String Time Starters

String Time Starters : 21 pieces for flexible ensemble

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String Time Starters is an exciting ensemble collection for beginner strings from the authors of the award-winning Fiddle Time series. A prequel to String Time Joggers, this collection provides inventive and enjoyable ensemble repertoire for groups of all sizes.
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Product details

  • Mixed media product | 48 pages
  • 222 x 309 x 5mm | 226g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Teacher's book + CD
  • 0193411636
  • 9780193411630
  • 239,483

Table of contents

Show Time! ; Sword dance ; Let's play a rag ; Midnight feast ; Chicken on a fence post ; Mellow-D ; Take your partners ; Day dream ; Take the D Train ; Three-legged race ; Boogie ; Time to Tango ; Let's rock! ; Circus tricks ; Ode to Joy ; Skye boat song ; Mary had a baby ; Jingle, bells ; Canoe song ; G-force blues ; Hush little baby
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Review quote

The Blackwells have provided pieces that are interesting and appropriate for the level. Separate books are available for violin, viola, cello, and bass. The layout is nicely sized and spaced for young children and includes a sprinkling of charming illustrations. The Teacheras book contains the score and piano accompaniment, and a CD with appealing backing tracks will enhance students' enjoyment of the pieces. * Catherine Milligan, AUSTA Stringendo magazine, October 2016 * As a fairly mediocre pianist, I find the accompaniments fully playable with very little preparation. The CD accompaniment tracks are very well presented and are all at reasonable speeds to work with. I have used String Time Starters for whole class teaching, but I can fully envisage making use of it with beginner string ensembles locally, and as a useful addition to performance repertoire for students who learn in small groups. String Time Starters is a fantastic
addition to the repertoire at this level. * Matthew Lee, ESTA Arco, July 2016 (part 2 of review) * We have grown accustomed to nothing short of excellence from the pedagogical works of Kathy and David Blackwell, and in this publication they exceed expectation. I have been exploring their latest work with two of my whole class string groups, both unusual in that they cover an age range of four years . . . These 21 pieces have all been adaptable enough to offer enjoyable, and satisfyingly attainable material for all. Each piece, whether original composition or
traditional arrangement, has been well crafted, providing a range of opportunities for technical development in young beginner players, without compromising musically in any way . . . There is plenty of scope for differentiation, technically, musically and cognitively, and I have found it compatible with
a range of learning difficulties. * Matthew Lee, ESTA Arco, July 2016 (part 1 of review) *
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About David Blackwell

Kathy Blackwell, B. Mus. (Hons.), LTCL, LGSM, studied music at Edinburgh University and continued with post-graduate studies in music at the University of Oxford. Kathy is a string teacher with many years experience of teaching violin and viola. She developed her teaching ideas at the coalface in both Music Services and in private practice, working with groups large and small and in one-to-one lessons. She was a strings consultant for the ABRSM Music Medals
initiative, a new assessment specifically designed for students taught in groups, and a contributor to the accompanying book All together! Teaching Music in Groups (ABRSM, 2004). Her teaching experience has led her to co-author Fiddle, Viola, and Cello Time, published by Oxford University Press, with her
husband, David. Kathy and David have presented workshops in the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

David Blackwell studied music at Edinburgh University, after which he pursued a career in music publishing, first at ABRSM and then at Oxford University Press. He is co-editor of OUP's In the Mood: 17 Jazz Classics for Choirs and Carols for Choirs 5, and has published a number of single choral arrangements. He is co-writer with his wife Kathy of OUP's award-winning string series, Fiddle, Viola, Cello Time, and String Time, which have twice
won the MIA award for Best Educational Publication. He now works as a freelance music editor, composer and arranger.
In 2017 Kathy and David Blackwell received two awards: from ESTA UK in recognition of their exceptional services to string teaching, and from the Oxfordshire Music Education Partnership for significant contribution to music education in Oxfordshire and beyond.
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