Laurie Smith

Laurie S.

Cheyenne, WY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I'm energetic and cheerful! I aim to encourage students they can succeed if they put their mind to it. I'm very flexible with how a student learns and don't strictly stick to a specific curriculum. I also enjoy teaching hymn playing for those interested in playing in church. Every student is special to me and I do my goal is to give them a passion for music!

About Laurie S.

Teaching piano lessons has always been an exciting adventure for me! From students who just need an introduction to music to advanced pianists, I have truly enjoyed the journey of teaching piano lessons.

I began learning the piano the summer after I had taken flute lessons. My parents had bought me a miniature toy keyboard and there were Christmas carol books that went with it. So, I sat down in my room everyday one summer and taught myself basics of playing the piano. As my parents saw my interest increase in music, they bought me a bigger sized keyboard (not full size). My older sister had always desired to learn the piano and my parents put her in piano lessons first. The assignments she brought home were songs I would teach myself. As I got the hang of it, I began choosing different songs and playing by ear. During one church service, I played the offertory and didn't tell my parents how I was involved. My mom leaned over to my dad and asked, "When did she learn to play the piano?" and from that point on, I was placed in lessons.

My primary focus is hymns! I have a big desire to teach pianists, who play in their church, how to play hymns in an exciting and worshipful way. I am completely open to teaching music theory (it's a very important part of playing music correctly), learning scales, learning chords, and also learning classical music.

I look forward to trying this new adventure and meeting new people who love music as much as I do!

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Experience

Pianist
Sep 2018 - Present

Faith Baptist Church

I currently volunteer in my church to play for morning and evening services and accompany for special music and choir. I also prepare a special to play while the offering plate is passed.

Piano teacher
Sep 2002 - Present

Melodies from the Heart

This is my piano business. I've been teaching for 18 years!!!

Pianist
Apr 2008 - Jul 2015

Windsor Baptist Church

I was the main pianist in this church for Sunday services, special music, offertories, and choir. I played regularly on Sunday morning and evening services. This was a completely voluntary position.

Education

Elementary Education
Jan 2018 - Present

Liberty University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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