Kyley Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Kyley also received pedagogical and performance training from the North Carolina School of the Arts, Salem College, and Wake Forest University. She studied "injury preventative technique" at Salem College under the direction of Barbara Lister-Sink, author of critically acclaimed DVD series "Freeing the Caged Bird-Developing Well-Coordinated, Injury Preventive Piano Technique." Kyley has been performing for 30 years and teaching for 15 years. In 2001, she studied piano at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia. Other performances include the Georgia Philharmonic Orchestra, Winston-Salem Community Orchestra, various rock cover bands, and studio session work. Ms. Smith has experience with all levels of instruction including students with special needs. She is a member of the following organizations: MTNA (Music Teacher's National Association), ACM (American College of Musicians), SAA (Suzuki Association of the Americas), ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal British Schools of Music), and CCMTA (Cobb County Music Teachers Association)
I utilize standard and unique methodology in teaching your child to learn piano. To begin, I choose a set of piano method books based on the student's age and ability. Parents should purchase these before the first lesson unless otherwise instructed. I also add supplementary materials to suit the needs of the student. To keep learning fun and interesting students are encouraged to find pieces they enjoy playing outside the method books. The books are classically based, but I incorporate jazz and popular music as well. Music theory is an essential part of learning an instrument. I make theory enjoyable by teaching concepts through direct application. Instruction is given in classical, jazz, and pop based theory which includes learning how to read a chord chart, arrange, edit, and improvise. Students will learn HOW to practice. This makes practice time efficient and far less frustrating. I encourage parents to "sit in" on the lessons so that they can be of help during daily practice sessions. Greater progress is made if the parent and I communicate frequently and work as a team for their child. Other areas of instruction that are included in lessons are technique, sight reading, ear training, music history, and composition.
Adult students: The approach is similiar to that of the younger learner, but we use an adult method series. I discuss with you what your specific goals are in regards to learning this instrument and I plan the curriculum around your interests/needs. Again, communication is 'key.'