Kent Smith

Music Instructor, Composer, and Performer.

I want to bring the joy of learning piano to as many people as possible.

The topics covered in my videos come from my teaching, and from my experience working with other musicians. When producing a video lecture, I think of a familiar student or colleague who would be able to understand the material, based on the level of experience required for the topic at hand. Then, throughout the recording, I imagine I'm teaching directly to that person. I try to recreate the feeling of us together at the piano, as I do with my local students. 

I started drum lessons at age seven. My first paid gig was a regular job on drums with an R&B/funk band in Philadelphia, at age fourteen. It was insane, so much fun!  Later, after a fellow drummer turned me on to blues piano improvisation, I became hooked on piano. Again, I had found a new kind of happiness. I went on to take formal lessons in classical and jazz piano.  At this point, I have a college degree in piano and composition from Fullerton College, and many years of professional teaching and performing experience, mostly in California.  

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