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Violin Ensemble/ String Group Scale Warm ups and pieces

My ‘String Group’ (violin ensemble) started back up this month.  As I have many beginners, I decided the repertoire had to be really simple.  We concentrated on listening to each other, and playing in tune. After spending 5 mins tuning everyone up, we started. Our first song: G Major Scale simple Those who wish to &hellip Continue reading »

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Beethoven Movie Theme Exerpt

I had this theme stuck in my mind since the beginning of the year and I wasn’t sure why, as I hadn’t watched the movie for many, many years.  ‘Beethoven’ is about a family who ends up with a very cheeky, loveable and protective Saint Bernard named ‘Beethoven’. The music is written by Randy Edelman, &hellip Continue reading »

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Australasian Piano Pedagogy Conference notes

I had no idea that general notes or some sort of transcription was available from previous Pedagogy Conferences.  I was very delighted to stumble across a link, as I was sad to be missing out on the one in Melbourne coming up this year in July, as I have a new little person, and waaaaay too &hellip Continue reading »

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Yodel Away

For a bit of fun for my String Group, I wrote a Yodel song.  It’s very simple for 3 violins but we had fun trying to see how fast we could play it. Here is the score (it is only 3 pages, and should fit okay on a music stand): Yodel Away Feb 2014

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A Very, Very Cold Song

Yes, I did an arrangement of this song for three violins.  I’m sure you can guess which one.  Hopefully I won’t get into trouble for posting my arrangement here, as it was done off the top of my head.  I have only seen the movie once and loved it. Anyways, here’s the score for my &hellip Continue reading »

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My version of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams

So this isn’t exactly ‘Happy’, but it does have that familiar tune.  I added in a few extras to make it my own arrangement of it. My students certainly loved playing it, and it’s short and sweet.  I wrote it for 4 violins, and the melody is shared between Violin 1 and Violin 2. Hope &hellip Continue reading »

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Are you a little rusty on Scale Degrees and Modes?

I certainly was.  After spending so many years teaching students in the lower grades for piano, I had forgotten a lot of the things I learned many, (many) years ago that I was sure I would never forget. Needing a reminder of what the names of the scale degrees were (there was one that had &hellip Continue reading »

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Christmas String Group in November

December is always a busy time of year, so we did our Christmas String Group songs in November, and we had December off. I thought it would be lots of fun to invite the parents in, give them some percussion to do in our Christmas songs, and perform some favourite previous String Group pieces we had &hellip Continue reading »

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Friday Night at the Movies Violin Trio

This violin trio is an original piece of mine.  I had the idea of dramatic movie themes, and taking my violin students on a movie journey during their Friday Night String Group.  This piece has been one of their absolute favourites so far.  We couldn’t get it quite up to speed on the night, but we &hellip Continue reading »

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Erin’s Dream – A RH Song

I wrote this piece for a mid-teen female student of mine who was fun and whimsical and absolutely adored Anne of Green Gables. This is a very pretty piece (it suits the student very well).  Fairly simple RH only song for the piano part, but the teacher part is ‘interesting’. Erin s Dream RH song

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