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Book One Twinkle,
Guppies, Salmons, Graduates
The Pre-Twinkle School level includes songs and play-alongs on the open strings of the violin, developing your ability to create a strong clear tone on an open string, a great position and proper bow arm. If you would like to see the Pre-Twinkle Class curriculum just go to the sample Pre-twinkle Page with no links. Once you have joined the classes the links will be activated.
Check out what is included in the series 'Let Your Fingers Do the Walking'. Going from developing your bowing arm with the open string Pre-Twinkle Classes, now we are going to start to put our fingers onto the strings. Use these play-along exercises to develop your tone.
A full color book of sheet music. Gum Drop Notes are color-coded music that Ignites sleeping brains and goes through the back door of learning styles. Mental short-circuits are no match for the ease at which students begin to understand music theory, sight-reading and technique. The fee is on a monthly subscription so your classes will not be interrupted until you ask for it to be closed. Have a yummy time!
The Guppy Level of Scales Aren't Just a Fish Thing is where you begin to build endurance while honing the violin skills and techniques already taught in Levels Pre-Twinkle, and Twinkle. This level has lots of extra tunes for fun!!
The Salmon level is a challenge using songs to increase your ability as a violinist.
A full color book of songs for violinists. 'Graduates' is the final book in the 1st series of Gum Drop Notes including the Minuets and Gavotte by Gossec, The fee is a monthly subscription. Study as long as you want with new materials being added. Use monitors for play-along music. The monthly fee will be charged each month until you decide you have completed the level.
This digital Book comes with full support and can be used on your computer, devices or monitors for large crowds. Printable sheet music and play-along music at various speeds are included. This is for your own use and not to be sold or distributed.
Book Two Digital Products for an amazingly fast
understanding of music theory, sight-reading,
Chorus from Judas Maccabaeus is the second most popular oratorio that Handel composed, next to the 'Messiah'. This book includes the story of Handel's life as a composer, sheet music in black note format and gum drop note format, and a free 'secret' link for you to have the opportunity of printing the sheet music and playing along with the music with actual notes that light as you play. Why Gum Drop Notes? Because they work! Simple as that. The 'Scales Aren't Just a Fish Thing Method ignites sleeping brains by going in the backdoor of learning the fun way. Gum drop notes are color coded and associated with music theory games and music of every genre. This gives everyone, whether 3 years old or 93 years old an opportunity to feel the success of playing music and mastering it. Enjoy the story of Handel, use the sheet music on your iPad and visit the 'secret' digital book link to print gum drop sheet music and black note sheet music and play-along with the tune with an mp3 and video. Enjoy!
Musette by Bach Gum Drop Notes is a book designed to help students understand the structure of music more deeply as they subliminally begin to understand the relationship notes have to one another by reading the Gum Drop Notes. Across the entire method of Scales Aren't Just a Fish Thing, including music theory card games and fun tunes, the notes are given a standard color. As sharps and flats are presented, the note is circled by the color the tone is moving toward. Even two year old students can sight-read music far beyond their normal ability.
Parents can actually help their children. Students of music will learn the piece properly during their week of practice and many times return to their teacher with it memorized. And memorized with an understanding of what notes they are playing.
Each song in the Keeper series has the bowing markings for each note. This way the muscles don't memorize the movements incorrectly. If teachers prefer a different method of bowing, they can simply write it in. But the correct bowing should be in front of you all the time. You are learning. So why not learn correctly? Students who use the Gum Drop Notes from the very beginning are through Suzuki Book 1 in a year with everything understood and memorized.
After Musette, be sure to read 'Hunter's Chorus'.
A monthly subscription for the use of Hunter's Chorus allows you to use the play-along music to practice The Hunter's Chorus by Weber. Enjoy the ability to learn and memorize this piece at rocket speed. Be sure to use the music theory card games that go along with this level of playing to boost your knowledge base.
Long Long Ago by Weber is a song in Book 2 of the Suzuki Repertoire. Using the Gum Drop colored notes to learn the difficult preview spot makes learning like eating candy....a total pleasure. Take your time. Learn the preview with the play-along music first. Then move onto the entire song at practice speed. Have fun!
Johannes Brahms - Waltz is a great piece to begin to learn repetition.
Bourree is a great song for teaching the important bowing technique of soft to loud. It is a student favorite.
The Two Grenadiers is a fun song with awesome bowing and a story behind it.
