‘The Best of Violin Grades 1-5’ edited by Jessica O’Leary

We are very excited to announce that all the pieces from ‘The Best of Violin Grades 1-5’, edited by Jessica O’Leary and published by Faber Music, are now available on our KR store in our unique format. Besides the very helpful highlight bar and the musical automatic scrolling of the scores, you can also change pitch and time and loop any desired section.

Editor Jessica O’Leary, an experienced violin teacher and ABRSM examiner, has hand-picked some of the best repertoire ever selected by Trinity Guildhall and ABRSM for their violin examinations, including pieces from both current and past exam syllabuses. She tells Faber Music: ‘whether you’re a really experienced teacher or you’re new to the profession, the biggest obstacle is finding enough repertoire of the right grade'. These books and now in the KR file format offer the solution: 14 or 15 pieces per grade, all specially selected and edited to ensure that students develop every aspect of their playing. In her experience as an ABRSM examiner, Jessica finds that students too often play only their three examination pieces – thus losing the opportunity to improve their sight-reading and general musicality through a wealth of fun and varied repertoire. 'The Best of Violin' books each provide about a year’s worth of core repertoire from a range of different styles – everything from ‘classical’ material right through to contemporary composers’ works and some jazzier numbers – providing a mix of genres to suit everyone. 

Each KR file comes with a violin score, violin and piano score and inspirational performances of every piece (played by Jessica O’Leary and Robin Bigwood) and piano accompaniment track. These are ideal for teachers who are not confident accompanying their pupils, or for pupils to practise playing along to at home. In addition, each piece has useful practice tips from Jessica to help pupils get started.

About the editor: Jessica O’ Leary has a successful career as a teacher, professional violinist, ABRSM examiner and seminar presenter. She has toured and recorded extensively as a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and has performed with Madonna, Led Zeppelin, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Opera House. She teaches violin and viola and directs string ensembles at St Paul’s Girls’ School, Eltham College and Junior Guildhall, London.

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