Theory workbooks for kids who only play violin?
I am looking for a good series of theory workbooks for my 11yo, who only plays violin and currently just knows treble clef. She has the basics down (note reading, key signatures, time signatures, intervals, major/minor chords). I would prefer a series that spirals, as she tends to forget things over time, and especially one that slowly introduces bass clef.
My son used a great series of books at her age, but they were piano theory books, and aren't working for her since they require a strong knowledge of bass clef. I eventually would like to get her into this series, but she needs to have more than just a basic understanding of bass clef to get there.
Any ideas? I've found a bunch of violin-oriented theory books but most seem to be geared toward the real basics.
The ABRSM theory books grades 1-8 are pretty good
Harmony is basically the only part of music theory that requires reading bass clef. If you don't play the piano (or guitar) learning harmony is really hard. It is not just the bass clef; it is the fact that one can not easily play around and experiment with chords on a violin like on a piano or guitar.
@Jake I am assuming they use UK terms for rhythms? That probably wouldn't go over well.
They use both in the books I believe
I do not understand how this is a problem for an 11 year old violinist. If you place the TREBLE clef in the context of the GRAND STAFF, the harmonic relationships of TREBLE and BASS clef are immediately apparent.
I would teach bass clef first. You can use flash cards for this purpose, initially.
I'll just come right out and say it: Your daughter can stand to learn some piano, and from there, many things will become easier, not just theory. It's great for rhythm too, and of course sight-reading. I suggest you enlist the support of the violin teacher in encouraging your daughter to self-teach piano.
I taught her a little bit of piano this summer so she does know the basics. You are all probably right; doing some more piano will cure the bass clef problem and then she can easily progress in the more advanced theory books.