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:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
January 2000

I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. ​- Billy Joel

Start reaping the many benefits of learning a musical instrument today. I offer convenient in-person or live, online piano and voice instruction for children, teens, and adults.

* Choose convenient day or evening lesson times.
* Accelerate your learning with the best technology.
* Access tutorial videos and downloadable materials to review between lessons.

I want everyone to make music a lifelong companion. Music 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.

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Founder, Instructor
Jan 2007 - Present
Private 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.


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


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

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

Piano Pronto is one of the most popular piano methods available today.

Using simple technology can accelerate your musical learning

Tutorial Video LIbrary

Tutorial videos can be accessed on any device

Alfred's Adult Piano Course is a great curriculum for any adult


4 Reviews

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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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