Nathan Smith has been teaching piano for 14 years – 7 of those in Colorado. He believes that with the right teacher and the right materials, learning the piano can be fun and motivating for students of all ages and abilities.
As decades of research have shown, the skills developed though one-on-one music instruction stay with a student long after formal lessons have ended. Nathan’s teaching style blends the traditional and the modern with two ultimate goals: to inspire a knowledgeable passion for music, and to show that when anyone sets their mind to a task, amazing things can happen. He loves working with students young and old, and feels fortunate to work with wonderful Boulder-area families.
A native of Edmond, Oklahoma, Nathan began studying piano at the age of 4. Not long after receiving his first toy piano as a birthday present and after no outside help, Nathan’s parents found him playing Bach’s Minuet in G by ear and lessons soon followed. In the first grade, when asked to draw what he wanted to be as an adult, Nathan drew himself playing piano. Thanks to a generous full music scholarship, Nathan continued his studies at the University of Alabama but it was there that his career would change forever.
At 19, Nathan developed tendinitis in both arms and could no longer play. He then moved to New York City to retrain from a technique specialist and after three years of therapy (twice starting from the basics of playing one note at a time), his performance abilities returned. He achieved his Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance, from the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College CUNY, and then moved to Boulder to study for his Masters in Piano Pedagogy from CU-Boulder, completing in 2013.
In addition to teaching, Nathan specializes in music ed technology, frequently presenting at conferences and teacher meet-ups. He also works with Tonara, an Israeli tech startup, helping them create an app to support students while they practice. He enjoys spending his free time in the Colorado outdoors, whether it’s climbing 14ers/13ers, running, or skiing.