Mrs. Berry

Welcome to SEED CITY STRINGS!

Are you looking for a string method to introduce young children to violin or viola basics in our modern society, where children are accustomed to constant entertainment? As a teacher, I have found that many parents do not consider music lessons important among their child’s busy after-school schedule, and therefore are not willing to continue lessons for any length of time if their child is not highly interested – and sadly, sometimes not even then.

Although there is not a “one size fits all” solution, I have had great success with the new instructional method named after my beloved town of Seed City and two of my favorite students, violinist Cedric Celery and violist Chloe Carrot, that gives an exciting introduction to stringed instrument for 21st century kids. This novel and unique instructional method features colorful all-in-one volumes, and incorporates theory, technique and repertoire within a fictional storyline based on either the character of Cedric Celery or Chloe Carrot. Concepts are introduced and developed step-by-step, providing ample drill to accommodate a variety of ability levels of children ages 4-9.

Book One introduces young beginners to the violin/viola with the exciting exploits of Cedric Celery or Chloe Carrot, as they explore the basics of their instruments: the proper hold of their instrument and bow, open strings, the musical alphabet, note values and double stops.

Book Two continues the exciting exploits of Cedric Celery or Chloe Carrot, as they discover the first position notes of their instruments: first finger, high second finger and third finger on each string.

Book Three again continues the exciting exploits of Cedric Celery or Chloe Carrot, as they begin to gain proficiency on their instruments: introduction to dynamics, low second finger on each string, low first finger on the highest two strings, dotted quarter note value, introductions to “world” or nationalistic music and western musical history I and an introduction to major and minor scales.

Book Four concludes the exciting exploits of Cedric Celery or Chloe Carrot, as they continue to gain proficiency on their instruments: time signatures, conducting patterns, arpeggios, fourth finger and an introduction to western musical history II.

Just as the lives of my students Cedric Celery and Chloe Carrot have been transformed by stringed instruments, the world of music is one which will also greatly impact each student who passes through YOUR studio. Even if many students discontinue their studies of a particular instrument, music is a powerful tool that directs the course of lives – and society! Remember the power of music in your studio today!

Best Wishes,
Mrs. Berry