Givens, Shirley - Adventures in Violinland, Book 4A: "Climbing the Great Mount Major" - Arioso Press Publication

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Renowned pedagogue Shirley Givens' series for beginning violinists is widely respected for its clear, child-friendly format, and its sensible progression through techniques. There are lots of pictures, fun and familiar songs, and even pages for coloring! Ms.Givens uses a "Movable Do" system to teach pitch relationships and good intonation. Recommended for very young children.

Book 4A, Climbing the Great Mount Major, is the beginning of a scale game continuing through all 6 Green Books. In the course of the game, the student will learn the structure of the Major and Relative minor (melodic & harmonic) scales. Playing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions with agility exercises and etudes, the left hand prepares for actual shifting between positions. Special features of Book 4A are vibrato duets, tone control exercises, bow strokes (legato, staccato, portato, martelé), conducting in 5/8 and 3/8 time, continuation of pitch training with singing, and solfege hand signals. The technique of playing 3- and 4- string chords (both pizzicato and arco) also helps the student hear the underlying harmonies. This book includes 8 duets, 6 piano accompaniments, music by Clementi, Gounod, Telemann, Cherubini, Tchaikovsky, Gilbert & Sullivan, Schumann, Daquin, and various fiddle tune jigs and hornpipes.


"Young children love the violin! It is small and huggable – and it makes sounds! How to nurture this initial enthusiasm for the instrument and to transform it into a deeper love of music is the object of my books."

"Don't be misled by the seeming simplicity of the material! The books are written from a child's point of view while incorporating the most exacting standards of modern violin technique. But there are other important features of the books that contribute to their uniqueness:

*The young student is encouraged to participate actively in his own learning by developing his own imagination.
*There is discovery and improvisation. No imitation or copying from CDs.
*Training the child's own pitch awareness from the start assures early in-tune playing.
*Note reading and harmonic awareness from the beginning cultivate musical literacy for a lifetime.
*A wonderful rhythmic foundation is established through body movement"

- Shirley Givens

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If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Unless the music received is defective or has been shipped in error, all returned music will be subject to a restocking fee of $2.00 per title.

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About Shirley Givens:

Shirley Givens is Professor of Violin at the Peabody Conservatory, the Juilliard School, and at Mannes College The New School. Her countless honors include the Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award by U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, in ceremonies at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Internationally recognized as an artist-teacher and passionate about the careful nurturing of violinist-musicians, Shirley Givens has never lost her dedication to the vitally important area of beginning teaching, which remains close to her heart. A growing number of fine young violinists have benefited from her joyfully unique method. A veritable "Who's Who" of parents prominent in the arts have brought their children to study with her: Violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman and Robert Mann, pianists Claude Frank, Lillian Kallir, Rudolf Firkusny and Jerome Lowenthal, the artist Peter Max, the actors Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Paul Sparer and Nancy Marchand, soprano Phyllis Curtin, conductor Herbert Blomsted, impresario Art D'Lugoff and many others. The internationally renowned concert artist Pamela Frank began her studies with the Givens Method, enjoying the Adventures in Violinland books. She continued with Ms Givens for 11 years, reaching the major repertoire such as the Tchaikovsky Concerto.
Renowned pedagogue Shirley Givens' series for beginning violinists is widely respected for its clear, child-friendly format, and its sensible progression through techniques. There are lots of pictures, fun and familiar songs, and even pages for coloring! Ms.Givens uses a "Movable Do" system to teach pitch relationships and good intonation. Recommended for very young children.

Book 4A, Climbing the Great Mount Major, is the beginning of a scale game continuing through all 6 Green Books. In the course of the game, the student will learn the structure of the Major and Relative minor (melodic & harmonic) scales. Playing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions with agility exercises and etudes, the left hand prepares for actual shifting between positions. Special features of Book 4A are vibrato duets, tone control exercises, bow strokes (legato, staccato, portato, martelé), conducting in 5/8 and 3/8 time, continuation of pitch training with singing, and solfege hand signals. The technique of playing 3- and 4- string chords (both pizzicato and arco) also helps the student hear the underlying harmonies. This book includes 8 duets, 6 piano accompaniments, music by Clementi, Gounod, Telemann, Cherubini, Tchaikovsky, Gilbert & Sullivan, Schumann, Daquin, and various fiddle tune jigs and hornpipes.


"Young children love the violin! It is small and huggable – and it makes sounds! How to nurture this initial enthusiasm for the instrument and to transform it into a deeper love of music is the object of my books."

"Don't be misled by the seeming simplicity of the material! The books are written from a child's point of view while incorporating the most exacting standards of modern violin technique. But there are other important features of the books that contribute to their uniqueness:

*The young student is encouraged to participate actively in his own learning by developing his own imagination.
*There is discovery and improvisation. No imitation or copying from CDs.
*Training the child's own pitch awareness from the start assures early in-tune playing.
*Note reading and harmonic awareness from the beginning cultivate musical literacy for a lifetime.
*A wonderful rhythmic foundation is established through body movement"

- Shirley Givens
Sheet Music Return Policy
If you are not satisfied with this item for any reason, you may return it for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Unless the music received is defective or has been shipped in error, all returned music will be subject to a restocking fee of $2.00 per title.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at [email protected]
About Shirley Givens:

Shirley Givens is Professor of Violin at the Peabody Conservatory, the Juilliard School, and at Mannes College The New School. Her countless honors include the Presidential Scholar Teacher Recognition Award by U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings, in ceremonies at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Internationally recognized as an artist-teacher and passionate about the careful nurturing of violinist-musicians, Shirley Givens has never lost her dedication to the vitally important area of beginning teaching, which remains close to her heart. A growing number of fine young violinists have benefited from her joyfully unique method. A veritable "Who's Who" of parents prominent in the arts have brought their children to study with her: Violinists Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman and Robert Mann, pianists Claude Frank, Lillian Kallir, Rudolf Firkusny and Jerome Lowenthal, the artist Peter Max, the actors Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Paul Sparer and Nancy Marchand, soprano Phyllis Curtin, conductor Herbert Blomsted, impresario Art D'Lugoff and many others. The internationally renowned concert artist Pamela Frank began her studies with the Givens Method, enjoying the Adventures in Violinland books. She continued with Ms Givens for 11 years, reaching the major repertoire such as the Tchaikovsky Concerto.

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