After many years of teaching both Kodaly and violin I long ago became aware of how useful it would be to have access to the Kodaly based repertoire for instructing beginning violin. The transition from rote to reading music could thus be made much smoother as the students were very familiar with the songs they were learning to play.
So finally here it is! See Saw & Violin – Kodaly inspired songs and Canadian Folk Songs arranged for beginning violin. This is a selection from my book All around the Fingerboard which, as well as the songs, includes exercises, games for study of scales and fingerboard. (The page numbers used here are those from the book.)
- Simple Kodaly inspired songs on 1 string written out in rhythm & and solfa, with the words and an identifying logo. (These logos will be used on song cards for a variety of games.)
- The Kodaly inspired songs on the music staff progressing from the simplest, played on one string, to the more advanced, played on 2 or 3 strings. Worksheets . The size of the staff gets gradually smaller as students become more familiar with reading notes. Students are encouraged to write solfa and pitch names on their copies of the songs.
- Song cards – logos of all the songs to be used for a variety of games (instructions included).
- Canadian folk songs in keys appropriate for beginning students using the (0 1 23 4) finger pattern. I strongly suggest learning to sing the songs before playing them.
- Contrast Cards, Emotion Cards, Hand Sign Cards, Song Quiz Cards,
First Liner Cards and instructions.