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Kirsten Smith
M.M., Arizona State University
(916) 278-7986 • Email
Office: Capistrano 459

Courses/Areas Taught
  • Class Piano
  • Piano (classical)

Professor Kirsten Smith

Kirsten Smith

Kirsten Smith comes from a family of successful musicians. She began formal lessons with her mother at age four and began teaching piano when she was thirteen. Her undergraduate and graduate performance degrees are from Arizona State University, where her principal teacher was the 1977 Van Cliburn Winner, Steven De Groote. A frequent competition winner herself, she has won awards, scholarships and invitations to music festivals such as Aspen, Interlochen and the Cliburn Institute. Ms. Smith enthusiastically pursues the performance of collaborative and solo works, often premiering new music by modern composers. She has several recordings under the Centaur label.

Ms. Smith is a passionate teacher who believes deeply in the importance of discovering and sharing musical knowledge. She is in demand as a lecturer, adjudicator and columnist and was awarded the prestigious Pedagogy Enhancement Award to develop a graduate-level pedagogy program at Sacramento State. Ms. Smith has been on the faculty of the university since 1996, where she teaches piano, music theory, aural skills, accompanying and piano pedagogy. She divides her time between performing, college teaching, and her busy private studio in Sacramento.