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

Welcome!

Dr Reid Smith
Reid Smith
is the only piano teacher currently 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. 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 6.27.16
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News and Events


Our Summer Piano Program runs from July 5 to August 11.
Click for Registration forms
It's not too late to register!!!

Our 2016 Summer Festival in Spain was a big success!!!

Congratulations to the winners of the Benasque Spain International Piano Competition:
Age 5 - 8 category: Darian Hull won 2nd prize.

Age 9 and up category: Matthew Bennett won 1st prize, John Michael Berdusco won 2nd, Ajay Manicka won 3rd and Charlie Harvath won 4th.Matthew Bennett


Congratulations to Darien Hull, Jacob Taggart, and Emma Taggart for winning top prizes in the 2016 (1st edition) International Art of Piano Competition. Darien won 2nd prize in age group 1, Jacob won 1st prize in age group 2 and Emma Taggart won 1st prize in age group 3.
Entrants from all over the world competed via internet submittals. Con
gratulations to all three!!!

Congratulations to Clara Wrolstad
for winning First Prize in the 2016 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York City! Clara at Carnegie HallClara appeared at the winners concert on May 22 in the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall!

Congratulations also to Clara Wrolstad
for winning First Prize in the 2016 University of Northwestern Solo Piano Festival competition, grades 4 to 6 category!!


Congratulations to Emma Taggart
for wining First Prize in the Junior High Piano Division of the 2016 Thursday Musical Young Artists Competition!!

Congratulations to Clara Wrolstad
for winning First Prize at the 2016 PianoFunMN competition in the age 9-12 group!!!

Reid served as one of the judges for the age 12-14 division of 2016 PianoFun MN.

Reid also judged the 2016 collegiate division of the Schubert Club Competition on Feb 27.

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.




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CONTACT

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 Tel: 651-407-6965
Email: DrReidSmith@AOL.COM