Where to start?
Start by watching some Prep Course lessons.
If the lessons are for your child you can also watch the Parents' Course videos under "Violin", "Parents area".
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The Prep Course covers the first 6 pieces in Suzuki Violin volume 1 (six rhythm variations of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star).
Because I cater for such a wide age-range, I provide my Prep Course in 3 different formats. All the formats cover the same material and get the player up to the same playing standard, but the presentation is tailored to the different age ranges. You only need to do ONE of these courses.
The age ranges provide a guide only. If the course seems to be moving too quickly or too slowly then try one of the other formats.
Thanks so much for all you do! We are so enjoying the journey, and especially the flexibility of online video lessons. The way you bring in the “Rhythm Train” books has been a really helpful introduction to music reading.
Violin Book 1
After the Prep Course, you'll move onto Book 1, which covers the remainder of Suzuki Violin Volume 1. This course caters for all ages.
The Introduction to Music Reading is aimed at children learning Suzuki book 1. I intend that children learn the Suzuki pieces without looking at the music (by ear and by memory) and that they begin learning to read music using this Introduction to Music Reading course.
I'm really pleased with how the lessons are working out for Andrew. In the past, when we've done the typical weekly in-person lessons, it was always a stressor for him to try to learn everything that was assigned before his next lesson. With the online lessons, that stress is gone. He just goes at his own pace and he goes on to the next lesson whenever he feels he's ready. As he's been progressing through the lessons, I've noticed that he's more likely to sit down at the piano on his own, just for his own enjoyment, and try to sound out songs he knows. I'm really happy that we found your program.