Givens, Shirley - Adventures in Violinland, Book 1A: "The Beginning" - 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 1A, The Beginning, addresses posture, violin position, basic rhythms, and open string pizzicato songs. 

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    50 Stars
    August 18, 2013

    Don't walk, but RUN to this method!

    I initially balked at the price, but I'm telling you, nothing else compares. If you want to teach and teach well, this is the route to take. Violinland appeals to a variety of ages, not just oung children. As an additional bonus, solfege is taught, which really helps the students stay on pitch. Throughout the series, a variety of simple duets (with violin teacher parts and simple piano accompaniments) are written in. Additionally, you need no other books besides this method--no scale books, no drill books, no theory books, no supplementary books. It's al here, teachers. Do not reinvent the wheel. Go HERE! ... (See Full Review)

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    Posted By: violinist and teacher, Juilliard alum from NYC
    August 14, 2007

    A major contribution to violin teaching. SO wonder

    My young students LOVE these books, and so do I! There is nothing else like them out there. They are so well thought out. I've used them quite successfully with kids as young as 4 and they not nly love them but are able to use them and play from them without needing to be able to read. There are picture symbols and clues for them to follow. Parents also love them because they are able to see easily what's supposed to be happening and help their child with it. This first book develops rhythm skills through singing/saying and clapping. Students learn to become comfortable holding their violin with good posture and learn the sound and place of each string. They are encouraged to be creative and artistic by thinking about how various noises and voices sound to them and to play them, and are asked to think about what color they would pick that, to them, matches the sound of each string. There are even a few duets! This book is most suitable for students ages 4-7, in my opinion. Most students get through this book in 4-8 weeks, but it's still well worth it to buy the book. Actually, they love being able to finish this book relatively quickly and get a great sense of accomplishment and confidence from doing so. It's such a wonderful first book! ... (See Full Review)

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