Eleanor Bennett said: May 9, 2013
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Villa Rica, GA
62 posts

Does anyone use these exercise books as a supplement to the Suzuki materials? The student must learn the notes, the rhythm, the bowings. Do you focus on speed? Anything else?

Eleanor Bennett

Linda Louise Ford said: May 9, 2013
Linda Louise Ford
Suzuki Association Member
Rochester, NY
16 posts

I do! Funny thing! My students like them too as they are like an adventure unfolding with something repetitive like the rhythmic figure. They get stronger in their bowing and tone. They like that they can focus narrowly on ,for example, playing in a particular key. When I learned violin , I was raised on all the etude books. I love the Sitt books—shifting aplenty. Whistler. Kreutzer, Schraedieck, Sevcik, Homan,Gavinies,Rode. As a child, I liked to play something that was considered ’serious’ so to have good technic. I came to Suzuki in my 30’s. Both approaches have plenty to offer. I try to offer all plus fiddle if the child’s motivation flags any point..


Rachel Gangwer said: Jul 7, 2013
Rachel Gangwer
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Charleston, SC
1 posts

Yes! I start using Wohlfahrt and Schradieck exercises one my students begin the Minuets in Book1. The Wohlfahrt etudes reinforce note-reading, and scale identification and the Schradieck to help strengthen the left-hand and also help the right become clear and controlled. For both, my focus is more on tone, intonation, and form. And once those are well in hand, we slowly increase for speed (depending on the student’s patience level) and I introduce some phrasing. Depending on the patience of the student, I will also incorporate some of the easier Yost exercises to build finger strength and independence.

Clara Hardie said: Jul 7, 2013
Clara Hardie
Suzuki Association Member
Detroit, MI
21 posts

“I Can Read Music” rocks for little ones. My 7 and 8 year old students actually LIKE it! We always end with it and it helps to close out with them feeling accomplished. I also do Tonalizations with them, as I was taught to do at teacher training with Mark Mutter. Tonalization can be paired with any rhythm, technique or position point they need to work on, including position work when they get into later books.

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