Level 3

Level 3: Transitional Intermediate (Gavotte from Mignon  Suzuki 2-Seitz ConcertosSuzuki 4)


  • Continued attention to basic posture and techniques
  • Development of bow techniques such as martele, bariolage bowing, various kinds of staccato, double stops.
  • Complete mastery of intonation in first position
  • 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
  • “Theory” of key relationships and intervals further developed
  • Ability to comfortably and accurately sightread any piece within their level
  • Shifting technique mastered; comfort acquired in second and third positions; higher positions begin to be explored
  • Vibrato developed, especially arm vibrato
  • Etude studies continued for development and refinement of technique
  • 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 2-4
  • Solos for Young Violinists bk 1-2 (Barber)
  • Violin Technique: How to Master (Lecher)
  • Opt: Introducing the Positions (Whistler)
  • Opt: Fun With Solos (Avsharian)
  • Opt: introductory student concerti

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