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Teach your beginning violin students music theory and technique using this workbook's wonderful, comprehensive and systematic new approach. Everything is taught specifically from the perspective of learning or learning the violin - perfect for students at all levels: beginners, intermediate or advanced!

Primer: All beginning students without any prior musical knowledge should begin with the Primer level. A pre-staff-reading approach (similar to what is used for piano methods) eases the student into reading by developing a solid understanding of rhythm, musical symbols and the instrument before placing the notes on the staff for reading. This approach is good for students of all ages, and is essential for the very young students (under age 7) whose reading and eye-focus development is not as advanced as students age 7 and up. Clear explanations and carefully constructed exercises teach the student how to read music, and how to approach the skills needed for playing the violin. Where writing is required by the student, extra large staves are provided so that very young students can perform these important written tasks. The Primer level covers rhythms using whole notes, half notes, dotted half notes, and quarter notes, reading notes on the staff and ledger lines, pizzicato and bowing all the open strings.

Level 1: This book follows the Primer book, but can be a first book for string students who have prior musical education (usually 1 or more years). To accommodate this, the first 25 pages condense the material of the Primer book into a review or introduction depending on the student. In order to skip the Primer book and start with Level 1, the student must demonstrate the ability to read notes on the staff, and must have solid grounding in rhythms using whole notes, half notes, and dotted half notes. The book covers two areas: theory and technique. The theory is divided into two general areas: musical concepts and string concepts. The technique can be divided into three areas: executing the theory, bowing/articulation and fingering. Level 1 Theory includes rhythms using the aforementioned note and rest values plus eighth note pairs, dotted quarter notes, single eighth notes with their rest equivalents, time signatures of 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4, reading notes on the staff & ledger lines, ties, slurs, sharps, flats, keys of C, G, D, A, a, b, & e, transposing 5-note patterns to other strings, pentascales, triads, half steps, whole steps, skips, glissandos, grace notes, repeats, dynamics, accents, upbeats, tempo markings, tempo change markings and phrase structures. Ear Training includes identifying the open strings by name, recognizing fingered pitches v. open strings, and recognizing pentascales & triads as major or minor. Level 1 Technique covers all the aforementioned theoretical concepts and musical notations plus specific bowing/articulation and fingering skills. Bowing/articulation: pizzicato & bowing all the strings, moving between strings, slurs, bow direction, lifting the bow, stopping the bow, bow positioning, bow speed, bow length, using the mute, switching from arco to pizz. & vice versa, specific dynamics, and dynamic shading. Fingering: All notes using fingers 1 –2 – 3 in the natural first position with 2nd finger in the forward (sharp) position. Moving finger 2 back for F and C is taught toward the end of the book as introduction for Level 2. Holding fingers while playing other strings (finger stunts). Holding fingers on two strings. Half position for 1st finger only is introduced for flats. 5-finger Pentascales and triads for the keys of G major, D major, A major, a minor (G string), e minor and b minor. Keys of a minor (A string) and d minor are introduced with F and C natural.

Beginning with Level 2, each book will present material using a three-tier approach: 1) comprehensive and concise review of the material the student should have mastered prior to the current level, 2) re-introduction of material which was previously presented, with greater depth and more consolidated explanation, and 3) introduction of entirely new material. Within this approach, the areas will still be two divisions of theory: musical concepts and string concepts; and three divisions of technique: executing the theory, bowing/articulation and fingering.

Level 2: New theory will include: rhythms in 6/8 and 2/2 meters, intervals (2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th), melodic/harmonic intervals, reading bass clef, the 8ve sign, key signatures, order of sharps/flats, phrygian/lydian pentascales, keys of E, B, Bb, Eb, c, & f, major/minor (natural) scales, major/minor triads, close/open position triads, tonic & dominant harmonies, staccatos (martelé), playing with the 4th finger, 3rd finger forward, two-finger hand shape changes (placement of half steps) when switching strings, chromatic half steps fingers 1 & 2, playing 1st and 2nd finger on two strings (blocked), arpeggios, and fancy repeats. Ear training: recognizing broken triads as major or minor, recognizing pentascales as phyrgian or lydian, identifying thirds as major or minor (melodic & harmonic), identifying a 4-measure melody as major or minor, and playing back a two-measure rhythm using quarter notes, half notes and dotted half notes. New technique will include: executing the aforementioned new theory, staccatos (martelé), left hand pizzicato, controlling the bow, bowing two strings, bowing & pizzicato of triple stops, playing scales, acceleration of detaché and slurred bowing skills and playing arpeggios.

Level 3: New theory will include: reading alto clef, sixteenth notes, sixteenth rests, dotted eighth notes, all major/minor keys for pentascales & triads, keys of Ab, Db, c#, & f#, 3rd and 4th fingers forward (sharp) and back (flat), 3rd position fingering, two-finger hand shape changes (placement of half steps) when switching strings, chromatic half steps ALL fingers, reading up to 4 ledger lines, 3 forms of minor, intervals M3rd, m3rd, 6th, 7th & 8ve, subdominant harmony, double stops, playing two voices and diminished triads. Ear Training: identifying the intervals of 2nd, M3rd, 4th or 5th (melodic & harmonic) in series, identifying 3rds as major/minor, identifying the meter of an 8-measure melody as 2/4 or 3/4 with conducting, and identifying phrases as parallel or contrasting. New technique will include: two octave scales, two octave arpeggios, double stops, ensemble skills, and playing in and moving to 3rd position.

[Levels beyond Level 3 will be described later.]

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