Laura Smith

Laura S.

Asheville, NC

About Laura S.

Background check: Last verified 11/19/2015
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Laura teaches: Ages 3 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: August 2005
Last sign in: 5 days ago

Overview

Laura has taught throughout her musical career and loves nothing better than to introduce students of all ages to the magic of creating their own music! As a teacher, she focuses on balancing inspiration and explanation. Inspiration: because if you don’t love your music, what’s the point? And technique: because if it’s easy to play and sounds good, you’ll keep coming back for more!

Laura has a BA in Violin Performance and a minor in American Roots Music from Berklee School of Music, has taught privately for nine years, and plays in several bands. Laura has taken firsts in her age division at several fiddle contests, including the California and Nevada Oldtime Fiddle State Champions, Western Open Championships and top 5 in the National Oldtime Fiddle Championships.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide sheet music for new tunes, stickers, and a basic fix-it kit for common instrument issues. I also try to keep backup books and a shoulder rest around at my studios so if someone forgets their equipment we can still make good use of the lesson.

I expect the student to provide their instrument, shoulder rest/end pin stopper, notebook, device for recording music, folder/binder for loose papers, and books. I don't require lots of books - just ones you'll use!

*** Travel Equipment ***
See Studio Equipment, above.

*** Specialties ***
I love teaching oldtime, bluegrass, country and celtic fiddle - most of what I do as a performer fits in along those lines. I teach Suzuki method violin as well. My Suzuki teacher learned directly from Shinichi Suzuki!

I encourage all my students to improvise, to try different musical styles, and to experiment with composition. My goals are to share my own love for music, and enable students to discover their unique musical voice.

Photos and Videos

Playing at a fiddle contest with a friend!

Experience

Private Music Instructor

Feb 2015 - Present
Self-Employed

I'm currently teaching privately in Asheville NC!

Private Music Instructor

Nov 2013 - Nov 2014
Jammin' With You

I taught with these folks in the Boston area for a year after graduation!

Private Music Instructor

Sep 2003 - Sep 2011
Self-Employed

I ran my own music business for eight years in northern California before leaving to go back to school. Many great students and wonderful memories!

Education

BA in Music Performance

Sep 2009 - May 2012
Berklee College of Music

Awards

5th place, Young Adults

Jun 2011
National Oldtime Fiddle Championships

Young Adult Champion

Mar 2010
California State Old Time Fiddle Contest

Young Adult Champion

Oct 2009
Western Open Fiddle Championships
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17 Reviews on Laura S.

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Laci Sep 7, 2016
Fiddle · In home
Verified Student
So fun!! I love it!
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Jennifer M. Feb 25, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Even though my wifi wasn't working well, the lesson was great!
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Sue Feb 18, 2016
Violin
Ok instructor but she was asked to leave
Music academy of Asheville
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Carol S. Feb 11, 2016
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Laura, is amazing! I am over the moon pleased. She is professional, knowledgeable, & pleasure to work with. I am a mature student with no music background. And looking forward to my next lesson with Laura S.
Feel she is the perfect fit for my music lessons. Happy, Happy, Happy 😊😊😊🎻🎻🎻
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Jillian F. Feb 1, 2016
Viola · Online
Verified Student
My daughter (15) had two classes with Laura so far and she loves learning from her. Laura is very cheerful and encouraging, and at the same time, she clearly points out areas that need to be improved and how to practice those techniques. We are very happy :)
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Sascha F. Jan 11, 2016
Fiddle · In home
Verified Student
Laura is a thorough teacher and teaches with a good sense of humor.
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Lee Nov 22, 2015
Violin · In studio
Laura is kind and patient with my (beginner) child, which makes her enjoy learning the violin. Her flexibility in teaching styles and scheduling has helped us with our busy schedule. Clearly a talented violin player herself, we feel confident that Laura knows what she's doing in teaching our child.
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Kelly Nov 20, 2015
Fiddle · In studio
Laura is sweet, smart, personable, patient, and has achieved miracles with my daughter. My daughter has a short attention span and is very impatient with most things, and has quit other classes we've tried. Not with Laura. She has just the right mix of patience and encouragement, and it's one of the only courses my girl genuinely wants to go back to every week. Most of that is due to her amazing teacher. Thanks, Laura!
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Carla Nov 20, 2015
Viola · In home
Laura is a wonderful instructor, my daughter really enjoys learning from her. She is positive, cheerful and encouraging during her lessons.
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Sasha Nov 20, 2015
Violin · In studio
We love Laura! My seven year old daughter has been taking lessons once a week since March and we have seen much improvement. She is great at encouraging and correcting with kindness and purpose.
Laura is instilling a love of violin in our child while teaching correct methods.
She provides appropriate challenges and goals with a plan to achieve those goals.
She has a sweet spirit that is peaceful and my child loves to learn with her.
She goes out of her way to help my child learn a song is has asked to learn on her own by breaking it down in learnable chunks. An excellant teacher!