If you are thinking about getting your child started with violin classes here is a list of the most important books you will need to begin with.
The most important of them is the Suzuki Violin Book, Volume 1, Revised Edition with the CD. The CD is especially important so that you can get a head start listening to the Twinkle Variations softly in the background with the single repeat button. Your goal is to start memorizing the rhythms of the first 5 variations.
Ability Development from Age Zero As a Parent, you are encouraged to learn as much as possible about the Suzuki Method. We know that parents are busy and don’t have time for more than a few minutes of reading between all the events in their day. Start with an introduction to the Suzuki Method that has short chapters explaining a few of the basic concepts.
This little gem of a book by Dr. Suzuki is filled with his insights about how children learn from their environment at an early age.
If you are starting a child who is between 3-6 years of age you will want to have lots of ideas for practicing at home to make it enjoyable and help you remember some of the games you played in class. The Pre Twinkle Book: Poems For The Youngest Suzuki Children will give you lots of ideas to encourage the repetitions you need to develop mastery of new skills from your lesson in a playful manner. In the back of the book are more silly words and poems for learning and singing the songs from book I that you are listening to on the CD. You will get lots of mileage from this little book.
There are a few more books on the list you may find helpful depending on what kind of learner you are. A new version of
which provides a biography of Dr. Suzuki’s story.
If you have difficulty remembering details from your lessons one good souse used by many new teachers is
The easiest Suzuki oriented catalogue to use is:
http://www.young-musicians.com/product-p/mn11x.htm It is small and user friendly.
But if you can’t find it there a larger catalogue you can try is:
http://www.sharmusic.com/Accessories/Books-DVDs/New-Pre-Twinkle-Book-by-Merrill-and-Brandt.axd#sthash.oDAnKHI0.dpbs Shar may still have better stock and prices than Amazon most days.
You will be plenty busy listening to the CD and reading the first book in the list but if you have more questions go to my main website at www.got2twinkle.com and give me a call.