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Starting Without the Books: Ten Lessons for Beginning String Orchestra

A method for starting students without the clutter and distraction of music books. Richard Frazier credits the superior ratings his groups have earned to this sequence of highly structured lessons that allow students to become more visually connected to their hand position, body balance, bow movement, bow hold, bow geography, and tracking while tuning their ears with familiar melodies that establish a tonal awareness of scale degrees and an aural definition of basic intervals. This system prepares students to move into Book I of any string class method in a few months (depending on the frequency of sessions). Despite the book’s title, the focus is on what to do rather than what not to do. (160 pages with 160 illustrations)

“I had time over the long weekend to delve into your book, and I love it!
It’s like being right there, in the classroom, with a master teacher who you can tell loves his students as much as he loves his subject! It’s going to be equally valuable to teachers just starting out and those who’ve been in the classroom a long time and want refreshing new ideas. Great work!”

– Michele Winter, Orchestra Director
  Lowell High School, San Francisco, California

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