Violin Fingerboard Workbooks

Diane said: Jul 3, 2011
Diane AllenViolin
244 posts

The Suzuki Method gives teachers freedom to teach note reading in their own way and in the best way that suits the students’ needs. I’ve been using workbooks effectively with my violin students for over 20 years.

The workbooks drill:
- note reading
- key signature reading
- note placement on the fingerboard
- half steps
- whole steps
- intervals up to an octave
- muscle memory
- ear training
- first through eleventh positions

This month celebrates the release of these workbooks to the public!
Email subscribers receive 10 mini lessons that enhance the lessons learned in the workbooks.
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Later this month I’ll be holding a fun and informative live-stream video event as part of the release celebration! I’m in the process of planning this and will post details when I have them.

One of my Violin Moms has all three of her children studying with me. Her youngest is now making his way through the workbook for first position. He’s currently playing Happy Farmer. Being her third time around with this workbook here’s what she had to say “Can’t imagine another way the kids would really learn to read music and the violin as well as your workbook series—even at 6 yrs old!”


Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

Jacob Litoff said: Jul 4, 2011
Suzuki Association Member
Violin, Cello, Viola
Millis, MA
48 posts

I have head that several suzuki schools, like the Longy School of Music Suzuki program, forbid the use of ANY non suzuki books. So books like this would be forbidden.

Diane said: Jul 4, 2011
Diane AllenViolin
244 posts

Hmmmm—interesting. Not being associated with a school such as you’ve mentioned gives folks like me more freedom with materials to use with students.

The SAA course—Every Child Can has an accompanying booklet. On page A23 it clearly states:
“There are many ways to teach the skill of music reading, and there is considerable healthy variation amongst Suzuki teachers as to exactly when and how to introduce it.”

My inspiration for the workbooks came from two sources. 1) my lessons with Burton Kaplan and his book The Complete Music Sight-Reader Series and 2) a workshop on learning channels (visual, aural, kinesthetic).

I think I knew in kindergarten that I was going to be a teacher when I grow up. I seem to have a strong “sharing” gene as part of my DNA! I’m simply sharing a resource that I’ve used for over 20 years with my students. It’s been so effective that I’ve decided to go through the process of making it available to the public.

Smiles! Diane

Videos of student violin recitals and violin tutorials.

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