Kaleidoscopes Book 2


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.

Video recordings: Students can study the bowing technique and expression of Elise Winters, violin, and Blake Turner, viola, on YouTube. One word of caution ... please make sure they are learning the songs by ear (rather than watching the player's fingerings)!
Videos on YouTube: Violin | Viola

The songs reflect a variety of cultures: Galway Piper and Rising of the Moon (Irish) • Dobrú Noc (Slovac)  Nu Ska Vi Skörda Linet and Glädjens Blomster (Swedish)  Robin Adair and Golden Slumbers (English)  All the Pretty Little Horses (African American) • Polly Wolly Doodle and Shortnin' Bread (American South)  Les Petites Marionnettes and Petit Oiseau (French)  Ein Männlein Steht im Walde (German)  Boismortier Sarabande and Branle L'Official (Baroque) ... and many more. 

The following skills are introduced: vibrato, jump-bows, spiccato, lowered first finger, crescendo and diminuendo, spiccato, rapid 16th notes, 6-8 meter, Bb major, C major (with lowered first finger), grace notes, and 5/4 meter. 

This book can be used as a stand-alone method book for a student completing Kaleidoscopes or Suzuki Book 1, or as supplemental repertoire for beginning to intermediate students.

Browse the images (at left) for one-line excerpts of many songs in this book.

Pages: 60
Songs: 35


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