String Theory is a resource for string orchestra teachers who want to introduce basic music theory to their students in a way that relates to and enhances knowledge of their instruments.
As a middle school orchestra teacher, I created String Theory when I was frustrated in my search for theory materials that met my needs. So many materials use the piano for examples and treat the alto clef as an afterthought. I didn't understand – why not teach theory using a language our students already understand? That is, why not use their own instruments and clefs? This method allows for an easier link to everyday playing and performance.
I created String Theory for my 8th grade classes, who were in their third year of playing. However, it could easily be started in the second year of playing or in high school.
Section 1 of String Theory includes pages 1-20. This section begins on page 21 so that you can combine sections into a single workbook if you choose.
This section of String Theory is completely digital (nothing hand written and scanned), which results in a higher print quality than Section 1. (I will be gradually working on doing the same for section 1.)
This product includes:
- An introduction to String Theory including suggestions for classroom use and assessment
- A 20-page workbook for each instrument using their own clef
- A teacher edition which shows the student page as well as extra tips and information
- 5 Quizlets which correspond to workbook pages
Section 2 of String Theory covers:
- Fingering Charts
- Chromatic Scales
- Major and Minor Seconds
- Fingering Patterns
- Major Scales and Key Signatures
Please download the preview for more information and ideas for classroom use! I hope that String Theory can be helpful to you as a teaching tool as well as a personal time-saver!