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 2.08.17

LaWayne and Reid with Oxana Yablonskaya at the January 2017 Boesendorfer Competition in Phoenix Arizona. Oxana is formerly of the Juilliard faculty and was LaWayne's teacher (in the last century!!)

From the Top

News and Events

No Lesson reminder -
There are no lessons Feb. 20 to 26 due to the President's Day holiday.

Congratulations to Emma Taggart for advancing to the finals and receiving a cash award at the 2017 Young People's Symphony Concert Association Competition which was held at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. 

to our winners of the 1st edition of the Great Composers International Competition. In the Master of the Piano Sonata Divison Clara Wrolstad won 1st prize in her age group.
See the results!
In the Master of the Piano Concerto Clara Wrolstad won 1st prize in her age group and Matthew Bennett won 3rd prize in his age group.
See the results!

Emma and Jacob Taggart
appeared at Orchestra Hall on Oct. 23 as part of Sheila E's benefit/tribute concert for Prince!! They were also featured by KARE11 at a press conference annoucing this event.

Emma and Jacob Taggart
were featured in the St Paul edition of the "From the Top" radio program.The show was taped on Sunday, Nov. 13 at the Ordway Center and aired on MPR December 4, 2016.
Emma Taggart was selected to receive a 2016 Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists Scholarship in the amount of $10,000. Huge Congratulations to Emma for winning this extraorinary and terrific award!!.

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
Click to read Matthew Bennett's Newspaper Article

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. Additionally she was invited to return to New York City in June for a week long winners festival.

Congratulations also to Clara Wrolstad
for winning First Prize in the 2016 University of Northwestern Solo Piano Festival Competition in the 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 2016 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).

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.


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