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Kaleidoscopes Book 2
$16.95
The songs in Kaleidoscopes Book 2 allow students to develop finger speed and graceful playing. The songs are short enough that the student can work on several songs at a time, mastering each one in a few weeks. These diverse, “perfectly sized” songs appeal to students’ need for uniqueness and variety, and give them a sense of momentum in their violin study. About the VIOLA Book: The viola recording is completed and currently in the mastering stage. It is currently available via YouTube here, and will soon be available for streaming. If you order a physical CD, it will be the violin version.  About the audio recordings: The digital version of the recording is available on all the major platforms. Parents, please help your child find and listen to both the VOCAL and VIOLIN recordings. Singing along with the lyrics will help them to more easily learn the songs by ear. Stream on Spotify: Volume I: Violin & Piano  |  Volume II: Voice & PianoStream on Apple Music: Volume...
The songs in Kaleidoscopes Book 2 allow students to develop finger speed and graceful playing. The songs are short enough that...
Kaleidoscopes Book 1 Teacher Guide Set
$54.95
The Teacher Guide includes: An overview of the component philosophies (Montessori, Suzuki, Kodaly) as they relate to the design of the Kaleidoscopes violin curriculum Guidance and insight for involving parents in their child's violin study and home practice Model sequences for younger (age 4-6) and older (age 7-10) beginners Choosing the correct violin size Teaching points for all the songs More than two dozen group class activities, including violin-playing, literacy, part-work, and kinesthetic activities Included in the set along with the Teacher Guide are the following (these books are also sold separately):  The Balanced Violinist: Technique Companion to Kaleidoscopes Book 1: Guide for parents, teachers, and students; The full-color Kaleidoscopes Book 1 student book with all the songs, and  Lines & Spaces, which is the movable-do-based note-reading companion to Kaleidoscopes.  The audio recording is an important component of the curriculum. The digital version is purchased separately and/or is available for streaming below. You may also order your books with...
The Teacher Guide includes: An overview of the component philosophies (Montessori, Suzuki, Kodaly) as they relate to the design of...
Kaleidoscopes Book 3
$18.00
Book 3 advances into more sophisticated playing and greater technical challenge with a wide variety of literature. Classical pieces by Bach, Brahms, Schumann and more include a broader palette of dynamics, articulations and stylistic elements. Vibrato is developed on Oyfn Pripetshik (Jewish traditional), Reverie, by Ambroise Thomas, and other songs.  The beautifully tragic Blanche Comme la Neige (French traditional), which is in mixed meter, encourages transparent flautando bowing. Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho introduces a bluesy style with swing rhythms. The book gradually moves toward longer pieces with contrasting sections, second position, and greater key flexibility. The recordings are not yet available on the usual streaming platforms but can be streamed on SoundCloud. The video playlist is available on the Kaleidoscopes YouTube channel, here. Browse the images (at left) for one-line excerpts of many songs in this book. Pages: 50Songs: 32
Book 3 advances into more sophisticated playing and greater technical challenge with a wide variety of literature. Classical pieces by...
The Balanced Violinist: Technique Companion to Kaleidoscopes Book 1: Guide for parents, teachers & students
$12.99
Designed for parents, teachers and students, this comprehensive, 84-page guide provides detailed instructions on every element of playing violin. Posture, bowhold, pre-playing exercises, and technical exercises are detailed with fun and engaging language, captivating activities, and beautiful photography.  This book provides an thorough orientation for the engaged practice parent, with topics such as:  The importance of daily practice and listening; Creating a positive, enriching and joyful practice environment; Giving your child feedback in a way that builds skill and confidence; Handling "big" feelings, both inside the practice room and out; Working creatively and effectively with your child's temperament; and  The later chapters of the book establish the foundation of violin technique in a biomechanically grounded way, with high-quality photos and essential information for teachers and parents. Topics include:  Setting the violin posture and left hand, and customizing the bowhold to the individual shape of the student's hand; Dynamic bowhold experiences...
Designed for parents, teachers and students, this comprehensive, 84-page guide provides detailed instructions on every element of playing violin. Posture,...
