Violin 101

Beginner Suzuki Violin lessons in a group setting develops the incipient stages of becoming ready to learn, hand strength, finger dexterity, singing on pitch, using solfège for note-reading, reading rhythms, and memorizing the pieces in Book One.

Materials

I recommend violins from David Segal in the city, Ute in Westport, or Shar Music online.  Please book an appointment in advance.  Buy Suzuki Book 1 book and recording (CD or streaming).  My son is really enjoying the 'Blue Jello' reading method which is recommended but not required.

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Three Categories

A) Listening

-Playing the CD daily, or playing the pieces for the children on their violin daily for them. 

-Playing the rhythms song for them while they do the air bowings.

-Listening to and singing in solfège.

I) Physical dexterity & strength

-play doh exercises- squishing a ball between fingers, finding coins in theraputty, flicking plastic tokens, squishing pom poms, clothespin games

-finger taps and finger pops, using increasingly complex patterns of finger numbers

-singing Twinkles memorized using body motions, then just finger taps

1) Playing the violin

-pluck, then play E A D G open strings (ant song)

-play E 1 2 3, 3 2 1 E scale with Var A rhythm

-play rhythms from Variation A, B, C, D, E, and theme on the open strings.

-play E 1 2 3 4, 4, 3, 2, 1 E scale with all rhythms

-play middle section of Twinkles (E 3 2 1)