Gavotte by Martini is the first song in book three of the Suzuki repertoire and the first in the Manatees for Scales Aren't Just a Fish thing. It is a long song but easily memorized with a few little tricks. Play the card game and learn the order of the 'Dagwood Sandwich'.
Book 3 of the Suzuki Method has an additional version of Minuet 3 by Bach. This digital book teaches the new section of Minuet 3 through Gum Drop Notes. Play-alongs take the student from practice speed to polished speed.
Gavotte in G Minor Study includes a digital book with preview spots and sheet music. The play-along music (in Gum Drop Notes) will ensure perfection in your initial study so you don't have any remedial work. Surprisingly, using the Gum Drop Notes helps with memorization.
Gavotte by Becker is a book 3 song in the Suzuki repertoire and included in the Manatees book of Gum Drop Notes Book 3. This class offers a play-along video and digital book of preview spots, gum drop notes sheet music and black note sheet music, all printable.
Enjoy this amazing song. The composer looks like a huge bear but he must have een a teddy bear because Humoresque is a beautiful sweet song.
Gavotte in D Major is a huge song with a gentle spirit.
Ten Minute Music Theory Card Games
Symbols with Rests of Equal Value
Download a zip file of the symbols and their matching rests. This game includes clue cards that give all the answers. Print as often as you like (not for resale - thanks)
Symbols with Names Downloadable zip
Symbols with Names Downloadable zip file. Match the name of the symbol with the musical note or rest. Print it as often as you like. Please do not resell - thanks)
Study Symbols Cards - Digital
The symbols study cards are the start to building a strong foundation of knowledge on little step at a time. Reviewing cards that hold on the answers and weekly removing a small part of the information is a way of embedding knowledge and insuring success with the pat on the back of success. The students will know the answers. They will be nurtured not tested.
Symbols with Names Digital
Match the symbols with their name. One game "Snap" is suggested. It's fun and fast and requires attention to what others are doing as well as what you can do. What would normally throw someone into a tizzy out of frustration is overcome by competition with self and others. Download the zip file and print as often as you like. Make as many sets of cards as you need for your own personal use. Not for resale.
Hierarchy of Notes and Rests - Digital
Digital - Measure Up and the Note Exchange are a great game for learning how notes relate to one another and make a measure.
Bourree by Bach is a huge song with a gentle spirit.
Symbols with Symbols Digital
Match musical symbols with the same symbol. This is the first of a series of 'Ten Minute Music Theory Games'. Match the symbol with the same symbol. Play a game of 'Go Fish' or 'Memory'. In class, simply present the shapes of the symbols without too much detail.
Musical Symbols Tic Tac Toe/Bingo
This is a Digital Download of a card game of Tic Tac Toe and Bingo with large boards. Each card has 9 symbols on it. When the symbol is called by someone who calls the symbols as he picks the key card from a central pile, place a marker on the symbol.The first to cover their card wins.
Violin Colored fingerboard - magnetic
The colored fingerboard for the violin is 30" long and magnetic. It is fantastic as a source of reference for home or the studio. Fingerboard patterns pop right out. Intervals, scales, you name it. When combining the visual with listening to the notes, they start to take on a personality of their own.
Cello and Viola Fingerboard
The colored fingerboard for the viola and cello is long and magnetic. It is fantastic as a source of reference for home or the studio. Fingerboard patterns pop right out. Intervals, scales, you name it. When combining the visual with listening to the notes, they start to take on a personality of their own.
Fingerboard - white with colored letters
This violin fingerboard is magnetic and has notes with colored letters. It is about 30 inches long.
Magnetic Buttons - One octave (12 half notes) of colored magnetic buttons
1st Position Violin Teacher Manual and Games Digital
Digital Download: The 'First Position Violin Game' is a foundational game for teaching a violin student the structure of the fingerboard and to prepare them for learning music theory. Included is the 1st position fingerboard reproducible, 1st position teacher manual with large 'bits' of information about each note on the fingerboard, and the '1st Position Game'. Be sure to scroll along the bottom of the digital books, there are six.
2nd Position Teacher Manual and Game
Digital eBook: The Second Position Teacher Manual and Game are great tools for embedding information about the violin fingerboard quickly and with tons of fun. Included is a 2nd Finger Teacher Manual, 2nd Position Game and a reproducible 2nd position fingerboard for the students to fill in.
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