After having playing piano and organ at advances intermediate level, I was forces by personal reasons to give up playing for 25 years. Recently, I sought recommendations for a teacher to reacquire technique and musical knowledge, and was delighted to find Lana Smith.
I can say without equivocation that becoming Lana's student has been the best decision and experience I have had in music taking.
Several teachers, from beginning level to university level, have taught me. None has had the consuming passion for music, the musical knowledge and compositional knowledge, the ability to completely individualize instruction, or the ability to impact that passion to her students as Lana has.
She has inspired me to learn "little" pieces and taught them in a way that makes me appreciate their beauty. But requirements of "big" pieces are possible with her individualized technical knowledge and instruction. She doesn't just tell how to do something to overcome the difficult passage; she demonstrates in many ways how to perform correctly and assigns etudes and studies for that problem.
After two months, I am learning a Mozart sonata and a Beethoven Sonata (Appasionata) which is astounding! Students are allowed to work at their own pace. But Lana has the rare and indefinable talent of motivating students to work at very high pace.
I can personally attest to Lana's effectiveness with students ranging in age from 6 years old to sixty-five years old, because I have heard them play. Their love of music and ability amply demonstrate how wonderful she is as a teacher.
Her love to music, inspiration to the student and knowledge of the instrument and performance art are equaled by no one in my experience. If you have a chance to become a student of Lana Smith, do not miss the chance!
James M. Reynolds