3. Start Stringed Instruments Playing By Ear

It is very common for string teachers, whether they be classroom teachers or private violin, viola and cello teachers, to start their students off playing by ear.  But to set up a foundation for intonation, and to help non-string players … Read More

2. The Note Circle and Learning the Notes on the Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass

Here are two quick activities that help string students get to know the notes on their instrument right away…. 1. The Note Circle Becoming fluent in the notes can be awkward for students.  This simple activity is fun and easy, … Read More

1. Setting Up for Fingering and Intonation Success

When starting a beginner on a stringed instrument, whether it be violin, viola, cello or bass, it is important to set them up for success.  On a stringed instrument, this can be daunting, what with the bow, the instrument hold, … Read More

Teaching Fingering, Shifting, and Intonation Without Fear!

Okay, I’m about to dive in to my favourite topic… teaching string students fingering, shifting, and how to play in tune!  “What?!” you are saying?  “THIS is your favourite topic??” For many teachers especially those just starting out, this is … Read More

Advanced Fingering Charts for Strings

Smart String Teacher’s Advanced Fingering Charts for Strings is a must-have for your intermediate to advanced violin, viola, cello or bass students, and yourself!  A good set of fingering charts should be an essential part of a string player’s resources.  … Read More