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Beginner Violin Theory for Children, Book One

By Melanie Smith

Violin - Beginning
Composed by Melanie Smith. Style, Classical, Squareback saddle stitch, Theory and Reference, Theory and Reference - Other, Technique, Theory and Reference, Children and Young Beginner. Children. Book. 84 pages. Mel Bay Publications, Inc #20296. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20296).

Item Number: MB.20296

ISBN 9780786670871. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

This book is designed as a workbook to teach theory specifically relevant to the violin at a level that is attainable and challenging, yet fun for young children. It is intended to build confidence and solidify the relationship between theory and playing. Children will enjoy the drawing and coloring activities in the book, while developing the fundamentals of violin theory at the same time. The book can be used to teach beginners the basics of theory, or even to refresh musicians who might need a small review of violin theory. No matter who uses his book, it will give a strong foundation to violin theory, and through this understanding will foster a greater love of playing. Concepts covered in this book include: learning the parts of the violin; learning about line and space notes; learning musical symbols; and how to draw music.

  • Learning about the parts of the violin 
  • Learning to draw notes 
  • Learning about spaces and line notes 
  • recognition 
  • drawing 
  • Adding Stems To Notes 
  • upward 
  • downward 
  • Drawing Notes on Lines & Spaces 
  • proper shape 
  • proper stem placement 
  • changing direction of stem 
  • Learning Musical Symbols 
  • sharps 
  • natural 
  • flats 
  • Drawing Treble Clefs 
  • Note Recognition 
  • whole note 
  • half note 
  • quarter note 
  • eighth note 
  • sixteenth note 
  • Drawing Different Notes 
  • Drawing Music 
  • treble clefs 
  • notes on lines & spaces 
  • Learning Note Timing 
  • Review 
  • Learning Rest Values 
  • whole rest 
  • half rest 
  • quarter rest 
  • eighth rest 
  • sixteenth rest 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

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  • July 26, 2011 Great for the very beginner

    This book is fabulous for the very beginner violinist. Starts at the very beginning of note reading and writing. The only complaint is that the eighth note and sixteenth note flags are not standard and the stems on the 3rd line are pointing up-- acceptable, but barely. Other than than...

    , it's a lot of repetition of notes on the staff, which is very helpful to the starting musician.

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  • 5

    New York NY
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  • July 02, 2008 tooooooo easy

    I am an educator and this book was pathetic. It never taught anything other than how to draw an oval - create a note. I was hoping to help my daughter learn to read music....not using this book. VERY DISAPPOINTING!!!!

    20 of 39 people found this review helpful.
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  • 5

    Texas Teacher
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  • April 17, 2008 Dear Anonymous...

    It would be helpful in such a negative review if you would mention the age of the child. I imagine the experience of a 4 year old with this book will be very different from that of a 7 year old, for example.

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  • February 24, 2008 Not helpful for young students

    My daughter is a Suzuki student, playing for about two years and is interested in reading music. She won't learn to read with the Suzuki method for a while so I bought this to introduce the concept - to build on her natural motivation. Most of the exercises only have...

    the student draw notes - thus the exercise is more about drawing and filling in circles than learning to recognize the notes, learn their letter and time value. She gets frustrated when her cirles aren't in the spaces or on the lines and is no longer interested. Expecting a young child to draw so finely isn't helpful. I would prefer matching or naming exercises so she is learning to read music, not write it.

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    29 of 49 people found this review helpful.
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