Written workbook to work on basic reading?


Robin Alfieri said: Sep 4, 2012
Robin Alfieri
Suzuki Association Member
Maynard, MA
4 posts

I have a student that has been struggling with practicing reading violin music. I currently have her working through the I Can Read Music book 1. She is an early book 1 student that is very interested in having written work. She loves homework from school and she was very interested in learning to read music. With most of my students I wait longer, but she just seems to have the interest.

This is not my favorite reading book, but I feel it is what she can handle at the moment. Does anyone have any suggestions for written homework I could give her? I haven’t found what I’ve been looking for and am considering writing my own assignments for her. However, I feel like I’ve seen an easy written workbook in the past and was hoping to save myself some time by locating one.

Thank you all very much for helping me!

Phyllis Calderon said: Sep 4, 2012
Phyllis CalderonViolin, Suzuki Early Childhood Education, Suzuki in the Schools, Piano
Chicago, IL
22 posts

Hi Robin!

I absolutely love Theory Time and Just the Facts for strings. Just the Facts is a workbook for piano and violin. I just began using this one with my students and they love it. Check it out at www.musicbagpress.com. And Theory Time books at www.theorytime.com. Hope one of these work for you!

Phyllis Calderon
Director, String Instructor
A Touch of Classical Plus, Inc.—Calderon Music Studio

Ruth Brons said: Sep 4, 2012
Ruth Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Livingston, NJ
148 posts

With the Violin Book One of “I Can Read Music” by Joanne Martin, I find students do well with writing in the letter names of the notes on the first line and writing in the finger numbers on the second line. They seem to really enjoy the break in the lesson routine of spending a few minutes putting pencil to paper, as they are so familiar with doing at school. And then I offer the choice of whether they will then play the entire page, or just the last three [un-marked] lines. The reward is to then do the next page, which is all rhythms, on a small drum I keep in the studio. About half-way through the book, which has 50 lessons, I am often able to just spend an entire lesson and steam through the rest of the book, without any writing involved.
I love how towards the end of the book there are familiar/famous melodies to discover—especially the Westminster Chimes tune!

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