Smart tips for setting up instrument hold, posture, bow hold, etc., for violin, viola, cello or double bass in the private lesson or string classroom.

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

String Orchestra Seating Plan Lesson

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

Are You Using SmartMusicTeacher YouTube Videos?

  In case you haven’t noticed yet, SmartMusicTeacher has a YouTube Channel with (at this moment) over 50 videos that are free for you to use with your violin, viola, cello and bass students.  And boy, did the videos come … Read More

How to Pack and Carry Your Cello – Video

I’ve watched many a student struggle with packing and unpacking their cello, and carrying them in awkward positions.  Packing a cello is actually very easy, and carrying it properly actually makes it feel really light.  After watching this video, you … Read More

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.  This sets up a foundation for intonation and listening. Because playing a stringed … Read More

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