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Worldwide String Teachers
using ABCs of Strings and
Complete Technique Books
by Janice Tucker Rhoda

*traditional classical, suzuki, abrsm,
baroque, fiddle, jazz, rock, klezmer

VIOLIN & VIOLA TEACHERS:
Cello & Double Bass Teachers below


YIANNIS CHRISTOPHIDES, Violinist & Violin Tutor, Music Teacher, Head of Music and Music Technology, Audio Engineer, London, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
LinkedIn Email: musicatschool70@googlemail.com
"Having been recently introduced to the ABCs of Strings methods and resources, my new students have made very swift and positive progress on the violin. Indeed, they have found their progress not only speedy but also, and most importantly, enjoyable. Janice Tucker Rhoda has done a fabulous job bringing violin tuition and learning to all tutors and students in a very accessible, informative and enjoyable format. Thoroughly recommended."
"I have been using the Complete Technique for Violin book with all my students, beginners to intermediates. It is a very useful resource that supplements the various technical aspects of learning the violin - scales, arpeggios, Studies, Left and Right Hand technique, etc. The exercises can easily be applied to the repertoire used in the lesson so that there is coherence and consistency. The book is easy to follow and logical. I have found it a very useful addition to my library of technical aspects of violin teaching and learning." ~Yiannis Christophides

JONATHAN GOREN, Violin Instructor, MM at James Madison University, Baltimore, MARYLAND, USA
LinkedIn Email: gorenjd@dukes.jmu.edu
"Janice Tucker Rhoda's ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner, Book 1 has been a wonderful tool for all of my students, children and adults alike. It has fun pieces, simplified exercises, simplified note and finger patterns in various keys, and encourages note reading, rhythmic clarity, and comfort with technique. This book breaks concepts down to make them more accessible and approachable for people of all ages. I cannot wait to use more of Janice's books to help my students progress and continue to do more detailed practicing and playing, in a fun, intriguing, simplified way." ~Jonathan Goren

ALEXANDER VAVILOV, Violin and Viola Teacher at Indian Hill Music School of Littleton, and Winchester Music School, Arlington, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Alex's Website Email: a_vavilov@yahoo.com
*Alex is the Violist on the CD of ABCs of Viola Book 1.
LISTEN to Samples
*Alex performing studies from Complete Technique for Viola by Janice Tucker Rhoda YouTube
"The ABCs of Violin and ABCs of Viola are great books with a wide selection of fun songs which are both enjoyable to play and have good pedagogical value." ~Alexander Vavilov
*Alex's wife Olga Talroze teaches piano in your home.
Olga's Bio

JISUN KANG, BM. Seoul National University, MM. The Juilliard School, Professional Studies degree in Orchestral Performance at Manhattan School of Music, Violinist with BeneSori String Quartet, Concertmistress of Ureuk Symphony Orchestra (NYC), violin faculty at 4Strings Music Festival , Fort Lee, NEW JERSEY, USA
LinkedIn Email: violin79@gmail.com
""I love your ABCs of Violin. I use them for my group class and private classes. I also like the harmony for the accompaniment!"
~Jisun Kang

MANDY MYERS, Instrumental Music Teacher, North East Middle School, North East, MARYLAND, USA
Email: ahmaruchi-turner@ccps.org
"I am a clarinetist trying to improve on violin, and Complete Technique for Violin has been exactly what I was looking for to solidify my technique! I love this violin book!" ~Mandy Myers

Dr. WEI TSUN CHANG, Professor of Violin, Tennessee Technological University, TENNESSEE, USA
Bio World Stage Email: WTChang@tntech.edu
"The ABCs of Strings books are fascinating! They are well organized, well thought out, and a superb choice of music in every way. I highly recommend this method to my students, student teachers as well as my colleagues. In addition, Complete Technique for Violin is superb! It is well organized, and addresses all aspects of violin technique. I assign this to my students, and recommend this book and Complete Technique for Viola to my colleagues. Brava to Janice Tucker Rhoda!" ~Dr. Wei Tsun Chang

RAPHAEL KLAYMAN, graduate of Mannes College of Music, concert violinist in USA, Europe, Asia, American Symphony Orchestra, New York Pops, performed with Tony Bennett, Rascall Flatts, Ray Charles, Regis Philbin, Clay Aiken, invited to teach Violin in Italy and China. Long Branch, NEW JERSEY, USA
Website Email: violinist@rkviolin.com
"Janice Tucker Rhoda's teaching materials represent a notable addition to the pedagogical literature for early and intermediate violin training. Whether to supplant or supplement existing methods, I highly recommend that teachers take a serious look at her materials." Raphael Klayman

HAZEL KERR, Violin and Viola Teacher, 2003 Yamaha Scottish Instrumental Teacher of the Year Award, Angus, SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM Hazel Kerr
"There are virtually no gaps to fill on completion of The ABCs of Violin and ABCs of Viola books before moving on to exam material -- it is the most complete and whole series that dovetails with the Associated Board of the Royal Conservatory of Music that I have come across yet. The books in this series link fluently from one to the next, making learning and teaching seamless. The ABCs of Violin Book 1 is almost like three books in one - it consists of short studies, pieces - both familiar and new, and scales. Logical step by step progressions and notation is clear. The studies consist of new or challenging concepts which are then included in the piece to follow, allowing your practice to be thorough and time efficient. Each of the books maintain this structure. The best book I have ever used - HIGHLY recommended!" Hazel Kerr

MICHAEL WINER, BM. MM. Violinist, music educator, West Hartford, Connecticut, freelance musician throughout New England and New York, USA
LinkedIn Email: mike.i.winer@gmail.com
"I have been using the ABCs of Strings method with my students, and I find it an invaluable resource. The beauty in Janice's collection of pieces is that it can be used as the primary material, or as a supplement to both public school and other private lesson methods. The Complete Technique for Violin book is just as valuable; not only is it a very complete collection of essential string instrument technique, but it is also full of great advice on what and how to practice and listen. Complete Technique books should be in the library of every student and teacher." ~Michael Winer

Dr. CHRISTIE-KEIKO ABE, Spec.Mus.PhD, Concert Violinist, Violin Teacher & Certified Suzuki Teacher at Columbia College Chicago/Sherwood Conservatory of Music, Pianist, Chicago, ILLINOIS, USA
Website Email: christiemusicstudio@gmail.com
"I had been unsatisfied with many of the violin method books until I started using The ABCs of Violin. The book is very well summarized and I love how the topics are introduced step by step. The notes are large and easy for students to read, and they really enjoy the learning process." ~Christie-Keiko Abe

EMIL ALTSCHULER, B.M. Juilliard and M.M. Yale, Violin, Chamber and Orchestra Instructor at New England Conservatory, Tufts University and Northeastern University. Performances at Lincoln Center, Aspen Music Festival, and Castello di Galeazza. Recorded The ABCs of Violin Books 1 and 3 for publisher Carl Fischer. Studied with Dorothy DeLay and Erick Friedman. Emil also teaches beginning-level viola and piano. Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Email: emilaltschuler@gmail.com
*Emil is the Violinist on the CDs of ABCs of Violin Book 1 and ABCs of Violin Book 3. LISTEN to Samples
"The ABCs of Violin is a foolproof method of learning the violin correctly right from the start. It's innovative, logical, easy to use, and most of all fun. I recommend it to all my students."
~Emil Altschuler

