Supplies

Andrea Coyle’s Violin & Viola Studio, LLC strives to provide a convenient and comprehensive list of the most commonly recommended and required materials for lessons. Please note that some of these links are affiliate links. Proceeds will be used to purchase supplies for the studio. These resources are listed in no particular order. Please ask if you are unsure of the best item for your purpose.

Instruments and Supplies
Please don’t purchase an instrument before your first lesson as I need to size you for an instrument. I am happy to check out an instrument for you before you purchase it to make sure that it is a quality instrument for your lessons. I do not recommend purchasing an instrument on Amazon (or similar online store). You will likely end up with VSO (violin/viola shaped object) that will sound terrible and cause bad habits. Purchasing a VSO is really more expensive in the long run as you will need to buy another instrument or spend an extraordinary amount of money to make the instrument playable. Please consider one of the shops listed below.

Kolacny Music
Reeve Violins, LLC
Von’s Violin Shop
Sound and Fury, LLC
Rock T. Eggen Violins, LLC
Robertson & Sons Violin Shop, Inc.
Young Musicians
Shar Music

Rosin
The Original Bernardel Rosin For Violin – Viola – Cello

Pirastro Goldflex Rosin for Violin and Viola
Jade Rosin

Shoulder Rests
Please make sure you purchase the correct size shoulder rest for your instrument!
Belvelin Foam Shoulder Rests

Everest Blue ES Series 4/4 Violin Adjustable Shoulder Rest
Everest ES-4 Violin Shoulder Rest (4/4), Purple
Everest Blue ES Series 3/4-1/2 Violin Adjustable Shoulder Rest
Everest Pink ES Series 3/4-1/2 Violin Adjustable Shoulder Rest
Everest Neon Green ES Series 3/4-1/2 Violin Adjustable Shoulder Rest
Everest Blue ES Series 1/4-1/10 Violin Adjustable Shoulder Rest
Everest Vln Sh Rest 1/4-1/10 Size Purple
Everest Light Pink ES Series 1/4-1/10 Violin Adjustable Shoulder Rest
Everest Neon Green ES Series 1/4-1/10 Violin Adjustable Shoulder Rest
Everest Pink ES Series 1/4-1/10 Violin Adjustable Shoulder Rest
Everest EZ Viola Shoulder Rest

Kun Collapsible Violin Shoulder Rest (fits 4/4 size)
Kun Collapsible Viola Shoulder Rest (fits 15″ – 17″ size)

Mach One Violin Shoulder Rest
Mach One Maple Violin Shoulder Rest Hook
Mach One Viola Shoulder Rest Maple

Violin Strings
Please make sure that you purchase the correct size strings for your instrument!
Thomastik Infeld Vision Solo Violin String Set – 4/4 Size – Medium Gauge
Dominant Custom Violin String Set with Ball-End Jargar E – 4/4 size – Medium Gauge
Evah Pirazzi Custom Violin String Set with Ball-End Jargar E – 4/4 size – Medium Gauge
D’Addario Helicore Violin Set
Prim Steel Violin String Set – 4/4 Size – Medium Gauge (recommended for fiddling)
D’Addario Helicore 4/4 Size Violin Strings 4/4 Size Set with Steel E String

Viola Strings
Please make sure that you purchase the correct size strings for your instrument!
Thomastik Infeld Dominant Viola String Set – Full Size – Medium Gauge
Larsen Viola A String
Helicore Viola String Set
Thomastik Infeld Vision Solo Viola String Set – Full Size – Medium Gauge

Tuners and Metronomes
Intelli IMT-301 Metronome and Tuner with Temperature/Hygrometer Meter
D’Addario NS Micro Violin Tuner
WebMetronome

Mutes
Bech Magnetic Mute for Violin or Viola
Ultra Practice Violin Mute
Heavy Practice Mute for Violin or Viola – Metal
Ultra Viola Practice Mute – Rubber
Tourte Original Mute for Violin or Viola – Single

Stand Light
Lotus Light LEDLUX14 Music Stand Light – Lithium Battery, Bag & Adaptor

Music Stands
Manhasset Model 48 Sheet Music Stand
ChromaCast CC-MSTAND Folding Music Stand with Carry Bag

Violin/Viola Wall Hook
String Swing Violin

Cleaning Supplies
Super Sensitive Strings 9447 Orchestral String Instrument Polishing Cloth
Micro Fibre Cloths are also available in a two pack at the Dollar Tree
00 Steel Wool – Available at the hardware store (for use on strings)

