Charles Smith

Charles S.

Chicago, IL
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About

Charles passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Charles delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 21+

Teaching since:
2007

I was born as a gifted pianist and composer and destined to love music for a long time.

When I first started piano, I had gone through at least 6 piano teachers, including the toughest one, Emilio del Rosario. After starting to study piano at college-level, I earned a BM in Piano at Roosevelt University, and got MM and DMA degrees in Piano at the University of Illinois. I grew up with a very strong classical music background, and gradually, I was able to acclimate to non-classical styles later, including jazz, folk, pop, and rock.

Inspired by J.S. Bach and Robert Schumann, I also at least composed piano pedagogy pieces of my own for the intermediate levels, including "Sad Waltz in D Minor", and "Hungarian Rhapsody in E Minor", in addition to composing a lot more traditional piano compositions.

I also can teach music appreciation, piano literature, music theory/composition, and even some music history as well as applied piano. My focus would be on advanced students but I am still open to all levels of piano ability.

I also have a dance background, so this will help me greatly in my music teaching style as well.

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Experience

Keyboardist/accompanist
Feb 2007 - Present
Hartzell Memorial United Methodist Church

Performing for accompaniment with the Sanctuary Choir for Sunday church services.

Online Music Instructor and Tutor
Jan 2012 - Dec 2016
YouTube

Produced and made 41 music teaching tutorials covering music theory, musicianship, and some aspects of keyboard skills.

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Literature
Aug 1995 - Oct 2002
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Music in Piano Performance
Aug 1994 - May 1995
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bachelor of Music in Piano Performanve
Aug 1990 - May 1994
Roosevelt University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Italian
Limited Proficiency
Russian
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Awards

Honorable Mention for Musicianship - IBLA Grand Prize Music Competition
Jul 2001
IBLA Grand Prize (c/o Salvatore Moltisanti)
Honorable Mention in the French Piano Institute Piano Composition
Jul 2000
French Piano Institute

Photos & Videos

This is still another of my original intermediate-level piano pieces I had made.
This piano teaching tutorial focuses on the basics of the 3 different piano pedals
This is just one of several original piano pieces I had composed for the intermediate-level student.

3 Reviews

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Ruth Sep 5, 2017
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Charles Joseph Smith brings liveliness and expertise to his endeavors. His students have a wonderful, unique learning opportunity ahead of them.

Joe Sep 4, 2017
Piano · In studio

Charles has great knowledge of music and understands how to share it with students.

Fionnuala Sep 4, 2017
Piano · In studio

Charles is a maestro on the piano, a truly phenomenal talent. Just hearing him play is motivating inspiration to a student-- to listen to him perform, one realizes what the potential exists in the human talent. He is a sensitive and caring person who has a sincere passion for music and passing the skill on to others. He is well-versed in theory and technique, but is also delighted to share his love for more experimental and avant-garde modes --pushing boundaries and exploring new territories, should the student's interest venture that way. He lets the student direct what genre and composers s/he wants to learn about. Charles is a joy and an uplifting spirit to be around! His knowledge of piano and music is a tremendous resource. He is a cherished star of the Chicago underground music scene, as well as a skilled accompanist, and a seasoned professional church hymn player-- but he is modest enough to not let his reputation distract him during his lessons, where he is a serious teacher, eager to share his knowledge with others.

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