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Suzuki Violin School, Book 6

♫  Technical advices: Allegro by Fiocco (video)
♫  Teaching Points: Allegro by Fiocco (download)
  Musical imagination: LA FOLIA
♫   Attentive listening: Handel Sonata in D Major (HWV 371)
♫   Playing in church: Handel Sonata in F Major (HWV 370)
♫   Teaching Points: Handel Sonata in F Major (HWV 370)
♫   LA FOLIA arranged for three violins
LA FOLIA: Teaching points and Exercises
♫   Rameau Gavotte I and II
♫   Teaching Points: Handel Sonata in D Major (HWV 371)

♫   Supplemental Duets


Todd Ehle:
How to study the Allegro by Fiocco for violin and piano

Charles Krigbaum: Teaching Points of Joseph-Hector Fiocco, Allegro



La Folia Music Video

Music is a flight to the imagination …
Five of my Suzuki violin students and I made this music video for La Folia by Corelli. Although this music video is of La Folia, the ending credits are set to the Hampster Dance. Growing up in Provo, Utah, my teacher, Hiroko Primrose, taught La Folia to us with each variation depicting something you might see in a forest. The theme asks the question, “What’s inside a big forest?” The variations represent the following (some you have to use your imagination): trees blowing in the wind, a stubborn mule, the storm, ski jumps, an old man with a cane, bunnies hopping, bike riders, a polar bear, frogs jumping, bull horns locking, a mama bear, a river, Niagara Falls, and finally, the whole forest! We had a lot of fun making this…we hope you enjoy watching!


Handel Violin Sonata in D Major (HWV 371)

Isaac Stern, violin
Alexander Zakin, piano

Recorded 1953

Listen to Isaac Stern’s most beautiful playing. Dr Suzuki liked this recording very much and asked his students to listen attentively to the tiniest of details: to every note, every phrase, every rest.
During the lesson he often asked his students: “Who is your teacher?”
He wanted to know which recording the student is listening to. If Dr Suzuki was quite pleased, he said: “Please, give my regards to …Kreisler, Elman or Stern! He taught you well!”

The Violin Sonata in D major was composed (circa 1749-50) by George Frideric Handel, for violin and b.c. This sonata represents Handel’s last piece of chamber music.


Another wonderful experience for our students:
Playing in Church

Listen to the MP3 of Handel Violin Sonata in F Major (HWV 370)
Mvmt 1: Adagio
Arranged for 2 violins or violin and viola with organ by Kerstin Wartberg

Rudolf Gaehler, violin
Kerstin Wartberg, viola (= b.c.)
Tobias Kunst, organ

Teaching points of
Georg Friedrich Handel, Sonata in F Major, 2nd movement (HWV 370)

Arcangelo Corelli, LA Folia
Arranged for Three Violins by Kerstin Wartberg

Violin 1: You can use the violin part in book 6
Free Download
La Folia (Score)

This piece was successfully performed at the European Teachers Convention in 2011.
Bela Detreköy conducts the Suzuki teachers orchestra.

Teaching points and Exercises of LA FOLIA (18 pages)
by Kerstin Wartberg (German Suzuki Institute)

Arcangelo Corelli, La Folia 


Rameau: Gavottes I and II, Teaching points
Rameau: Gavotte I, Arr. for Three Violins by Kerstin Wartberg


Teaching points of Georg Friedrich Handel,
Sonata in D Major, 1st movement

Georg Friedrich Handel,
Sonata in D Major, 4th movement



Supplemental Duets for Students in Book 6 and up:

Jean-Marie LeClair
Sonata No. 5 in E Major from “Six Sonatas for Two Violins”
Pinchas Zuckerman & Itzhak Perlman, Violins


Dmitri Shostakovich
Five Pieces for 2 violins & piano, op. 97
Janine Jansen & Julian Rachlin, Violins

Dear Colleagues!
Please tell us about
your favourite teaching ideas for book 6
and send us a short note with your name and email address.
Please click here. We’ll contact you as soon as possible.

Best wishes,
Kerstin Warberg
German Suzuki Association

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S. Hunt: 10 Tips for Making Violin Lessons Fun

10 Tips for Making Violin Lessons Fun

Please imagine:
Your music school invites interested parents to present them their programs for preschoolers.
You have only 4 or 5 minutes …  to tell them about the most important points for Suzuki lessons and practice. Please look at the video below.

10 Tips for Making Violin Lessons Fun

Music teaching lessons can be expensive.  How can we make sure that it is a worthwhile investment.  We all know that music teaching lessons can make you brighter because of the workout that music gives the brain. 
Hang on a moment…… music by itself don’t make you brighter, it is the practice that does the trick. So, how do we stack the deck in favor of your child benefitting from music teaching lessons?

There are many things which you can do to optimse the process. The following 10 points will help make the most of your investment in music lessons.

No. 1: A small child will learn more easily with the help of a loving practice partner. Your job is to support and encourage your children, not to criticise.

No. 2: Attend your child’s music lessons and make notes. You can use these to plan practice sessions.  If you write each task on a card, you can use them for lucky dip games.  These really help empower children.

No. 3: Set goals. Keep a record, in practice book, of what you have done in each practice.  Your teacher will give you useful feedback during music lessons.  It will help, to put assignments on separate cards and write the practice points on them, as they come up.

No. 4: Keep the practice time short. You don’t want to strain vulnerable young muscles, or to make children feel trapped in a situation, from which they can’t escape.  Aim to stop before the first yawn.  If your child wants more, you can do another mini practice later in the day.

No. 5: Move at each child’s pace. Learning an instrument isn’t a race. Your children are children and when you remember this, it makes it easier not to pile on the pressure.  Focus on all the wonderful things that your children are achieving through music lessons and celebrate with them.

No. 6: Set aside time for reviewing old pieces. Children improve their musical ability by repeating what they already know.  The brain and body, both need about 10.000 correct repetitions to turn knowledge into ability.  What is learnt in early music lessons, is an important foundation for further development.

No. 7: Plan regular practice times. You will find it easier to make practices happen if they are linked to a regular event in your family’s daily life.  After breakfast is a great time as everyone is generally still fresh.

No. 8: Ask, don’t tell. Children who are engaged in practice, stand a greater chance of internalizing what has been taught in music lessons, unlike those who are just ordered around.

No. 9: Have a good collection of music practice games to hand and use them regularly. Children almost always respond better to games than to dry instruction.  Everyone learns better, when they are enjoying the process. There are lots of music practice games for making music fun.

No. 10:  Praise, praise, praise. Healthy praise is honest and directed towards your children’s efforts and focus, rather than the clever things they can do. Listen to how your teacheruses praise, during music lessons and copy at home.

Good luck with implementing these points. They will take you a long way, towards making music teaching lessons fun and profitable for both you and your children.


Sue Hunt was born in Bermuda and now living in the UK. She studied music at Darting College of Arts and the Conservatorium van de Vereniging Musieklyceeum, in Amsterdam.
Mother of 2 suzuki kids, now grown up, Sue teaches a small group of violists in South West London.
Sue is passionate about how the Suzuki Method develops the individual, helping to create great brains, healthy bodies and beautiful souls.

After many years of research into the best ways to help parents and children get full value from music lessons, she started the website, with the purpose of helping families to practice happily and productively together.

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