GABRIELLE TOSCANO, M.M. Longy School of Music, Concert Violist, Violin and Viola Teacher, Sudbury School of Music, Weston/Lexington/Peabody/Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
LinkedIn Email: Gabrielle.Toscano@gmail.com
"Janice's Complete Technique for Violin and Complete Technique for Viola are a great addition to my teaching materials especially during this time of year when we are polishing up our recital pieces and are able to practice more sight reading. The ABCs of Violin and ABCs of Viola are a wonderful teaching tool that methodically divides up each lesson and has a realistic flow of introducing new techniques. I have used these books with beginners as well as intermediate students and have gotten excellent results. I would recommend these series of books to any teacher." ~Gabrielle Toscano

SEAN LI CHILD, Classical Violinist & Instructor in Okotoks, ALBERTA, CANADA
Website Email: seanlichild@live.ca
"All of my students use Janice's ABCs of Violin book series. Her material is well written, progressive and a joy for students of all ages to play. Janice's Complete Technique for Violin book is comprehensive, progressive and well organized; ideal for any intermediate or advanced student. Her etudes challenge one's technique while being beautiful musically." ~Sean Li Child

MILKA KRALEVA (CASTRO), Director and Violin Teacher at O Sole Mio Center, her daughter BOGDANA MINDOV (KRASTEVA) is also a Violin Teacher at OSMC, Modesto, CALIFORNIA, USA
Website Email: violinstudio@osolemiocenter.com
"Since the first month I arrived in North America in 2001, I have used and adore The ABCs of Violin books. There is nothing better here in the USA, and all my new students start their first lesson with the ABC's. I like everything - the collection inside and also the size of the notes and space between the songs - thanks!!!!" ~Milka Kraleva

JOSE LEONARDI MOORE, D.M.A. candidate University of Arizona, Concert Violinist/Violin and Viola Teacher at Music and Dance Academy of Tucson, ARIZONA, USA
Website Bio Email: joseleonardi@mac.com
"My students love playing the pieces in the The ABCs of Duets for Violin, especially Mary had a Little Lamb, Joy to the World and Old McDonald! They love Janice Tucker Rhoda's SHINICHI piece in this book! It is really challenging especially when we transpose the F natural to G sharp in third position! My students love composing their own cadenza as marked in the music! I started using the ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner, Book 1 and my students love it, too!" ~Jose Leonardi Moore

SARAH MARANTO, Piano & Violin Teacher, Chicago, ILLINOIS, USA
LinkedIn sarahmaranto@yahoo.com
"The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner has been the most practical book I have used in my studio to help beginning violin students learn all their fundamentals. I would recommend it to anyone." ~Sarah Maranto

TOMOKO IWAMOTO, B.A. Berklee College of Music, M.M. Keio University of Japan, Classical and Jazz Violinist, Composer and Arranger for J-Way String Quartet, Mood Swings Orchestra and All-City Orchestra in Newton, Massachusetts, Violin & Viola Teacher at Brookline Music School in Brookline, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Facebook Email: tomoko.iwamoto@live.com
"I've been using the ABCs of Violin and ABCs of Viola for many years. I like the variety of songs included that are appropriate for beginner students." ~Tomoko Iwamoto

YOU-BIN YANG, Lecturer at Hochschule fur Musik Koln & Musikschule Stadt Monheim, Korean/German/English speaking Concert Violinist, Violin & Viola Teacher, (Cologne) KOELN, GERMANY
Facebook LinkedIn Email: youbin_y@yahoo.de
"ABCs of Violin & ABCs of Viola are my books of choice. They are so clear and easy to learn. My students are so happy with them. Many compliments to your brilliant works, dear Janice."
~You-Bin Yang

JENAE (KESSLER) STARIKOV, M.M. in performance and pedagogy from Longy School of Music, Violin & Piano Teacher, Boston Metro, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Email: jenaek@gmail.com
"I love the ABCs of Violin method. I've been using it for years for students of all ages. There is a lot of variety in the repertoire, and it makes learning the violin fun and satisfying for students."
~Jenae Kessler Starikov

SHELBY TREVOR, B.M., G.P.D. Longy School of Music, Concert Violinist/Violin Teacher at Suzuki School of Newton & Norfolk School of Music, travels to students homes Greater Boston area, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Facebook Email: shelbytrevor@gmail.com
"I find the ABCs of Strings Method books very helpful for a progressive learning curve in my students. They engage students with melodies they can enjoy, which is sometimes the most important ingredient to success in their development, as well as giving students the technical tools to advance to their next level." ~Shelby Trevor

DEBORAH BOYKAN, B.M. Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Concert Violinist and Violin and Viola Teacher, Belmont, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Email: deborah@lafolia.com
"I've been teaching the ABCs of Strings to both children and adults for several years and have found the books to be informative, fun and motivating for a wide variety of students. Highly recommended." ~Deborah Boykan

CHRISTY MITCHELL, M.M., Music Specialist at Kingsley Montessori School and Violin Teacher at Brookline Adult Education Center, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
"I always use ABCs of Violin in my violin classes. The format is so easy for adult beginners to understand and the pieces are always fun to play!" ~Christy Mitchell

SHEENA GUTIERREZ, Concert Violinist with Sphinx Virtuosi and Sotto Amore Duo, private lessons in Miami, FLORIDA, USA
Website Email: sheena.violin@gmail.com
*Sheena is the Violinist on the CD of ABCs of Violin Book 4.
In English:
"Janice Tucker Rhoda's The ABCs of Violin method books are the great example of an inspirational pedagogy work. I have been using the method books for over two years now, teaching young children and adults in Miami, FL and Boston, MA. Her books are in a logical, easy to follow order on learning the violin for adults, and kids love the popular folk tunes that they've always wanted to learn! I even sometimes use them to brush up my second position work or bowing exercises. My new students have not only made incredible progress, but they are enjoying it too! After all, the most important to learning the violin is to enjoy every step of the way. I highly recommend these method books for any pedagogue and to students!" ~S. Gutierrez
En español:
"The ABCs of Violin es un método atractivo tanto para niños como para adultos. Los libros son el gran ejemplo de un trabajo de pedagogía inspirada. Llevo usando los libros de método durante más de dos años, en la enseñanza de niños y adultos jóvenes en Miami, Florida y Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Sus libros están en una manera fácil para el aprendizaje del violín para los adultos, y los niños les encanta las canciones folclóricas populares que siempre han querido aprender! Incluso a veces los utilizan para refrescar mi segunda posición o ejercicios para el arco. Mis nuevos estudiantes no sólo han hecho un progreso incredíble, pero lo están disfrutando también! Después de todo, lo más importante para el aprendizaje del violín es disfrutar cada paso del camino. Yo recomiendo estos libros de método para cualquier pedagogo y para los estudiantes!" ~Sheena Gutierrez

STANISLAV ANTONEVICH, M.M. and Artist Diploma, Longy School of Music, Concert Violinist, English and Russian speaking Violin Teacher, Music Director/Conductor of Worcester Youth Preparatory Orchestras, Worcester, MA, Founder and Director of Stanislav Antonevich Violin Studio, Newton, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Facebook Blog Email: stanislav.antonevich@gmail.com
"I am very happy with the ABCs of String Orchestra by Janice Tucker Rhoda for my young orchestra players! It is a perfect book for a beginning string ensemble, with a wonderful repertoire. Students have lots of fun with the arrangements, while learning important orchestral skills." ~Stanislav Antonevich

KASIA HAROLDSEN, B.M., Violin, Viola, Piano Teacher, Spokane, WASHINGTON, USA
Website Facebook Email: kjoasia59@gmail.com
"I have been using the ABCs of Violin and ABCs of Viola series in my teaching and like it very much. I have utilized it successfully instructing my own children, and find it very easy to teach all children using this method. Adults (seniors in this case) as well, find it so easy to read and learn from. I like that it includes different styles of pieces! Thank you for this great series :-)" ~Kasia Haroldsen

