Scott McBride Smith is a recognized leader in worldwide music education. As the Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy at the University of Kansas since 2010, he focuses on national issues of teacher training and piano pedagogy. As President and CEO of the International Institute for Young Musicians, he leads a summer program offering specialized training for gifted young performers from around the world. And as co-author of the groundbreaking new series American Popular Piano, he has helped create a course of study for today’s student – providing tools that inspire the necessary hard work while playing music they love.

Scott McBride Smith is President of the Music Teachers National Association of the United States. He is Visiting Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory in China, as well as the Sichuan Conservatory and Shanghai Normal University. He is President of the U.S. Music Certification Exams.


Interest in his philosophical and cognitive approach to music teaching has resulted in appearances across the US, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America, including workshops and showcases at every Music Teachers National Association Conference since 1999. But he has never lost the ability to see humor in the profession and laugh. 

September 11, 2020

Opening Program

Our New World of Teaching Online: Tips for Success for You and Your Students

A quick look at Dr. Smith’s website reveals a list of some 25 lectures, surveying the breadth of the teaching and performing fields. But NOT this one. The recent pandemic necessitates adding a new talk to the list. While we may all feel somewhat “adjusted’ to online teaching after a few months, it is still a relatively new field. Will we ever feel  as successful  teaching online as we do in person? One of America’s best known pedagogues and lecturers, Scott McBride Smith uses his vast experience and well loved humor to instruct us in the use of new technologies, and coddle, cajole and convince us we can not only make do with it, but thrive.