Below are my favorite violin books for beginners and intermediate students! If you are thinking about learning the violin, please purchase these prior to your lesson. Happy shopping!
Beginner violinist books:
*Starred books are required curriculum for lessons with Sarah.
Developing good technique early on is crucial to the success of a musician. The majority of the books listed below emphasize technical skills - The Doflein Method, A Tune A Day - Scales, A Tune A Day - Violin: Book 1. While they may not be as melodic as Suzuki or Canons, they are just as crucial to your child's success as a violinist!
*Suzuki Book 1 is one of the best books for beginners, because it contains easy to learn songs that build the budding violinist's confidence. Additionally, each piece introduces a new skill, whether its staccato, string crossings, slurs, etc. Learning music is like learning a new language; you must listen to learn. Please buy the album digitally on iTunes or listen to it on YouTube.
*A Tune A Day - A Beginning Scale Book by C. Paul Herfuth - Scales are required
A Tune A Day - Violin: Book 1 - This book is full of short, easy to play exercises that teach students technical skills and boost their confidence. I like to use the pieces in here to enhance their sight reading skills.
*C.H. Hohmann Practical Violin Method Book 1 - The Open Strings and Preliminary Exercises and Pieces for the E-A-D and G string.
I love this book for many reasons. The first 5 pages have great diagrams that break down the rhythm relationships between notes and provide a brief overview of time signatures, a full table of notes, and note durations. After that, the book outlines several great bowing exercises that can be played by themselves or as a duet with the teacher. Duets are wonderful for helping students learn rhythm and listening skills. Highly recommend!
*Canons and rounds for beginners - This book is great for beginning violinists because it teaches students how to harmonize and listen to other players. Each song comes with two parts - one for the teacher and one for the student.
The Doflein Method - Great for teaching rhythms, intonation and more. Great for beginning students to build a strong technical foundation. Also includes duets to illustrate each skill, great for building listening skills.
*Theory - Theory is a must in establishing a strong foundation. This book is simple enough for young children and introduces concepts in a logical manner.
For Fun: Disney
*Flashcards for memorizing notes!
Kun is the undisputed industry leader in making shoulder rests. Ergonomic and easy to use, this shoulder rest is used by leading musicians worldwide. This is the 1/2 - 3/4 size.
*Here is the full size Kun shoulder rest.
Metronome - Good rhythm is just as important as intonation and good posture. I like this metronome because it has the traditional "woody" sound of the old school metronomes, yet comes in a compact design that can rest easily on a music stand. You also have the option of the loud beeping sound, and a flashing visual cue.
*Tuner - I love this little clip on tuner because it's very accurate, convenient to carry around, and easy to use. Simply turn it on and play your note!
Books for Parents
Helping your child practice the violin is crucial to their success, yet can often be frustrating. This is a great book for all parents who want to be involved in their child's violin practice!
Intermediate violinist books:
C.H. Hohmann's Practical Violin Method, Book II are great for increasing technical bowing and fingering skills. I used this book growing up to practice fast fingering, position changes, string changes, spiccato, and more.
The Doflein Method - This book works wonders for helping intermediate students gain better control over intonation.
Wohlfahrt Foundation Studies for the Violin by Carl Flesch
Hrimaly - Scale Studies for the violin
Concertos: Mozart Concerto in G for Violin
Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor
Mozart Eine Klein Nachtmusik
Carl Flesch Scale System
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Moazart Concerto No. 3 in G for Violin
Theory books: Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory
The Chord Wheel - The Ultimate Tool for All Musicians
Ivan Galamian - Principles of Violin Playing & Teaching
For fun: Disney's Frozen Violin Play Along - Vol. 48
Lindsey Stirling Hits - Vol. 45
The Big Book of Christmas Songs - 2nd Edition
Disney Movie Favorites - Easy Violin - Hal Leonard
Christmas Duets for Violins by Will Schmid