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Instruments and Materials
​Instruments

Violin rentals are available from:
  Johnson String Instrument
  1029 Chestnut St.
  Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464
  Tel. (617)964-0954 and (800)359-9351

  See www.johnsonstring.com for a 
  complete line of Suzuki material.


Materials

Required materials for our programs 
include music books and recordings as follows:

For violin program
  Suzuki Violin School Vol. 1 (music book)
  Suzuki Violin School Vol. 1 (CD) 

Important — Be sure to get the revised 
edition of Suzuki Volume 1 and the 
revised CD. Playing correctly with this 
CD is a graduation requirement.

Music Reading Materials

Suzuki Institute of Boston scales & exercises CD (book with printed notation of the material on the CD to be available soon)

The Suzuki Institute of Boston offers a practice CD for the basic scales and exercises that we use. It includes accompaniments recorded by Donald Becker and David Tasgal. The exercises are fun and work well as a motivational tool. They also improve playing in tune and rhythmic skills after only one week of use. Students love practicing their scales with this CD. Students who can play correctly with this CD will be able to meet the basic technical requirements for learning the Suzuki pieces in books one and two.

The CD is available only from the Suzuki Institute of Boston or Johnson String Instrument. 

Downloadable CD coming soon!

The ABC's of Violin for the Absolute Beginner
(music book series)

The ABC’s of Violin is an attractive collection
 by Janice Tucker Rhoda that we use for our
 beginning music reading classes. It starts with 
basic decoding skills and moves to excerpts 
from famous pieces as well as original works. 
Unless your teacher tells you otherwise, get
 book one of the series. For more information,
 see ABC's of Violin.


Strings Fun and Easy
 (music book series - Volume 1-4)

Strings Fun and Easy by David Tasgal
 is used for basic music reading and contains 
35 original pieces in various styles ranging 
from the baroque to jazz and blues. The 
included CD is outstanding as a motivational 
tool and is lots of fun. Unless your teacher
 tells you otherwise, get book one of the
 series. For more information, see The Family 
String Method.

http://www.familystringmethod.com/

Reference Books

Nurtured by Love (Shinichi Suzuki)
Dr. Suzuki's own story of his life, work and
 his philosophy of education for the young children.





To Learn With Love (William Starr)
A parent’s guide with helpful tips for motivation
 and home practice by one of the founders of the 
Suzuki Method in the United States.





Other materials:
Violin, Viola and Piano Instruction.
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Below is a brand new practice chart. 

This is a fun and productive way to help motivate your child. 

Students who bring in a filled out and parent approved practice chart will earn a special prize!
New Practice Chart!