This set of tutors is designed for teaching mixed string instruments in groups. It is a systematic program developed over many years from many years experience teaching strings in schools.
The tutors are aimed at the primary and lower secondary school age group but are also suitable for older beginners.
The children learn ‘tricks’ for their fingers or bows, which are fun when done in a group. Reading skills are developed at the same time.
Each page represents a small step in musical and technical development based on reading music from the very first lessons. Theory homework is included at the end of most sections, providing the complete theory required as children progress.
The tutors for each instrument are identical in content except where differences are required to accommodate the different instruments.
Books 1 & 2 of the series are each intended to cover one year of group tuition, based on a school year of 40 weeks. Book 3 provides material for two years. Progress will vary according to the age of the children, the size of the group and the extent of their previous musical experience.
Additional repertoire at the end of the books provides:
These tutors make playing music fun, as it should be!
Book 3 extends the series to the 3rd and 4th years. The book introduces new rhythm and bowing, ornaments, minor scales, new shifts and finger patterns. Theory includes new scales, intervals and transpositions. When a new concept or skill is introduced, the tune immediately following reinforces it and is a little easier to help ensure success.