UDESHI HARGETT, Professional Violinist & Violin Teacher, NORTH CAROLINA, USA
Website Facebook Email: wilsonviolinist@gmail.com
"I continue to highly recommend Janice Tucker Rhoda's ABCs of Violin books to my students because they are such user-friendly books; very easy to learn from. The notes are clear and large, and written in a format that is easy for both children and adults to grasp. They are also great for basic technique building with the left hand, and learning proper bow strokes with the right hand. ABCs of Violin Book 4 is the best book for learning 2nd Position and 3rd Position with easy melodies involving shifting. My students especially like the clear explanations, and they tell me the CD that comes with the book is enjoyable while using it at home during practice sessions. This book provides valuable warm up exercises, scales and arpeggios that are important for enthusiastic students. My students enjoy learning from your books. Thank you, Janice!" ~Udeshi Hargett

SONIA DENG, Violin and Viola teacher, versatile concert musician, Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
LinkedIn Email: shonegerr@gmail.com
"The ABCs of Violin and The ABCs of Viola is a great method for learners of all ages. I have found through teaching that students can easily follow the material while building a solid base very quickly. On top of the music that everyone will enjoy, these books also contain fundamentals and technique building materials that are missing in some other method books. It makes learning fun and beautiful music much easier." ~Sonia Deng

HELENA GELFOR, Concert Violinist/Violin Teacher, fluent in Russian and English, San Jose, CALIFORNIA, USA
Website Facebook Email: helena.gelfor@yahoo.com
"I am so pleased with the ABCs of Violin; the materials are so well laid out, in a logical and easy to follow order! I am using and very much enjoying the materials, and the kids love it too! I especially love it that the piano accompaniment sheets are on the CD! Thank you very much for all your wonderful work!" ~Helena Gelfor

BERNADETTE BAKER, Violin Teacher, Founder and Manager of Operatic Strings, Parkdale, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
Website Facebook Email: bernadettebaker@gmail.com
"As another former student of the late and beloved Eric Rosenblith, I was looking forward to incorporating Janice's books, The ABCs of Violin, into my pedagogy. Her books have really enhanced my students' learning, and they were very easy to assimilate. My older students have especially benefitted from the common-sense approach. There are so many things that they can learn even from just one of Janice's small warm-up exercises!" ~Bernadette Baker

AENEA M. KEYES, Violinist with MusicAEterna Trio, Composer, Violin Teacher at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, CALIFORNIA, USA
LinkedIn Email: aeneausa@mac.com
"I have included Janice Tucker Rhoda's ABCs of Violin in my students' curriculum for over a decade. I appreciate the clear, concise exercises presented alongside pieces that are a pleasure for my students to perform: thank you, Janice!" ~Aenea M. Keyes

LOUIS RYAN LEE, speaks English, Malay, Dusun, Kadazan, Chinese, Violin Teacher in Petaling Jaya, Tambunan, SABAH, MALAYSIA
Email: jjcson_ryan90@yahoo.com
"I'm using your ABCs of Violin books to teach my students; it's easy and makes my students improve very much. Thanks for your books." ~Louis Ryan Lee

MARGARET PERSON BLICKENDERFER, New England Conservatory graduate, String Teacher Specialist K-8 in Hunterdon County, NEW JERSEY, USA
Email: kmblickenderfer7@hotmail.com

RAFAEL DENGRA, Concertista/Profesor de Violín, BARCELONA, SPAIN
YouTube Facebook Email: rafaeldengra@hotmail.com
"The ABCs of Violin is a very attractive method for both children and adults. I have been using this method for two years and I find it is a very complete and structured method. The exercises and songs are very lyrical. The students can develop gradually with left hand technique in a very constructive way. They also begin learning and working with basic bow strokes in book 1 and advance well with bowing techniques through the books. I recommend to all teachers to use this method and verify its great pedagogical value."
~Rafael Dengra
En español:
"The ABCs of Violin es un método atractivo tanto para niños como para adultos. Llevo dos años usando este método y lo encuentro muy completo y bien estructurado. Los ejercicios y canciones son muy lÍricas. Los estudiantes desarrollan una técnica de la mano izquierda gradual y eficaz. Pero también desde el primer libro empiezan a aprender y trabajar los golpes de arco básicos. Recomiendo utilizar este método a todos los profesores y comprobar ellos mismos su gran valor pedagógico."
~Rafael Dengra

LORAINE PLANTE, owner of The Musik Planet offering Violin, Viola and Cello lessons, Riverside, CALIFORNIA, USA
Website Facebook Email: Music@themusikplant.com
"We highly recommend ABCs of Violin, ABCs of Viola and ABCs of Cello to all our students. We have seen our students progress and retain what they have learned easily. Thank you, Janice!" ~Loraine Plante

LEWIS FLORES, Professor of Violin, Conductor of the Juan Jose Landaeta Chamber Orchestra, Violinist with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra from the System of Orchestras in VENEZUELA
LinkedIn Facebook YouTube lewisfloresmusic@yahoo.com
"The ABCs of Violin is an excellent series and a great supplement to use for children and adults who are learning to play the violin. The concepts are presented with exercises that are fun and enjoyable for the students. It is an outstanding instructional tool!" ~Lewis Flores
LEWIS FLORES, Profesor de Violín, Director de la Orquesta de Camara Juan Jose Landaeta, Violinista de la Orquesta Sinfonica Simon Bolivar perteneciente al Sistema de Orquestas en VENEZUELA
"The ABCs of Violin (El ABC para Violín) es una excelente serie y un Metodo de gran utilidad, para niños y adultos que están aprendiendo a tocar el violín. Los conceptos se presentan con ejercicios que son divertidos y agradables para los estudiantes. Es una herramienta de enseñanza excelente!" ~Lewis Flores

DAVID LAUBHEIMER, Columbia/Juilliard/Binghamton-Guarnieri trained, performs in small ensembles and orchestras, used ABCs of Violin and ABCs of Viola books with Students who are now in the Chicago Symphony and NYC as freelancers, Violin, Viola & Musicianship Teacher in Central and Northern FLORIDA, USA
Email: violiniste48@aim.com

EDMUNDO RAMIREZ, B.M. NEC, M.M. Juilliard, Concert Violist/Violinist/Viola D'Amore/Teacher in New York City, NEW YORK, USA, Xalapa Veracruz, MEXICO and Frankfurt, GERMANY
Website Ensamble America Email: edmundo@edmundoramirez.net
"Over the past ten years I have been consistently using Janice Tucker Rhoda's ABCs of Strings books to teach violin, viola and string orchestra in several schools and my private studio in New York City and throughout Latin America. The information, progression of the materials and the pieces in the book are helping my students to develop their technique, repertoire and general skills. My students are excelling while having fun during the process of learning. I highly recommend Janice Tucker Rhoda's books; they will strengthen the development of the students in any program and studio." ~Edmundo Ramirez

ELIZABETH BROWN, M.M., college music professor, and private Violin and Viola Teacher, Evanston, ILLINOIS, USA
Website Email: elizbrown20@gmail.com
"I highly recommend The ABCs of Violin. I have been using all the books for private students, and I have seen great results in their mastery - a wonderful pedagogical method!" ~Elizabeth Brown

OLGA CACEANOVA, originally from Chișinau, Moldova, graduate of St. Petersburg Conservatory and New England Conservatory, winner of prestigious competitions, former member of Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, managed by Manhattan Music Ensemble, Violin Teacher in New York, NEW YORK and Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Bio & Awards Email: olgakachanova@gmail.com

