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Outline of What We'll focus on in lessons, home practice and workshops:

Instruction will be tailored to each individual student but the following outline will get piano students through

OMTA Syllabus program and is also an outline for how students are assessed in my studio.

This journey may take anywhere from eight to fourteen years to complete and by the end of it, students will be prepared for entrance auditions to university programs and will boost their eligibility for scholarships. 

Violin Students

Level Prep 1

Bow Control, basic coordination, mechanics and technique

left hand finger positions fingers 1 - 3

proper care of your instrument

Level Prep 2

introduction to reading notation

"Essential Elements for Violin 1" book

begin using 4th finger

further development of material from prep 1

Level Prep 3

"Essential Elements violin 2" book

"Scales in First Position for Violin" book by Harvey Whistler

further development of material from prep 2

one octave scales and arpeggios

Level 1

Suzuki violin book 1 (with live piano accompaniment)

introduction to vibrato technique

one octave scales: G, D, A

major scale theory, demonstrate where the 1/2 steps are in each scale

one octave arpeggios: G, D, A

rhythm reading: whole notes through eighth notes

repertoire: 3 short pieces in contrasting style, memorized, using at least 2 different keys

Level 2

introduction to tuning

Suzuki violin book 2 (with live piano accompaniment)

Introducing the Positions for violin: Vol. 1 book by Harvey Whistler

Introduction to shifting and playing in 3rd position

one octave scales: F, Bb, Eb, E (legato, staccato, pizzicato) 

two octave scale: G Major

one octave minor scales: relative minors or parallel minors of scales above

one octave arpeggios: F, Bb, Eb, E

ear training: Major and Minor 2nds, Major and Minor triads (blocked / arpeggio)

rhythm reading: whole notes through eighth notes

repertoire: 3 memorized pieces in contrasting style, using at least 2 different keys

Level 3

Suzuki violin book 3 (with live piano accompaniment) 

3 Major scales: C, one from the sharp keys and one from the flat keys

Relative minor scales to the three keys selected above. Natural and harmonic forms.

one octave minor scales: relative minors or parallel minors of scales above

Major Arpeggios: 2 octave arpeggios from keys above

Minor Arpeggios: 1 octave from selections above

Demonstration: (1) Find the natural harmonic one octave above the open string.

(2) Play a group of sixteenth notes on one tone. Accent the first note of each group.

(3) Do the same for triplets.

(4) Student will demonstrate knowledge of tuning his/her violin.

Ear training: minor 3rds, Major 3rds, Perfect 5ths

Rhythm: Count and pat varied rhythms including whole notes through eighth notes with dotted quarter notes added

repertoire: 3 memorized pieces in contrasting style, using at least 2 different keys

Repertoire: 3 memorized pieces in contrasting styles and keys. It is suggested that one piece be from the 20th Century

Level 4

Suzuki violin book 4 (with live piano accompaniment) 

introduction to shifting into 5th position and playing in 5th position

Technique: Spiccato, Trills

2 Octave Major Scales: (select 2 scales from this group) C, F, Bb, Eb,Ab,E D (slur 4 eighth notes) 

3 Octave Scales: select 1 scale from this group) A, G (slur 4 quarter notes)

Minor Scales: melodic, harmonic, natural, 2 octaves (relative or parallel minors from selected keys above)

Major Arpeggios: 2 octave arpeggios from keys above

Modes: 1 Octave Dorian, Aeolian: Student chooses starting note for each.

Minor Arpeggios: 1 octave from selections above

Demonstration: (1) Play a scale with spiccato bow-one bounce for each note played.

(2) Pick two strings on which to play some form of double stops.

(3) Trill using any two notes a step or half step apart.

Intervals: Be able to play a minor 2nd; Major 2nd; minor 3rd; Major 3rd; Perfect 4th , Perfect 5th .

Ear Training: first broken, then blocked (melodic, then harmonic interval): m2, M2, m3, M3, P4, P5

Rhythm: Count and pat varied rhythms in simple meter (2/4, 3/4, or 4/4) or compound meter (6/8).

Repertoire: 3 memorized pieces from different musical periods.

Level 5

Suzuki violin book 5 (with live piano accompaniment)

3 Octave Major Scales: Must be new keys from previous syllabus exams

2 Octave Minor Scales: Melodic minor form, (relative minor or parallel minor to the keys selected above.

Arpeggios: 3 octave Majors, 2 octaves minors: Tonic and Subdominant

Demonstration: (1) Staccato- 8-12 notes to a bow (2) Controlled spiccato for a slow tempo (3) Chromatic Scale

Intervals and ear training: Be able to recognize: m2, M2, m3, M3, P4, P5, m6, M6

Be able to play the following intervals from any given note: m2, M2, m3, M3, P4, P5, m6, M6.

Repertoire: 3 memorized pieces from different musical eras

Level 6

Suzuki violin book 6 (with live piano accompaniment)

"Introducing the Positions for Violin vol 2" book by Harvey Whistler

introduction to shifting into 2nd position and playing in 2nd position

1 Octave Major Scales: Pick 1 scale to play in 6ths. (2) Pick 1 scale to play in octaves (3) Pick 1 scale to play in chromatics.

