|Kaleidoscopes is the repertory component of this integrated curriculum. Each book adds new elements of bow technique, left hand technique, expressive vocabulary, and cognitive development. Click the individual books below for details about the book and recordings of the rep
More about Kaleidoscopes Book 1
Although designed for very young beginners, Book 1 covers substantial ground musically. The student will leave the book able to play in first and third position and several keys, with an understanding of tonal patterns through extensive background in transposition.
This book is optimal for very young learners because of the very simple songs; however, an older beginner will benefit from the transposition and cover the same material very quickly.
The illustrations in the book make the songs more relevant and enticing for pre-reading age children, while the parent guide provides the new practice parent with vital information for successfully learning the songs and practicing with their child.
More about Kaleidoscopes Book 2
The songs in Kaleidoscopes Book 2 are longer than those in the first book, but many songs early in the book are actually still four-bar songs in which the second half is played in a different key. In this way, young students experience the challenge of greater length without an increase in memorization difficulty.
Crescendo, diminuendo, vibrato and bow stylings are introduced toward the middle of Book 2, moving toward readiness for a few simple classical pieces in the latter part of the book. Students should be approaching a full-fledged vibrato by the time they complete the book.
More about Kaleidoscopes Book 3
The songs in Kaleidoscopes Book 3 are genuinely longer than those in Book 2, as the student has now grasped many recurring melodic patterns and can more easily memorize several distinct phrases in one piece.
Looking ahead to Vivaldi, Book 3 uses Celtic fiddle tunes to develop a quick left hand and fluent string crossings. Classical pieces are now explored in earnest, with the student now able to perform them with stylistically appropriate dynamics, articulations and tone.