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I Can Read Music: A Note Reading Book for Violin Students (Volume 1) [Spiral-bound]

Joanne Martin
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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December 1991 0874874394 978-0874874396 0
These easy-to-read, progressive exercises by Joanne Martin develop a student's reading skills one stage at a time, with many repetitions at each stage. I Can Read Music is designed as a first note-reading book for students of string instruments who have learned to play using an aural approach such as the Suzuki Method®, or for traditionally taught students who need extra note reading practice. Its presentation of new ideas is clear enough that it can be used daily at home by quite young children and their parents, with the teacher checking progress every week or two.

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Product Details

  • Series: For Violin
  • Spiral-bound: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Alfred Music (December 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874874394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874874396
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 11.3 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Suzuki Violinists February 7, 2008
Format:Spiral-bound
This book is perfectly designed for the Suzuki lesson structure. If there is an able teacher and parent present to introduce and teach each lesson, the book is very successful. My students are exposed to the basic concepts of music theory in a theory class following their weekly group classes - so there is no need to explain basic concepts like the "treble clef" or "staff." There are plenty of introductory reading books out there for the older beginner, but this book has a gradual yet not monotonous pace, catering to an early beginner who has a support structure (parent/teacher).
I use this book for all of my students in a studio of 40+ Suzuki Violinists!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Using the book as an adult student March 16, 2012
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I am using this book as an adult student. I have to admit that I DREAD the time of day when I pull this book out to practice. The way the information in this book is presented is SO incredibly boring and monotonous. Surely there has to be SOME other way to teach this same information that isn't so incredibly tedious. Right?! I know this book is probably more geared towards children learning. However, if I was a little kid, this book would just squash the joy of learning an instrument right out of me!

I don't know why other reviewers say this book goes well with the Suzuki method. (Maybe because the author says that on the back cover?) This book has little to nothing to do with the Suzuki method. As far as I understand it, the Suzuki method is about developing an appreciation and love for music. The Suzuki method is ingenious in that it uses REAL songs and melodies to teach fundamental skills. This makes learning fun because you have the natural motivation for learning a new song. AND you have the natural reward or producing actual music.

This book, on the other hand, is just a bunch of random notes thrown onto a page. The idea is that the student is suppose to play through the random notes and the order they are laid out in gets increasingly difficult as you go on. So the theory is that they fingers will be strengthened as you move through the book and you will also learn to read music. The book does accomplsh this. But surely--there has to be SOMEWAY to make it more interesting. The sound made by these random notes thrown onto the page is just TERRIBLE. I know next to nothing about music, but I am sure that I could probably lay out the same notes they are trying to teach in any given lesson into a more melodic pattern.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for someone who cannot read notes to begin with... December 15, 2011
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I was very disappointed that it didn't offer a more in depth explanation and/or instruction. I am a parent without any experience in music helping my daughter to learn, and was very disappointed that it didn't offer any explanations of the lessons being taught. For the absolute beginner: Don't buy this as it is basically just a book with sheet music. I guess if you already know how to read sheet music you can make use of it, but for those who don't-it's practically useless. Perhaps I just misread the purpose of the book before buying it, but it will be a while before it is of any use to my daughter.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Spiral-bound
Both of my children started with this work book to develop their note reading skills. They were both about 5 years old when they began their note reading practice. My daughter progressed very quickly. I think the fact that she was already reading chapter books on her own may have helped; where my son who was not reading on his own struggled around the middle of Vol.1. So, we switched to flash cards and the other note reading book, "I Know A Fox With A Dirty Socks" which is more melodic. I made an enlarged copies of music from the book to make the reading easier. (in about the same size of the flash cards') Singing the words that comes with the melody also was helpful. I think it is a good gauge to use your children's reading skills to see if they are ready for a work book like this. Another words, children could start using this work book with the same pace that they read their native language. When we practice the "I Can Read Music" at home, we will first say the note names, clap the note values, then play on the violin. I never had to help them with the finger placement on the finger board (because Suzuki Students usually have excellent hearing skills), but the note value that each holds. So, clapping together was a must. Both Vol. 1 and 2 has plenty of repetitions (in note reading concepts) and works well with Suzuki Book 1, 2 and/or 3. Each page comes with 4 lines, and easy to practice a little at a time. I highly recommend this series, since it is easy to incorporate however you would like it to work at any age. The series also was very helpful with my note reading skills (I gained the speed of note-reading. Suzuki Children have excellent listening skills, especially if they started their lessons at early age. This work book can help them to connect their audio skill to notes that they see on the music sheets which is important, especially, if they rely on their ears more than reading the notes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars not very helpful April 19, 2013
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I didn't find this useful at all. If you're starting from scratch and you don't know how to read music, I don't think this would help you, it didn't help me. It doesn't translate what the musical notes mean to position on the frets
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a beginner March 20, 2008
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I bought this along with several other books to get me started on the violin (I am in my 30's). I had played the cello as a kid, so I was familiar with some of the aspects of string instruments. This book has really helped me to remember notes. The spiral binding is awesome. The exercises are not glamourous, but they get the job done.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great note learning book for young violinists
Excellent note and rhythm learning book for young violinists. My son is 6 years old. Simple, straightforward and easy to follow. Read more
Published 5 days ago by D. Umeno
5.0 out of 5 stars Great product!
Excellent to start our 4 year old on reading music while she studies suzuki violin!
Published 10 days ago by Lee Watson
3.0 out of 5 stars its ok
My daughter, age 7, loved this at first. However, after two weeks, she could care less.
This notebook is a series of drills on sightreading, rather than a truly tutorial... Read more
Published 1 month ago by AppreciatesStyle
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't like this book
Violin is my first instrument. This book didn't really help me learn. Out of the four books that I got, two I didn't use. This is one of them. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gba
5.0 out of 5 stars great for Suzuki students
This is a great compliment to Suzuki which begins with rote. Since notes aren't taught in school like they are in Japan, this book gives the note reading/rhythm knowledge that is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Missy_G
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful for my dtr.
My daughter had problems reading music, because she started with the Suzuki method (which has little emphasis on reading notes in the beginning). Read more
Published 3 months ago by V. Majid
5.0 out of 5 stars Why it Works
This is to be used by a teacher during lessons and then practiced at home. It is not a teach yourself system. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lauri Koenig
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is the perfect book for children who are learning to read violin music for the first time. Each lesson has two main focuses. The first part of the lesson focuses on pitch. Read more
Published 5 months ago by dz
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for students with several lessons under their belts
I require this book of all my students who have no prior note reading experience-- once they have grasped basic tenets of posture, left and right hand technique, and how to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Rebecca Sale Hallowell
4.0 out of 5 stars Experienced or Beginner
This book is great for warm-ups. I play a few pages from this book at the beginning of a session.
Published 7 months ago by Kelley Poling
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