DIEGO SILVA ARAUJO, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Violinist in Orquestra Sinfônica da UFRN, Violin Teacher in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, BRAZIL
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TIAGO NETO, PhD, Concert Violinist and Violin Teacher, LISBON, PORTUGAL
ABCs of Violin Teaching course with Janice Tucker Rhoda
Bio YouTube Email: netotiago@hotmail.com

Dr. KENNETH SARCH, D.M.A., Professor of Violin and Viola Mansfield University, Conductor of Mansfield University String Orchestra, Co-author of the ASTA "Dictionary of Bowing and Pizzicato Terms" and "The Twentieth Century Violin," Author of String Orchestra music published by KJOS and LUDWIG MASTER Publishers, two-time Fulbright Scholar, Mansfield, PENNSYLVANIA, USA
USA Musical Ambassador to Panama YouTube
Email: ksarch@verizon.net
"It is my pleasure to recommend Janice Tucker Rhoda’s violin method The ABCs of Violin. The 5 books in the method contain excellent exercise and study material to learn the violin basics from the beginning. What pleases me the most is the variety of music with the introduction of the basic violin techniques in a well organized format presented in larger than normal print yet in a pedagogically serious way without seeming childish or demeaning. No method can substitute for the benefit of a fine teacher, but this method provides teachers with excellent developmental exercises and technique building material, which includes etudes, scales and studies along with a really fine variety of both classical themes and folk and fiddle tunes. Although Book 3 is designated as "Advanced", Book 4 as "More Advanced" and Book 5 as "Budding Virtuoso", the method actually covers the development from the absolute beginner through the Intermediate stage. The 5 books introduce the first three positions, techniques such as trills, shifting, double stops, spiccato, detache and slurs, harmonics, scales and arpeggios, and pizzicato. Solo pieces range from Gregorian chant, Mozart and Bach to Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Franck and Sibelius to folk music and fiddle tunes, including original music and studies composed by the author. This method teaches the student how to read music and some basic theory including intervals, and scale forms. I consider Janice Tucker Rhoda’s method to be a valuable violin teaching method that provides the beginner and developing student a comprehensive and exciting journey in which to explore and master the fundamentals of playing the violin." ~Dr. Kenneth Sarch

RICHARD TWENEY, B.M., English and French speaking Violin and Viola Teacher, Cobourg, ONTARIO, CANADA
Website Email: richard@violinlessonsnorthumberland.ca
"I use ABCs of Violin and Viola for both children and adults, and find that it covers both groups well. There is a variety of material and styles, and it is easy to navigate your way through the book. The system of line numberings makes it easy to reference between the various techniques being taught, and the warm-ups provided for each main piece allow material to be introduced gradually. The availability of an orchestral scoring of the material is useful in forming up small groups for the spring recital season." ~Richard Tweney

LORINDA RADIGONDA, Violin Teacher at Exeter Music Violin Studio in NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA
Facebook Email: LorindaRadigonda@comcast.net
"All my students enjoy using the ABCs of Violin! I have been using them for years!" ~Lorinda Radigonda

RIGO MURILLO, University of Southern Mississippi, Concert Violinist, Violin Teacher at Suzuki Institute of Dallas, Dallas, TEXAS, USA
Website Email: violinist@rigomurillo.com
"The ABCs of Violin is one of the best supplements I use for my young violin students all the time. Its well-known and original piece set makes it great for introducing reading to my youngest students. Its well-designed sequence of pieces from beginning to end is refreshing and provides slightly-larger print for easiness. It's my first beginning violin book to go to after students have learned the basic Suzuki repertoire by ear. I highly recommend The ABCs of Violin book series as top-of-the-list, must-have material to all string teachers." ~Rigo Murillo

ALICE ST. CLAIR, New England Conservatory and Berklee graduate, Violin, Viola & Cello Teacher, Founder & Director of Eastport Strings, Eastport, MAINE, USA
Website Facebook Email: alice@schuth.com
"I love the ABCs of Strings books. They partner very well with other methods. I believe PLAY time with many fun pieces, intensive practice skills and scales is important, and the collection helps with that plus provides great note reading study." ~Alice St. Clair

KATHERINE MOLLER, McGill University graduate, English and French speaking Fiddle Teacher and Performer specializing in Celtic and Maritime music, NEW BRUNSWICK, CANADA
Website Facebook Email: katherine@katherinemoller.ca
"I teach with The ABCs of Violin because of the logical order in which the material is presented. I like the mix of exercises and melodies in the same book." ~Katherine Moller

Dr. YI-HSIU LIU, D.M.A. Boston University, Concert Violinist/Violin Teacher, TAIWAN
Email: yihsiu1982@gmail.com
"I highly recommend ABCs of Violin to all my students and colleagues; it's wonderfully organized and is truly fun to play! My students of all ages love these great method books; they enjoy the progress along with the beautiful repertoire and always ask about the next book!" ~Dr. Yi-Hsiu Liu
Yi-Hsiu has taught the ABCs of String Orchestra and ABCs of Duets Courses at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, MA.

MIMI BUTLER, Author of Private Music Studio Guides and Clinician for String Teachers, B.M. Music Ed, Violin/Viola Teacher, Haddonfield, NEW JERSEY, USA
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HARRIS SHILAKOWSKY, M.M., Professor of Violin, Viola, Cello & Piano, ShilakowskyArts.com After School Programs, Easton, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Email: violin@ShilakowskyArts.com
"I use The ABCs of Strings series with my students and find it to be a great teaching resource!" ~Harris Shilakowsky

Dr. MIGUEL PEREZ-ESPEJO CARDENAS, D.M.A., Concert Violinist/Violin Teacher; Visiting Senior Instructor Bridgewater State College, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Email: migueltononi@hotmail.com
"I find that The ABCs of Violin is among the best methods to learn how to play the instrument. It is written with great clarity, the sequence of exercises and music is carefully planned, and the result is that students enjoy learning well and fast! I highly recommend it!" ~Dr. Miguel Perez-Espejo Cardenas

SARA MATAYOSHI, Violinist in Knoxsville Symphony Orchestra, Violin Teacher and Forrest Yoga Teacher, TENNESSEE, USA
Bio Email: smyoshi@gmail.com
"My students love the ABCs of Violin! The repertoire appeals to all age groups and tastes while simultaneously expanding the student's technique and theory in a very friendly and approachable way. I highly recommend these books!" ~Sara Matayoshi
Janice Tucker Rhoda's Teaching Assistant in previous ABCs of Violin classes at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Massachusetts.

