Extracurricular pieces for piano, violin and/or cello

Henry Flurry said: Jul 26, 2014
Henry FlurryInstitute Director
Suzuki Association Member
Prescott, AZ
22 posts

A local Suzuki violin/cello studio and I (Suzuki Piano) have teamed up to do ensemble pieces with our students. We did this last year, and it was a great success.

Finding appropriate music is difficult, especially for the lower book levels. We’re looking for trios and larger, ideally, but duets are OK, too. And we’re looking for very to fairly easy music, so that our students can focus on the ensemble elements more than the notes.

Ideas on where to start?


Jennifer Visick said: Jul 29, 2014
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

Maybe try looking at the triolet arrangements (violin & cello “obbligato” parts written to go with some of the repertoire that is already in the suzuki piano books)?

Twenty Triolets Vol.s 1 & 2 by Mariposa Music, and Catherine McMichael also sells some triolet arrangements, (I think?) covering pieces from Suzuki piano rep that the Mariposa music volumes don’t cover.

Martha Yasuda said: Aug 30, 2014
Martha Yasuda
Suzuki Association Member
Smyma, GA
7 posts

Might I suggest you take a look at my Suzuki-licensed duo books for violin/cello, violin/viola and two violins. There are a total of 19 licensed books with just about all the pieces in books 1-8 contained within the books. www.YasudaMusic.com Within each book, I also include 5-6 non-Suzuki pieces at appropriate levels.

Heather Figi said: Sep 13, 2014
Heather FigiViolin
Eugene, OR
97 posts

You may want to also contact Suzuki Piano teacher and MMG inventor Michiko Yurko.

When I worked with her years ago she commissioned a composer to create trios with Violin & Cello for her Suzuki piano students. I played the violin parts on a recital and remember them being pretty accessible.

Best wishes, sounds like a fantastic project!

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