Preparing for Twinkle is a practice guide for parents and children as a supplement to private lessons. It will lead you through the skills your child will need as he or she progresses through the beginning stages of learning to play, and help establish a solid foundation for an enjoyable and successful start to many years of playing the violin.
* Detailed charts and explanations for parents
* Pictures of children demonstrating correct postures and movements
* Engaging games * Skill-based songs
* Clear goals * Blank pages for taking notes in lessons
* Motivating progress tracking
The Rhythm Board is a self-correcting learning tool that makes rhythm tangible and fun. It easily shows the relationship between rhythmic lengths. Based on the assumption that a quarter note gets the beat, students learn how do subdivide and how to execute a rhythmic passage. The larger 4/4 spaces enable intuitive understanding of how the notes are named (quarter note, half note, etc.) and demonstrates how music is divided into measures. The Rhythm Board comes with 4 full beats of each rhythm and each note has its equivalent rest on the back.
This board game of sorts helps students understand how notes fit on the staff in relationship to their violin. Since students will learn the names of the notes on their violin first, it makes sense to them to see where the notes on each string fall on the staff. Students can move notes from fingerboard to staff and back again to develop a connection between how a note looks on the staff and how it is played on the violin. Use the Answer Sheets (with notes printed on them) for beginning note reading and the Blank Sheets (without notes printed on them) when students are feeling more confident. Later, use the the blank fingerboard to show the difference between sharp, natural and flat notes and how the fingers adjust for each accidental.
* Also available for Viola, Cello & Guitar