K. Wartberg: STEP by STEP

An Introduction to Successful Practice

Violin Exercise Books with Companion CDs
for Suzuki Students of Books 1-3
Published by ALFRED

The only comprehensive string method world-wide, pointing out the individual teaching steps of the Suzuki program in written and audio form, and authorized by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki.

  • Suitable for individual and class instruction.
  • First violin method world-wide using the three tempi approach.
  • Imaginative and exciting new piano arrangements by David Andruss.
  • Information for parents, and countless practice tips.
  • Suitable for Suzuki as well as for traditional violin students and teachers.

Listen and look inside!


The CDs include pieces from the Suzuki Violin School
as well as important preparatory exercises and additional pieces
in various tempi:


Volume 1A


Track 2:
Track 3:
The First Twinkle Rhythm with Drum
Rhythm on E
  Track 6: Rhythm with Three Fingers
  Track 34: The Theme with Rests before the Third Finger
  Track 44: The Grasshopper Exercise (Preparatory Exercise for “Song of the Wind”)
  Track 45: Song of the Wind – in performance tempo (Violin and Piano)
  Track 46 Song of the Wind – in a slow practice tempo (Violin and Piano)
  Track 47: Song of the Wind – in a medium practice tempo (Piano Accompaniment)
  Track 48: Song of the Wind – in performance tempo (Piano Accompaniment)

Volume 1B

Track 48:
Track 49:
Gavotte (Second Section) – in a slow practice tempo
Gavotte (Third Section) – in a slow practice tempo
Volume 2A Track 9: The Bell Song (Tonalization) in G Major
  Track 28: The Bell Song (Tonalization) in G Minor

Track 15:

Track 29:

The Happy Squirrel (Three Violins and Piano)

Waltz on the open E string

  Track 41: Bourrée, G.F. Handel – in performance tempo (Piano Accompaniment)
Band 2B

Track 13:

Track 28:

The last four measures with STOP after each triplet group (Preparation for “Witches’ Dance) 
Hungarian Dance

Volume 3A Track 8: Marionette Dance in Third Position (Preparatory Exercise for Shifting)
    Vibrato Exercise
Volume 3B Track 53: Paganini Motion

The STRAD, world-renowned classical music magazine for string players, wrote:

“This fascinating series of tutor books is closely based on the Suzuki Violin Method. The series is suitable for teachers well versed in the Suzuki method, but will also be of interest to those coming to it fresh, because of Wartbergss detailed notes.

I liked the useful advice for teachers and parents, … and the descriptions of some effective technical exercises, which all looked great fun. The quality of the CD performances is good, with some interesting sound effects and drum rhythms that are sure to engage younger players… “

Jan Dobbins


Alfred Author-Kerstin Wartberg

Kerstin Wartberg received her professional musical education at the Conservatory (Musikhochschule) of Cologne, earning violin performance and teaching degrees. After her graduation in Germany, she went to Japan for two years, where she was the first German to study at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan. She graduated in 1981. In 1982 she became the director of the teacher-training program at the German Suzuki Institute, a position that she continues to hold today.

Kerstin Wartberg regularly organizes string workshops, courses and concerts. In 1987, she was the Director of the 8th Suzuki Method International Conference at the International Congress Center Berlin, which boasted 4000 active participants from more than 32 different countries. She is in demand to teach and lecture worldwide at universities, conservatories, conferences, workshops and festivals.

In addition to teaching in public forums, Kerstin Wartberg is the author of several teaching books and CDs, including the Step by Step series of violin exercise books and companion CDs (published by Alfred Music Publishing Co.) and Recital Training (published by Edition Peters). She drafted these series, based on Dr. Suzuki’s Method, at the Talent Education Institute in Matsumoto, Japan between 1981 and 1986, where they were approved by Dr. Suzuki and tested by numerous Suzuki teachers, their students and parents. Step by Step and Recital Training represent a source of Dr. Suzuki’s instrumental concepts as well as specific instructions concerning the individual pieces, in both written and audio form. Many of the publications are available in German, English, French and Spanish.



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One thought on “K. Wartberg: STEP by STEP

  1. Carol Waldvogel

    Dear Kerstin,

    I really enjoy all of your materials and use them quite often with my students. I was wondering if there was anywhere that I could purchase the piano accompaniment to Paganini Motion. I own your Step By Step 3B that came with a CD but I would like a printed version of the piano part. Can you advise me?

    Thank you. Take care – Carol Waldvogel


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