8 Great Reasons to Visit SMT at the OMEA Conference!

  Are you attending the 100th anniversary Ontario Music Educators Association conference, Opus 100, on November 8th and 9th in Toronto?  Smart Music Teacher will be there, and here are 8 great reasons to come and visit the booth!   … Read More

Free Beginner Bass Scales

The nice thing about teaching strings is, unlike band instruments, all the instruments are the same… almost!  The double bass is somewhat of an oddball, being played standing, only able to play two notes per string, and tuned in fourths … Read More

Troubleshooting Peg Problems on Stringed Instruments

  It’s winter, it’s dry, and… it’s the season for slipping pegs.  Or it’s summer and humid, and pegs are stuck.  You try to start class, and you are regularly interrupted by peg problems.  It is such a time-waster!  So … Read More

How to Wind Strings Properly

  Have you been winding your strings properly on your violin, viola or cello?  It’s not just about aesthetics or neatness.  Properly wound strings create forces that can prevent pegs from slipping.  If a string is not wound properly, the … Read More

Hoodie-Free Zone!

Highschoolers…. They seem to live and sleep in their hoodies these days!  But they get in the way of holding the violin and viola properly. Finally, tired of reminding my violin and viola students to remove their hoodies, I made … Read More

Note-Reading for Strings Handout and Worksheets

This handy reference for note-reading on violin, viola, cello and bass is great to have to reinforce music-reading skills. Download it for free, or purchase it along with the worksheets. Worksheets help reinforce note-reading and fingering on all strings, and … Read More

Check your bow! – Posters

Tightening and Loosening the Bow Properly…. Tired of bows that are too tight and students who forget to loosen their bows?  These posters and handouts are great for teaching beginners, and will give your students a visual reminder every time … Read More

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