Sophie’s Splendiferous Violin Method

Sophie’s Splendiferous Violin Method for the Very Young is a very fabulous violin method making use of children’s songs to help them learn how to play the violin by using songs they already know or which are short and simple and interesting enough that they do not feel just like another exercise.

As of March 26, 2018, I have about 1/3 of the final songs scored out and less than half of those have their learning tips/guides. I plan to release this as an e-book and in print, but my research has indicated that colour versions of an 80 page violin method book will force me to sell them at what I consider a high cost. I would like to keep the final cost of the book at $15 or less, but I do think that colour needs to be used to help grab young children’s attention and that regular binding rather than spiral is important to keep children from tearing pages out by accident.

I am also considering colour version and uncoloured version, but that would place a higher burden on the artist (and me, because I would have to order two runs).

There should ultimately be roughly 45 to 72 songs or rhymes that most English-speaking children will have learned with roughly 1-3 taken per culture from other cultures around the world.

Songs Currently Planned:

  1. A Cheval
  2. A Tisket, A Tasket
  3. Are You Going to Scarborough Fair?
  4. Blow the Man Down
  5. Diddle, Diddle Dumpling
  6. Eenie, Meanie, Miney, Moe
  7. Goosey, Goosey Gander
  8. Happy Birthday
  9. Heno, Heno
  10. Hey, Diddle Diddle
  11. I Gave my Love a Cherry
  12. Itsy, Bitsy Spider
  13. Lightly Row
  14. Mary Had a Little Lamb
  15. Momotaro-san
  16. Old McDonald Had a Farm
  17. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
  18. Polly Put the Kettle On
  19. Rain, Rain Go Away
  20. Ring Around a Rosy
  21. Rock-a-bye Baby
  22. Sakura, Sakura
  23. There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
  24. Three Blind Mice