Ricky Smith

Ricky S.

Pittsburgh, PA
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Ricky delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10+

Teaching since:

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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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.


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


Fluent / Native Proficiency


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.


Silberman Chamber Music Competition - Winner
Apr 2017
Carnegie Mellon University, School of Music
Major Artist Audition - Winner
Apr 2017
Pittsburgh Concert Society

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Brahms - Quintet for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 115
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