The_Tricks To Tunes_series is designed for teaching mixed string instruments
in groups. It is a systematic program developed over many years from many
years experience teaching strings in schools. The tutors areaimed at the
primary and lower secondary school age group but are also suitable for older
The children learn ‘tricks’ for their fingers or bows, whichare fun when done
in a group. Reading skills are developed at the same time.
Each page represents a small step in musical and technical development based
on reading music from the very first lessons. Theory homework is included at
the end of most sections, providing the complete theory required as children
The tutors for each instrument are identical in content except where
differences are required to accommodate the different instruments.
Books 1 and 2 of the series are each intended to cover one year of group
tuition, based on a school year of 40 weeks. Book 3 providesmaterial for two
years. Progress will vary according to the age of the children, the size of
the group and the extent of their previous musical experience.
Additional repertoire at the end of the books provides: extension work for
pupils who reach the end of the book before the rest of the group, additional
work for those who want it and end of year concert pieces.
These brilliant tutors make playing music fun, as it should be!