Written for my Public School string ensemble students, Motion can work as a stand-alone beginning string orchestra/quintet piece or as a warm-up for an intermediate string orchestra.  As a rhythmic study, Motion gives students the opportunity to practice rhythmic stability and off-beat syncopation accuracy. Syncopation is at the foundation of music from many different cultures. Students have the opportunity to become familiar with diverse styles of music.

A fine introduction to jazz bowing, the notated articulations allow students to practice and feel how jazz musicians articulate eighth notes. Imitating the sound of the drum teaches a new rhythmic study for string instruments with a bow.

Motion is written in a sequential and additive style that allows students to strengthen their fingers, develop accurate intonation in first position, and practice concentration skills. Students learn about the form of a music composition through the use of repeats and first and second endings. Ensemble is also developed with the addition of rests so students can practice counting and entering in tempo.

Students should learn Motion at a slow tempo and increase the tempo gradually. It can also be studied using different bowings. For more advanced Jazz Studies, this easily memorable piece can be played by ear in other keys.



2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass


8.5×11” digital PDF


Akua Dixon (2009)