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Supplementary Classroom Materials


Search for these collections through your local music dealer or national clearinghouses such as Luck's Music Library or J.W. Pepper.

Anderson, Gerald. Essentials For Strings

Essentials for Strings is a resource for all students from approximately one year of experience through advanced levels. This is an approach to technical development for use by full string orchestra, string ensembles, and individual string players. Develops rhythm, technique, bowing and intonation.

Applebaum, Samuel. Beautiful Music for Two Stringed Instruments, and Duets for Strings, Book I through IV.

A graded collection of duets. Great for middle school and high school solo and ensemble festivals.

Applebaum, Building Technic With Beautiful Music Books 1, 2, 3, & 4.

This Method Uses Melodic Material To Develop Technique.

Applebaum, Samuel. First Position Etudes For Strings

This unison book of etudes is written for the second year string class. The etudes can be used in conjunction with Vol. 2 of the String Builder or any string class method or as a complete unit by itself.

Applebaum, Samuel. Scales For Strings, Books I & 2


Applebaum, Samuel. Third And Fifth Position String Builder

This method is to be used after Book 3 of the Belwin String Builder series or as a continuation of any standard string class method. It includes use of the following bowings: detache, martele, wrist and finger stroke, colle, spiccato and staccato.

Bergonzi, Louis. Rounds And Canons: Shaping Musical Independence.

A collection of 16 three and four-part rounds and canons, and 12 string orchestra arrangements.

Blake, John and Jodi Harmon. Jazz Improvization Made Easy, Vol.1. Westford, MA: Jody Harmon, John Blake, Paul Harmon, 1993.

This method for teaching jazz improvization reccomends that a student have experience equivelant to completing Suzuki method book four before attempting. It comes with either a cassette or CD accompaniment.

Brobst, E-Z String Tunes: 52 Melodies In D Major With Related Drills For Beginning Strings

Traditional folk tunes, original melodies and holiday selections are included in this collection, as well as 16 drills covering techniques such as string crossings, dotted quarter with eighth notes and slurs.

Brubaker, Dale. Concert Tunes For Beginning And Intermediate Strings, Concert Tunes For Intermediate Strings

These are original compositions by veteran string teacher, Dale Brubaker. Features tunes designed to teach a variety of bowing styles, and content that corresponds to traditional method books.

Fischbach, Gerald and Robert Frost. Viva Vibrato! Kjos.

This book is the first of its kind. A step by step approach to teaching vibrato in group or private situations, this book combines exercises for developing vibrato with short pieces for putting vibrato into a musical context. Avaiable: Teacher's Manual, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass.

Forque, Thornton, Anderson. Harmonized Rhythms.

This is a resource of 45 basic, short, original and progessive exercises designed to develop rhythmic precision in a 4-part harmony format. Each part includes the melody and one or two harmony lines.

Frost, Robert. Especially For Strings

Contains 20 grade 1-2 pieces designed as supplemental material for beginning string orchestra programs. The pieces are in a variety of keys, styles, and tempos. Each section has the opportunity to play the melody or an accompaniment line.

Frost, Robert. First Things First.

A collection of traditional folk songs, classical themes,  rounds and original pieces from over ten countries. Each instrument has the melody line as well as an additional harmony line.

Frost, Robert. Primo Performance & Primo Encores.

Collections of folk songs and classical themes.  Each instrument has the melody line as well as additional harmony lines. Works with any size string class or can be performed as solo pieces with the piano part.

Gazda, Doris. High Tech For Strings.

Contains technical exercises in many areas of string instruction including bowing, intervals, advanced positions, rhythm, ornaments and vibrato are among the topics that are covered.

Gearhart & Gearhart. Rhythm Sessions For Strings.

Graded M to MD. For any combination of string instruments.

Isaac, Merle. Ensemble Time For Strings, Book I

Every member of the string orchestra has the opportunity to play the melody as well as the harmony. The fifteen pieces of music included in Book I are arranged in three parts, and printed in each student's book so that all of the instruments can play any of the parts.

Nunez, Carold. Uni-Tunes

An elementary level supplement that reinforces note reading and basic finger patterns in the key of D, G, and C. Each of the 3 major key sections features 28 lines of unison exercises and one unison string orchestra composition with piano accompaniment. The last portion of the book includes one octave scales in the featured keys with scale variations and broken thirds.

O' Reilly, Sally. String Rhythms.

This is a  classroom version of the Fiddle Rhythms book that includes the violas, cellos, and basses (note that the Fiddle Rhythm parts are not compatible with String Rhythms.)

Spinosa, Rusch. Fine Tuning :50 Intermediate String Ensembles For Developing Solid Intonation & Tone Production.

Fine Tuning is divided into 8 sections,represented by a major key signature and its relative minor. The organization of these key centers relates very closely to most popular string method books. This compilation of material can work wonders with your ensemble's sound!

Swisher & Probasco, Technicises For Strings.

An ensemble-based tuning, warm-up and technique book for middle and high school string class.

Thurston, Bach Chorales For Strings.

Well-suited for use as warmups, study of precise intonation or as ensemble, and concert performance pieces. These chorales can be performed with Chorales for Band, if desired.

Witt, Anne. A Rhythm A Week.

Based on A Rhythm a Day, this version is designed to teach each unit over a week.


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