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Essential String Method

Sheila Nelson, Catherine Elliott, Gerald Howard & Adrian Thorne

A radical advance in the teaching of stringed instruments.

Sheila Nelson's acclaimed teaching approach is at last available in a clearly structured, progressive method.  The Essential String Method offers an exciting advance in the teaching of stringed instruments, integrating musical awareness, creativity and technical development from the outset.

Making their way through the series, pupils encounter an attractive selection of new tunes and arrangements on which to build their repertoire. The material is presented as a logical progression of musical activities involving both the instrument and the voice. These make learning fun and are easily incorporated into instrumental lessons, simultaneously developing the pupil' s technical and musical abilities while reinforcing aspects of the National Curriculum.

  • A creative and structured approach to learning and teaching
  • 4 easy to use books for each instrument; violin, viola, cello & double bass
  • Offers practical solutions for today's instrumental teacher
  • Games, activities and pieces integrate musical awareness, creativity and instrumental skills
  • Based on the Guildhall School's string curriculum; researched and developed by leading teachers
  • Workshops and teacher training available
  • Builds a firm foundation for every pupil's future music and technical development

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