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Val the Violin

Val the Violin

A Violin Instruction Book for Players in Pre-School & Up

by Susie Dantzig
Publication Date: 22/11/2013
Susie Dantzig presents a new and clever approach to learning to play the violin that is unlike any other instructional manual. Using wit, wisdom, and charm, Susie Dantzig introduces us to Val the Violin, an engaging leader for young, budding musicians who are beginning to explore their hidden talents. The author's unique teaching method introduces students to reading music as well as playing techniques. An introductory guide incorporates images and photographs to help new players identify parts of the violin, learn how to hold the violin and bow, and understand musical symbols. Val the Violin guides students in studying the violin, starting with the lowest note, the open G, and progressing in a logical, step by step fashion through the highest string, the E string. Basic music theory concepts that are difficult to grasp, such as notes and tempo, are presented in a simple and whimsical style that is relatable and easily understood by young children. Fun facts and tips are included throughout each lesson, which ends with exercises that incorporate fun, popular songs. The book is structured so that the student learns one lesson each week and practices the exercises in that lesson 30 minutes each day. Val guides the student through each lesson with assistance from a parent or teacher. If the student is unable to practice during the week or is unable to move on to the next lesson, previous lessons can be reviewed and repeated. The author wrote this book with over 10 years of experience teaching private lessons to children as young as 2 years old. In those years of teaching, the author witnessed a lack of material geared for young children, especially material that teaches the student to read music as well as play. Consequently, the author developed methods to successfully teach these young students to do just that, as well as teach them concepts that she wished her teachers taught her. This book is meant to instruct pre-school and early elementary school aged children the basics of the violin and music theory. In addition to teaching students how to play the violin and basic music theory, Val the Violin is also a valuable resource that students can revisit for reference as they become more advanced musicians. The author includes a helpful reference guide that teaches the students how to figure out the key signature of a piece of music, a page of simple scales, and a glossary of all of the musical terms, symbols, and concepts introduced in each of the lessons. Always remember, music is a lifelong activity and this book provides a strong foundation for children as they embark on their musical journeys.
String instruments
Publication Date:
Outskirts Press
Country of origin:
United States
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