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Author of The ABCs of Strings
Janice Tucker Rhoda
Janice Tucker Rhoda is the author of the popular instruction series The ABCs of Strings published by Carl Fischer Music. Her biography is included in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women and Who's Who in the World. She has designed her path-breaking series to encourage students of all ages to play the Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass. Her method makes learning to play a bowed string instrument easy and enjoyable.
She gives string teacher training clinics and courses at colleges worldwide including New England Conservatory of Music, McGill University, Penn State University, Royal Conservatory of Music and Vancouver Academy of Music. She has presented clinics at Cambridge Center for Adult Education and USA educational music conferences FMEA, MMEA, NJMEA, NYSSMA, PMEA, TODA and TMEA, and has served as an adjudicator for solo competitions.
Ms. Rhoda received a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from New England Conservatory of Music where her primary teacher was Eric Rosenblith, protégé of well-known pedagogue Carl Flesch. She attended NEC's Preparatory School for 3 years studying with Mr. Rosenblith before enrolling in the college division and studying with him for a total of 8 years. She also studied with luminaries Nancy Cirillo, Rudolf Kolisch, Yuri Mazurkevich, George Neikrug, Daniel Pinkham, Gunther Schuller, Roman Totenberg and Benjamin Zander. Her Suzuki teacher trainers were Shinichi Suzuki, Lorraine Fink, Joan Reuning, William Starr and Carol Sykes. She taught at Longy School of Music, Brookline Music School and All Newton Music School, serving as director of the Suzuki program at the first two institutions. She has taught Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass, and accompanies students on Piano. She has studied Guitar, Flute, Clarinet, Recorder and Mandolin, and has had years of private voice lessons beginning at NEC for college credit. She learned to read music at age 6 in a Massachusetts public school and sang solos in school plays and graduations before studying Violin at age 9. Janice's Facebook Page
ABOUT THE ABCs of STRINGS:
Janice Tucker Rhoda's best-selling method series, The ABCs of Strings, encompasses Books, CDs and DVDs for Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass and String Orchestra. The books combine melodies from classical music standards, folk and fiddle tunes, rock 'n roll and jazz, and improvisation, and Ms. Rhoda's original compositions of these various styles along with warm-up exercises, scales and study pieces. There are simple graphs showing left-hand finger placement, and practice charts in all of the books. Each absolute beginner book has additional duets, worksheets for note identification and a glossary of music terms and symbols.
The ABCs of Strings is designed with student and teacher in mind, and is compatible with current and classic methods. Throughout the series, new concepts, no matter how tricky or challenging, are introduced in an easy-to-learn manner that is enjoyable for student and teacher. Students advance gradually, logically and thoroughly to playing proficiently in a way that makes learning a stringed instrument easy and fun. They develop a solid foundation from the beginning.
Every method book has its own companion book of easy piano accompaniments to help facilitate study and recital performance. Several of the main method books now have free PDF files of the piano accompaniment book on the CD insert. The ABCs of String Orchestra is a valuable tool for a beginners' first experience playing in a string orchestra. Difficulty levels in the series range from absolute beginner to budding virtuoso: TITLES
The ABCs of Strings is for all ages. In the preface of violin book one, The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner, Ms. Rhoda writes: "To the adult student: I am convinced it is never too late to begin studying the violin. In fact, adult beginners learn to read music at a very quick pace, have excellent concentration and are highly motivated to practice." Ms. Rhoda has taught adult violin group classes since 1992. New Course
Violinist Yuki Beppu began with the ABCs of Violin method series at age 4 with Ms. Rhoda. Ms. Beppu won the New England Conservatory concerto competition at age 10. She has performed for the President and with famous pianist George Li. She performs all 69 pieces from the ABCs of Violin Books 1 and 2 in The ABCs of Violin for the Intermediate Player DVD.
Whether a teacher teaches traditional classical, baroque, suzuki, fiddle, jazz or rock, they all enjoy using the ABCs of Strings Books, CDs and DVDs as main or supplementary material.