Lesson Materials
Pencils
Mead Spiral Notebook, 1 Subject, 70 College Ruled Sheets, Assorted Colors, 6 PACK (73065)
Avery Durable View Binder, 1″ Slant Rings, 220-Sheet Capacity, DuraHinge, Black (17011)
Tote Bag
Music Heart – Love Treble Bass Clef Notes Staff ID Tag Luggage Card Suitcase Carry-On
Practice Books Meredith Strings

Theory Books
Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory: Complete Book Alto Clef (Viola) Edition
Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory: Complete, Book & 2 CDs (Essentials of Music Theory) (Paperback) – Common
Alfred’s Essentials of Music Theory, Complete (Lessons * Ear Training * Workbook)————– (CD’s Not Included)
Khan Academy Theory

Sheet Music
Christmas and Fiddling Music
Christmas and Chanukah Ensembles: Violin (Strictly Strings)
Christmas and Chanukah Ensembles: Viola (Strictly Strings)
The Backup Book

Note Reading/Sight Reading Books for Violin
I Can Read Music, Vol 1: Violin (For Violin)

I Can Read Music, Vol 2: A Note Reading Book for Violin Students by Martin, Joanne (1999) Spiral-bound
Adventures in Music Reading for Violin, Bk 1
Adventures in Reading Music Book 2 for Violin by William Starr. Published by Alfred Music Publishing
Fingerboard Geography for Violin, Vol. 1
Sight Reading Skills for Suzuki Violin Students – Volume 1 (Sight Reading Skills For Suzuki Violinist, Volume 1)
Sight Reading Factory

Etude and Scale Books for Violin
Viva Vibrato! – Violin
Barber, Barbara – Scales for Advanced Violinist – Violin Solo
Galamian/Neumann – Contemporary Violin Technique, Book 1
Whistler – First Etude Album for Violin Published by Rubank Publications
Franz Wohlfahrt – 60 Etudes for Violin, Op 45 (Complete)
Mazas, JF – 75 Melodious and Progressive Etudes, Op 36 (Complete)
Kreutzer, Rodolphe – 42 Studies – Violin – edited by Singer
Fiorillo, Federigo – 36 Etudes or Caprices – Violin
Quint Etudes

Suzuki Violin School Book & CD
Suzuki Violin School Revised Edition Violin Part Book & CD Volume 1
Suzuki Violin School Revised Edition Violin Part Book & CD Volume 2
Suzuki Violin School: Violin Part & CD, Vol. 3
Alfred Suzuki Violin School Violin Part & CD Volume 4
Alfred Suzuki Violin School Volume 5 Revised (Book/CD)
Suzuki Violin School Revised Edition Violin Part Book & CD Volume 6
Alfred Suzuki Violin School Violin Part & CD, Volume 7 (Revised)
Suzuki Violin School, Vol 8: Violin Part, Book & CD
Smart Music

Note Reading/Sight Reading Books for Viola
I Can Read Music: For Viola Volume 1
I Can Read Music, Vol 2: Viola
Fingerboard Geography for Viola, Vol 1: An Intonation, Note-reading, Theory, Shifting System
Sight Reading Factory

Etude and Study Book for Viola
Viva Vibrato! – Viola
Galamian, Ivan – Galamian Scale System – Viola
Wohlfahrt, Franz – 60 Studies, Op 45: Volume 1 – Viola solo
Wohlfahrt, Franz – 60 Studies, Op 45: Volume 2 – Viola solo
Mazas, Jacques Féréol – 30 Etudes Spéciales, Op 36, Book 1 – Viola solo
Mazas, Jacques Féréol – Etudes Brillantes, Op 36, Book 2 – Viola solo
Kreutzer, Rodolphe – 42 Studies – Viola solo

Suzuki Viola School Book & CD
Suzuki Viola School, Vol 1: Viola Part, Book & CD (2013-06-01)
Suzuki Viola School, Vol 2: Viola Part, Book & CD
Suzuki Viola School, Vol 3: Viola Part, Book & CD
Suzuki Viola School, Vol 4: Viola Part, Book & CD
Suzuki Viola School, Vol 5: Viola Part, Book & CD
Suzuki Viola School, Vol 6: Viola Part, Book & CD
Suzuki Viola School, Vol 7: Viola Part, Book & CD
Suzuki Viola School, Vol 8: Viola Part, Book & CD
Smart Music