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New Directions for Strings (Teacher's Manual Book I)

A Comprehensive String Method

By Joanne Erwin

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New Directions for Strings (Teacher's Manual Book I) (A Comprehensive String Method). For string orchestra. Educational Materials. New Directions for Strings. Instructional. Instructional book. 535 pages. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.SB303TM).

ISBN 1-56939-575-6. Instructional.

Written by a team of pedagogues representing each of the four stringed instruments, this exciting new method includes many "new directions," including equal integration of all instruments and a tetrachord-based approach to support proper development of the left hand. Discover the abundance of assessment opportunities, attention to bow control, and the incredible music that will surely motivate your students!

About New Directions for Strings

The FJH Music Company is proud to announce New Directions For Strings, the first method ever written by a team of pedagogues representing each of the four stringed instruments. With more than 100 years of combined teaching experience, the authors of New Directions For Strings explore many "new directions," including equal integration of all the instruments, a tetrachord-based approach to support proper development of the left hand, and ensemble opportunities that occur throughout the book. Special attention is paid to the pedagogical development of right hand, left hand, and musical skills. The sequence of New DirectionsTMFor Stringsconstantly builds and reinforces fundamental skills, and the TeacherÕs Manual provides an abundance of assessment opportunities. In addition, great care has been taken to address all of the National Standards in both the student books and Teacher's Manual. A great method must have great music, and we are proud to include performance pieces by renowned composers Soon Hee Newbold and Elliot Del Borgo. These pieces, along with all the other music in the method, have been carefully edited to develop left and right hand technique as well as bow control. Two CDs, featuring play-along tracks recorded by live musicians, are included with each student book and the Teacher's Manual. These CDs are ideal for home practice and will help motivate students through the use of multiple background styles and professional string musicians. /p/div

  • Unit 1 - Introduction 
  • I. Prepararion and Review Skills 
  • II. Focus 
  • III. Review for Integration 
  • IV. Skills Assessment 
  • Unit 2 - Understanding Music Symbols 
  • Unit 3 - Reading Tunes 
  • Unit 4 - Meeting the Bow 
  • Unit 5 - New Direction: G Down Tetrachord 
  • Unit 6 - Playing and Hearing Octaves 
  • Unit 7 - New Direction: D Down Tetrachord 
  • Unit 8 - Nextending the Bow Stroke 
  • Unit 9 - New Direction: D Major Scale 
  • Unit 10 - Advanced Musicianship 
  • Unit 11 - New Direction: C Down Tetrachord 
  • Unit 12 - New Direction: G Major Scale 
  • Unit 13 - Slur Discovery 
  • Unit 14 - Accidentals and New Notes 
  • Unit 15 - Expanding Your Skills 
  • Unit 16 - New Direction: C Major Scale 
  • Unit 17 - Concert Performance 
  • Unit 18 - Advanced Techniques 
  • II. Appendix 
  • A. Performance Evaluation 
  • B. Musicianship Evaluation 
  • C. Composition Evaluation 
  • D. Dictation Evaluation 
  • Unit 4 -Meeting the Bow 
  • Unit 8 - Extending the Bow Stroke 
  • III. Concepts Central to Beginning String Instruction 
  • I. Program Organization 
  • A. Setting Up Your Space 
  • General Considerations for Configuring Your Rehearsal Space 
  • Effective Elementary Rehearsal Arrangements 
  • Storage 
  • General Considerations for Coniguring Your Spaces 
  • B. Managing Your Inventory 
  • Setting Up an Inventory Control System 
  • Instruments 
  • Equipment 
  • Music 
  • Assigning School Instruments 
  • C. Evaluating Your Currrent Inventory and Choosing New Instruments 
  • General Considerations for Your Existing Inventory 
  • Purchasing New Instruments 
  • General Considerations for Purchasing New Instruments 
  • Helpful Features for Elementary Students' Instruments 
  • II. Program Administration: Communication and Record Keeping 
  • A. Communication with Parents 
  • B. Communication with Administrators 
  • C. Record Keeping 
  • III. Planning Your Curricular Structure 
  • A. Sequential Components of the String Curriculum 
  • 1. Terms Used to Define These Motion 
  • 2. Movement Is an Essential Component of Beginning String Instruction 
  • 3. The Bow - Sound Production Principles 
  • 4. The Bow - Sound Production Principles 
  • a. On the Instrument 
  • b. Bowing in Music 
  • 5. The Individual Instrument 
  • a. The Violin 
  • b. The Viola 
  • c. The Cello 
  • d. The Double Bass 
  • B. Teaching Principles for Elementary String Students' Muscle Development 
  • C. National Standards and Their Application to the String Class 
  • IV. Administrative Forms 
  • 1. Orchestra Library Inventory Form 
  • 2. String Instrument Maintenance/Repair Checklist 
  • 3. Repair Record 
  • 4. String Instrument Inventory Record Form 
  • 5. Orchestra Instrument Sign-Out Form 
  • 6. Orchestra Equipment Inventory Record Form 
  • 7. Student Instrument Use Contract 
  • Answer Key 
  • Units 1-3 
  • Units 4-7 
  • Units 8-11 
  • Units 12-15 
  • Units 16-18