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Good starter Violin or Viola Outfits
Recommended Reading
How to Get Your Child to Practice
Violin/fiddle, viola, piano & theory lessons


Ms. Sunday has a B.A. (Violin Perf. Rice University) and an M.M. (Violin Perf. University of North Texas, Denton) and Suzuki training at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Teacher has extensive experience as an orchestral and chamber music performer. Children may begin violin or piano lessons as young as four. Adult, home school and special needs students welcome. See: Publications.

Student Feedback
• Excellent teacher who takes the time to discuss the structure of music and its history. Challenges the student to maximize his/her abilities.

• If you are looking for an exceptional violin teacher I can highly recommend my teacher. Her name is Connie Sunday and she is available in Lubbock. I have had others and they do not compare. Ms. Sunday is located in a college neighborhood and is courteous and kind. I would certainly consider taking my children to her if they were still at home. A fine teacher and person.

• We have had a great experience; you are patient and care deeply as a teacher and as a person. We are grateful to have you as a teacher.

• Connie Sunday is without a doubt a superior teacher for the violin. She explains everything so that you can understand it, is exceptionally patient and understanding, and is a joy to be around. The price of equipment that she sells is much better than you can get either at a music store or on-line. She is there for the students and is very flexible on changing lesson times and dates if needed. Each lesson is a positive experience and I am so happy that I have her for a teacher. I am an adult student but have seen her work with children. She is exceptionally good with them also. If I still had young kids at home she would be their teacher. You can not go wrong with this lady.

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Handouts (web)
160 Flashcards for Strings & Piano Students
Advice to a College Student
Analysis of Carl Flesch Scale System
• J.S. Bach: Music | Recordings | Books | Links
Baroque Dance Forms
Bowing Variations
Care & Maintenance of Stringed Instruments
Chord Structures & Cadential Formulas
Clef Signs
Early History of the Violin
Elements of Music Pedagogy
Figured Bass New!
Fingerboard Charts: Violin and Viola
Intervals, Evaluating
Learning Curves
Nonharmonic Tones
Non-Traditional String Sound Resources
Piano Pedals
Public Domain Materials for Intermediate Violin & Viola
String Pedagogy Library
Terminology: Common String Articulations
Three Charts for Violin/Viola Study
Time Signatures & Conducting Patterns
Two Essays on the Development of Student Orchestras
Violin/Viola, Piano: 3 octave fingerings

FREE Orchestral Excerpts:
New York Philharmonic Section Violin Audition
Excerpts - Concertmaster (includes Sheherazade)
Orchestral Excerpts - VIOLIN: Includes "Don Juan"
Orchestral Excerpts - VIOLA: Includes "Don Juan"

Suzuki Repertoire (pdf):
Violin: Books 1-10
Viola: Books 1-9
Piano: Books 1-7
Suzuki Literature: Books by & about Dr. Suzuki
160 Flashcards for Strings & Piano Students
Advice to a College Student
Analysis of Carl Flesch Scale System
Bach: Violin, Viola, Cello, Piano
Baroque Dance Forms
Bowing Variations for Two-Octave Scales
Common String Articulation (Terms)
Circle of Fifths
Chord Structures & Cadential Formulas
Clef Signs
Early History of the Violin (1520-1650)
Elements of Music Pedagogy
Evaluating Intervals
Figured Bass New!
Fingerboard Chart: Viola
Fingerboard Chart: Violin
Glossary of Musical Terminology
Large size Manuscript paper
Learning Curves
Music Pre-Post Test
Musicology - Historial Eras
Non-Harmonic Tones
Non-Traditional String Sound Resources
Piano Pedals
Public Domain Materials for Intermediate Violin & Viola Students
Star Spangled Banner, Arr. Rachmaninoff
String Care (16 pages)
Student Handout: Instrument Care (1 page)
Student Handout: Orchestra Etiquette (2 pages)
Suzuki Violin Repertoire List
Teaching Library
Three Charts for Violin/Viola Lessons
Time Signatures & Conducting Patterns
Two Essays on the Development of Student Orchestras
Viola Fingerboard Chart
Violin Fingerboard Chart
Violin Harmonics: Paul Zukofsky
Violin/Viola, Piano: 3 octave fingerings

