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 4.25.16

News and Events

Spring Recitals are Saturday, May 14 at 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM,
1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, and 6:30 PM.
All recitals are at the White Bear Unitarian Church in Mahtomedi.

Our 2016 Summer Festival in Spain!!
Click for Preliminary Info and Photos
The festival runs June 13 - 23. Contact drreidsmith@aol.com for complete details.

Our Summer Piano Program
will run from July 5 to August 11.
Click for Registration forms

Congratulations to Clara Wrolstad for winning First Prize in the 2016 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition in New York City! She will appear 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.


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