Daniel Smith started learning the viola at the age of 8, having been chosen to play this instrument as he was the tallest in the class. Fortunately the viola was a good match and he went on to study at the Royal College of Music Junior Department before studying for a music degree at the University of Birmingham and the Birmingham Conservatoire.
After finishing his studies in Birmingham, Daniel trained to be a Primary School Teacher at the University of Surrey Roehampton. He then worked for a number of music services including Luton, Harrow, Lewisham, Wiltshire and Tower Hamlets. He undertook various roles including developing whole class instrumental programmes, leading junior, intermediate and advanced youth ensembles, working as an area head and leading Young Musicians organizations. In 2009 he was appointed lead Upper Strings Teacher on the First String Experience at the Royal Academy of Music. During this time he has been trained in the teaching methodologies of Sheila Nelson.
After the closure of the Wiltshire Music Service, Daniel returned to London and is currently working as a Primary School Music Teacher in Hammersmith and Hackney.
Daniel started working for Stringwise in recent years and has led Red and Purple Strands as well as leading the Big Piece.
Daniel also enjoys swimming and cycling and has recently started learning Spanish