Laura Smith

Laura S.

Asheville, NC
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Fiddle is the best instrument! (Ok maybe I'm biased!)
I enjoy helping all levels and ages to learn awesome tunes while using great technique!
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Laura delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2005

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.

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Private Music Instructor
Feb 2015 - Present

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

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!


BA in Music Performance
Sep 2009 - May 2012
Berklee College of Music


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

Photos & Videos

Playing in a fiddle and banjo contest with a friend!
From a show in CA near the coast - I forget the name of the town!

Playing a wedding in Boston, MA

Playing in Knoxville at Scruffy City Hall. I'm the fiddle player in the back :)

At a show in Oshawa CA!

Montauk Music Fest in Long Island, NY!


27 Reviews

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Welcker Jan 19, 2019
Fiddle · In studio

Laura has been a great teacher for my 6 year-old daughter (starting taking lessons when she was 5). She is endlessly patient and has a perfect balance of fun and instruction in all her lessons. She helped us every step of the way--picking out the right rental instrument, finding extra workbooks that would be fun, coming up with ways to make practicing at home enticing. Laura is made to be a fiddle teacher--she has a obvious passion both for the music and sharing it with her students. My daughter left every lesson with Laura beaming with pride. I'd recommend anyone searching for a teacher to go with Laura!

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Lisa Jan 10, 2019
Fiddle · In home

Excellent teacher, superb fiddler.

Robert Oct 23, 2018
Fiddle · Online

The lesson was excellent. Laura is really pleasant, a good teacher, and a truly fine fiddle player.

Emma Jan 1, 2018
Violin · In studio

She's really cool. I really like her. She's patient when I can't figure it out, which is extremely often.

Eddie Dec 14, 2017
Violin · Online

Forgive me but I do not have any experience with this instructor. But does the previous reviewer have a lesson critique? It sounded like a professional associated with a school went out of their way to write a snarky ominous statement? Ms. Laura appears to have all five star reviews besides this non performance related review.

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Dan B. Sep 15, 2017
Fiddle · Online

laura is very competent and adaptable to different approches to learning Im looking forward to more.

Kerri Sep 11, 2017
Fiddle · Online

She is the best teacher I have found to date for my daughter. She has been taking lessons from her for a year and a half so far and is doing very well. I wish I had a teacher like her when I was a child.

John Weldon Aug 30, 2017
Fiddle · Online

First lesson with Laura. Really enjoyed it. She seems very focused on fundamentals like holding the bow properly. Frankly, that is exactly what I want right now.

Andreas Petersson Jan 31, 2017
Fiddle · Online

Great teaching! Excellent service with recordings and sheet music!

Laci Jan 19, 2017
Fiddle · In home

She's amazing

Mary Sep 7, 2016
Fiddle · In home

So fun!! I love it!

Jennifer M. Feb 25, 2016
Cello · Online

Even though my wifi wasn't working well, the lesson was great!

Sue Feb 18, 2016
Violin ·

Ok instructor but she was asked to leave
Music academy of Asheville

Carol S. Feb 11, 2016
Fiddle · In studio

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

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

Laura is a thorough teacher and teaches with a good sense of humor.

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.

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!

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Jen Nov 20, 2015
Violin · In studio

Laura is fantastic!! She is gentle, yet firm in her approach and her demeanor works very well with my shy 5 year old. I can't believe the progress my daughter has made within such a short period of time. I have a strong feeling we wouldn't have been able to hold her interest in the frustrating beginning stages with many other instructors. Laura is a real find.

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Erin Nov 19, 2015
Violin · In studio

She is great with my son! She keeps his attention and he seems to really enjoy going.

Russ Nov 19, 2015
Fiddle · In studio

I met Laura at a Songwriter meet up. I play guitar and the moment I heard her play I knew she was special. I'd been wanted to learn fiddle and when I found out she was a teacher, I signed up. I've been very satisfied. Laura is the real thing. Professional, patient and has good communication skills and a good work flow. I'm interested in blue grass and old time. Lucky for me, Laura excels in these genres. I've been taking lessons for 5 months. I'm making steady progress, but I have to say, fiddle is tougher than guitar. But with Laura's expertise and guidance, I know I'm going to get there.

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Kathy Nov 19, 2015
Fiddle · In home

Laura is a natural teacher- she is able to identify strengths and needs and come up with steps to improve weak areas and also ideas on how to build on the strengths. What I value most about the lessons that I take with her is that she seems undaunted by my inability to grasp something and just comes up with another approach to help me. She is flexible and a master of many styles of fiddle playing. She can work with anyone from beginning to accomplished; child to senior citizen. I look forward to each lesson.

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Jeremiah Nov 19, 2015
Fiddle · In studio

Laura is a top-notch instructor! She is incredibly talented and committed to helping students learn and have fun. Highly recommended!

Jeremiah Nov 19, 2015
Fiddle · In studio

Laura is a top-notch instructor! She is incredibly talented and committed to helping students learn and have fun. Highly recommended!

Jenny S. Feb 20, 2015
Fiddle · In studio

Laura is wonderful! She's totally inspired my daughter, who now walks around the house playing all our favorite fiddle tunes. There was one piece my dad in particular loves (Truck Drivin' Man) and Laura wrote it out for us. My daughter played it for her granpa's birthday, it was so sweet!

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