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How to Get Your Child to Practice ... Without Resorting to Violence

By Cynthia Richards

This book deals with the traps and pitfalls, the benefits and success techniques that enable parents to make the most of their child's musical experience while building parent/child relationships.

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The Complete Musician - Book One

for Violin, Viola or Cello

By Cynthia Richards and Jerry Jaccard
A unique, new teaching method implementing the philosopy of Zoltan Kodaly in an American approach to beginning string study. Folk tunes are used to train the musician in the child and then to transfer that training to the instrument.

"...the psychological procedure of our whole music-making is faulty -- it must be inverted ... So far it is the fingers that have run ahead, with the head and the heart running after them. The way of the true musician is the opposite: he starts with the head and the heart and from there directs the fingers, the larynx, or whatever instrument. It is because they do not go about it in this way that so many of our pianists play mechanically."
Kodaly in Bonis, F. (1964) The selected writings of Zoltan Kodaly. New York: Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., p. 163.

The books are parallel and can be used in beginning ensembles. Some modifications are included in the cello book to accommodate technical aspects of that instrument.

A Teacher's Guide is included as an appendix.

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Violin Book One
Viola Book One
Cello Book One







The Complete Musician - Book Two

for Violin, Viola or Cello

By Cynthia Richards and Jerry Jaccard

A unique, new teaching method implementing the philosopy of Zoltán Kodály in an American approach to beginning violin study. Folk tunes are used to train the musician in the child and then to transfer that training to the violin.

Continues from Book One.
The books are parallel and can be used in beginning ensembles. Some modifications are included in the cello book to accommodate technical aspects of that instrument.

A Teacher's Guide is included as an appendix.

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Violin Book Two
Viola Book Two
Cello Book Two







The Complete Musician - Book Three

for Violin, Viola or Cello

By Cynthia Richards and Jerry Jaccard

A unique, new teaching method implementing the philosopy of Zoltán Kodály in an American approach to beginning violin study. Continues from Book Two.
The books are parallel and can be used in beginning ensembles. Some modifications are included in the cello book to accommodate technical aspects of that instrument.

A Teacher's Guide is included as an appendix.

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Violin Book Three
Viola Book Three
Cello Book Three





The Complete Musician - Book Four

By Cynthia Richards and Jerry Jaccard

Continued implemention of the philosopy of Zoltán Kodály in an approach to beginning violin study based on American folk songs. Continues from Books One through Three.
The books are parallel and can be used in beginning ensembles. Some modifications are included in the cello book to accommodate technical aspects of that instrument.

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Violin Book Four
Viola Book Four
Cello Book Four







The Complete Musician - Book Four - Piano Accompaniments

By Cynthia Richards

This book contains piano accompaniments for the solo pieces in Book 4 and can be used with the Violin, Viola and/or Cello books. It can also be used to accompany the three instruments in small ensembles. Additional accompaniments have been provided for the unique songs which were added to accommodate technical aspects of the cello.


Book Four - Piano Accompaniments