This set of "Start-Up" exercises is a LIFE SAVER! It is magical! It is the answer to all of my problems!
Well, the last statement is a slight exaggeration, but these exercises DO fix my BIGGEST PROBLEM with teaching my beginning string class, which is getting everyone's instrument tuned up without wasting a ton of class time.
Maybe I'm a little slow, I know. It did take me YEARS to figure out that I could have the students play along with their method book CD while I walk around and tune their instruments. That was a huge upgrade from letting my students do "whatever" while they stood in line to bring their instruments to me for 10+ minutes. However, this new set of "Start-Ups" is SO MUCH BETTER! Imagine seeing all your little string-lings seriously focused and happily engaged in exercises that reinforce essential technique and develop new skills without a single flick of your baton or word of instruction. Yes! That is exactly what happens when you use this Orchestra Start-Up exercise.
Unfortunately I currently only have one of these, but it works great for the first 2 months of beginning orchestra. Someday I'd like to make a series of progressively more advanced Start-Ups, but for now I just use the method book CD once this set becomes too easy for the beginners.
Why not give it a try? It is totally FREE! You get a PDF to print out parts for each instrument and a fun, engaging 7-minute MP3 file to play. Download both files HERE, and happy tuning!