Textbook for Beginners
At a recent workshop in Austin, TX, I picked up Edmund Sprunger’s newly published Building Violin Skills. I’m now using it as a textbook for beginners.
This book pulls together what I had been trying to communicate to parents in years past. This manual is not only a step-by-step guide to the physical skills needed to play the violin, it is a complete resource for the crucial first year and a half of violin study. There is no more guessing about what comes next or where your child is in the process. Everything is in the book.
Building Violin Skills is divided into a parent section and a student section. The parent section gives a thorough description of what it will take for parents to help teach their child. Parents are also given general parenting advice when working daily with their child on the complicated task of learning to play the violin.
The student section shows in great detail (and with beautiful pictures) the physical steps to be covered over the year.
Further, Building Violin Skills has weekly study sheets so progress can easily be charted and assignments can be made clear.
I like using this text because parents can hold in their hands what we will be doing in lessons and what parents will be doing at home. Parents can read ahead and troubleshoot without having to wait a whole week until the next lesson.