Magic Formulas for Teaching Dynamics

  Have trouble getting your groups to play dynamics effectively?  Use these magic formulas and you will get almost instant results!  Read more about teaching dynamics below.  Meanwhile, purchase this poster for your music classroom! Posters are in high quality … Read More

Do Your Students Have Major Pattern Addiction?

You know those students who really aren’t listening?  The ones who never adjust their finger patterns from string to string?  The ones who are totally unaware of how they actually sound?  How do you motivate these students to play the … Read More

OMEA 2019 Conference Fun!

  Last weekend’s Opus 100, the Ontario Music Educators’ Association annual conference, was so much fun!  Two days of fantastic clinics and keynote speakers.  One of the most memorable moments was the performance of the incredibly beautiful piece commissioned for … Read More

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

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