My son actually enjoys the oconnor songs more than the suzuki songs and when hes happy, im happy. So far, mark has created two violin books, with plans for eight more. Mark o connor dropped his fiddle as he was getting ready to go on stage monday night in sioux falls, sd, causing several major cracks in the wood. New york mark oconnor, the worldrenowned fiddler, composer, and promoter of american musical traditions, has developed a new fiddle methodology that music educators are hailing as the first legitimate american alternative to the popular suzuki method of violin instruction. This new method uses traditional music of the americas as well as original compositions by mark o. The oconnor method for violin, viola, cello and orchestra.
Piano accompaniment books for volumes 1 and 2 also available now. Oconnor method string camp is a music instruction camp for violin and strings based on the oconnor method. Doctoral essay supervised by professor glenn basham. I am a nationally certified teacher of music in violin through mtna and currently president of the kitsap music teachers association. I am pleased to introduce the o connor violin method for string teachers and students of the violin. This 10 book series is designed to guide students gradually through the development of pedagogical and musical techniques necessary to become a proficient, wellrounded musician through a carefully planned succession of pieces. For the piano accompaniment to this volume, please see item mo201p. In 1986, the tennessee dance theater commissioned the suite from o connor to be performed at nashvilles summer lights festival. Fwiw, ive played irish fiddle myself for several years and have a handle of sorts on the music. The oconnor violin method is put forward as an americanthemed alternative to the suzuki approach. Like any great movement, the mark o connor violin method seeks a loftier goal. Why is american violin music supplemental in teaching american violin students.
The goal of the oconnor method is that young people everywhere will fall in love with playing music. The book is awkward instructionally, and it would not have suited me when i just started out. Mark o connor talks about his new american violin method. When i first heard about these oconnor fiddle books i was actually pretty excited. An announcement he made on the internet in 2009 said he was producing a suzukiinspired series of books. Mark oconnors fiddle camp back to basics dvd violin ebay.
Book one, is the first step in gaining a command of the language that will later. Tune of the month tune finder tunes at ceolas the session hetzlers fakebook tuneweb chris peterson free. Mark o connor born august 5, 1961 is an american violinist and composer whose music combines bluegrass, country, jazz and classical. This item is the oconnor viola method, book 1 viola part with cd.
Now my boy is working simultaneously in suzuki book 1 and oconnor book 1 and its has really been working out well. A comparison of the oconnor violin method and scholarly. May 02, 2014 violin great mark o connor to present free lecture and performance. May 26, 2011 johnny has gone for a soldier suzuki violin program for 1 year 2 months. Oconnor method books i, ii, iii and additional materials are available exclusively. Classic repertoire, exercises, and historicaleducational text authored, composed and arranged by mark oconnor. Johnny has gone for a soldier suzuki violin program for 1 year 2 months. Home page of mark oconnor official website, an americana, bluegrass, blues, classical, composer, country, folk, jazz artist from charlotte, nc. Ive been playingfiddling around with my violin for about 2 years. Violin great mark oconnor to present free lecture and performance. That young people everywhere will fall in love with playing music. Mark oconnor moc available at johnson string instrument, new englands largest and most complete violin shop. A new american school of string playing by mark oconnor. I had high hopes for this book, i love mark o connor.
Even if i was a kid and i had a teacher work with me through the book, it still would have been awkward and uninspiring. If this is the not the single file you wish to purchase, please change your qty to 0, press the update button to delete the item, and start over. Response to mark oconnors say it aint so, shinichi suzuki. Oconnor violin method discussion suzuki association of. Mark o connor violin method book i favorite celtic melodies violin mel bay celtic fiddle tunes vl1vl2piano bluegrass. In 2002, i enrolled at the school for strings in new york city for a 2 year suzuki teacher training program. Mark o connor s violin method for teaching american music. Oconnor, who was a fiddle violin prodigy as a child, has created what he calls american classical music by combining folk, jazz and classical styles. Mark oconnor sheet music official website markoconnor. Mark oconnor plays appalachia waltz from book i of his violin method. Volumes 310 are in the works, as are volumes for viola, cello, double bass and string orchestra.
