Smart String Teacher Publications

For Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass

First Position Fingering Charts for Beginner Strings
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Start your beginner strings playing in different keys right away with these easy-to-read first position fingering charts!  Fingering charts help students easily understand and memorize fingering for different keys, and should be an essential part of any strings classroom. Whether … Read More

Teach By Finger Pattern: Get Started With Free Finger Pattern Handouts!
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Using just six finger patterns can greatly simplify how you teach violin, viola, cello and double bass.  I first wrote about The Six Basic Finger Patterns back when I started this blog.  Since then, I’ve created many materials and strategies you … Read More

Smart Bowing Exercises for Strings
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Have your students ever wondered why they should practice their scales, and what this has to do with mastering their instruments? Well, Smart Bowing Exercises for Strings will give them over 100 reasons why! This truly unique resource has well-organized … Read More

Smart Scales for Strings
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Smart Scales for Strings simplifies how we teach and learn scales for Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.  It makes scales so easy, it practically teaches itself!  It is perfect for both the classroom and private teaching and is all … Read More

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Smart Music Theory Publications

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A Mnemonic for Memorizing the Major Keys
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  Great for the studio or the classroom, this poster makes the major keys easy to memorize!  Posters are in high quality PDF format and can be sent to your local copy shop for printing. All licenses are for limited … Read More

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Traditional Music

For Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass

Smart Fiddle Tunes for Strings
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Looking for fiddle tunes to teach the class?  Need tunes transposed for viola, cello and bass? Did you know that there are many, many skills you can teach through fiddle tunes?  Read about all the great reasons to teach fiddle … Read More

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Teach By Finger Pattern: Get Started With Free Finger Pattern Handouts!
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Using just six finger patterns can greatly simplify how you teach violin, viola, cello and double bass.  I first wrote about The Six Basic Finger Patterns back when I started this blog.  Since then, I’ve created many materials and strategies you … Read More

Music Sign-Out Sheets and Music Collection
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It took me a few years to streamline my system of signing out and collecting the many, many pieces of music that we go through every year.  My first few years of teaching, I didn’t even even bother signing out … Read More

Seating Plan Template for String Orchestra
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  Time to get organized! It’s the beginning of the school year and it’s time to make up some new seating plans.  I thought I’d tweak my seating plan and share it with those of you who don’t have one, … Read More

String Orchestra Seating Plan Lesson
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The set-up of a string orchestra can be a bit bewildering to beginners. One of the first things I do in September is use this handout with my beginning students to illustrate how a string orchestra is seated.  Through this … Read More

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