Eduard Pudovochkin — violin teacher and artistic director of a Children's Violin Ensemble “Fireflies”, developed a special method of musical training of children 5 and 6 year old, that combines violin technique with ear training, a sense of rhythm, musical memory and aesthetic values.
These are not typical violin lessons. Instead, the lessons are more like a merry game, with teacher leading the children in musical games, marches and dances.
Dr. Pudovochkin completed graduate work at the Saratov Conservatory, practised in the Leningrad State Conservatory (Russia) and published numerous articles and method books in the former USSR, Germany and USA, which are published by the Compozitor Publishing House • Sankt Petersburg in one book “Violin First ABC Then”.
These pieces are intended for children ensembles, beginning with the first steps of studying to the highest levels of skill. The author generalized in them more than twenty-years experience of practice with ensembles in Russia and in the USA.
Eduard Pudovochkin bases on two main principles in his method: primary forms of ensemble music-making and complex development of children's musical abilities through ensemble playing. This method's achievements are marked during the victorious performances of the “Fireflies” (directed by Eduard Pudovochkin) in San-Francisco (California, USA), in Belgium and, of course, in Russia.
The majority of compositions, introduced in the books “Steps 1–10” together with the pieces' collections and violin concertos, (committed like scores), are edited and arranged by Eduard Pudovochkin, impliciting the young performers' musical development. This collection is compiled of the most popular and favourite compositions, loved by musicians and listeners all over the world.
1. J.-Ph. Rameau. RIGAUDON (for advanced pupils) (Music text example)
2. SANTA LUCIA. Neapolitan Song (for advanced pupils)
3. Zh. Metallidi. MY HOMELAND
4. WHEN FIRST WE MET... Russian Old Romance
5. E. Dogah. WALTZ. From the film “My Soft and Tender Beast” (Music text example)
6. E. Medvedovsky. JAZZ-SCALE (for advanced pupils)
Santa Lucia. Neapolitan Song
Zh. Metallidi. My Homeland