Mrs. Holly Smardo

Violin Teacher / Teacher Trainer

Holly Smardo

SAA Member


Fayetteville, AR
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Holly Smardo is a Suzuki Talent Education specialist and founder of Natural State Strings (NSS), a Suzuki tour group based in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  NSS offers students instruction in violin, viola, and cello while also giving students opportunities to develop their ability through performance.  Holly is also the Director of Orchestras at Washington Junior High School, a public school located in Bentonville, Arkansas. The Bentonville Schools are known for providing quality instruction in string education by applying the basic principles of the Suzuki Method.

In the summer of 2019, Holly became certified as a Teacher Trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas giving her the qualifications to educate and inspire teachers.  Holly has enjoyed many years of successful teaching in Arkansas, Kansas City, Washington D.C., and Illinois. Many of her students have continued their musical studies and enjoy successful careers as both performers and teachers.

Ms. Smardo is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she studied violin under Tiberius Klausner, and was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for both violin performance and music education.  Holly has received Suzuki training from many reputable teacher trainers.  Her primary instruction can be attributed to receiving a Master’s of Music degree at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville (SIUE) where she studied Suzuki pedagogy with Carol Smith and violin performance with Kent Perry.  She also studied both pedagogy and violin performance with the renowned pedagogue, John Kendall.  In addition, she was the Director of the SIUE Suzuki Tour Group.

As a professional musician Holly has performed with various orchestras including the Kansas City Symphony, the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and currently performs with the Fort Smith Symphony.  In addition, she was a founding member of the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra and Youth Orchestra.