Sheet music for different levels in the same class

Briana said: Nov 5, 2014
Briana Di Mara
Suzuki Association Member
Oakland, CA
3 posts

I am teaching a 2nd grade violin class where there are students ranging from complete beginners to mid-book One. I’m wondering if anyone knows of any books or sheet music with ideas for simple songs that have 2-3 levels of difficulty while still in the book one range.

Have you tried David Brooker’s String Play? Great little arrangements with about 8 different violin parts ranging from open strings to violin bass line. It is for a full string ensemble, but there are enough violin parts to keep it interesting and fun, and the piano part makes it recital material. I believe there are two volumes, the second one being world (folk) music, but I’ve had a really hard time locating the second volume in the U.S. Good luck!

Leslie Brown Katz said: Nov 6, 2014
Leslie Brown Katz
Suzuki Association Member
8 posts

I like to use “Fiddle Heart” Scandinavian Fiddle Tunes compiled and arranged by Goran Berg. Two volumes. Open strings bass line with melody and harmony lines.
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Briana said: Nov 6, 2014
Briana Di Mara
Suzuki Association Member
Oakland, CA
3 posts

Thanks so much!!

Heather Figi said: Nov 6, 2014
Heather FigiViolin
Eugene, OR
97 posts

Hi Brianna,

Just a quick note if you are interested. This is exactly my specialty: creating pieces and arrangements for just this situation: mixed level ensembles. I love combining levels in my studio for many reasons and as we know, this is usually our reality in our teaching settings.

For more information you can visit my website. I am happy to answer any specific questions.


Thanks and best wishes!

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