String Ensemble Series
‘Toy Soldiers’ – (Grade 1)
All titles in the ‘Beginning Level’ to ‘Grade 2 Level’ are scored for violin and cello with optional viola and double bass. A piano accompaniment is provided, and is a fundamental addition to the score. While providing an audible pulse and a guide for secure intonation, the piano introduces colour and texture to the music, giving the young player and audience a more satisfying musical experience.
The more advanced ‘Grade 3 Level’ and ‘Grade 4 Level’ are scored for String Orchestra or String Quartet with optional third violin and double bass and contains transcriptions of selected works by the ‘Great Masters’.
All titles are sold as easy to download digital PDFs from the ‘Young String Players’ website. Scores and piano parts are formatted to print as booklets and the purchaser has permission to photocopy all instrumental parts, making life easier for the instrumental tutor. Free piano accompaniments are provided for each title. Just click on ‘Piano Accompaniments’. All instrumental parts are printed with easy to read notation and without clutter, maximising the focus and concentration of the young string player. The ‘Beginner Level’ string music is readily playable by beginners after very few lessons, delighting their parents extremely early in their development with delightful and charming music. Because of the linear movement of the simple notation, any young child of any ability is able to participate. This series takes away the necessity of having Open String parts or Pizzicato parts, which can be extremely banal and have very little developmental value for the young string player.
‘Young String Players’ Beginning String Ensemble Music is the perfect resource for a junior school string department and a valuable addition to early years string programs.
Trevor Addison LRAM – Head of Strings at The King’s School, Parramatta, Australia – one of Australia’s foremost leaders in string education for the very young.