This is a list of files written in Finale that may help you. These are my own editions. You may alter them as you like. They are based upon my favorite teaching method, but sometimes transposed to the keys that all string students can use. Here is a link to download the Finale Viewer:… Continue reading Free Sheet Music for Beginning String Players
Student Resources: Large Staff Paper (Treble Clef, Alto Clef, and Bass Clef)
To help you practice, I created some resources and uploaded them to YouTube. I think they will be very helpful to your at-home practice: http://www.youtube.com/user/tslemmons?feature=mhsn#g/u Another useful site is the Mastery for Strings website created (in part) by Dr. Laurie Scott of the University of Texas: http://www.masteryforstrings.com/video.php
So why is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star so important? When learned correctly, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star sets the student up for success through the rest of their playing years. The student needs to have mastery of each “Pre-Twinkle” step in order to play Twinkle correctly.
Listen to your Suzuki CD Print out the Twinkle Listneing Chart and cross out a star each time you listen to the entire Twinkle Variations. The more you listen, the sooner you’ll be able to memorize the piece. The CD has a lot of beautiful music that your child will be playing soon.
You don’t have to practice every day, only the on the days that you eat. These are the famous words of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. To him, music helped him relate to the beauty within his world and become a more compassionate individual. I believe that practice is a key part of becoming a member of… Continue reading Practice Habits
Every Child Can Learn More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The… Continue reading About the Suzuki Philosophy
Lessons of 30 or 45 minutes are recommended for beginning and intermediate students. Hour long lessons are only recommended for advanced students. Families may sign two students up for 30 minute lessons for the 60 minute rate. The 90 minute rate is for families wishing to have two students enrolled in 45 minute lessons. (Some… Continue reading Lesson Policies