Guidance on Violin Progression for the Kid

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said: Nov 15, 2010
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Can some violin teacher please give guidance regarding the following questions?

  1. After which Suzuki book should the kid start Wohlfahrt etudes?
  2. After which Suzuki book should the kid start Kruetzer etudes?
  3. After which Suzuki book should the kid start the Sevcik studies?
  4. After which Suzuki book should the kid start Barbara Barber’s advanced scales?
  5. After the ten Suzuki books, what are the things/ the solo pieces the kid should learn?
  6. Would you suggest the kid’s studies being augmented by Barbara Barber’s solo violin book? If so, since there are only six books by Barbara Barber but, there are ten Suzuki books, is there a neat correspondence between the two levels? Say Suzuki book 6 is equal to Barbara Barber’s book 4 in terms of skill level etc.

Any other friendly suggestion from your side is most welcome. Thanks in advance for reading and responding.

Ruth Brons said: Nov 15, 2010
Ruth Brons
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Viola
Livingston, NJ
148 posts

A good and helpful general guide can be found in the Handbook for the American String Teacher’s Association [ASTA]
Certificate of Advancement Program [ASTA CAP].
You can enter your ASTA membership credentials to view the syllabus online here:

or, to learn more about the ASTA Certificate Advancement Program, how to find one in your area or how to start your own, contact the National Office at [javascript protected email address] or (703) 279-2113 extension 20.

said: Nov 17, 2010
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I was wondering this too a few weeks ago and did some research. I found a website that grouped the levels by methods and etudes. Perhaps this will help, I haven’t consulted with another teacher yet on their view of this type of grading. You’ll have to copy and paste the link.

Jennifer Visick said: Nov 17, 2010
Jennifer VisickForum Moderator
Suzuki Association Member
Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
998 posts

re: barbara barber’s books—There are tables in the front of all of her “solos for young…” series which list each piece and it’s corresponding Suzuki book level.

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