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.
by Charles Peters and Paul Yoder.
This six-part series begins with the basics and progresses through advanced harmony and arranging. Each book is a complete text and workbook in itself containing 30 short lessons and assignments. Most work can be completed outside of rehearsals at the student's own pace. Review and grading can be done in less than 5 minutes of class time. This combination of home study plus just a few minutes of rehearsal time for theory will produce amazing results in a very short time.
Book 1: Beginning Theory Book 2: Intermediate Theory Book 3: Advanced Theory Book 4: Elementary Harmony and Arranging Book 5: Intermediate Harmony and Arranging Book 6: Advanced Harmony and Arranging
Title: Master Theory, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
A collection of carefully selected violin and cello etudes flexibly scored to provide maximum benefits in technical and musical growth for all string players. Useful as concert material and for tonal development, pitch accuracy, bowing skills and ensemble playing. A unison version, an orchestrated version and duet parts for each etude are included.
Title: Variables, By Henry Kolar, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
Essential Musicianship for Strings: Ensemble Concepts (Fundamental Level)
Supplement your beginning string curriculum with this new ensemble series from the authors of Essential Elements 2000 for Strings. Essential Musicianship - Ensemble Concepts is a two-level series correlated with Essential Elements 2000 that will reinforce your students' developing skills with solid beginning rounds and easy arrangements. All are designed to supplement method instruction and are organized around the keys taught in Essential Elements 2000 Books 1 and 2. In addition, each book provides a wealth of beginning and intermediate performance materials (over 35 rounds/arrangements in each book).
Pop Style Solos (from the Strictly Strings series) for violin, viola, cello, or bass, with piano accompaniment. Compiled by Steven Bach and John O'Reilly. See photograph for contents. Also available with piano accompaniment on CD, sold separately or in a book/CD combo. Published by Alfred Publishing Company.
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 experience for today's string students.
Title: Spotlight on Strings: Book 1, Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Co.
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.