This workbook familiarizes young children with common notes on the Treble staff. It explains half, quarter, and eighth note values, and finger numbers in the most approachable way for young children. Beginning with a coloring book, moving through tracing of notes, letters, and finger numbers, the instruction progresses steadily across 32 pages, leading students to identify and write notes, finger numbers, and rests on their own. With little or no written text, the entire book is self-explanatory, all for the student, and there is much freedom for various teaching approaches. Ideal for students 3-5 years old. 32 pages.
This book expands upon the original ABC Notespeller, but could certainly stand on its own as a good supplement for very young players who are still learning to spell and write letters. It begins with tracing and writing letters and notes on a staff with pictures for association. This book offers more repetition and practice than Book 1. The second half of the book is dedicated to drawing notes and rests and identifying them and their values. Very approachable for students age 4-6 years old. 24 pages.
This book features twelve recognizable themes arranged from classical works by Beethoven, Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Handel, Kabalevsky, Mozart, and more. There is no introduction or text, allowing for freedom of teaching style and for the focus to be on the large easy-to-read notation. Despite the simplicity and easy playability of each selection, the themes offer modulation, an array of different phrasing, and mixed-modal melodies. Entirely in first position with eighth, quarter, and half notes. Bowings included, but not fingerings. 16 pages.
This collection of 14 folk songs is ideal for the intermediate beginner. The book opens with a brief history of folk music and fiddling, then it encourages the player to add ornamentation to each piece once it has been learned. The notation is larger than standard engraving, but a little smaller than the beginning violin books by Avsharian, allowing for longer pieces and more illustration. All selections can be played in first position with no lowered or raised fingers. However, some songs have a recommendation for third position at the bottom and no fingerings are specified. All are in the key of A, D, G, and C and no sixteenth notes are used, but some bowings and rhythms might be new to beginners. There is included a one page lesson and worksheet on second, third, and fifth intervals that is on par with the level of playing in the book. Each song includes an illustration and fills one page. Titles: On Top of Old Smokey, Oh Suzanna, Oh Dear!, Comin’ Round the Mountain, This Old Man, Billy Boy, Camptown Races, Reveille, John Brown, Clementine, Michael Row Your Boat, Got the Whole World, and The Farmer in the Dell. 16 pages.
This book is separated into two etude sections, “Easy Etudes Book I for Violin” and “Easy Etudes Book II for Violin”, and a scales section titled “Scales of One and Two Octaves with Rhythm and Bowing Games”. Compared to other books in the series, Fun With Basics has smaller text and notation, but it is still much larger than standard engraved sheet music. With no illustrations and written instructions or questions on most pages, it is more appropriate for reading-proficient students. The first etudes book has 16 short etudes with 32 intermittent workbook-style questions. It is mostly in first position and with basic fingering, but low finger two and low finger one are introduced in the key of C and F. One-octave open string scales and sixteenth notes are introduced. Also, there is a preliminary introduction to third position and shifting. The second etude book acts as a preliminary book to the Wohlfahrt Studies, teaching bowing and rhythmic variations, simple double stops, easy string crossings, and trills. It has only 9 studies, but they are longer than the previous and have additional variations. The scale book introduces G, A, and B-flat two-octave scales in major and harmonic minor with ten very fun rhythmic and bowing variations that can be applied to each. Arpeggios and the key of E flat is also introduced. 46 pages.
Fun With Christmas is a collection of eleven classic carols with simplified rhythms and bowings for easier learning. Original rhythms can be restored by adding dots and flags to the quarter notes. There is also a rhythm chart at the beginning for reviewing note values. The large-size notation and illustrations make the collection attractive for young intermediate beginners. Titles: Jingle Bells, Joy to the World, Deck the Halls, Angels We Have Heard, Silent Night, Jolly Old St. Nick, O Come All Ye Faithful, Wish You A Merry Christmas, O Christmas Tree, We Three Kings, and The First Noel. 12 pages.
“Because so many skills are involved in reading music, it helps to separate some of them and work with them away from the instrument. Fun With Notes can be done by the older student working alone, or for the younger student, with parent or teacher supervision.” – Evelyn Avsharian.
This workbook focuses on learning the letter names of every note in first position and where it lies on the staff. A page of note-letter stickers is used throughout the book, adding an extra fun element to each of the activities, which include sticking note names onto the staff as instructed, spelling out words with note names to complete a story, and more. Illustrations and a variety of approaches makes the book exciting for students aged 4 to 8 years. 24 pages.
Fun With Positions presents non-shifting position work for the advanced intermediate violinist. Familiar folk songs have been arranged in third, second, fourth, and fifth position. Unique written drills help players learn their fingering and become comfortable with ledger line reading. As part of the Children’s Music Series, this book is ideal for advanced young violinists (ages 7 and up) who can still benefit from bite-size pieces and larger notation. Titles: Folk Song, French Folk Song, Sweet Betsy from Pike, Joe Hill, On Top of Old Smoky, Loch Lomond, Blue Bells of Scotland, Good King Wenceslas, Old Hundreth, Scarborough Fair, Old Folks, Au Clair de la Lune, Goodnight Ladies, Hanukkah Song, Oh Susanna, God Save the King, Sweet Afton, and Angels We Have Heard On High. 20 pages.
Rhythmic drill presented without the difficulties of instrument playing is an excellent way to teach rhythm reading to the beginning student. This book includes twenty pages of large-size rhythm patterns that can be spoken by using a rhythm chart, clapped, or tapped. There are also opportunities for written exercise and drawing notes. Funny illustrations aid in this delightful practice book that helps develop the student’s musical mind with or without instrument in hand. The last several pages also include rhythmic duets for two students, or student and teacher. 20 pages.
Games presents a dynamic approach that encourages the young beginner to explore the basic violin playing motions. Utilizing a pre-staff notation, the student is prepared for later note reading. Rhythm, bowing, musical symbols, and left hand movements form the basis for the musical games. Every page includes illustrations and large hand-written text and notation to help young children focus. Recommended for ages 3-7. 23 pages.