How to Create Quality Online Listening Assignments

I have two pet peeves when it comes to listening assignments – wishy-washy journal-type listening assignments and even worse, listening assignments that are based on ‘the elements of music’. So today’s post is my attempt at preventing an onslaught of … Read More

Strings Give Back Day

What to do the day after the concert? Does your school hold multiple drives during the holiday season? Food drives, toy drives, personal care product drives, clothing drives…. It all can get overwhelming. It also happens during the busiest time … Read More

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

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