RUTH BRONS, M.M., Violin and Viola Teacher, Suzuki Violin Program Coordinator and Teacher, Cali School of Music Center for the Preparatory Arts, Montclair State University, Developer of the patented Things 4 Strings™ bow hold accessories for beginners, Montclair, NEW JERSEY, USA
Website Email: info@things4strings.com
"The ABCs of Strings beautifully meets the reading practice for our Suzuki students, as it logically fits into the structure of our approach. Our students and teachers especially enjoy playing and exploring the lovely music in the books!" ~Ruth Brons

LISA BROOKE, Concert Violinist/Traditional & Baroque Violin and Viola Teacher, Founder and artistic director of "Très" Baroque Ensemble, Concertmaster New England Classical Singers, Principal Second Violin of Coro Allegro, Concertmistress for Liza Minnelli and Jethro Tull, toured with Barbra Streisand, performs with Boston Ballet, Landmarks Orchestra, B.F.A. SUNY Purchase, Manhattan School of Music Pre-college, Vienna Conservatory in youth, Co-directed North Shore Youth Symphony Orchestra's Chamber music program, Salem Studio/North Shore area, teaches Violin at Salem State University and Ipswich High School, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Email: lisabrookevln@gmail.com 1-978-744-1119
"I'm enjoying using The ABCs of Violin for the Absolute Beginner with students. It has excellent pacing, and is methodical for students with all ranges of abilities and talent. Well thought out progression." ~Lisa Brooke

JIM EDWARDS, Violin and Viola Teacher at Lightshine Musik, Virginia Beach Symphony, Chesapeake, VIRGINIA, USA
Website Email: LightshineJim@gmail.com
"The ABCs of Strings books have prompted me to change the way I teach Violin and Viola. The students respond very well to the way each concept is presented." ~Jim Edwards

DONALD BECKER, M.M., Violin and Viola Teacher, Director of Suzuki Institute of Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Suzuki Institute Email: suzukiboston@earthlink.net
"The ABCs of Strings is a significant contribution to meeting the reading needs of Suzuki students for a structured approach and positive reinforcement that grows organically from the material. Our students and teachers enjoy using the ABCs books and find the original pieces by Janice Tucker Rhoda to be especially charming and musical. The ABCs of Duets for Violin adds a valuable ensemble dimension to the learning experience." Mr. Becker is the Violinist on The ABCs of Duets for Violin Practice CD.

Dr. HSIN-LIN TSAI, D.M.A., Concert Violinist/Violin Teacher, Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Email: tsaihl@alum.bu.edu
"Janice has incorporated various folk songs from different cultural backgrounds into her books, which is an excellent way to introduce diversity through music to a beginner violinist. They are beautiful and fun! The series is well planned, completed with scale exercises, basic theory worksheets, and practice charts! I highly recommend it!" ~Dr. Hsin-LinTsai

ELICIA BURTON, Violin and Fiddle Teacher, Santa Cruz, CALIFORNIA, USA
Email: ebfiddler@sbcglobal.net
"The ABCs of Violin method books are fun for my students! They are encouraged to keep learning the violin and NOT quit!"
~Elicia Burton

SIRI SMEDVIG, Concord Orchestra concertmaster, Concert Violinist/Artist and Violin and Piano Teacher, Concord, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Email: sreidunn@aol.com
"Bravo on your ABCs of Violin series! I use the books successfully in my private studio." ~Siri Smedvig

VIKTORIA TCHERTCHIAN, Violin Teacher, Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Email: violin1313@yahoo.com
"The ABCs of Violin is a simple and elegant way to have fun with music. Extremely educational for students yet in such a way that they do not get overloaded with information. Thanks again for the ABCs." ~Viktoria Tchertchian

PETER HUGHES, performing artist and private Violin and Viola Teacher, Worcester, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Email: peter.hughes@centralmassviolinstudio.com
"A few of my students just started using the ABCs of Violin and Viola books--and I will tell you, the material is so much fun! I really appreciate the delightful array of tunes and studies. Thank-you so much! In the last ten years of teaching, I have yet to find a more enjoyable resource for my students." ~Peter Hughes

EMILY MOORE, B.M., Violin Teacher, Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, USA
Website Facebook Email: mooremily@gmail.com
"After participating in Janice's ABCs of String Teaching course, I have a whole new toolbox of techniques to draw from when teaching my students. Her class was well thought out, enjoyable and extremely beneficial to me as a teacher. I highly recommend it to anyone working with beginning violin students!" ~Emily Moore

MORGAN EVANS-WEILER, B.M., Classical/Fiddle/Jazz/Swing/Folk Violin Teacher and Performer, Mass Ave Music, Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Email: morgan.evans.weiler@gmail.com
"The ABCs of Strings books are a great comprehensive teaching tool. My students can grasp all of the techniques easily."
~Morgan Evans-Weiler

JANE ROSENOF, B.A., M.A., certified string specialist, Violin and Viola Teacher, West Newton, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Email: jrosenof@comcast.net
"In her ABCs of String Teaching course Janice gave me so many wonderful new tips that I could immediately incorporate into my teaching. She packed in so many useful comments about violin technique and inspiring anecdotes -- the time flew by! I left completely re-invigorated and eager to use her suggestions in my teaching." ~Jane Rosenof

ALEKSANDRA LABINSKA, D.M.A. Boston University, former Violin Teacher at Boston Center for Adult Education, Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Bio LinkedIn Email: a_labinska@hotmail.com
"These wonderful method books have sparked a great violin interest in my students. It’s been a pleasure to see them develop and absorb knowledge from The ABCs of Violin. I highly recommend it to every string teacher." ~Aleksandra Labinska

LARRY YOUNG, B.A., certified F.M. Alexander Technique teacher, protégé of David Douglass early violin performance specialist, Concert Fiddler, Violin and Fiddle Teacher, Manchester, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Email: larrypromusica@hotmail.com
"My students enjoy the ABCs of Strings series - they love the melodies! As a teacher I appreciate the way new concepts are explained clearly and in a logical sequence." ~Larry Young

RALUCA DUMITRACHE, M.M., Concert Violinist and Violin Teacher at Concord Conservatory of Music and teaches privately in Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
LinkedIn Bio Email: raludx@gmail.com
"I have been using the ABCs of Violin Method for several years and I fully recommend it as a fun and efficient learning method for both children and adults. The pace of learning feels easy and the progress is fast!" ~Raluca Dumitrache

MICHELE CRONIN, Violin Teacher and owner of Cronin Violin Studio, Atkinson, NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA
Bio Email: croninviolinstudio@myfairpoint.net
"I just started using your Complete Technique for Violin book with my students last week! A wonderful reference providing exercises, musical studies and so much more! Thank you so much for this very helpful resource, Janice!!" ~Michele Cronin

CHRIS MANDELL, M.Ed., Certified Suzuki Violin Teacher, West Roxbury, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Email: birdsongviolin@gmail.com
"Janice's ABCs of Violin carefully sequenced introduction of fingerings, strings, note values, bowings, and scales will have the beginning violinist playing pieces such as Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," Dvorak's "New World Symphony," and Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" in no time at all. I use many of the pieces in this book as a valuable supplement to the Suzuki repertoire I teach my students. Highly recommended!" ~Chris Mandell

SHERYL LAFAYETTE, Suzuki Violin and Viola Specialist, Concord, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Email: sheryllaf@yahoo.com
"The ABCs of Violin is a wonderful supplement to the Suzuki literature for my students. The blend of technique snippets, fun pieces and duets greatly enhances their learning experience. I highly recommend it as a reading book for them!" Sheryl Lafayette

AIMEE MORRILL BRIANT, Concert Violinist/Violin Teacher, owner of Crescendo Suzuki Studio, Randolph, NEW JERSEY, USA
Website Email: aimeebriant@gmail.com

ALICE LASKY, B.M., Concert Violinist/Violin Teacher, Walnut Creek near San Francisco, CALIFORNIA, USA
Email: alice4strings@yahoo.com
"I have taught violin for over 30 years to students of all ages. The ABCs of Violin books work well for individual lessons as well as small group lessons. I also use them as a supplement to the Suzuki violin books. The children like the variety of songs and I think the books are laid out in a logical way. The notes and rhythms are presented clearly and my students enjoy themselves as their techniques improve." ~Alice Lasky

LILIT MURADYAN, D.M.A. Boston University, Russian and Armenian speaking Violin and Viola Teacher, Boston Arts Academy Strings Outreach Program, Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
LinkedIn Email: lilmuradyan@yahoo.com
"The ABCs of Violin and ABCs of Viola are by far one of the most successful method book series I have used. The books include great selections of pieces and excellent warm ups. I regularly use them in my classes and get great feedback from my students, therefore I highly recommend it to anyone teaching both group classes and private lessons." ~Lilit Muradyan

MEREDITH COOPER, Violin and Viola Teacher, Boston Center for Adult Education and former Director of the New School of Music, Somerville, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Email: mercooper@hotmail.com
"This ABCs of Viola book is great! The perfect tool with its simple melodies appropriate for adults as well as children. I love the harmonies (duets) and the warmups are excellent preparation for playing each piece. Students learn to read easily." ~Meredith Cooper

LESLIE LEVI, Artist Diploma candidate Boston University, Concert Violinist, English and French speaking Violin Teacher, Brookline, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Email: leslie.levi@wanadoo.fr
Janice Tucker Rhoda's former Teaching Assistant in ABCs of Violin classes at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, MA.

