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
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.
A collection of 50 short pieces which have been compiled and arranged for intermediate string ensembles of all sizes. It features a wide variety of music offering many opportunities to improve and strengthen intonation.
Title: Fine Tuning, By Spinosa and Rusch, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
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
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.
A method designed for string orchestra or individual instruction, which orients beginning students to all four strings right from the start. This innovative new approach to teaching strings features melodies and exercises on all strings reinforcing each new concept introduced. Superb photographs and fingering charts throughout the book, diverse performance ensembles, and creative theory and improvisation games complete the total musical experiance for today's string students. 48 pages.
Title: Spotlight on Strings: Book 2, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.