SmartMusicTeacher at OMEA Counterpoint 2018

Wow, what a week!  It started last Monday and Tuesday with my school’s two-day music retreat.  Then on Wednesday, Halloween night, exhausted from teaching and from the retreat, I was offered a last-minute table for Friday and Saturday at the … Read More

First Position Fingering Charts for Beginner Strings

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

Music Sign-Out Sheets and Music Collection

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

  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

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

Smart Ideas for Teaching Strings in September

  It’s Back to School! The new school year is upon us and it’s back to classes and lessons!  Do you need some new ideas for teaching strings?  Here are four great strategies you can use to accelerate student learning.  … Read More

SmartMusicTeacher at the OSA Spring String Conference!

Notice the new tab on the website?  Yes, it says Workshops!  Yours truly is doing her first clinic at the Ontario String Association’s Spring String Conference, coming up soon on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 at North Toronto Collegiate in Toronto.  … Read More

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