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Back to School: Method Books Edition (Part 2)

Last week, we detailed method books in the collection for wind instruments. This week, we are highlighting method books in our collection for string instruments and percussion, with some jazz method books thrown in for good measure! If there is anything here that could be useful to you or your student, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us about getting this material.

Violin

Braille
Essential Elements for Strings: Violin (BRM32723 [bk. 1], BRM34513 [bk. 2], BRM36038 [bk. 3])
Muller-Rusch String Method: Violin (BRM27598)
Suzuki Violin School (BRM24811 [parts 1-2], BRM24757 [part 3], BRM22139 [part 4], BRM24114 [part 5], BRM32605 [part 6], BRM32607 [part 7])

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Essential Elements for Strings: Violin (LPM00669)
Muller-Rusch String Method: Violin (LPM00687 [bk. 1], LPM00689 [bk. 4])

Viola

Braille
Belwin Orchestra Builder: Viola (BRM28137)

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Muller-Rusch String Method: Viola (LPM00478)

Cello

Braille
Belwin Orchestra Builder: Cello (BRM10011 [part 1], BRM28135 [part 2])
Muller-Rusch String Method: Cello (BRM28603 [bk. 1], BRM28507 [bk. 2], BRM28604 [bk. 3])

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Rubank Intermediate Method for Cello (LPM00539)
Muller-Rusch String Method: Cello (LPM00803)

String Bass

Braille
Belwin Orchestra Builder: Bass (BRM10013 [part 1], BRM28138 [part 2])

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Muller-Rusch String Method: String Bass (LPM00036)

Percussion

Braille
Essential Elements: Percussion (BRM35453 [bk. 1], BRM35455 [bk. 2])
Snare Drum Method: Elementary (BRM24739 [bk. 1])
Standard of Excellence: Drums and Mallet Percussion (BRM35425, vol. 1, vol. 2)

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Rubank Elementary Method for Drums  (LPM00079)
Sing, Drum, and Play: Percussion, Book 1 (LPM00762)

Jazz

Braille
Basic Jazz Improvisation (BRM34803)
Jazz Improvisation (BRM19769 [part 1], vol. 1; BRM29126 [part 2], vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3; BRM35921 [part 3], vol. 1, vol. 2, vol. 3, vol. 4; BRM35895 [part 4], vol. 1, vol. 4, vol. 5)
Patterns for Improvisation by Oliver Nelson (BRM35952)

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Listening to Jazz (LPM00512)

Back to School: Method Books Edition (Part 1)

Although for most of us it still feels like the middle of summer outside, it is time for many folks to begin thinking about back-to-school, and the new books and supplies for the year. That, of course, includes books for music classes, band, and orchestra. In the past, we’ve discussed books for college students, and […]

A Gem in the Music Appreciation Collection

One of the most nerve-racking events I ever experienced as a music student was participating in master classes. I remember one class in particular vividly; the feeling of slight panic as the master class teacher repeated for the fourth time, “no, not like that, try again.” I could hear the audience shifting in their seats […]

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Ernesto!

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There’s No Song Like an Old Song

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From Loose Change to Reconciliation in Beethoven Quartets

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Start a New Family Tradition

Recently, I read Willie Nelson’s autobiography “It’s a Long Story.” Willie and his sister Bobbie were raised by their paternal grandparents who were avid amateur musicians. From when they were very young, the Nelson children spent much of their time making music together and singing gospel songs at their church. Willie still cherishes those times […]

And For Your Listening Pleasure From the NLS Music Section

Everybody knows someone who gets a lot of mileage out of limited knowledge. People with this talent sound like experts and can dominate conversation at a gathering for 10-15 minutes until they have to leave to “refresh their drink” or to “catch up with a friend.” Well, I am here to offer you a chance […]