What Students Learn in Music Are Not Benefits.

  Will Music Programmes Survive Quarantine? As we hear of school boards struggling with limited funds, I know many teachers are worried about whether or not their instrumental music programs are going to survive this era of quarantine.  Unfortunately, I … Read More

It’s Time For a New String Pedagogy

It is time for a new string pedagogy. We have learned a lot from the great violin pedagogues, like Shinichi Suzuki, Paul Rolland, Mimi Zweig and George Bornoff.  But in addition to their groundbreaking ideas, I have found that the teaching of many techniques can be made even simpler.  So simple in fact, that success can be almost instant. This new pedagogy is based on finding the core of every string technique so that understanding and success is almost immediate….

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

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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