Encore on Strings

6 - 12 year old beginners

Encore on Strings is an inspiring program that delivers on every aspect of learning and teaching.

The two level Music Maestros course books for violin, viola, cello and bass are a dynamic resource.  This well-paced series is suitable for both private and group tuition.

Students are motivated by an engaging format that features fun characters throughout the series. Illustrations that include colour and humour complement music scores that are user friendly. Notation sizes have been carefully considered to suit the target age group.

Fiddle Zips are unique to Encore on Strings. These micro pieces are used to introduce new concepts and skills. The technical skills developed through the Fiddle Zips are used as essential building blocks throughout the series.

Each book comes with outstanding arrangements on CD. Students are motivated and energised by the diversity of styles that range from classical through to rock and reggae. They also develop an enhanced awareness of rhythm and pitch through exposure to high quality aural models. The inclusion of practice and performance speeds allows for a variety of learning stages.

THE CURRICULUM

Book One begins with the essentials of learning about the instrument. Due emphasis is placed on good posture as the foundation for a reliable technical setup. Illustrations show students the fundamental points for positioning their instrument to achieve a well balanced and aligned stance or sitting position. Students are also guided on how to form a balanced and flexible bow hold. An awareness of the relationship between tone quality, resonance, secure pitch and technique is ongoing throughout the series.

Pizzicato open strings are introduced before arco playing. Activities that encourage flexibility are embedded into the learning sequence. These include body percussion elements in bridge passages and improvisation activities such as harmonic slides up and down the fingerboard. Transposition is encouraged across both levels.

Book Two features more challenging pieces and introduces slurred bowing. Advancing bowing techniques such as martelé, hook stroke and spiccato are also covered in this level. Other focus areas include dynamics, the introduction of C and G Major finger patterns, and a wider selection of rhythmic units. The inclusion of ensemble options completes a balanced and motivating approach to the early teaching of strings.

KEY ELEMENTS OF THE ENCORE ON STRINGS SERIES ARE:

  • Fiddle Zips – small pieces that develop skills on a micro level
  • Repertoire Pieces – solo performance pieces
  • Ensembles – develop part-playing skills, group interaction and team awareness
  • Finger Maps – confirm finger patterns and provide visual models
  • Daily Warm-Ups – technical skill development
  • Scales – included as an essential aspect of all instrumental learning
  • Backing Tracks – provide an aural model featuring outstanding arrangements.
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