Easy Violin Songs
Play along to the 10 easiest violin songs here on this youtube video:
I spent the past 20 years teaching the violin and most of that was using a Suzuki Violin curriculum which begins with Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star & rhythmic variations. In my opinion, this is is a difficult piece to begin with since it has 4 sections in A-B-B-A form and uses 6 pitches. I always had to break it down into smaller songs like the Flower Song and Monkey Song in order to teach it to young beginners.
This got me thinking about how I might teach beginners if I were to use a different curriculum so I created the list below and a violin sheet music collection of what I think are the 10 easiest violin songs.
3 Note Songs:
4 Note Song:
5 Note Songs:
6 Note Songs:
Lastly, for clarification, there is a slight error in calling this a list of songs because the definition of a "song" is a piece of music meant to be sung with the human voice versus a "piece" which is composed for an instrument. As you can see from this list above, Spring from the Four Seasons is technically a "piece" and not a "song".
What songs/pieces would you include in this list? Please let us know in the comments below. Thanks!
9/16/2017 10:53:56 pm
I absolutely agree, Heather (about the difficulty level of Twinkle for beginners).
9/17/2017 07:32:42 am
Hello Myriam, Thanks so much for the comment. I appreciate your feedback and had never heard of "Sur le Pont D'Avignon" so I just looked this up on Youtube. I think that would have been a better choice for this list since there are so many repeated notes. Heather
9/17/2017 07:15:57 am
I like to use simpler songs for the beginning too. Spring and Ode to Joy are also a bit more intermediate side, in my opinion, but if taught with open E instead of 4th finger I could see counting them as easy, too. I think we should introduce 4th finger fairly early though. I'd swap out Au Clair De La Lune (3 notes) and maybe Old McDonald (5 notes).
9/17/2017 07:34:39 am
9/17/2017 04:30:40 pm
I love this idea! I am a new violin teacher (only been doing it a year) and have been frustrated with this very thing! I'm going to download your songs this week to use as a prep for the Suzuki book. Your teaching style has been very helpful to me. I have been teaching piano for years using lesson books mixed with extra pieces and love the step by step process, but teaching violin has been so different. I have had a hard time finding the right resources to help me teach the steps to learning the violin and the trouble spots students encounter with their bows and fingering, etc. You have been the best thing I have found! Thank you!
9/18/2017 10:17:10 am
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