K. Wartberg: My Trio Book

Published by Alfred

These books contain all the pieces from Volumes l and 2 of the Suzuki Violin School*, arranged for three violins. They can be played with or without piano accompaniment, which expands their performance range.

Score (00 -19640X)
Violin 2 (00 -19720X)
Violin 3 (00 -19800X)
Accompaniment CD (00 -19990X)

* Suzuki Violin Volumes 1 and 2 serve as the violin 1 part included in the My Trio Books.!1 1 1


HERE you find a downloadable version for 2 violins and cello.


The advantages:

  • Students at different levels of playing and reading ability can make music together.
  • Great learning material for the beginning reader.
  • Tables listing the grade and reading difficulty for each piece and part are provided so that the teacher can easily assign parts.
  • The CD includes the trio arrangements with harp introductions for all Volume l and 2 pieces, and is meant for listening as well as playing along with.

Listen to some audio example files (here only in low quality)

Track 06:
O Come, Little Children – Ihr Kinderlein kommet, Folk Song – Volkslied
Track 08:
Long, Long Ago – Lang, lang ist’s her, T. H. Bayly
Track 10:
Perpetual Motion, Shinichi Suzuki
Track 21:
Hunters Chorus – Jägerchor, C. M. v. Weber
Track 29:
Minuet – Menuett, L. v. Beethoven


An unexpected application for the Trio Book CD!


Photo: Orquesta Sinfónica de Aragua

The CD was played several times in a newborn nursery. The nurses observed that the music helped babies calm down as well as soothed symptoms of colic. Needless to say, they were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the effect of the CD. Music has found a place in therapy for premature babies because research has found an association between listening to music and improved weight gain. Suzuki recognized the importance of EARLY LISTENING and advocated playing classical music for the unborn fetus and for newborns. He had observed that children who listen daily to one piece of music before birth, recognized it as their own music after birth. Studies today abound – extolling the benefits of such listening for both the parent and the child.

In 1998 a few states in America actually legislated applications of classical music for infants and young children. In Georgia, every newborn leaves the hospital with a classical CD or cassette — a present from the state! Florida now requires all its state-funded childcare facilities to play classical music every day. What was the genesis of this idea?

Scientists who have studied infant brain development say that infants can develop sensitivity to music as young as four months of age.

1. However, according to Dr. Tomatis, sound processing is not a new function at all for the newborn. He believes the unborn child has been hearing for four and a half months prior to birth.

2 Therefore, once the baby is born and the outer and middle ear switches from liquid to air induction, the baby’s auditory mechanism is 100 percent functional. READ MORE


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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