YAEKO MIRANDA ELMALEH, Concert Violinist/Classical and Klezmer Violin Teacher, Watertown/Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Email: yaekoviolin@gmail.com

TRISH GRUSWITZ, Violin, Viola & Piano Teacher, owner of Olive Tree Music Studio, locations in Morristown, Verona, Andover, Flemington, Montclair, NEW JERSEY, USA
Website Email: tricia@olivetreemusicstudio.com

LIS CRAFT, B.A., B.M., Violin Teacher and Composer, Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Email: elisabeth.craft@gmail.com

NORALEE WALKER, M.M. Yale School of Music, Concert Violist/Violin and Viola Teacher at Winchester Community Music School, West Concord, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Email: noraleewalker@yahoo.com

EILIS CREAN, only student of the legendary Eddie Kelly of Ireland, teacher of East Galway style of traditional Irish fiddle-playing, Fiddle/Mandolin/Banjo/Piano Teacher, Nashville, TENNESSEE, USA
"Who couldn't love the ABCs of Violin? It's terrific!" ~Eilis Crean

JAYA VARMA, M.M., Concert Violinist/Violin Teacher, taught ABCs of Violin Duets Course and Janice Tucker Rhoda's former Teaching Assistant at Cambridge Center for Adult Education in Massachusetts, former Violin Teacher in El Sistema Program at (NEC's) Conservatory Lab Charter School, Manager of Musician Advancement Activities for New World Symphony, Miami, FLORIDA, USA
LinkedIn Email: jayakvarma@gmail.com

SOPHIA YURINA, M.M. Longy School of Music, Concert Violinist, English and Russian speaking Violin and Piano Teacher, Greater Boston area and Revere, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
LinkedIn Email: yasonka00@yahoo.com
Janice Tucker Rhoda's former Teaching Assistant in ABCs of Violin classes at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, MA.

TRACY MCMONAGLE SPARKS, B.A. in Music Therapy and Performance, B.A. with California Clear Teaching Credential, Concert Cellist and Cello and Violin Teacher, St. Andrew's Music Academy, Santa Maria, CALIFORNIA, USA
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CELLO TEACHERS:

Dr. GREG HAMILTON, D.M.A., Professor of Cello and Double Bass, Concordia College, Moorhead, MINNESOTA, USA
BIO Email: ghamilto@cord.edu

*Professor Hamilton performing studies from Complete Technique for Cello by Janice Tucker Rhoda YouTube
"I LOVE the ABCs of Cello and ABCs of Bass books! They are so clear and uncluttered (unlike so many current books) with large type, plenty of space between the lines and pieces, organized pedagogical goals, and helpful hints mixed in. I especially enjoy the mix of well-known tunes, important classical melodies, and Ms. Rhoda's original songs. This is the first source I go to when I teach a new student! I know he or she would not be intimidated with this volume (Book 1) and will enjoy the learning process without being overwhelmed."
~Dr. Greg Hamilton

TANYA REMENIKOVA, Professor of Cello, School of Music at University of Minnesota, MINNESOTA, USA
BIO Email: remen001@umn.edu
"Complete Technique for Cello and ABCs of Cello are an excellent source for teaching cello students in comprehensive, well organized fashion, as well as pedagogy courses." ~Tanya Remenikova

IRINA CHIRKOVA, M.M., Concert Cellist in Celine Dion Orchestra, performed for the president, and Cello Teacher, Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, USA
Website Email: info@mftpa.com
"The ABCs of Cello for the Absolute Beginner is one of the most comprehensive cello beginners' books I've seen in the US. The great choice of popular melodies combined with the author's own compositions, intertwined with all necessary technical knowledge each student needs and loves learning, makes it a truly outstanding method book! I use it and will be using it all the time with beginners of any age." ~Irina Chirkova

SILAS DE OLIVEIRA, Brazilian/American Concert Cellist in New England String Ensemble, Boston String Players, MITSPO, UMass Boston Orchestra, El Sistema Somerville, English, Portuguese, Spanish speaking Cello and Double Bass Teacher, Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Bio Facebook Email: Cellistsilas@aol.com
"If you have been looking for a book that will be self-explanatory, well diverse on its techniques and with mathematically and physically correct fingerings, Janice Tucker Rhoda has delivered on the Complete Technique for Cello book. The system she uses not only helps with playing techniques, but also note reading and clef understanding is clean and straight forward. I have been using this book as part of my student's practice and sight reading. I highly recommend this book because it will help you and your students have a strong lesson and practice. This book will bring a new dimension to your lessons and to your own practice." ~Silas De Oliveira

IGNACY GAYDAMOVICH (GRZELAZKA), M.A. Chopin Academy, M.M. Texas Christian University, G.P.D. Boston Conservatory, Concert Cellist and Cello Teacher, faculty at TCU, winner of international prizes and awards, performs in Europe and USA. Soloist with orchestras in El Paso, TX and Durango, CO. Lives in TEXAS, USA
Website Email: grzelazka@gmail.com
*Ignacy is the Cellist on the CD of The ABCs of Cello Book 2.
"I highly recommend the ABCs of Cello to all my cello students. They are great books covering all levels of development for beginners and intermediate students. Wonderful melodies make the lessons a lot of fun." ~Ignacy Gaydamovich Grzelazka

NICOLETTA PINTOR, Professore di Violoncello/Cello Teacher at Conservatorio di Musica di Cagliari and professional performer, Cagliari, Sardegna, ITALY
Facebook Email: nicoletta.pintor@libero.it
"I really love Janice Tucker Rhoda's method books because The ABCs of Cello is a very nice way to spend hours with my pupils; they can learn and improve with lots of fun and enthusiasm! Great work!" ~N. Pintor
"Amo davvero i libri del metodo di Janice Tucker Rhoda poichè The ABCs of Cello è un modo molto bello per trascorrere ore con i miei alunni; essi possono imparare e migliorare divertendosi molto ed con entusiasmo! Un grande lavoro!" ~Nicoletta Pintor

Dr. YOUNG CHUL CHOE, D.M.A., Conductor/Concert Cellist/Cello Teacher, Artistic Director of Arirang World Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor of Camerata Seoul Ensemble and Korea Christian Orchestra, Conducting faculty of the Kyunghee University, Principal Guest Conductor of HA Multikulturelles Orchestra of Germany, President of Cello Society of Korea, ABCs of Strings Cello Teacher Trainer, SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
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SIMON LINN-GERSTEIN, M.M. Longy School of Music of Bard College 2013, B.A. in Music from Haverford College 2009, Concert Cellist/Cello Teacher, Salem, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Email: slinnger@gmail.com 1-734-255-7339
"It has been a pleasure to work from the ABCs of Strings books with my cello students. They are wonderful books and such a great resource to the string community." ~Simon Linn-Gerstein

