Tutor book for beginner violinist, aged 9
Posted 08 July 2019 - 13:28
Thank you in advance for recommendations.
Posted 08 July 2019 - 16:28
A Flying Start for Strings is the book I tend to start pupils on nowadays. Pupils used to complete the first two books then move to Fiddle Time Runners but I have recently had a couple of pupils move onto the third Flying Start book because I didn't feel they'd be able to cope with Runners yet. Tricks to Tunes has the same publisher as the Flying Start series and I have used it in the past although I seem to be sticking with Flying Start at the moment.
Posted 08 July 2019 - 16:58
I haven't heard of Flying Start but use Book 1 and 2 of the Violin Star series by ABRSM. My pupils really like the tunes and still ask to play some of them months later which must be a good sign. I add Wagon Wheels and the Sheila Nelson duet books for variety and sight reading.
Posted 08 July 2019 - 21:12
Posted 08 July 2019 - 23:07
I really like Hey Presto, and have yet to find a student (aged 5 to adult) who didn't like the pieces. They feel very much like they are playing "real" pieces right from the start, rather than playing an accompaniment while the teacher/CD plays the tune. I use these books with almost all my students.
For age 9, I would also supplement with something like Violin Star (which I like, but it does have a lot of those "accompaniment" type pieces at the start), Stepping Stones, or possibly FT Starters or Joggers....or I have a few others too. Class Act 1 can be popular with this sort of age group, and the listening exercises especially are really useful.
I tend to play it by ear a little for the first couple of lessons, while I get an idea of how quickly they are picking things up etc, then I will let them see / hear a few books (that I think will be appropriate) and choose which one(s) they like the best.
I like these kind of questions/threads - it's interesting to find out what others are using, and I nearly always discover at least one book I've not used before, or previously overlooked.
Posted 09 July 2019 - 10:57
I like the Flying Start series too, and had one child who worked through all three books and was disappointed to find that there wasn't a fourth. I have used the Stepping Stones series quite a lot too. But whichever method I use, I always supplement with other stuff - eg, Team Strings; Fiddle Time; Red Parrot, Green Parrot; etc and some early duets - I especially like Pairs for the latter, and even use it for adults. The tunes are great and I haven't yet had anyone who hasn't enjoyed them. For kids (and adults) who are so inclined, I might also use The Folk Fiddle Tutor.