Ricky Smith

Ricky S.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Weekly lessons are offered for students of all levels and ages. An individualized and thoughtful lesson plan will be provided on a weekly basis which will be based on the students musical needs and skill level.

I am from Dallas, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh to study with Michael Rusinek of the Pittsburgh Symphony. I received my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University and my Master of Music and Advanced Music Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.

About Ricky S.

I am from Dallas, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh to study with Michael Rusinek of the Pittsburgh Symphony. I received my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Southern Methodist University and my Master of Music and Advanced Music Studies Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.

I taught middle and high school students in the Dallas area while I was working on my Bachelors degree and even completed an entire semester of student teaching to receive my Teacher Certification to teach public school in Texas.

What I enjoy about teaching is helping students reach their goals and being able to see their improvement from week to week. Everyone learns differently so it is a lot of fun to try different things and find the specific way that each student will thrive.

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Experience

Clarinet Instructor
Aug 2014 - May 2015

Highland Park High School

Taught private clarinet lessons for Highland Park High School in Highland Park, TX.

Clarinet Instructor
Aug 2013 - May 2015

Berkner High School, Liberty Junior High School, Apollo Junior High School

Taught private clarinet lessons for Berkner High School and it's feeder middle schools (Liberty and Apollo Junior High Schools) in Richardson, TX.

Clarinet Instructor
May 2012 - May 2015

Cockrill Middle School

Taught private clarinet lessons for Cockrill Middle School in McKinney, TX.

Education

Advanced Music Studies Certificate
Aug 2017 - May 2018

Carnegie Mellon University

Master of Music in Clarinet Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2017

Carnegie Mellon University

Bachelor of Music in Music Education with Teacher Certification in Texas
Aug 2011 - May 2015

Southern Methodist University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

K-12 Public Teacher Certification in Texas
Jun 2015

Texas Education Agency

After completing the required coursework in general education and music education, a semester of student teaching at a public school in Texas, and passing all of the required state exams I was granted Teacher Certification in Texas.

Awards

Major Artist Audition - Winner
Apr 2017

Pittsburgh Concert Society

Silberman Chamber Music Competition - Winner
Apr 2017

Carnegie Mellon University, School of Music

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