Terry Smith

Terry S.

Phoenix, AZ
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Terry delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 7+

Teaching since:
January 2000

Now you can enjoy convenient online piano instruction to children, teens, and adults. I strive to create accomplished, independent musicians by exploring a variety of musical genres, including contemporary, classical, and jazz/blues.

Start reaping the many benefits of learning a musical instrument. I offer the following to children, teen, and adult learners:

1. Wherever you are in the world, learn to play piano without even leaving home.

2. Choose convenient day or evening lesson times.

3. Use simple music technology apps (iPad, Windows/Mac) for the most interactive experience and accelerated learning.

4. Besides basic music concepts, learners explore music theory, improvisation, lead sheets, sightreading, and ear-training.

5. Learn simple accompanying styles so you can learn to play for churches, family or yourself.

I use a variety of materials and methods to give students effective ways to achieve their musical goals. Technology can also accelerate learning and skill development.

I want everyone to make music a lifelong companion. Learning piano can boost a sense of achievement and confidence not duplicated in other pursuits. It can improve social skills and academic abilities, and it provides a creative outlet that will stay with you throughout your life.

Check out my recording of solo piano works called, "Shall We Gather," now on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify and other music services.

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Experience

Founder, Instructor
Jan 2007 - Present
Applegate Music Studio

Terry has 15 years experience teaching piano and voice to children (6+), teens, and adult students using the best and most transformative methods available. He currently offers lessons in the Phoenix, AZ area and online anywhere.

Piano, Voice Instructor
May 2008 - May 2014
Arcadia Music Academy

Taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of piano and voice to children (ages 7+) through adults in Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ areas.

Online Music Teacher
Sep 2013 - Dec 2013
EduPlus Cyber Charter School

Taught General Music and Theory for K-8 levels in a live, online format.

Education

Additional Graduate Study towards Master of Music Degree
Sep 2002 - May 2004
Arizona State University
Bachelor of Theater Arts and Music Education
Sep 1972 - Jun 1977
East Tennessee State University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Album of solo piano works now on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and other music services

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I make taking online lessons simple.

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Piano Pronto is one of the most popular piano methods available today.
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Niall M. Mar 14, 2014
Piano ·

Terry brings out the best in his students.

My daughter, age 10, enjoys her lessons with Terry. She quickly built a repertoire which included classical pieces, blues and pop/rock songs. She takes great pride in performing them for anyone who will listen ;-)

Terry is a gifted teacher who motivates students, quickly pinpoints any difficulties and finds creative remedies.

Piano is going to be part of my daughter's life for years to come and I am very grateful that we found Terry.

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Anna H. Feb 28, 2014
Piano ·

Great Piano Lessons

As a piano teacher myself, I was anxious to find a teacher that would make learning music an enjoyable experience for my children. I am totally and completely happy with my children's lessons with Terry. He is patient and encouraging. He draws from a variety of resources to provide music that teaches, challenges, and is pleasant to play (and listen to). I highly recommend him!

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marcie H. Feb 22, 2014
Piano ·

excellent teacher

My daughter started taking lessons with Terry when she was a few months shy of 5 years old. He was very patient with her and met her at her level. He even suggested waiting a few months before beginning so she would not get frustrated due to her small, petite fingers. I appreciated the fact that he was honest and did not want to waste our time or money. Once she started back, he worked to determine what learning methods would work well with her. She has excelled tremendously and is proud of her accomplishments to read and play simple songs as a 6-year-old!

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Heidi R. Feb 21, 2014
Piano ·

If you want to learn to play piano, choose Terry S. to be your instructor.

It takes a special gift to effectively teach students across the age spectrum, and especially to resonate with teenagers; but Terry S. has that gift. He presses students to do their best, but he's not overbearing. He is always encouraging and works with students at their own pace. He doesn't belittle students but rather recognizes students for what they have accomplished. He is flexible with music preferences, learning styles and past experiences. Terry is also a very talented musician, choir director and voice instructor. Ask for his latest recordings!

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