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Parts of the Violin and Bow Printout/Handout

I was looking at some other violin teacher resources sites, and found this drawing, labelling the parts of the violin and bow beautifully.  I found it on a site called violinteachingresources.wordpress.com which links where they originally got the drawing from, but unfortunately the original site is no longer visible on the Web.  It’s such a &hellip Continue reading »

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3 Ways to Read Music Poster

I came across a poster in Pinterest (of course!) that I really liked, but I couldn’t find the source anywhere (apologies to the brilliant teacher who initially put the photo up).  So I made my own one for my studio wall. Here’s a pdf of my version.  I printed it out much larger for my &hellip Continue reading »

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The Frog in the Bog – String Group Easy Violin Trio

Another fun String Group song.  This one introduces triplets. I recommend singing it first, to get the feel of the triplets, then clapping it. The violin 3 part is fantastic for beginners.  Violin 1 and 2 are perfect for 1st and 2nd year students. Here’s the score of The Frog in the Bog: The Frog &hellip Continue reading »

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Copy Me

This is a really simple open string and 1st finger song I wrote for my beginner students to play in their String Group. I played first, and had them all copy me.  I gave them all the score (not separate parts) so that they could learn to follow along what was being played. I had them sing &hellip Continue reading »

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Ode to Joy for three violins – easy

  This is an easy song I wrote for my String Group (aka violin ensemble). Most are beginners, with some into their second year of playing.  Because they’re sight reading, I need to keep it simple but effective for them.  My higher grade students will play Vln 1. Here’s my arrangement of Ode to Joy &hellip Continue reading »

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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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