Suzuki books boring?Other books that work along side Suzuki?


Anna said: Oct 11, 2008
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Do people only use the Suzuki material for teaching ?
I have older students who I teach in schools, they start at about 6 or 7 yrs old and don’t have parents in the lessons. I use the Suzuki books but I find some of them are getting a bit bored of the pieces. They say they all sound a bit the same. I keep them playing the Suzuki books but I have moved some of them onto ‘Fiddletime Joggers’ which has a CD and fun accompaniments for them to play with. I find though, Fiddletime Joggers dosnt develop their technique in the correct way. Very long pieces, lots of G string palying with very long notes….. etc. Does anyone have ideas for other material I could use that is more linked with the Suzuki training of technique ?

Jennifer Visick said: Oct 11, 2008
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Barbara Barber?—but that is more classical music.

the “easy” arrangements of pop tunes, movie music especially, can be fun. I find that if some technique is too difficult in one of those books, I can easily change it to something that fits but isn’t quite so hard. a lot of these come with CD accompaniments nowadays.

Ask the students what they’re interested in playing. I’ve had all sorts of requests—ranging from “take me out to the ballgame”, to hymns or choruses they sing in religious services, to their own compositions (that’s an exercise in how to write as well as read music!), to requests for “fiddle music” (or “country music”), to jazz standards, to video game music….

If they’re up to it (technically), try the Bartok duos.

there’s a book called “strings around the world” that is a collection of folk tunes from various different cultures. Some of the tunes are solo, some have duet or trio parts; these can be fun too.

said: Oct 12, 2008
 4 posts

Nelly, do you know the attached pieces?

Last month I introduced them to my book 2-4 students. My kids won’t stop to play them! If they have a free choice at the end of the group lesson it’s certainly one of these pieces.

Folk Music of Hungary, Ireland, and America
Arranged and edited by Kerstin Wartberg :D and David Andruss :D

You can download them from the Suzuki Downloadshop: Here is the link!

:D :D :P ;-) :D :D :P ;-) :D :D :P ;-) :D :D :P ;-) :D :D :P ;-)

Have fun!

Connie Sunday said: Oct 12, 2008
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
670 posts

>> Do people only use the Suzuki material for teaching ?

This is from another thread:

I can think of several sets of materials which are frequently used in conjunction with the Suzuki materials:

Barbara Barber Books & CDs :

Kerstin Wartberg Books:

String pedagogical materials by William and Constance Starr:

American Fiddle Method (third item under “Fiddle”):

There are also a lot of publications by Latham music which are suitable for ensemble practice. See:

Chamber Music—Easier: … ambermusic


Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students:

said: Oct 26, 2008
 36 posts

That’s funny. Some of my students say the same thing. That all the Suzuki songs in Book 1 sound the same. Well, since I incorporate reading into my all of my teaching I use Essential Elements 2000. It conflicts in a way with Suzuki 1 because it starts on the D and A string instead of the E and A strings, but the songs are idomatic.

Jennifer Visick said: Oct 26, 2008
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idomatic? is that “automatic” or “idiomatic” (or something else)?

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