Kaleidoscopes Book 1 with Parent Guide
$24.99
Enter a magical world of music with the Kaleidoscopes Violin Method. This captivating approach is the perfect introduction to the violin for children and the young at heart. Student Book 1 Stunning watercolor illustrations of beloved folk songs bring learning to life, spark the imagination, and inspire a love for music. Movable-do solfege encourages supports by-ear learning and illuminates tonal relationships. Gentle, accessible steps ensure a smooth journey for even the youngest players. 42 pages. Parent Guide The parent guide, entitled The Balanced Violinist: Technique Companion to Kaleidoscopes Book 1, provides detailed instructions for students as well as parents. Posture, bowhold, pre-playing exercises, and technical exercises are all clearly detailed with beautiful photography. This guide combines previous volumes into one convenient and elegant book. 84 pages. Audio Component Daily listening is an essential part of the Kaleidoscopes curriculum. Stream the audio on Spotify or Apple Music, and purchase the physical CD...
Enter a magical world of music with the Kaleidoscopes Violin Method. This captivating approach is the perfect introduction to the...
Lines & Spaces Book 1
$16.00
Lines & Spaces is the note-reading companion to Kaleidoscopes Book 1. The student begins discovering note relationships and rhythms in a Kodály-based sequence. Once their sight-singing is proficient they move to the second part of the book, which introduces the corresponding patterns on the violin. With daily practice in sight-singing, students are reading notes fluently by the end of their second year of study. The book also includes 3-octave scales, Schradieck, and tonalization. Lines & Spaces (complete): 84 pages If the sight-singing portion of the book is not needed (e.g. for middle-school aged students), the instrumental-only portion of the book is also available. This book may be found here. Lines & Spaces (without sight-singing): 40 pages
Lines & Spaces is the note-reading companion to Kaleidoscopes Book 1. The student begins discovering note relationships and rhythms in a Kodály-based...
Kaleidoscopes Book 1 Piano Accompaniment: Recital Edition
$20.95
These are the complete piano accompaniment parts as featured on the CD. The parts are designed to be performed by an experienced pianist.  In the future a Piano Accompaniment Basic Edition will be added, which will feature simpler arrangements based on the original versions.
These are the complete piano accompaniment parts as featured on the CD. The parts are designed to be performed by an...
Kaleidoscopes Book 2 Piano Accompaniment: Recital Edition
$24.95
These are the complete piano accompaniment parts as featured on the CD. The parts are designed to be performed by a professional accompanist.
These are the complete piano accompaniment parts as featured on the CD. The parts are designed to be performed by a...
Kaleidoscopes Book 3 Piano Accompaniment: Recital Edition
$25.95
These are the complete piano accompaniment parts as featured on the recording. The parts are designed to be performed by a professional accompanist.
These are the complete piano accompaniment parts as featured on the recording. The parts are designed to be performed by...
CD for Book 1
$8.95
The child-friendly songs in Kaleidoscopes Book 1 make a delightful gift for any family with a young child. Families studying violin may also wish to have an extra CD to allow children to easily listen to the songs from any room in the house. The full listing of songs is included in the product images. The CD is printed with artwork and packaged in an earth-friendly clear sleeve.  If you prefer a digital format or would like to preview the individual tracks, the recording can be found on Amazon or iTunes using the following links: Purchase on Amazon / Purchase on iTunes 
The child-friendly songs in Kaleidoscopes Book 1 make a delightful gift for any family with a young child. Families studying violin may...
CD for Book 2
$10.50
The Kaleidoscopes Book 2 recording includes folk songs and dances designed for enjoyment by children ages 5-95. The recording is ideal for use with the Kaleidoscopes Book 2, as well for for young violinists studying in the traditional Suzuki curriculum as a source of memorable, age-appropriate "by-ear" songs. The recording includes two CDs: one with the 29 vocal tracks (i.e. all of the songs with lyrics), and the other with the 35 violin tracks. Both discs are printed with artwork and packaged in an earth-friendly clear sleeve. See the product images for a full listing of songs.  