3 Octave Minor Scales: Melodic or harmonic,  (play in triplets)

2 octaves arpeggios: Choose 1 scale to arpeggiate different chords in that key. (Include Major and minor chords)

Intervals and ear training: Be able to recognize all intervals.

Be able to play all intervals from any given note

Repertoire: 3 selections: should include part of a major work such as a movement from a concerto, a sonata, part of a Bach unaccompanied work, etc., an etude from a standard study book can be substituted for one piece. The etude should demonstrate good shifting, position work, clean playing and a quick tempo.

Level 7

Suzuki violin book 7 (with live piano accompaniment)

introduction to shifting into 4th position and playing in 4th position

2 Octave Major Scales: (1) Pick 1 scale to play in 6ths. (2) Pick 1 scale to play in octaves

Major and minor Scales: 3 octaves: Select a Major scale with 3 or more sharps or flats, (Play in sixteenth notes) 

Play the parallel minor scale in sixteenth notes (melodic or harmonic forms)

3 Octave Arpeggios: Arpeggiate the Tonic and the Sub-dominant in the keys of the scales selected above.

Repertoire: 4 selections required. Repertoire for this level should include part of a major work such as a movement from a concerto, a sonata, part of a Bach unaccompanied work, etc. All selections are to be from different musical periods and memorized.

 

Level 8

Suzuki violin book 8 (with live piano accompaniment)

introduction to shifting into 6th position and playing in 6th position

Major Scales: (a) Major scale in 3 octaves—choose a Major scale with 4 or more sharps or flats. Use the following rhythms in any manner you choose: (1) 2 notes to a pulse (2) 3 notes… (3) 4 notes … (4) 6 notes … (5) 8 notes… (b) 1 Major scale in 6ths- 2 octaves (c) 1 Major scale in 3rds- 1 octave

Minor Scales: 3 octaves: melodic form: (parallel minor and relative minor for the Major scale key selected in (a) above. Use any note groups as above.

Arpeggios: 3 octaves required- a series of chords in one major key Arpeggiate the I chord (Major and minor), the IV chord (Major and minor). Also arpeggiate the V, V7, diminished or diminished 7th chord.

Repertoire - 4 selections: Repertoire for this level should include part of a major work such as a movement from a concerto, a sonata, part of a Bach unaccompanied work, etc. All selections are to be from different musical periods and memorized. An etude from a standard study book can be substituted for one piece. The etude should be of sufficient difficulty and should demonstrate different violin techniques. Music may be used for this etude or for one sonata movement.

Level 9

Suzuki violin book 9 (with live piano accompaniment)

introduction to shifting into 7th position and playing in 7th position

"Scale System" book by Carl Flesch

Scales: Quarter notes: (a) Major scale-3 octaves: spiccato- play four or more notes to one pulse. (b) Minor scale- 3 octaves: two different forms. (c) Whole tone scale- 1 octave: play from any given note. (d) Chromatic scale- 1 octave: play from any given note. (e) Double stop scale- 1 octave: play a scale in 3rds, 4ths, 6ths, octaves

Arpeggios: Choice of all on one string or 3 octaves. Arpeggiate three or more chords in one key that you select. Know the names of the chords.

Demonstration: Play one trill etude from any standard violin book. Ex. Kreutzer no. 40

Vocabulary: (1) Give the period and the style of each piece in the repertoire. (2) Explain all the interpretive markings in each piece in the repertoire.

Ear Training: In a given Major key, be able to distinguish between a I chord, IV chord and a Dominant 7 chord.

Repertoire: A Total of 4 selections required. Repertoire for this level should include a major work such as a movement from a concerto, a sonata, one movement of a Bach unaccompanied work, etc. All selections are to be from different musical periods. Music may be used for one sonata movement only

Level 10

Suzuki violin book 10 (with live piano accompaniment)

Scales: (a) Major scales- 3 octaves: beginning with C Major, play all major and melodic minor scales through the circle of 5ths. (C# and C may be eliminated) (b) minor scales- 3 octaves: beginning with a minor, play all major and melodic minor scales through the circle of 5ths. (a# and a may be eliminated)

(c) Pick 1 scale to play in fingered octaves- 1 octave (1, 3) (2, 4) (c) Pick one scale to play using natural and artificial harmonics- 1 octave

Demonstration: Play one Etude in double stops. This may be taken from any standard violin book such as Kreutzer no. 41

Analysis: Take one piece from the repertoire and analyze as to period, form, character and style.

Vocabulary: All material from previous levels and all musical markings in the repertoire selected. Know the musical period and stylistic characteristics of the pieces you selected. Add: flageolet

Ear Training: In a given Major or minor key, be able to distinguish between a I/i chord, IV/iv chord built from the Tonic/tonic. Recognize a Dominant 7, diminished or augmented chord.

Repertoire: 4 selection: Repertoire for this level should include part of a major work such as a movement from a concerto, a sonata, one movement of an unaccompanied Bach work, etc. All selections are to be from different musical periods. All to be memorized with the exception of one sonata movement.

for more info on OMTA's syllabus program, click on the link below: https://oregonmta.org/programs/syllabus/

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