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Habits of a Successful Middle Level String Musician

By Christopher Selby & Scott Rush

Habits Middle School String Books

For Middle School and Intermediate Level string musicians


Methods for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass


Available as a physical book or online digital version
Online digital version available for $6.95


Available on both MusicFirst and MakeMusic Cloud online teaching platforms


Habits of a Successful Middle Level String Musician is a field-tested musical collection of over 300 sequenced exercises for building fundamentals. Perfect to use with the entire string orchestra or a solo player, this series contains carefully sequenced finger pattern and shifting etudes, tone and articulation warm-ups, sight-reading exercises, rhythm vocabulary studies, chorales, and much more.

In one place, this series collects everything an aspiring player needs to build fundamental musicianship skills and then be able to transfer those skills directly into the performance of great literature.

Habits of a Successful Middle Level String Musician:

  • Presents a differentiated, sequential, and comprehensive method for developing finger pattern and shifting skills to address the most common problems encountered by intermediate level orchestra students.
  • Organizes tone, rhythm, and articulation patterns into a flexible and sequential series.
  • Creates a method for teaching scales, arpeggios, and thirds that simultaneously accommodates students of different ability levels.
  • Provides chorales for the development of tone quality, ensemble sonority, and musicianship.
  • Presents sequenced rhythm vocabulary charts in a format that allows transfer from timing to pitches in a musical context.
  • Includes over ten pages of audition sight-reading exercises in a full- ensemble format that is well planned in scope and sequence.
  • Promotes the idea that students should cross the threshold from the “technical components of playing” to music making.

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This book is a must-read for all interested in teaching string orchestra at the K–12 level! Written by a seasoned and exemplary teacher—it is chock full of great teaching ideas that will help you be successful in your classroom! Buy it, read it, and keep it in your library—you will come back to it time and time again!

Mary L. Wagner

Former National ASTA President and co-author of the ASTA String Curriculum

Did You Know...

Each student method book in the HABITS series is available digitally for access on any device of choice!

Even More!

Habits of a Successful Beginner Band Musician comes with a FREE digital access code printed on the inside cover!

All other Habits student method books are available digitally for $6.95 (a $3 saving compared to the physical edition).

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