Do you need to purchase a violin book for your child, but you’re not sure where to start? Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares her top five violin books for kids…
There is an unbelievably large amount of music books available to kids who want to learn the violin. While there are many great options to choose from, sifting through all of them to find the best one can be daunting.
Most students start with a method book, but activity and solo books can be great supplemental materials to aid a student’s progress. To help guide your selection process, below are my top 5 violin books for kids.
1. Adventures in Violinland
This charming series engages beginners with a unique approach that’s geared toward children. It is full of pictures (some even for coloring!), recurring characters, and familiar songs.
The series starts with book 1A and includes 24 books that follow a very systematic approach. What’s more, it includes a scorecard and points system that helps kids see their progress as they move through the books.
2. Essential Elements 2000 — Violin Book 1
This is a great beginners method book most appropriate for students ages seven and up; although I have used it successfully with students as young as five. It is full of classical, folk, and holiday melodies that children already know.
It also includes rhythm and technique exercises, as well as theory and music history information that provide a well-rounded approach to learning the violin. Students will benefit from the MP3 play-along tracks as well.
3. Harry Potter, Solos for Violin
Students who are Harry Potter fans will love learning how to play the theme songs from the movies. The book of 10 songs includes parts for both the violin and piano accompaniment.
It also includes a CD, featuring demo tracks with orchestral accompaniments that sound just like the movie versions. This book is for kids who have been playing the violin for at least two years, although the recognizable theme songs will make it easier for beginners to play along and learn.
4. Early Start on the Violin — Volume 1
This fun method book features large print music and text that’s easy for young children to read. Additionally, it takes a unique method toward teaching notes, as it focuses on one finger at a time. This is an ideal approach for children who struggle with finger coordination.
By the end of the book, students will be able to play popular folk songs and will become more familiar with reading violin notes. This book is best suited for younger students, ages four to six.
5. Freddie Fiddle and Betty Bow
This imaginative violin activity book is a great supplement to the other books kids use during their violin lessons. The book covers everything from the various different parts of the violin to right and left hand techniques to the names of the notes on the violin.
Activities within the book include drawing and coloring, using stickers, and flash cards. This book is great for further engaging small children in learning the violin.
With so many violin books available, there is something for every child. If you’re not sure which book to choose, you might want to consider asking your violin teacher, as they probably have a few favorite violin books that they recommend to students.