|Dr Reid Smith Piano Studios
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."
News and Events
No Lessons Thanksgiving Week November 23 - 29.
Holiday Recitals are Saturday, December 19 at the White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church.
Spring Recitals are Saturday, May 14. *** this is a date change ***
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
The "About" tab contains complete information about our piano faculty.
The "Lessons" tab has information about our piano program.
tab lists the complete teaching schedule for the year. Please check
this periodically as any changes will be posted as soon as possible.
tab contains all sorts of exciting information about our piano
class, including performances given, awards received, and even videos.