Dr Reid Smith Piano Studios
Educating the next generation of Van Cliburn winners


Dr Reid Smith
Reid Smith
is the only piano teacher currently recommended by the Juilliard School in their Private Teacher Directory for Minnesota.

Juilliard Private Teacher Directory

His teaching combines the finest aspects of the German and Russian traditions. Both the curriculum and the philosophy for the piano program are derived from pedagogical studies at Boston University, The Juilliard School, and the University of Minnesota. While solidly based on traditional principles of technique and musicianship, there is a strong emphasis on the individual development of each student. Students are guided into the discovery of a natural, relaxed technique, and a personal interpretation of the selected curriculum that included the classics as well as many contemporary pieces. Music for sight-reading and ensemble playing are included.

One central aspect of the program is that the focus is student-oriented and not method-oriented. Students often choose many of their own pieces from a carefully selected and varied list of quality compositions. "I have perused nearly all of the teaching material available and examine all the current publications and am always updating and changing my repertoire lists. Every student's curriculum is unique." 

Updated 1.29.16

News and Events

Happy New Year!

There are NO Lessons Feb. 15 - 19 due to the President's Day holiday.

There are NO Lessons March 14 - 31 due to Spring Break.

Spring Recitals are Saturday, May 14.
(*** this also is a date change ***)

Congratulations to Emma Taggart for advancing to the finals of the Young People's Symphony Concert Association Competition. Emma performed at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis and received a cash award. (She was accompanied by LaWayne Leno).

Emma at Orchestra Hall

Congratulations to Emma Taggart
for winning first prize in the pre-teen division of the Minnesota State Fair Talent Competition. Click on the Student tab to see a video of her award winning performance.

Congratulations to Clara Wrolstad for winning a gold medal in the age 9 and under category of the Seattle International Piano Festival and Competition. Clara performed in Seattle in October and also received the Audience Favorite award.

I'd like to introduce you to our new website. The tabs above will allow you to navigate quickly and easily in order to always have access to the most current information.

The "About" tab contains complete information about our piano faculty.

The "Lessons" tab has information about our piano program.

The "Calendar" tab lists the complete teaching schedule for the year. Please check this periodically as any changes will be posted as soon as possible.

The "Students" tab contains all sorts of exciting information about our piano class, including performances given, awards received, and even videos.


NEW STUDENTS click here
 Tel: 651-407-6965
Email: DrReidSmith@AOL.COM