The Kaleidoscopes Book 2 recording includes folk songs and dances designed for enjoyment by children ages 5-95. The recording is ideal for...
Kaleidoscopes Book 1: Student book gift copy
$16.00
This version of Kaleidoscopes Book 1 includes the student book and CD only. It is designed for families whose child's book has gotten lost or well-worn, or for giving as a gift to families with young children who will enjoy singing the songs. Teachers may also use this edition when the parent guide is not needed — e.g. with older elementary students in a classroom setting. Teachers: If you are ordering 10+ books for your studio, please use the discount code "Kaleid-classroom" to receive 5% off your entire order.
This version of Kaleidoscopes Book 1 includes the student book and CD only. It is designed for families whose child's book has gotten...
Pathway to Artistry
$16.00
Inspire your students' interest in practice strategies with this gorgeous and detailed 18x24 poster, designed to hang in your studio or orchestra classroom. Practice strategies are presented in a whimsical and memorable way, helping you to bring these essential skills to life! The elegant (but feisty) cat "Go Looking for Trouble" teaches the value of playing passages looking for what can be improved. "Snails & Grasshoppers" emphasizes the value of both slow, careful practice, AND conquering tempo challenges. "Fisherman's Knot" presents rhythmic patterns in a simple, approachable way, as "bursts" of 2, 3, and 4 notes (and offsets which start the pattern on different notes). ... and many more. The poster displays horizontally as printed, or can be cut on the midline to hang vertically. PRODUCT IMAGES:1) Whole poster  2) Upper left  3) Lower left  4) Top right 5) Bottom right. DETAILS: The poster is 18x24 inches, professionally printed on...
Inspire your students' interest in practice strategies with this gorgeous and detailed 18x24 poster, designed to hang in your studio...

Teacher Training & Workshops

Kaleidoscopes Book 2 Workshop: Expressive Foundations
$425.00
As students begin Book 2, they have the fundamental skills of violin playing and are ready for deeper musical experience. The rich emotional palette of Book 2 allows the teacher a diverse landscape for teaching dynamics, whole body movement, and vibrato. These skills will add grace and balance to the student’s Bach and Vivaldi, and will blossom into a passionate performance of Bruch in a few years’ time. Elise Winters will work intensively with teachers in a small-group setting to explore body balance and efficient movement and expression. July 22-August 2, 2024Monday-Friday 11–2:00 CDTEarly bird pricing through May 15 Visit the full course page:https://discoverviolin.org/book2-workshop-2024/
As students begin Book 2, they have the fundamental skills of violin playing and are ready for deeper musical experience. The...
Kaleidoscopes Teacher Certification & Practicum: Book 1
$1,600.00
This small-group seminar includes individual coaching and critique as well as a small-group seminar. Teachers receive a substantial amount of individual time and personalized guidance from the teacher trainer each month. For details, please visit this link:  http://www.discoverviolin.org/book1-practicum/ Teachers may pay in full, or in 14 installments of $120 each (link above). Minimum enrollment: 4 students; maximum 6 students. The tuition deposit is non-refundable unless the class does not make, in which case the deposit will be refunded in full.  Upon completion of the course requirements, students will receive their certification as a Kaleidoscopes teacher, or requested to complete a second practicum year.  Prerequisite: Kaleidoscopes Book 1 Teacher Training
This small-group seminar includes individual coaching and critique as well as a small-group seminar. Teachers receive a substantial amount of individual...
The Balanced Violinist: Book 1 Workshop
$399.00
The Balanced Violinist: A breakthrough course in violin pedagogy This comprehensive online teacher training will deepen your understanding of violin technique, approach violin playing from a more balanced and embodied perspective, and transform your approach to teaching beginners of any age. The course is offered in a blended format Most of the course is asynchronous and online, so you can participate on a flexible schedule and at your own pace. Live training sessions augment the asynchronous content. Find the course page and information to register, or to sample the course: https://discoverviolin.org/book-1-workshop-online/
The Balanced Violinist: A breakthrough course in violin pedagogy This comprehensive online teacher training will deepen your understanding of violin...