What’s a concept map?

String Riffs concept maps are invaluable information-rich tools for teachers, and they’re included for each piece in every volume. Take a look at the sample below (from “Donkey-Go-Round” in String Riffs: Volume Two), and you’ll find clearly labeled sections based on students’ existing skills and future objectives, and suggestions to help achieve those goals.

Concept maps include:

  • a short summary describing the tune’s level and the skills built as the piece is learned
  • “What We Know” — reviewing established skills and repertoire
  • “What We NEED to Know” — expanding on the aspects taught in the piece
  • “How We Will Get There” — explaining the activities and teaching techniques
  • “Vocabulary”
  • “Prior Knowledge” — clearly stating prerequisites
  • “Alignment” — defining how the piece helps meet federal and/or state guidelines
  • “What will make this musical?” — including real-world suggestions from hands-on classroom experience

What’s a Hootenanny?

String Riffs Hootenannies are the best kind of music party — you’ll have the opportunity to play and hear many of our original studio and string orchestra compositions with fellow musicians in a reading session.

Hootenanny highlights:

  • Pros enjoy playing, audiences enjoy listening, and kids enjoy practicing these pieces!
  • Second violins, violas, cellos, and basses have melodies (don’t worry, first violins – you’ll have plenty too)
  • Fun titles – “Gila Monster Mash Up,” “Jitter Puggle,” “Arizona Rodeo,” “Spicy Tacos!” and more
  • Versatile multi-level pieces
  • Concept maps included for lesson planning
  • Aligned to state and federal music standards
  • Engaging sound effects and techniques
  • Benefits of flexible copyright
  • Paperless capability with accompanying CD of parts
  • Wide range of styles
  • Affordable pricing
  • Host a Hootenanny and receive a free String Riffs Volume
  • No pressure, just an introduction!

Don’t miss this fun opportunity to preview great tunes – get in touch with Karen Koger directly through our “Contact” page to schedule your Hootenanny.


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