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Violin Prep Course

for Young Children

This course teaches the first few pieces in Suzuki violin volume 1 (six different rhythm variations of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star). It is aimed at children aged around 3-6yrs working with a parent or other adult support person.

This course usually takes between 3 months and 2 years to complete.

This course starts by learning how to hold the violin and the bow and works up to being able to play a few basic pieces. Once the notes of each piece have been learned, the piece will be polished. Developing a good violin posture and tone and the dexterity to play at CD-speed often takes most of book 1 so there is no hurry. Keep working on polishing posture, tone and speed and give it time.

Course Materials

A narrow A4 ringbinder folder with tabs can be a good way to keep your violin paperwork in order.

You will need a copy of the Suzuki violin volume 1 book and CD/mp3s:

If you are in New Zealand you can buy the book from me, and buy the mp3s using one of the links below.

Suzuki violin volume 1 (Revised Edition) book

If you are in another country (or in NZ) here are some other links where you can buy it. The newest edition is the "International Edition" with the recording by Hilary Hahn, but the "Revised edition" would also be OK. Note that I had difficulty buying the mp3s from New Zealand, probably to do with their license agreements (I think it was the Alfred link that worked for me). If you have trouble buying the mp3s do get in touch with me and I can probably help.

Book and CD together from Amazon

Book by itself from Amazon

mp3s from itunes

mp3s from Alfred

mp3s from Amazon

Also download the following pdf:

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Print out the course booklet using the link above, then work through the lesson videos using the course booklet to record your progress.

If you would like my feedback at any time, just  send me a video ("V" "Video uploads") or book a lesson ("Violin" "Individual lessons"). I look forward to hearing from you.