Step by Step Book 4

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said: Jan 28, 2009
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I recently emailed Kerstin Wartberg at the Suzuki German Institute to learn when the Step by Step Book 4A and Book 4B would be available in English and from a commercial publisher. Ms. Wartberg responded that she had learned a few days previously that they would not be published commercially in the near future. She said she is considering publishing them herself, if she can address the problem of how to distribute them in the U.S. In any event, Ms. Wartberg helpfully directed me to a download site, http://www.musicdownloaddirect.de, where most of the pieces in Book 4 have been recorded at slow and medium practice tempos. All the preparatory exercises, the music tracks, the sheet music, and in some cases explanatory material, for an individual piece can be purchased through Paypal for a little more than $3 in USD. This option will be most helpful to me and my daughter, as we have become reliant on her using the wonderful Step by Step books to break down challenging sections in Suzuki pieces into manageable bites. I would hate to have to tackle Book 4 without these child-friendly recordings.

said: Feb 1, 2009
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mm9999 wrote:

Ms. Wartberg helpfully directed me to a download site, http://www.musicdownloaddirect.de, where most of the pieces in Book 4 have been recorded at slow and medium practice tempos.

Thanks mm9999 for this helpful advice. On the Suzuki download site I found much more than slow and medium practice tempos. Here is an overview about the practice possibilities.

Violin Book 4, Pack A contains a play along set with MP3 files in high quality and sheet music:

Tuning notes

**Violin School, vol. 4, No. 1:
Friedrich Seitz
Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13, 3rd Mvt.**

Slow practice tempo (violin and piano)
Medium practice tempo (piano accompaniment)
Performance tempo (violin and piano)
Performance tempo (piano accompaniment)
Preparatory exercise
Sheet music Seitz 1

**Violin School, vol. 4, No. 2:
Friedrich Seitz
Concerto No. 5 in D Major, Op. 22, 1st Mvt. **

Slow practice tempo (violin and piano)
Medium practice tempo (piano accompaniment)
Performance tempo (violin and piano)
Performance tempo (piano accompaniment)
Preparatory exercise 1
Preparatory exercise 2
Preparatory exercise 3
Sheet music Seitz 2

**Violin School, vol. 4, No. 3:
Friedrich Seitz
Concerto No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13, 3rd Mvt.**

Slow practice tempo (violin and piano)
Medium practice tempo (piano accompaniment)
Performance tempo (violin and piano)
Performance tempo (piano accompaniment)
Preparatory exercise 1
Preparatory exercise 2
Preparatory exercise 3
Preparatory exercise 4
Preparatory exercise 5
Sheet music Seitz 3

Violin Book 4, Pack B contains:

Tuning notes
**Violin School, vol. 4, No. 4:
Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 6, No. 3
1st Movement**

Slow practice tempo (violin and piano)
Medium practice tempo (piano accompaniment)
Performance tempo (violin and piano)
Performance tempo (piano accompaniment)
Preparatory exercise 1
Preparatory exercise 2
Sheet music Vivaldi 1

**Violin School, vol. 4, No. 5:
Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 6, No. 3
3rd Movement**

Slow practice tempo (violin and piano)
Medium practice tempo (piano accompaniment)
Performance tempo (violin and piano)
Performance tempo (piano accompaniment)
Preparatory exercise—string crossings
Sheet music Vivaldi 3

**Violin School, vol. 4, No. 7:
Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor
BWV 1043, 1st Movement, Violin 2 **

Slow practice tempo (violin and piano)
Medium practice tempo (piano accompaniment)
Performance tempo (violin and piano)
Performance tempo (piano accompaniment)
Preparatory exercise 1
Preparatory exercise 2
Preparatory exercise 3
Sheet music Bach

There are also two different sets for the new piece in the Revised edition of
Perpetual Motion by Bohm.
(one for violin and piano and one for string ensemble and piano)

I am wondering if anyone has worked already with this material.

said: Feb 1, 2009
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What helpful viral marketing. It would work even better if you actually contributed something to the community besides advertising.

said: Feb 8, 2009
 36 posts

Well, in the old edition of Suzuki 4. Suzuki says that the student should start to begin to read the notes. But if you started to teach note reading in 1st and 2nd grade then book 4 would not be a problem at lot. I have a 3rd grader reading book 4 right now and he is doing great. Again, I come back to the question of note reading. Do not neglect not reading.

Jennifer Visick said: Feb 9, 2009
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
997 posts

I believe Suzuki was working in a situation where students routinely had more time and more parental support to practice—and they also did not have near as many organized activities available to them as most US students have today. In addition to this, I believe he also worked in a country where music theory (reading) was systematically and thoroughly covered as a part of normal school education. This is (sadly) not the case in American schools today—neither public nor private ones.

Consequently, when Suzuki began to teach his students to read music on the violin at around book 4, it meant something entirely different in that context than it means for most students in the US today. First, it meant that they were, on average, younger than the average US student is today when he or she reaches book 4. Second, it meant that the student already had a working knowledge of how to read music from a theoretical or a vocal standpoint, and merely needed some pointers on applying this prior knowledge to playing the violin.

All that to say that I agree that note reading should be taught earlier than “book 4″ in my own studio, but that I do not necessarily think I would have done things differently from Suzuki were I presented with students from his cultural context.

However, I also think that every concerto in book 4 can and should be memorized by the average student who studies them. This is where slower recordings can be helpful. I don’t think a student should have to rely on sheet music when performing a concerto, and I think that Suzuki’s emphasis on memorization is a big help in this area.

said: Feb 28, 2009
 2 posts

You can find some piano accompaniaments at http://violin-accomp.synthasite.com/.
Cheers

said: Mar 2, 2009
 2 posts

I have moved the files to:
http://accompanist.synthasite.com/
Enjoy
Carlos

Anita Knight said: Feb 22, 2011
Anita Knight
Suzuki Association Member
Violin
Kent, WA
19 posts

Hello ~
Is there any news on a Step by Step book 4 and beyond? I love what Kerstin has done. It’s not for everyone, but for some of us it is a perfect ‘bridging of the gap’ to applying Suzuki to teaching, it’s incredible! I am all for Suzuki, and I’m all for a diversity of approaches in applying it; every application (ie Step by Step) has the ability to uniquely reach some learning styles and personalities which other approaches would miss.
Please, oh please, allow publication of creative Suzuki approaches! Anything else cheats us all.
That’s my perspective anyway!

Anita Knight
“Joyful Sound Violin Studio”

Jennifer Visick said: Feb 22, 2011
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
997 posts

Kerstin Wartberg has a book series out now called “Recital Training”. Edition Peters. Try the thread called List of Book 5 Revisions for further information:

https://suzukiassociation.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2767

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