Ryan Smith

Ryan S.

Miami, FL

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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Professional trombonist and music educator with significant experience. Performing has always been a large passion of mine but teaching goes hand in hand with this passion. As a professional trombonist and current Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Miami, I have significant experience performing and teaching numerous styles of music. My experiences in music would not be complete if I were not able to share them with my students. In addition to my performance experience I also hold teaching experience in band and general music in all levels of the public school system.

My students will find me to be a very patient, methodical, and organized teacher. Students lessons will be rooted in creating a strong technical foundation and developing their ideal sound.
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Ryan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a dedicated and passionate musician originally from Hummelstown, Pennsylvania. I hold a Bachelors of Music Education and Performers Certificate from Penn State University (2017). I am currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Miami (2019). At the University of Miami I serve as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to the Frost Band of the Hour Marching Band.

Throughout my academic and professional careers I have consistently performed in jazz ensembles, orchestras, wind ensemble, jazz combos, trombone choirs, and various other chamber ensembles. I also write and arrange my own music for several ensembles.


Music Teacher (Student Teaching)
Mar 2017 - May 2017
Haine Elementary School

- Enhanced student comprehension through carefully planned general music lessons for all students grades 1-4
- Implemented innovative lesson plans for class of special learners

Music Teacher (Student Teaching)
Jan 2017 - Mar 2017
Seneca Valley High School

- Conducted full rehearsals of the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic
Band meeting the needs of various types of learners and ability
- Directed rehearsals of Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II.
- Created and implemented lesson plans for Music Theory I and AP
Music Theory.
- Instructed individual low brass and jazz improvisation lessons.

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May 2016 - Aug 2016
Windish Music and Productions

Member of ten piece brass band performing at Hersheypark in Hershey, PA. Group enhanced guest experiences through exciting performances of rock, pop, jazz, and New Orleans style music.

May 2015 - Aug 2015
Windish Music and Productions

Member of trombone quintet performing at Hersheypark in Hershey, PA. Group enhanced guest experiences through exciting performance of rock, pop, jazz, and New Orleans style music.


Trombone Performance
Aug 2017 - Present
The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami
Music Education
Aug 2013 - May 2017
Penn State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificate, Music PK-12
Jan 2018
Penn State University (University Park)

Certified to teach general music, band, orchestra, and choir in the state of Pennsylvania for grades PK-12.


Distinguished Performers Certificate
May 2017
Penn State School of Music
Nominated for Best Street Performance- "The Slide Brigade"
Aug 2015
The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
Eagle Scout
Sep 2011
Boy Scouts of America


International Trombone Association
Jan 2018

The general purposes of the International Trombone Association shall be: To promote communications among trombonists around the world, to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trombone family and to function as a clearing house for trombone-related ideas and information

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National Association for Music Education
Jan 2014

Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.

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Pennsylvania Music Educators Association
Jan 2014

PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization of over 4,500 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The present membership evolved from a small group of band directors dating from 1933. Today, the organization includes those engaged in music instruction at all levels, from preschool through college and university, as well as those in the music industry, merchandising and publishing. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. PMEA is affiliated with The National Association for Music Education, NAfME.

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Photos & Videos

Performing with my jazz combo in 2014 at the annual Mosaic Concert hosted by the Penn State School of Music.

Performing with Big Boy Brass in Lancaster, PA.

Parading the graduating music students through at my graduation from Penn State University.

The Frost Wind Ensemble Trombone Section.

Teaching a rhythm lesson during my student teaching placement.

Soloing with the Centre Dimensions Jazz Ensemble.


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