CHARLENE LEDOUX, B.A., AA-Music, CMP-bd member NHASTA, cellist Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra in N. Andover, MA, Fitchburg State College Chamber Group, Charlaurie Cello Duet ensemble, Concert Cellist/Cello Teacher, southern NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA
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"I love Janice Tucker Rhoda's method books because they are easy to follow. As a cello teacher and member of the American String Teachers Association, I have reviewed many method books, and found Janice's books to be a fun, organized, "no frills" book to offer my students. The students enjoy being able to play familiar songs right from the "get go". Many method books are so cluttered with information the student has a difficult time focusing on the lesson and just ends up very confused. The ABCs of Cello series of method books are excellent books for every level, they progress nicely through the positions and move the student smoothly through their musical endeavors." ~Charlene Ledoux

CHERYL CAMPBELL, Soloist and Cellist with Cape Ann Symphony, Salem Philharmonic, Symphony by the Sea, Melrose Symphony, Cello Teacher in Marblehead, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Email: cherylcamp6@msn.com 1-781-631-8923

MIRIAM SHAMES, Yale, M.M. Juilliard, Seattle Cello Teaching Studio, all ages/levels, Seattle, WASHINGTON, USA
Email: miriamshames@mac.com
"I love the ABCs of Cello. The books are printed in large type with plenty of extra space. And they provide a terrific and logical progression of technical and musical skills, new material to supplement the Suzuki repertoire, and works equally well for kids and adults. Thank you!" ~Miriam Shames

ELIZABETH KINNEY, Concert Cellist/Private Cello Teacher, Cellist with Greece, Brighton & Genesee Symphony Orchestras & URMC Orchestra, Rochester, NEW YORK, USA
Former teacher & performer based in Sudbury, Massachusetts, founding member & cellist with New Philharmonia Orchestra for first 16 seasons, cellist with Sudbury Savoyards & Sudbury Valley String Quartet, MITSPO, Mercury Orchestra, Concord Hill Musicians & Boston Chamber Ensembles
Facebook Email: epkinney@rcn.com
"I have loved using the ABCs of Cello books with my elementary and middle school cello students for over a decade now! They have proven to be a wonderful supplement to the early Suzuki Cello books and give my students clear explanations of early shifting & much-needed added experience with 2nd & 3rd position. The many accessible, fun and/or ethnic short pieces included in ABCs of Cello Books 1, 2 & 3 truly add enjoyment and interest to my students’ first few years of learning to play the cello. They are always eager to perform them! Hatikvah became the signature piece for a couple of my elementary cello students while they were attending Hebrew school in preparation for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah; we found it accidentally in the ABCs of Cello books! It is great to have such variety of styles & tunes so readily available and logically paced in these volumes." ~Elizabeth Kinney

Dr. MING-HUI LIN, D.M.A. Boston University, G.D.P. Peabody Conservatory, B.M. Taipei National University of the Arts, Cellist in New England String Quartet, Cello and Piano Teacher, Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website LinkedIn Email: contact@minghuilin.com
"Janice incorporated folk songs and popular melodies from different cultures into her ABCs of Cello books, which helps beginner cellists recognize the tunes and make them interested! The series is well organized and my students enjoy it a lot. I highly recommend it!" ~Dr. Ming-Hui Lin

ELEANOR BLAKE, B.M. Concert Cellist and Cello Teacher, Boston, MA; Suzuki Cello Instructor, Milford, MA, and Whitinsville Christian School, Northbridge, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
LinkedIn Email: eleanorcello@aol.com
"As a certified Suzuki Cello instructor, I have found The ABCs of Cello to be a fabulous enhancement to the Suzuki Pedagogy. Janice Tucker Rhoda's choice of familiar tunes along with her own compositions create a learning environment which students find engaging as well as enjoyable. I would recommend the use of The ABCs of Cello to any teacher, to enhance the learning experience of students both young and old." ~Eleanor Blake

ALICE ST. CLAIR, New England Conservatory and Berklee graduate, Violin, Viola & Cello Teacher, Founder & Director of Eastport Strings, Eastport, MAINE, USA
Website Facebook Email: alice@schuth.com
"I love the ABCs of Strings books. They partner very well with other methods. I believe PLAY time with many fun pieces, intensive practice skills and scales is important, and the collection helps with that plus provides great note reading study." ~Alice St. Clair

LORAINE PLANTE, owner of The Musik Planet offering Violin, Viola and Cello lessons, Riverside, CALIFORNIA, USA
Website Facebook Email: Music@themusikplant.com
"We highly recommend ABCs of Violin, ABCs of Viola & ABCs of Cello to all our students. We have seen our students progress and retain what they have learned easily. Thank you, Janice!" ~Loraine Plante

Dr. NARA SHAHBAZYAN, D.M.A. Concert Cellist and Cello Teacher at Brookline Music School, Brookline, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Bio Email: shaname@bu.edu

ROB BETHEL, B.M., Improvisational Cellist and Cello Teacher, owner Yesterday Service sheet music, Somerville, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Email: cellomanrob@comcast.net robbethel@yesterdayservice.com
*Rob is the cellist on the CD of ABCs of Cello Book 1.
"The ABCs of Cello's appealing melodies and exercises keep teachers and students coming back for more. A pleasure to use!" ~Rob Bethel

TRACY MCMONAGLE SPARKS, B.A. in Music Therapy and Performance, B.A. with California Clear Teaching Credential, Concert Cellist and Cello and Violin Teacher, St. Andrew's Music Academy, Santa Maria, CALIFORNIA, USA
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CYNTHIA FORBES, Concert Cellist and Cello Teacher at Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Email: cynthia-61@comcast.net


DOUBLE BASS TEACHERS:

NANCY KIDD, B.M. NEC, Advanced Certificate at The Juilliard School, Musikgarten - Certified Teacher Music Together, Double Bass Teacher and Performer, teaches at Brown University, Bassist in Rhode Island Philharmonic, former Principal Bassist of Albany Symphony Orchestra, Fitchburg, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Email: kidd_nancy@hotmail.com
*Double Bassist on the CD of ABCs of Bass Book 1.
"Janice Tucker Rhoda's ABCs of Bass books are an outstanding way to start beginning bass players of all ages. It's fun, familiar tunes, mixed with helpful exercises, keep students progressing quickly while also keeping their interest. It is especially helpful for young beginners, as there is no other series out there that is both effective and engaging for them. I highly recommend the ABCs of Bass books."
"Janice Tucker Rhoda’s Complete Technique for Double Bass, Book 1 is an excellent companion to The ABCs of Bass Books 1 and 2. It is very thorough and the many exercises are engaging. I especially appreciate the use, and definitions, of so many different musical terms (i.e. cantabile, dolce, maestoso, etc.) in the wonderful studies. It adds an extra element not usually found in technique books." ~Nancy Kidd