Analysis: 1 octave Major & Minor Scales

Literature in PDF format

Essays in PDF format
The Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61: Some 20th Century Viewpoints
John Cage and Merce Cunningham (1942 - 1992)
Ivan Galamian: Photos, article, edited works
Toby Appel's Guide to the Orchestra
Portraits of Anomaly: Nannerl Mozart, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann
• Review: Michael Rabin, America's Virtuoso Violinist, Anthony Feinstein
• Review: Heifetz as I Knew Him, Ayke Agus
The Suppression of Genius and Sensibility in the Public School System, George Leonard's Education and Ecstasy

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Peccard Violin or Viola Outfits
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Peccard Violin Outfit

Nice starting instrument for beginning student. Good sounding, well made instrument. The "outfit" includes the instrument, elegant composite fiberglass bow, with woodshell case and instrument blanket, backpack straps and outside music pocket. Set up by hand with French Despiau bridge and D'addario Pro-arte Strings. Trade-in Policy.

Peccard VIOLIN
• 4/4: $395.00
• 3/4 - 1/2: $385.00
• 1/4-1/16: $375.00

Peccard VIOLA
• 15"-16 1/2": $495.00
• 14": $435.00
• 12", 13": $395.00

For parents:
• Suzuki, Shinichi: Nurtured by Love: The Classic Approach to Talent Education
• Suzuki, Shinichi: Ability Development from Age Zero
• Richards, Cynthia: How to get your child to practice without resorting to violence
• Fink, Lorraine: A Parent's guide to String Instrument Study
• Morris, Carroll: Suzuki Parent's Diary: Or How I Survived My First 10,000 Twinkles
• Starr, William, Constance Star: To Learn With Love: A Companion for Suzuki Parents
• Nathan, Amy: Young Musician's Survival Guide (for older children, middle school and up)

For adult students:
• Coyle, Daniel: The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.
• Green, Barry and W. Timothy Gallwey: Inner Game of Music
• Holt, John: Never Too Late: My Musical Life Story [ See: John Holt page]
• Judy, Stephanie: Making Music for the Joy of It: Enhancing Creativity Skills and Musical Confidence
• Ristad, Eloise: A Soprano on Her Head: Right-Side-Up Reflections on Life and Other Performances

For piano students:
• Adams, Noah: Piano Lessons: Music, Love, and True Adventures
• von Arx, Victoria: Piano Lessons with Claudio Arrau: A Guide to His Philosophy and Techniques
• Carhart, Thad: The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier
• Chang, Chuan: Fundamentals of Piano Practice
• Clarkson, Michael: The Secret Life of Glenn Gould: A Genius in Love
• Cooke, Charles: Playing the Piano for Pleasure
• Fine, Larry: The Piano Book: Buying & Owning a New or Used Piano
• Goldsworthy, Anna: Piano Lessons: A Memoir
• Hafner, Katie: A Romance on Three Legs: Glenn Gould's Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Piano
• Knize, Perri: Grand Obsession

Practicing is a key issue in developing students as musicians. Children normally will not do this on their own until they're in their late teens. So it is up to teacher and parents to insist. There is a very useful book that parents find helpful; it is available on Kindle on You do not have to have a Kindle to read it, but can download it to your PC or laptop with the free software available on Amazon. I also have a copy in the studio, should you care to examine it:

My recommendations include the following:
  1. Develop a set time during the day when the student will spend 10 -20 minutes every day, with the instrument;
  2. Design a practice area for your child (or yourself) which includes a chair, their music stand, their music, and perhaps some decoration, like a mobile, posters, etc.;
  3. Remember that brushing teeth (for example), is not optional and neither is "spending some time with the instrument";
  4. Slower is better: slow practice is much more effective than simply running through their week's assignment without reflection;
  5. Most of my students have four or five books or printed materials to work on each week; please don't feel that everything has to be practiced, every practice time, but rather, divide the materials up through the week (children will need help with this):
  6. Remember that Suzuki-inspired lessons are very different than the lessons most of us adults had: the student/parent/teacher triangle (the "Suzuki triangle") means that everyone works together for the good of the child; parents should observe the lessons carefully (many take notes) and supervise the home practice. It's not the same, at all, as the old "drop the student off and pick them up afterwards" type of study.

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