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Music for Young Musicians

I Came Here to Play: Collections of Music for Four Violins,
Volumes 1 & 2

As both a composer and Suzuki Violin teacher one of my dearest endeavors is to create new music for violin students. I want to help fill their lives with energetic and gratifying repertoire that is in touch with the pulse of their generation. The I Came Here to Play series was created to help bring students together so that they can “play” in the true sense of the word. The compositions that are presented in these volumes are highly melodic and pulse oriented, idiosyncratic to the instrument and build upon a students existing skill set.

I Came Here to Play, Volume 1

  • Beginner to Intermediate level
  • Integrates players at different skill levels with most pieces include an open string part using a familiar rhythmic pattern
  • Celebrates and reinforces existing skills for students Suzuki Violin Book 1 - 4 level
  • Energetic and catchy melodies
  • Familiar musical forms for easy memorization

I Came Here to Play, Volume 2

  • Intermediate to advanced level
  • Emphasizes 3rd, 4th and 5th positions
  • Mixed meter writing
  • 5/8 and 7/8 time signatures
  • Celebrates and reinforces existing skills for students Suzuki Violin Book 4 level - beyond
Twinkle: Duets, Trios and Quartets

Twinkle: Duets, Trios and Quartets is a collection of new arrangements for the classic piece Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star for two, three and four violins. This album contains 20 duets, 12 trios and 12 quartets. The majority of the arrangements were composed for Suzuki violin Book 4 level student to help emphasize third position playing. Many of the arrangements are accessible for students newer to note reading with each arrangement focusing on a specific technique.

178 Ways to Play Perpetual Motion: a Book for Suzuki Violin Teachers and Students
(not for sale, for educational purposed only)

178 Ways to Play Perpetual Motion is a collection of 178 variations of Shinichi Suzuki’s piece Perpetual Motions from Suzuki Book 1. This collection was created to help Suzuki violin teachers capture a student’s interest in developing technique thru using a short, fun and familiar piece.  It includes material appropriate for students ranging from Book 1-10.

The variations range from technical studies such as double stops and bowing patterns to musical styles like Bossa Nova and Bluegrass. There are also plenty of playful activities to help develop overall musicianship: Bowing Styles, Left Hand Technique, Key Signatures, Rhythmic Variations, Fun with Doublestops, Musical Styles and Miscellaneous.

Selection from 178 Ways to Play Perpetual Motion:

#118 - Western

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