Suzuki Violin at McKinley School

McKinley School's first-grade Suzuki violin program offered approximately 50 students twice-weekly instruction in the violin, based upon the Suzuki Method. This page offers reference material to help support program parents in assisting their child's progress. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the instructor, Laurie Niles.

Our students' egg-carton practice violins

The 2007-8 class


Song Videos

For the Cinco de Mayo show:
The Irish Jig (Long Version)

Week Seventeen:
The Musical Alphabet

"Cat Kitty" (Slow speed)

"Cat Kitty" (Faster)

"Twinkle Variation 1" (Beginning)

"Twinkle Variation 1" (Full version - slow speed)

"Twinkle Variation 1" (Full version - faster)

Week Fifteen:
"The Leprechaun Song"

"The Kangaroo Song"

Week Twelve:
"Mumbly Mice"

"Twinkle on E"

Week Ten:
"Rabbit Habitat"


"The Bunny Song"

Week Eight:
Relaxed Bow Hand

Week Seven:
Silent Rockets And Booms

"The Irish Jig" (Student Part)

Week Six:
"Up Like a Rocket"

"The G, G Song"

The Peter Pan Bow Story

Week Three:
Making a "Bow Bunny"

Pencil Bow Hold

"The Noble Duke of York"

Week Two:
"The Numbers Game"

Week One:
"Rest Position Song"

"This Is the Scroll"

Suzuki Clapping Rhythms

Weekly Practice Assignments

All downloads are in PDF format.

Week 28 [May 19]

Week 26 [May 5]

Week 25 [Apr. 27]

Week 24 [Apr. 21]

Week 21 [Mar. 31]

Week 19 [Mar. 17]

Week 18 [Mar. 10]

Week 17 [Mar. 3]

Week 16 [Feb. 17]

Week 15 [Feb. 10]

Week 14 [Feb. 3]

Week 13 [Jan. 27]

Week 12 [Jan. 20]

Week 11 [Jan. 13]

Week 10 [Jan. 6]

Week 9 [Dec. 10]

Week 8 [Dec. 3]

Week 7 [Nov. 26]

Week 6 [Nov. 12]

Week 5 [Nov. 5]

Week 4 [Oct. 29]

Week 3 [Oct. 22]

Week 2 [Oct. 15]

Week 1 [Oct. 8]


Introduction to First Grade Suzuki Violin

Taking Care of Your Violin

Cardboard Violin Cut-Out

Blank Practice Record

Sheet music for Irish Jig

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