Sub-Division - Concerto No. 2 in G Major, 3rd Movement (F. Seitz) m. 68-83 By the time a musician is at this level sub-division should already be an acquired skill and having it printed out for explanation is not necessary. However I find that having an assignment blocked out on an isolated worksheet creates clarity of goals between teacher and student as well as preventing a student from plunging into the score without having the proper foundation to accurately interpret the music.
Ring, Ring, Ring - This is a simple etude that is easy to learn and designed to help younger musicians work on their sympathetic vibration ring tones. It can also be done starting on the D string.
“I Am High, I Am Low” - When a young musician begins differentiating between what we refer to as low and high 2nd fingers they need a great deal of support. I borrow this musical phrase from a popular piano piece and have students learn it in the five part sequence listed on the worksheet. They really enjoy it and have fun getting some speed in it.
Do-Re-Mi Song - Solfège is not something that most American musicians learn when they are young but I would like to see this change. This simple and fun piece focuses on the intervals of the scale while teaching the seven syllables of solfège used in English. I first introduce this with singing and using hand symbols and fun body movements to match the lyrics. After it is learned vocally a violin student can easily transfer this onto the violin.
Third Position Study Sheet - I love teaching third position by ear but found that some students need a correlating visual to help it make more sense and not get discouraged in their home practice. This worksheet takes several familiar pieces and transposes them to be played in third position on the E string to help concentrate on a specific range. It is a fun assignment and students really enjoy experiencing their growth by mastering these phrases in third position.
Did you know that my book Twinkle: Duets, Trios & Quartets was written to help students gain fluency and confidence with their third position? I created this collection of chamber music pieces before the Suzuki books were revised to fill the gap that used to exist with the use of third position. You can view samples from this collection on the website.