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Violin after Grade 2 - something a bit different!

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AnonymousBird Fri 27-Nov-15 19:44:38

DD, 10, has just taken Grade 2 Violin. She plays reasonably well so I am confident she will have passed. She loves to play, in particular in her school bands (she is in two). She does, however, find the traditional stuff wheeled out for the exam syllabus and by her fairly staid teacher in between exams a bit unexciting (and the teacher is lovely, but has a reputation for being a bit stuck in her ways).

I would like to approach the teacher slightly pre-armed to head off the dull stuff I expect will be suggested - Ceilidh or similar I think would be fun, as she loves the Ceilidh band at school. If she plays something enjoyable she will try so much harder and get more out of it!

Can anyone suggest a suitable book that is likely to be fun, but equally will satisfy the violin teacher that she is continuing to learn and progress?


claireelisabeth Fri 27-Nov-15 20:05:10

My dd is 9 and we have a fair number of different books she plays from. Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes might be suitable. My dd has played quite a few songs from this book (and one of them was an alternative piece on her Grade 3 syllabus). She's really enjoyed the opportunity to play something a bit different but traditional at the same time (if that makes sense?).

AnonymousBird Fri 27-Nov-15 20:18:33

Thank you - that is very helpful, and exactly what I was getting at - "proper" music, that her teacher will be happy with but something a bit more interesting. Will check that one out, appreciate you taking the time to reply.

AnonymousBird Sat 28-Nov-15 11:08:32

OO, and I mailed the teacher last night with the suggestion, and she replied this morning agreeing with that exact book plus the matching Ceilidh one!

claireelisabeth Sat 28-Nov-15 12:33:04

Fabulous! I hope you dd enjoys them!

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