This brilliantly simple four-movement "symphony" is perfect for beginning string players who are just starting to read. Using only the notes of the D Major scale, each movement focuses on a distinct reading
A thoughtful interlude comprising two traditional songs: The Holly and the Ivy and Jingle Bells. But don't be fooled by the titles, Brian Balmages' arrangement focuses less on the melodies
Choose this simple arrangement of a classic Baroque dance as a "first concert" work for your beginning string group. Set in the key of G, the piece offers each section a chance to play the melody in very
Here is a set of three stylistically different pieces that are perfect for your students' first concert. Pizzicato Party utilizes pizzicato on open strings. Noah's Arco again uses open
This creative original samba utilizes only open strings and pizzicato, making it especially accessible for beginners. The piano part is essential as it sets up the samba style. A really fun piece that will
The rigadoon was a seventeenth century dance enjoyed in both England and France, and this Henry Purcell work is one of the earliest examples. The stately tune is accessible for even the youngest of players.
Based on the famous Canon in D by Pachelbel, this work helps students reinforce basic rhythms using half, quarter, and eighth notes in a well-designed ensemble setting.
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Geared to beginners, Royal Promenade uses only quarter note and quarter rest rhythms in D Major. Thematic repetition and contrasting dynamics and articulations make this piece easy to learn
In Japanese asobu means "play." Your students will love playing this simple pentatonic tune over and over again. Pure fun for the youngest of students to inspire them to keep working hard on their
A bold fanfare composition for the youngest of students that sounds more sophisticated than it is. There are no faster rhythms than quarter notes, but it will make your beginners sound great!
Robert W. Smith's setting of the traditional African-American hymn is simple, elegant and beautiful. Lyrical, flowing lines provide a welcome opportunity to teach and reinforce phrasing. "Sanctus" is a
For the very youngest musicians, this highly energetic piece does not use eighth notes, is based on a one-octave D Major scale, and uses mostly stepwise motion throughout. Despite these features, the music
This sempre pizzicato piece is so incredibly cute, it will make your very beginning string players sound advanced. Students will love to play it, and parents will enjoy listening! There is the option to use
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