This book is an introductory viola method for the absolute beginner. Starting with open string letters and songs with simple finger numbers, the book progresses to short exercises and familiar songs with large, easy-to-read notes to get the student to play as much as possible. Written for students ages 5-9, Learning the Viola, Book One is especially helpful with younger beginners or students who struggle with note-reading. This book can be studied in private lessons, in single-string classes, or in mixed-string classes, along with Learning the Violin, Book One, Learning the Cello, Book One, and Learning the Bass, Book One. A Score and Piano Accompaniment is also available. This book could be studied along with The Open String Book for Viola and could be followed by Learning the Viola, Book Two.