Dr. Scott McBride Smith





Email: scottsmith@iiym.comScott McBride Smith


   Scott McBride Smith is a teacher of prize-winning piano students in Irvine, California; 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, Scott McBride 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.

Scott McBride Smith has given workshops for teachers' groups throughout the U.S., in Asia and South America. He has given workshops for the National Association for Gifted Children.  Dr. Smith 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.

Scott McBride Smith is a respected teacher of prize-winning piano students in Irvine, California. His students have been California State Champions in the years 1988, 1990, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004 and 2008. Former students have been First Prize winners in the Naftsger Competition, Tchaikovsky Competition and in competitions of the Music Teachers National Association. Amir Khosrowpour, Dr. Smith’s student for 11 years, was the 2001-2002 Steinway National Collegiate Champion. His former student Jeremy Siskind was the 2002 winner of the ASACAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer award. Students have performed with the San Diego Symphony, the Long Beach, CA Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others.

Dr. 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.