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String Basics: Steps to Success for String Orchestra is a comprehensive method for beginning string classes. Utilizing technical exercises, music from around the world, classical themes by the masters, and original compositions, students will learn to play their string instruments in an orchestra. Step-by-step sequences of instruction will prove invaluable as students learn to hold their instrument and bow, finger new notes, count different rhythms, read music notation, and more.

Clear, full-color photographs and fingering chart diagrams introduce playing positions, bow hold and bowing, and left hand finger patterns.

Duets, rounds, trios, and orchestra arrangements
develop student's ability to play in an ensemble setting right away. Duets are designed to strengthen ear training and establishing good information. 

Theory & Composition offers students hands-on experiences to better understand what they see and hear by actually learning to notate music and compose simple melodic lines.


Video Lessons offer students and teachers a comprehensive, step-by-step look at concepts taught throughout String Basics. Lessons are taught in a middle school classroom setting by authors Shade and Wolstenhulme. Lessons show special consideration for each instrument and one lesson is specially devoted to shifting for the bass.

Interactive Practice Studio is a unique and trendsetting downloadable IPS resource containing a wealth of supporting biographical, historical, and cultural information; photos, maps, artwork, audio samples, video and more. It's designed with your students in mind. Fun - Inspiring - Motivating!

The Teacher's Edition provides successful teaching strategies as they pertain to the material introduced throughout String Basics. The Strategies are divided into two categories: Performance and Musical Understanding. Through them, guidelines and guide- posts assist towards giving students a comprehensive experience in orchestra. Also available to teachers is the Interactive Teacher's Studio (ITS), offering even more helpful tips and strategies.

115C0 - Cello

115F - Teacher's Edition

115PA - Piano Accom'

115SB - String Bass

115VA - Viola

115VN - Violin

116C0 - Cello

116F - Teacher's Edition

116PA - Piano Accom'

116SB - String Bass

116VA - Viola

116VN - Violin


Rhythm Basics - A String Basics Suppplement

Rhythm Basics, by Wendy Barden, is an effective new supplemental workbook loosely based on the progression of lessons taught in the popular new string method String Basics. Students learn, practice, and apply rhythms commonly used in middle level and early high school repertoire through a variety of engaging activities, all challenging students to extend their understanding of rhythms to higher level thinking. Units are sequential and, once a concept is introduced, it is reinforced throughout the rest of the book. Rhythm Basics provides the foundation necessary for young musicians to achieve rhythmic mastery!

W116 Rhythm Basics - A String Basics Suppplement, Student Book
W116T Rhythm Basics - A String Basics Supplement, Teacher Edition




Complete Curriculum
Piano Repertoire
Piano Duets
Piano Town Series
Bastien Series

Artistry in Strings
String Basics
Technic & Practice

Tradition of Excellence
Excellence in Theory


First Place for Jazz
That's Jazz (Method)
That's Jazz (Performance & Christmas)
Jazz Piano