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"Theory for Everyone!" Music Theory Workbooks for Beginning and Intermediate Violin Students 


  • Two-book series contains 40+ topics and worksheets for beginning and intermediate violin students. Approximately 45 pages per book.

  • Supplements popular beginning method book series and Suzuki method books.

  • Includes answer key! 

  • Available as downloadable e-books, or order print copies with full-color illustrations.


Theory for Everyone! Violin Book 1


Topics Include: Music Has Fractions/Slicing Pizzas | The Music Code | Quarter Notes, Quarter Rests and Time Signatures | The Music Alphabet and the Keyboard | The Music Alphabet and the Staff | The Violin Open Strings | Half Notes and Rests | The D String Notes | Whole Notes and Rests | Notes on the A String | The Key of D | Half Steps and Whole Steps | Dotted Half Notes | Eighth Note Pairs | Notes on the G String | From Soft to Loud | Dotted Quarter-Eighth Notes | Slurs and Ties | E String Notes | The Key of A | Note-Naming Review (4 strings, high 2's)


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Theory for Everyone! Violin Book 2


Topics Include: Tetrachords and Scales | Low 2’s | The Key of G | The Key of C | Syncopation | 6/8 | High 3's | The Key of E | Flats and Enharmonics | Low 4’s | Low 1’s | Keys of F, Bb, Eb | Minor Scales | Important Intervals: Octaves, Fifths, Major and Minor Thirds | 16th Notes | Dotted Eighth-Sixteenth Notes | Note-Naming Review (all the 1st position notes) | The Circle of Fifths: Order of Sharps and Flats, Relative Minors, I-IV-V Chords


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Why “Theory for Everyone”?  

Music Theory (“the study of how music works” - Wikipedia) can be a bit of a mystery to violin students. There is only one popular commercial string method book series in North America that even includes a dedicated theory workbook. Meanwhile, the violinists’ piano-studying peers have sequential theory workbooks to go along with every lesson book. “Intervals,” “triads” and “tetrachords” are terms and concepts that are introduced in most first year piano methods, and the Circle of Fifths is a handy and accessible tool for intermediate piano students and up. Most violin students will only achieve a rudimentary understanding of these concepts if they continue their studies to an advanced-intermediate level, if even then.
  Music theory can and should be accessible to beginning violinists too! Developed by an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Violin, these workbooks of sequential music theory concepts are written to blend with and overlay popular beginners’ teaching methods such as Essential Elements, All for Strings, A Tune A Day, and the Suzuki method. They improve on current published options with a more practical focus, user-friendly text and illustrations for clarity of explanation, especially for younger students. The popular fill-in fingerboard charts and write-the-counting exercises are here, along with unique diagrams and exercises to illustrate and teach the relationship between the violin fingerboard and the piano keyboard, culminating in presentation of the Circle of Fifths. The workbooks are designed for use through the first two levels of most method-book series, until all first-position notes have been introduced; with key signatures to four sharps and three flats, rhythms to dotted eighth-sixteenth and syncopation, and 6/8 time signature. 


Using the Workbooks 

  These books have been developed with elementary-age beginners in mind, but can be used by all ages. Book One covers the rudiments of music theory for violin students: basic note-length values and fingering locations with high second finger on all four strings, combined with keyboard familiarity. Book Two focuses on identifying first-position fingering locations by key signatures (adding low 2's, low 1's, high 3's and low 4's) and extends to a fully developed presentation of how to use the Circle of Fifths to remember order of sharps, order of flats, relative minor keys and the I-IV-V chords for any given key. The e-book versions can be printed out in either full-color or black-and-white; the illustrations will be equally clear with either method.
 Each short descriptive lesson (“Read It”) in the books has one or more corresponding exercises (“Write It”) to apply the new knowledge to solve musical problems. The exercise worksheets are in their own section of the book so that students can fill out the worksheets with or without looking at the text for the answers. The teacher may allow “open-book” worksheet completion, or might use each worksheet as a test for whether the material was learned and understood. Users are encouraged to copy the uncompleted worksheets and revisit each worksheet as many times as necessary to achieve a 100% score. An answer key is also provided for fast corrections. 



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