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Courtney Smith

Courtney S.

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Hello, I am Courtney!

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.

My teaching focus is on younger students (preK-8th grade) and beginners of all ages. I have focused my career and education about how to best teach the fundamentals of music to students in a way that is engaging and fun, but also builds strong music (and academic) learning skills. Whether students pursue an instrument for a year or for life, the skills we will focus on will help students gain a better understanding of the music they enjoy playing or listening to and the elements that combine to create the music they love.

I grew up in the mountain town of Stowe, Vermont, where I participated in music activities from the time I was a young child. I was part of our school's band, jazz band and chorus as well as participating in school and community theater both on and off stage. I've wanted to be a teacher since the age of 10, when my youngest sister was born. I loved babysitting, and took every opportunity I could to work with children as I grew up, including teaching Sunday School and being a music leader at a yearly camp. I chose to combine my two passions and become a music teacher, because I believed (and still do) that not only could I assist in their education, but that music is a wonderful tool to help students grow emotionally and socially as well. I now have been a licensed music teacher since 2012 and have a Bachelor's in Music Education from Hartt School of Music and a Master's in Music Education from Boston University.

After teaching in Connecticut for a number of years, my husband and I moved to our current home in Santa Monica, CA. We have a five-year-old fluffy corgi named Duke who lives a double life as a spoiled baby and a hard-working service dog. If you are in the Santa Monica area you may see us out and about at parks, people watching downtown, or generally enjoying the sun.

TRAVEL: I will travel for in home lessons in Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades. With prior approval I may travel to Culver City, Westwood, Playa Del Rey, Westchester, Malibu, or beyond depending on location and time/day of lesson. Contact me to ask about your specific neighborhood!!

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  • Background Checked
  • Music Education w/ Voice Emphasis from Hartt School of Music at the U. of Hartford
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Reviews (2)

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Axel Aug 26, 2019
Trombone · In home

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!

Wynnette May 15, 2019
Ukulele · In home

Looking forward to working with her again! A gentle demeanor and a great teacher :)

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:

I offer my "Jump Start Ukulele" program! We will work on the basics, reading lead sheet, fingerings, strumming etc. When our lessons come to an end, you will be able to play a selection of songs and feel comfortable continuing songs you love on your own.

Number of lessons depends on a variety of factors. Message me for a timeline.



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


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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


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


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


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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