viola reading books?

Griena Goody said: Oct 30, 2011
Griena Goody Choi-Trask
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Voice, Viola
Mountain House, CA
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Does anyone know of a good viola reading book similar to William Starr’s Adventures in Music Reading series? I can’t seem to find Starr’s reading books written for viola so I’m thinking they’re only written for violin.


Jennifer Visick said: Oct 30, 2011
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
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Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

I haven’t used the Starr books but I know that the “I Can Read Music” series (Joanne Martin) is available for viola.

Also, any fun method book or book of easy tunes for viola can be used as sight-reading practice…

Jennifer Peterson Hellewell said: Dec 28, 2011
Jennifer Peterson Hellewell
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Henderson, NV
3 posts

If you need more ideas check out Denise Wiley’s “I Love to Read Music” books.

Gretchen said: Dec 28, 2011
Gretchen Lee
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
State College, PA
28 posts

I frequently use “I Can Read Music” and Wm. Starr’s “Rounds and Canons” (viola version) for beginning readers.

Merietta Oviatt said: Dec 29, 2011
Merietta Oviatt
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Violin, Suzuki in the Schools, Cello, Viola
Stevens Point, WI
104 posts

A good system for note reading is Muller Rusch. The later books go into shifting as well. I’ve used them with great success for years. They are in print for all the instruments.

Dr. Merietta Oviatt
Suzuki Specialist
Viola/Violin Instructor
Aber Suzuki Center, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
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