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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