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KU School of Music welcomes new Professor of Piano Pedagogy, Scott McBride Smith

Friday, August 13, 2010

The KU School of Music is pleased to welcome new Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy, Scott McBride Smith.

Scott McBride Smith is Vice-President, Academic, for the Novus Via Music Group (publishers of the acclaimed series American Popular Piano) and President of the International Institute for Young Musicians.

An internationally-recognized authority on piano teaching, Smith is co-author of the widely used college text The Well Tempered Keyboard Teacher. Dr. Smith is Associate Editor of the magazine Clavier Companion, and was Contributing Editor for the magazine Piano & Keyboard. His articles have appeared in Piano Guild Notes and The American Music Teacher.

Dr. Smith has given workshops for teachers' groups throughout the U.S., in Asia and South America and has given workshops for the National Association for Gifted Children. He has appeared on the programs of the 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 MTNA Conferences. He was a commentator at the 2001 National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, a featured artist at the 2003 Conference and presenter in 2005. He was featured clinician at the 2003 European Piano Teachers Association-UK conference in Winchester and the 2005 Victorian Music Teacher Association (Australia) Summer School in Melbourne.

Dr. Smith has served as Visiting Professor at the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Lima, Peru; at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts; at the Royal Conservatory of Music; and in Taiwan, sponsored by the International Piano Teaching Foundation.

Smith received his Masters of Music, Magna cum Laude, from the University of Kansas. His doctorate is from the University of Southern California, where he was co-winner of the Outstanding Graduate in Piano award. He is president (beginning July, 2009) of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers; served as president of the Southwest Division of the Music Teachers National Association and director on the MTNA National Board. He is a member of the European Piano Teachers Association. A certified teacher of early childhood music, he is a member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association.

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