Kathleen has a passion for the arts, and believes that children should be immersed in a musical/art environment from an early age. As a child, she enjoyed participating in piano lessons, dance, playing clarinet in school band, singing in choirs, dabbling in guitar, and creating visual art. Her exposure to the arts increased over the years and led her to earn a bachelor’s degree from University of Oregon in art education in 1983. Since then, she has had the privilege of teaching many students through the years, both publicly and privately, including her own six children, some who have gone on to become award winning musician/ songwriters. Though she grew up in Portland, she lived for 21 years with her family in Springfield, Oregon, where she was honored to be a member of the Springfield Arts Commission. As a teacher with Aria Studios, she considers her work with each student a privilege, and hopes to foster in them a love of music and to watch them unfold as musicians.
"I have had my 3 children in lessons for the past 10 months and the progress of learning is amazing. They had to be transferred from another teacher because of location but the motivation on moving on with learning and progress appears to be much stronger in Aria Studio. The teacher has great ability in communicating and provides the type of program that is able to motivate my children to work on the musical parts."
- Viera Gavrishov
"Aria Studios is such a wonderful music school! The teachers are all so great & talented. Kathleen is my 3-year old sons piano teacher, and she is just so great with him. She is very patient & really knows how to work with children. We couldn't be happier with our teacher & with Aria Studios!"
- Lora Zagaryuk
"Kathleen is very patient with Chloe and makes her feel very comfortable playing the piano."
- Jill Beck
"My 10 & 7 year olds LOVE their teacher Kathleen Smith. She's very nice & patient with them, which makes their piano experience a pleasant one."
- Charity Butler
"Kathleen is an awesome teacher, she is very patient with kids. We are very happy to have her as a teacher! Great studio, everyone is so nice :) "
- Giovanna Matic
"Kathleen is very Professional.
Just right for Santiago."
- Rafael Escoto