Courtney Smith
Santa Monica, CA
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Courtney S.

Santa Monica, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate
I offer vocal training with a classical emphasis for beginning students of any age!

I am happy to work short term with students who would like audition or concert guidance.

About Courtney S.

Hello, I am Courtney!

I works with beginners of all ages and start piano as early as preschool! I love that I can start day playing piano games with a preschooler and end it with a software engineer picking up ukulele as hobby.

My approach is to create well-rounded musicians that can go on to live a life filled with performing, singing, and dancing, whether as a profession or for epic shower performances. I hold two degrees in music education specializing in early learners and choral instruction. I have a a strong interest and background in the research of how we learn best and implement techniques that build a strong musical foundation as opposed to merely checking off pages in a method book.

As a teacher I strive to meet each student where they are at so that our lessons can suit their strengths and needs. I can be a little silly with my young students and believe that music, while sometimes hard work, is most importantly for our enjoyment and emotional expression. I am very patient and love nothing more than a student's "aha!" moment, when something that seems difficult finally makes sense. I've been told by administrators that I have a very calming demeanor with students, which I believe has helped me to create a open and welcoming classroom.

I grew up in the mountain town of Stowe, Vermont, home of the Von Trapp family -of Sound of Music fame- so the hills really were "filled with the sound music." I now live in Santa Monica, CA with my husband and our fluffy corgi Duke! After working as a music educator in schools, I am really loving my transition to private teaching in 2019. I have loved watching my students blossom and grow this year and cannot wait to meet the new students that fill our studio.

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Mira and Sachin S.
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Courtney is great with connecting with the kids and making the lesson fun but informative. She was patient and seemed to know her stuff. Looking forward to having her back.

Posted Feb 12, 2020
Axel
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Courtney is patient and knowledgable. My 5 year old just had his first trombone lesson and Courtney modified the instruction for his needs and interests. We look forward to learning more!

Posted Aug 26, 2019
Wynnette
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Looking forward to working with her again! A gentle demeanor and a great teacher :)

Posted May 15, 2019

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Experience

Private Music Teacher
Jan 2019 - Present

Music with Courtney

K-5 Music and Choral Teacher
Aug 2014 - Jun 2018

Somers Elementary School

Assist. Music Director
Aug 2014 - Jun 2015

Village School (Private)

I filled many roles assisting the head music director with classroom teaching, choral teaching, and putting on the 6th grade musical!

Choral and General Music Teacher
Aug 2012 - Jun 2014

Capt. Nathan Hale Middle School

Education

Master's in Music Education
Jan 2016 - May 2018

Boston University

Music Education w/ Voice Emphasis
Aug 2008 - May 2012

Hartt School of Music at the U. of Hartford

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Connecticut Teaching License
Aug 2012

CT Dept. Education

Certified K-12 music teacher
Conversational Solfege/First Steps in Music
May 2012

Dr. John Feierabend, Hartt School of Music

Advised and taught by Dr. John Feieranbend, the creator of the Conversational Solfege and First Steps in Music to teach these using methods
Kodaly 1, 2
May 2012

Hartt School of Music at the U. of Hartford

Proficient in Kodaly and teaching Kodaly

Awards

Summa Cum Laude
May 2012

Hartt School of Music at the U. of Hartford

Treasurer/Corresponding Secretary
Jun 2011

Sigma Alpha Iota Music Fraternity

High School Choral Director's Award
Jun 2008

Stowe High School

Affiliations

National Association for Music Education
Aug 2012
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Feb 2009
Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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