Curriculum and Repertoire

Layug String Studio provides instruction from foundational up to advanced intermediate levels.  Below are listed each level’s content objectives and core repertoire.  The final link is a detailed repertoire sequence.


Level 1: Foundations (First lesson-early Suzuki 1)

  • Basic instrument care
  • Tall, supported violin posture
  • Secure, relaxed, and curved bow hand
  • Balanced violin arm and “straight-line” wrist
  • Strong, clear tone in long bows and short bows
  • Introduction to dynamics and styles
  • Accurate finger placement for basic intonation
  • Ear-finger connection
  • Basic major scale pattern, including “theory” of scale construction and basic intervals
  • Confident reading of notes on D, A, and E string, as well as eighth, quarter, half, and whole rhythms

Core Repertoire

  • Blue Book of Violin Tunes or O’Connor Violin Method bk 1
  • Suzuki 1+CD
  • Freddie Fiddle and Betty Bow (optional)
  • Adult beginners may follow a slightly different path, using the Essential Elements,  or Doflein  books rather than Suzuki in the early levels.  At later levels the paths will blend.


Level 2: Beginner (Late Suzuki 1-Suzuki 2; Solos for the Young Violinist bk 1)


  • Continued refinement of violin position as student grows
  • Development of slurs and fluent bow use throughout the whole bow
  • Progressions of dynamics, style, and early development of phrasing
  • Especial attention to violin arm/hand use as we extend to all strings and many different finger patterns
  • Development of accurate intonation in many keys
  • Confident reading of all notes and accidentals, dotted and tied rhythms, and 16th notes
  • 2-octave scales and arpeggios: G major, A major, Bb major, and C major mastered; g, a, and d minor scales introduced (including “theory” of major/minor relationships)
  • Beginning shifting and possibly vibrato introduced

Core Repertoire

  • Suzuki books 1-2 and/or O’Connor books 1 and 2
  • Solos for Young Violinists book 1 (Barber)
  • Violin Technique: How to Master (Lecher)


Level 3: Transitional Intermediate (Suzuki 3- Suzuki 4;  Solos bk 1-2 )


  • Continued attention to basic posture and techniques
  • Complete mastery of intonation in first position
  • Shifting technique mastered; comfort acquired in second and third positions; higher positions begin to be explored
  • Vibrato developed, especially arm vibrato
  • Development of bow techniques such as martele, bariolage bowing, various kinds of staccato
  • Early double stops developed
  • Mastery of 2-octave major scales and arpeggios up to 5 #/b; mastery of g, a, b, c, d, and e minor scales and arpeggios; 3-octave scales and arpeggios begun
  • “Theory” of key relationships and intervals further developed
  • Ability to comfortably and accurately sightread any piece within their level
  • A multitude of musical styles explored; students are developing not only control but purposefulness in determining dynamics, styles, phrasing, and tone coloring.

Core Repertoire

  • Suzuki books 3-4
  • Solos for Young Violinists bk 1-2 (Barber)
  • Violin Technique: How to Master (Lecher)
  • Opt: O’Connor books
  • Opt: Introducing the Positions (Whistler)
  • Opt: Fun With Solos (Avsharian)
  • Opt: introductory student concerti


Level 4: Advancing Intermediate (Student level to early “performance level” concert repertoire)


  • Refinement of foundational technique, as needed
  • Ease and mastery in navigating first 5 positions; begin extending to higher positions
  • Refining and perfecting of bow techniques, especially off-string and arpeggiated bowings
  • Increasing coordination of fast passagework
  • Double stops, especially octaves and 3rds, developed
  • Arm and hand vibrato are developed and adaptable to various styles3 octave major and minor scales and arpeggios
  • Growing fluency in reading above the staff, as well as more and more complex rhythms
  • Tone and stylistic playing are further refined and mastered; the student should be developing their own sense of style

Core Repertoire

  • Suzuki books 4-7
  • Solos for Young Violinists books 2-4 (Barber)
  • Violin Technique: How to Master (Lecher)
  • Various other technical and concert literature

Repertoire Sequence

Updated August 2016

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