Dr Reid Smith Piano Studio
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Through music a child enters a world of beauty, expresses her inmost self, tastes the joy of creating, widens his sympathies, develops her mind, soothes and refines his spirit, and adds grace to her body.

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Summer Lessons
begin June 17 and run to August 20.

for complete information.

Congratulations to all the performers in our Spring Recitals - and to all the medal winners.

Congratulations to the Student Performers in the Wildwood Artists Series Alexander Yakovlev Master Class Recital:
Matthew Bennett, Jack Schroeder, Julian Schwendeman, Olivia Stephen, Emma Taggart, Jacob Taggart, and Clara Wrolstad.

to 7-year-old Jacob Taggart for winning first prize in the preteen division at the State Fair.

Jacob's performance

to Matthew Bennett
who was chosen as one of the Wildwood Artists summer scholarship reipients. His scholarship enabled him to attend the 2014 Accademia Tadini Festival in Italy and he also performed for the Wildwood Series in September.

to the 14 students who attended the 2014 Accademia Tadini International Music Festival in Lovere, Italy this summer.
Big Congratulations
to the 10 students who performed concerto movements with the Milan Chamber Orchestra: Matthew Bennett, John Michael Berdusco, Grace Fink, Catherine Rose, Jack Schroeder, Julian and Soren Schwendeman, Emma and Jacob Taggart, and Clara Wrolstad.
The festifal was a big success and everyone performed beautifully.

The festival attendees were additionally featured in a "Home Coming" concert at the  Landmark Center in St Paul, which was
sponsored by Wells Piano. Thanks to Jason and Kieran for making this exciting concert possible!

to 8 year old Clara Wrolstad who presented her debut recital this past fall at Reid's home studio in

to Emma and Jacob Taggart who performed a concert at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Edina, in October.

Faculty News

Virginia Sundberg and LaWayne Leno recently performed the compete sonatas for 1 piano, 4 hands, of Mozart in recital.

Reid's recent CD 
is an all-Liszt recording and includes  the  Sonata in B minor.

He has also recorded two all-Chopin CDs - one is the Complete 27 Etudes and the other features the 4 Ballades. To purchase, contact:

LaWayne Leno's book "The Untold Story of Adele aus der Ohe: From a Liszt Student to a Virtuoso continues to draw rave reviews both nationally and  internationally, including Clavier Companion Magazine  and International Pianist, perhaps the premiere piano magazine in the world, where it was reviewed as the "Editor's Choice".  The book has been hailed as a "must read".
Of special interest are Aus der Ohe's unique Minnesota connections - she played the opening concert for the Schubert Club's International Artists Series and performed in the opening season of the Minnesota Orchestra.
More information at:

Adele aus der Ohe

Updated 5.30.15


Reid Smith Studio news:

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White Bear Lake Press Publications article

Dr Reid Smith

Welcome to

Reid Smith's Piano Studio

Reid is one of two piano teachers recommended by The Juilliard School  in their Private Teacher Directory for Minnesota.

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His teaching combines the finest aspects of the German and Russian traditions. (Click the "About" tab to read his complete biography.) 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 includes the classics and 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 materials available and examine all the current publications. I am always updating and changing my repertoire lists.  Every student's curriculum is unique.

Dr Reid Smith Piano Studio
Dellwood, MN 55110