Welcome to String Riffs

We offer original music for strings ranging from elementary school beginners to high school players. Repertoire is thoroughly tested in the classroom, and most pieces are supplemented with invaluable concept maps providing unique shortcuts for lesson planning.

Fun tunes like “Fiddle Me Home,” “Chihuahua Crossing,” “Prickly Pear Pizzicato,” and “Arizona Rodeo” combine Southwestern charm with techniques carefully designed to improve specific skills. Students and teachers alike will find something to enjoy in every sparkling piece, and lower strings receive equal attention thanks to the composer’s background as a cellist.

These versatile compositions adapt easily to teacher preferences in articulation, rhythms, tempos, and key signatures as integral building blocks in the string classroom, offering differentiated instruction aligned to state and federal music education standards.

String Riffs spotlights the engaging music of composer Karen Koger, an experienced professional educator and performer. As a lifelong musician, Koger taught private cello lessons for more than two decades and currently instructs fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students in Arizona’s Mesa Public School system, maintaining a long relationship with the American String Teacher Association. She also actively plays in chamber, orchestral, studio, instructional, and theatrical ensembles.

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