Dr. DAVID BALLAM, Double Bass Professor at Auburn University - Goodwin Hall, former Teaching Assistant to Professor DaXun Zhang at University of Texas - Butler School of Music, former Double Bass Teacher for the University of Texas String Project, former Bassist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and Austin Lyric Opera. Founding member of Austin period-instrument group, Ensemble Settecento. Presented clinics at the 2011 International Society of Bassists Convention in San Francisco on the topic of studio teaching. Private Studio in Auburn, ALABAMA, USA
Website Email: david@bass-studio.com
"My youngest students enjoy using The ABCs of Bass. I'm very pleased with the repertoire choices." ~Dr. D. Ballam
Complete Technique for Double Bass, Book 1 by Janice Tucker Rhoda is a welcome addition to the growing collection of pedagogical books for the double bass. Many will find this book very useful as a supplement or companion to ABCs of Bass Books 1 and 2 by Rhoda (also published by Carl Fischer). Overall, this is a very fine method which I greatly enjoy and fills in the appropriate preparation and exercises for developing bowing skills with a sequenced approach to playing in all positions from half-position through thumb position at the octave harmonic." ~Dr. David Ballam

JEREMY ATTANASEO, B.M., M.M. DePaul University, Professor of Bass at Bradley University and Harper University, Assistant Principal of Elgin Symphony Orchestra and Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, alternate in Chicago Symphony, Chicago area, ILLINOIS
Bio at Harper College Email: jattanaseo@comcast.net
"I've been using the ABCs of Bass Book 1 for ALL of my beginner students for a few years and they LOVE it! It's very progressive in terms of the bowing technique and it really solidifies first position all at the same time. I've convinced a colleague of mine to start incorporating this book series into his teaching and he has had great results as well. Two of my students are on ABCs of Bass Book 2 and it's even better than the first book. I've tried many different method books in combination but yours seem to be more balanced and complete for the beginning bass student. Thank you again for making such a complete introduction to the Double Bass and I look forward to more from you in the future." ~Jeremy Attanaseo

COLLEEN RUDDY, Colleen played Electric Bass with contestants on The Voice in June 2013. Double Bass Teacher and Performer, Principal Solo Bassist of The Hollywood Soloists, Former Principal Bassist of Alcyon Chamber Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA, USA
Website Facebook Email: colleenruddy@gmail.com
"I love the ABCs of Bass books. They are a great supplement for teaching young bass students. They are the best thing out there!" ~Colleen Ruddy

GIL KATZ, Bass player and founder of NONA -- Cello and Bass Duo, Sarasota, FLORIDA, USA
Website Facebook YouTube nona@nonamusic.com
"The great aspect of these ABCs of Bass books is the balance between technique and melodic content. The choices of melodies are exactly what all students need at an early stage -- coherent melodies that they can recognize. This helps them navigate between what they hear, see and feel which eventually makes not only the fingerboard feel less abstract but the entire process of making music." ~Gil Katz

JUDITH SUGARMAN, Assistant Principal Bass of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, Principal Bass of Little Orchestra Society, Double Bass in Brooklyn Philharmonic, former Double Bass Faculty Member at The Juilliard School, present Faculty Member at The Mannes College of Music, New York, NEW YORK, USA
LinkedIn Email: judithsugarman@gmail.com
"I use your The ABCs of Bass books for all my beginning bass students! Great job and thank you for making MY job easier."
~Judith Sugarman

WAYNE ROBERTS, Juilliard and New England Conservatory grad, Double Bass Teacher and Leader of the John Kirby Project, teacher at Community Music School of Springfield, western MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website CMG Jazz Email: wayne.roberts@earthlink.net
"Janice Tucker Rhoda's ABCs of Bass Series are ideal for my younger bass students. Many of the pieces are recognizable and therefore easier to learn, and Ms. Rhoda's original pieces help with sight reading. The warm-up sections are also very useful. I highly recommend these books." ~Wayne Roberts

VICENTE BENLLOCH, Profesor Superior de Contrabajo, Conservatorio Superior de Música de Alicante, Alicante, SPAIN
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"Es un placer saludar a una gran pedagoga como tu, enhorabuena por el magnífico trabajo que haces con tus libros ABCs of Bass, que utilizo todos los días en mis clases." ~Vicente Benlloch

DOUGLAS FERREIRA, Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Lynn University, Concert Double Bassist & Double Bass teacher assistant at Michigan State University - Spartans, East Lansing, MICHIGAN, USA
YouTube Emails: douglasfabio@yahoo.com.br ferrei17@msu.edu
"I always use the The ABCs of Bass to teach my kids and they like it! Thank you for the contribution to the bass literature!!!"
~Douglas Ferreira

BILL ELLISON, M.M. Juilliard, Bassist with Barbara Streisand, Giant the Musical, American Symphony Orchestra, Bass Teacher in Greater New York City Area, USA
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ERIC HERVE, Double Bassist and Artist, Professor at Carcassonne Conservatory, FRANCE
Double Bass Art Website Email: closharve@yahoo.fr
"C'est un véritable honneur pour moi car je suis un fervent admirateur et utilise votre collection The ABCs of Bass avec mes élèves avec un réel succès!! Bonne route à vous et encore merci!" ~Eric Herve

Dr. GREG HAMILTON, D.M.A., Professor of Cello and Double Bass, Concordia College, Moorhead, MINNESOTA, USA
BIO Email: ghamilto@cord.edu
"I LOVE the ABCs of Cello and ABCs of Bass books! They are so clear and uncluttered (unlike so many current books) with large type, plenty of space between the lines and pieces, organized pedagogical goals, and helpful hints mixed in. I especially enjoy the mix of well-known tunes, important classical melodies, and Ms. Rhoda's original songs. This is the first source I go to when I teach a new student! I know he or she would not be intimidated with this volume (Book 1) and will enjoy the learning process without being overwhelmed." ~Dr. Greg Hamilton

TOM NOTHNAGLE, Master Teacher of Double Bass, All styles Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, Iowa City, IOWA, USA
Website Email: tom@tomnothnagle.com
The ABCs of Bass books are easy to work with for both my young and middle aged Double Bass students." ~Tom Nothnagle

LINDA MOORE JOHNSON, Double Bass Teacher and Performer, Orchestra Teacher, Colorado Springs, COLORADO, USA
Email: ljtoots@gmail.com

JIM GUTTMANN, Double Bass Teacher and Performer, Manager Klezmer Conservatory Band, Watertown, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website About Jim Email: jim.guttmann@klezmerconservatory.com

DAN SWAIM, Professor Emeritis of Double Bass, Arizona State University and Chair of Suzuki Association of the Americas Bass Committee, Chandler, ARIZONA, USA
Website
"The ABCs of Bass presents a wealth of information that is consistent with the pedagogy of the leading bass teachers worldwide! Students will love it because of the high quality of the music. There are well over 40 appealing folk songs, classical pieces and excellent original teaching pieces by Janice Tucker Rhoda in each volume. Information for both the left and right hands is thoughtfully presented. For example, the introduction of the slurred staccato and the slurred portato before teaching the smooth slur is a great idea! After studying Books 1 and 2, students will be able to play various two octave scales with many of the basic bowing skills." ~Dan Swaim

JASON DAVIS, Double Bass Teacher in Brighton Center, and travels to homes in the greater Boston area, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Website Email: jasdav@gmail.com 1-781-738-4054

FREDERICK CHARLTON, Double Bass Teacher and Performer, Santa Ana, CALIFORNIA, USA
Website Email: BookFrederick@gmail.com

SILAS DE OLIVEIRA, Brazilian/American Concert Cellist in New England String Ensemble, Boston String Players, MITSPO, UMass Boston Orchestra, and English, Portuguese, Spanish speaking Cello and Double Bass Teacher, Boston, MASSACHUSETTS, USA
Bio Facebook Email: Cellistsilas@aol.com


ABCs of Violin, ABCs of Viola, ABCs of Cello, ABCs of Bass and Complete Technique are used by Teachers and Students worldwide including Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, India, Mexico, Middle East, New Zealand, South America, United Kingdom and the United States.

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