The “Berceuse” was introduced as the first piece in “The Scampering Scarecrow Violin Book”. Further to that it introduced
Garth Williams approach to the teaching of strings. Every composition for beginners highlights the scale from the piece in addition to the rhythm patterns found in the piece. The composition itself is a lullaby and now being written for young orchestra it possesses a “dolce” mood which definitely comes out in the arrangement.
It is highly recommended that the instructor introduce the rhythm patterns in the class warmup. The scale of G Major is
basic to the string repertoire so that should assist the warmup. I suggest going with the simpler rhythm patterns first and then adding the more involved patterns later. An instructor could use these patterns for warmup but then go on to other pieces, leaving the actual “Berceuse” to a class later in the week. By that time, even the more difficult patterns should be comfortable.