon individual accomplishment, progress, and achievement.
Basic Music Theory and History for Strings, Workbook 2. By Wendy Barden and Terry Shade. Published by Kjos.
Workbook 2 continues to develop topics in Music Theory:
Organizing pitches into key signatures, major scales, and minor sclaes
Organizing intervals and scale degrees
Organizing rhythms and rests into time signatures
Describing the form of melodies
Connecting written music to playing string instruments
as well as Music History:
Discovering some of the different music styles played on violin, viola, cello, and bass
Discovering other string instruments that are also played with a bow
Describing common characteristics of the musical style or tradition
Evaluating musical performances
Making connections to other people and events
Connecting different music styles to playing your instrument
Basic Music Theory and History is supported with audio tracks and visual files, accessible online. The audio tracks provide rhythmic and melodic ear training exercises and the visual files support highlights from the history portion of the book.
Viva Vibrato! by Gerald F. Fischbach and Robert S. Frost. Published by Kjos.
A comprehensive, friendly, and effective course of study for the development of vibrato on violin, viola, cello, and bass in a group or private instruction.
Viva Vibrato! is exciting, innovative, and revolutionary in its approach to teaching vibrato. There has never been anything like it before. Its upbeat style and dialogue and contemporary design gently guides students through a five-section curriculum:
The Birth of Vibrato
The Developing Vibrato
The Maturing Vibrato
The Artistic Vibrato
All teachers of string instruments will find Viva Vibrato! user friendly, whether in a private studio or in a homogeneous or heterogeneous classroom setting.
The Sassmannshaus Tradition: Early Start on the Violin
The Sassmannshaus Tradition: Early Start on the Violin, by Egon and Kurt Sassmannshaus, is among the most popular German violin methods available in English. This book is designed especially for beginning violin students of a young age.This graduated series is available in Volumes #1-4, as well as the "My Progress" sticker book!Authors Egon and Kurt Sassmannshaus, among the most renown violin pedagogues in Germany, have designed this successful teaching method over the course of their combined teaching careers. For the new English edition, Kurt worked as co-author and adapted his father's successful method for English-speaking children.
Features of the Sassmannshaus Method:
Note reading and Ensemble playing are each introduced and encouraged from the very beginning
Songs and Scales in different positions are explained simply
Large-print notes and text, as well as many colorful illustrations, are particularly 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.
Fine Tuning: 50 Intermediate String Ensembles for Developing Solid Intonation and Tone Production. By Frank Spinosa and Harold W. Rusch. Published by Kjos.
Fine Tuning is a collection of 50 short pieces which have been compiled and arranged for intermediate level string ensembles of all sizes. It features a wide variety of music, representing the late renaissance period through the early contemporary period. Each piece offers many opportunities to strengthen intonation, tone, and balance.
JumpStart: First Concert for Strings. By Robert Woods. Published by Heritage Music Press.
Research has show time and again that the best way to help increase retention and garner parental support is through performances as early in the school year as possible. The music in JumpStart: First Concert for Strings was written to help create a positive and rewarding performance experience for students, parents, and school administrators. All the notes, rhythms, and concepts used in this collection are the same as the ones typically addressed in the first 10-11 pages of most standard method books. Also, each of the books was carefully designed to look like "concert" music instead of "method book" material so students will feel like they're really performing instead of just playing the same old stuff for Mom and Dad again.
The Score includes a CD with demonstration and backing tracks.
First Things First : Elementary Level Ensembles. By Robert S. Frost. Published by Kjos.
First Things First is a collection of traditional folk songs, classical themes, rounds, and original pieces representing over ten countries and styles from around the world. The compositions are arranged to be extremely versatile in meeting the needs of younger beginners in an elementary level string orchestra. Each instrument has the melody line as well as an additional harmony line. By using all the parts, a string orchestra is achieved. With the addition of the piano, any size string class can successfully perform these selections.
Primo Encores: Elementary Level Ensembles Correlated with All for Strings, Books 1 and 2. By Robert S. Frost. Published by Kjos.
Primo Encores is 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 as the melody line as well as additional harmony lines. By using all the parts a string orchestra is acheived. With the addition of the piano, a solo player as well as any size string class can sucessfully perform these selections.
Solos & Etudes, Book 1: Correlated with All for Strings, Book 1. By Gerald E. Anderson and Robert S. Frost. Published by Kjos.
Solos & Etudes, Book 1 is a collection of 25 solos and 29 etudes for the string class and is written in a unison format for violin, viola, cello, and string bass. This supplement features exercises designed to reinforce technical development and also provides material for musical growth and enrichment. A wide variety of styles and composers are represented including original solos and etudes by the authors. Solos & Etudes, Book 1 is correlated with All for Strings, Book 1 pages 21-48, and can be used concurrently with that book, or as a review upon completeion of any string method. The unison format provides all string instruments with each complete solo and etudes, allowing for suitability in both string class and individual study settings.
All For Strings, Theory Workbook 2. By Gerald E. Anderson and Robert S. Frost. Published by Kjos.
With the successful completion of All For Strings, Theory Workbook 1 beginning string players have learned much about the fundamentals and theory of music. All For Strings, Theory Workbook 2 builds upon the foundation already established and introduces students to many new musical concepts.
Muller-Rusch String Method for Class or Individual Study, Book 3. By J. Frederick Muller and Harold W. Rusch. Published by Kjos.
This outstanding series is a complete, thorough, and sequential course of study for the simultaneous development of all string instruments. The progressive levels may be used for class or individual instruction. Muller-Rusch, Book 3 prepares students for advancement in the required techniques for facility in shifting positions, new positions, bowing, tone production, vibrato, double stops, harmonics, and new rhythms. the melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic variety in each lesson gives added motivation toward greater musical achievment.
All For Strings, Theory Workbook 1. By Gerald E. Anderson and Robert S. Frost. Published by Kjos.
All For Strings, Theory Workbook 1 is designed to help provide a thorough understanding of the fundamentals and theory of music. The study of music fundamentals and theory together with careful practice in playing the instrument will help beginning string players develop into complete musicians with the ability to perform with musical understanding.
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