Sheila is a professional performer who is passionate about teaching and enjoys working with people of all ages and levels – whether you or a child in your life have always wanted to play violin/viola or you would like to get back to playing after some time away from it. Sheila teaches privately in Guelph, and maintains a studio in Toronto at the North Toronto Institute of Music and in Breslau at the CIG School of the Performing Arts. With times being what they are, she has been giving lessons outdoors when the weather permits and is also doing a lot of online teaching.


“Sheila is an exceptional violin teacher. She relates well to students, encouraging them in their playing. Rather than relying on someone else’s method, Sheila confidently tailors her lessons to the needs of the student. Using subtle, non-verbal cues (such as a gentle touch to the elbow) she provides the direct, personal feedback a beginner needs to develop proper playing technique. Plus, I love how she teaches things that my child is not even aware of learning such as how to practice and how to play musically.”

— H.M.’s mother

“Sheila has a masterful way of balancing technique and fun. She is kind and supportive. Sheila’s passion for the violin is infectious.”

— A.B.’s mother

“Sheila is such an amazing teacher. Every single time we go into a lesson I can see her determination to teach me something new. I’ve only been playing the violin for just under two years now, and she has already taught me just about everything there is to know about the violin. She is super patient and wants to make sure I’m happy when I play the violin, and she always motivates and encourages me to keep playing the violin.”

— M.P., a student of Sheila’s

“… the best violin teacher!”

— D.M., a student of Sheila’s

“It is with great pleasure I recommend Sheila Smyth as a violin teacher. At the age of 16 my son chose to play the violin. Prior to lessons with Sheila, my son’s only experience was to rent a violin before the start of lessons. The progress my son made during his first year with Sheila exceeded any expectations I had and demonstrated to me what a wonderful teacher she is. Sheila’s patience, commitment, and enjoyable approach allows my son to thrive under her instruction. Watching my son’s confidence in himself grow along with his violin skills was highlighted by the year end recital – what a proud moment for us to witness.

When my son decided to purchase his own violin, Sheila’s assistance was greatly appreciated. M continues to attended weekly lessons with Sheila and looks forward to the new pieces of music Sheila provides. When a 17 year old practices every evening without parental reminders, one knows the love of playing is the driving force. I credit Sheila’s positive and encouraging teaching skills for the confident and self-motivated player my son has become. I wholeheartedly recommend Sheila for all ages and skill levels.”

— S.D.

“Sheila has been our regular violin/viola coach for ten years and is wonderful with our students. With her expertise and encouraging manner Sheila inspires and helps the students discover how to translate the spirit of the music into their playing.”

— K.H., Strings teacher, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts

“…Thank you for being such a terrific teacher for K. Previously she found the social aspect of one-on-one lessons very overwhelming, but you really made her comfortable and able to focus on the music.”

— K.W.’s mother

“I am glad to have had you as a teacher. I’ve learned so much under your wing and I can’t express my gratitude enough. I have never improved so much in my abilities as much as under your supervision.”

— D.S.

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