About the oconnor method the oconnor method for string teachers and students is a 10book series designed to guide students gradually through the development of pedagogical and musical techniques necessary to become a proficient, wellrounded musician through a carefully planned succession of pieces. Mark oconnors violin method for teaching american music. For more information on the oconnor method for violin, viola, cello. For more information on the oconnor method for violin, viola, cello and orchestra, please visit. This is a song that shows a lot of feelings, and a memorable quality. I currently teach using both the suzuki and o connor violin methods as well as tunes from my own repertoire. This camp uses american music, creativity, cultural diversity, and improvisation to improve learning for both children and adults who want to take string lessons while enjoying and excelling at music. Gyspy jazz minor swing mark o connor o connor method book iv rec session footage duration. Its an allinclusive method using american music and creativity for children to learn how to play right from the very. Currently, the mark o connor violin method includes volumes 1, 2 and 3, including cds with mark playing all tunes.
For the first half of the show, oconnor will play songs from american classics, his latest album, accompanied by a pianist. Gyspy jazz minor swing mark oconnor oconnor method book iv rec session footage duration. Mark oconnor to present free lecture the tennessean. American violinist fiddler mark oconnor has this week made a number of startling public allegations including his belief that the founder of the suzuki method of music education was one of the biggest frauds in music history. Its very basic for beginners, and my violin teacher said she found the quality between the oconnor teaching method, quite on par with the suzuki method, so i just went with this book. Id like to add in a structured method that teaches irish fiddle. This was one of the questions posed by mark o connor and by longtime suzuki teacher pam dewall during a teacher training session at ucla for the new o connor violin method.
Im jane melin rhymes with green and i teach violin, viola and beginningfunctional piano lessons in north kitsap county. But simply creating fine players is not the goal of this method. Mark oconnors prized violin damaged in backstage accident. This is a genre of music that really needs to be systemized. The last word on the suzukioconnor music book debate. Perfect for the private studio, as a supplement in the studio, or for violin class in the school, these first two volumes of the o. I am very open to the idea of teaching kids pedagogically using american tunes and the fiddling world has been long overdue for something like this. Mark oconnor talks about his new american violin method. The oconnor songs are great fun and lighten up the practises, while reinforcing key concepts and techniques. This wisdom came from one of my teaching mentors, jim maurer, who recognized that not all students can progress straight through the suzuki method, or any course of study, without reaching the occasional plateau. I am a suzuki teacher and i the oconnor books 1 and 2 to use as, i admit. For more information on the o connor method for violin, viola, cello and orchestra, please visit.
Books oconnor method a comprehensive string method based on music, style and technique developed in the americas. It contains two pieces written by o connor, the first of which is a violin concerto in american fiddle style, commissioned by the santa fe symphony and premiered in 1993. In fact, the very creation of the oconnor method which uses all american. Dec 07, 2010 for those of you who dont virtually know me, im a fiddle violin teacher. I was fortunate to learn from louise behrend, one of the first pioneers to bring the suzuki educ. In volume 1 and volume 2, which this essay analyzes, suzuki included traditional european classical music such as minuets, gavottes, waltzes.
Review of oconnor violin method book 1 rethinking genius. O connor has released 45 albums, of mostly original music, over a 45year career. Feb 12, 20 mark o connor plays appalachia waltz from book i of his violin method. He has recorded and performed mostly his original american classical music for decades. This is an original tune by mark oconnor with the arrangement found in book one. Its very basic for beginners, and my violin teacher said she found the quality between the o connor teaching method, quite on par with the suzuki method, so i just went with this book. The oconnor violin method employs classic violin technique and theory to teach students to become skilled violinists.28 1547 90 1185 944 391 564 1308 811 701 1370 1026 844 1025 208 1526 818 266 368 1246 54 907 523 76 241 1551 76 1283 1376 134 948 652 396 42 704 319 1188 465 1334 454 551 62 220 1001