Music Theory, Piano, Music
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
I am the professor of piano at Coker College, one of only three All-Steinway schools in South Carolina.
I began teaching privately in 1998, and I have been teaching students of all ages continuously since that time. My students have won honors in state and local auditions as well as monetary awards from various organizations for their performances. While I do not expect all students to treat music vocationally, I do expect excellence at their given levels.
My students have recently won awards to attend Brevard Music Center, scholarships from the South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, and competitive scholarships from the Columbia Music Clubs.
My Musical Education Background
Doctorate of Musical Arts, University of South Carolina
Master of Music, University of South Carolina
Bachelor of Music, Furman University
Genres and Subjects Taught
Hymnody and Sacred Music
Introductory Jazz Styles
Courses for homeschooled students (available with sufficient registration) may include topics such as introduction to hymnody, music theory, or music history.
45 Minute Lesson: $45
60 Minute Lesson: $60
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I teach advanced middle and high school students who are serious about studying music. I will happily refer students to other local teachers who may better serve their needs.
My Certifications and Awards
Nationally Certified Teacher of Music
Faculty-in-Training, Keyboard Wellness Seminar
My students have won awards at MTNA competitions, Columbia Music Teachers Competitions, South Carolina Federation of Music Clubs Scholarships, and other awards!
My Musical Influences
My favorite composers to play are Schumann, Liszt, Mozart, and the Impressionists.
Making music is so much more than playing the notes on the page. Ryan Smith skillfully and patiently helps his students make music. In addition to being an excellent pianist himself, he is able to pass along techniques to others, enabling them to bring to life the notes written on a page. The lovely sound is accompanied by correct hand positioning which keeps a pianist from damaging their hands. Musical phrasing, proper technique, and appropriate music are all presented in a positive atmosphere which enhances the learning experience. We highly recommend Ryan Smith's piano studio.
Ryan is an excellent mentor, regardless of the student's skill level. As a church pianist for 20 years, I was seeking to improve my technique and expand my repertoire. After searching for the right fit, I settled on Ryan, and haven't regretted a moment. He has helped me expand my knowledge and pushed me to the edge of my abilities. Ryan's commitment to his craft is second to none and I highly respect him on a professional and personal level. I wouldn't hesitate for one second to recommend him to anyone.