Dr. Reid Smith taught at The Juilliard School, Kent State University, St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and the University of Minnesota. His teaching combines the finest aspects of the German School (from Leonard Shure, Boston University, assistant to Artur Schnabel), with the Russian School (from Sascha Gorodnitzki, Juilliard), and the Leschetizky method (from Noel Flores, Vienna).
Several of his students have won international competitions and have performed in Carnegie Hall.
Reid was on the faculty of the 2007 International Yves Nat Piano Festival in Serignan, France. Oxana Yablonskaya of the Juilliard School and Reid were the two featured solo artists at that festival. Reid was also on the faculty of the 2009 International Gabala Music Festival in Azerbaijan, the 2010 Varallo Italy International Festival and the 2011 Norma Italy International Festival. He was on the jury of the International Parnassos Competition in Monterrey, Mexico, and on the jury of the 2nd Maria Herrero International Piano Competition. When on the faculty of the Granada Spain International Music Festival and Competition in 2012, one of his students, Emma Taggart, at the age of 9 was the unanimous first prize winner. Afterwards, in 2013 he was on the jury of the 23rd Cantu International Concerto Competition and the first Barlassina International Young Talents Competition, both in Italy, and he took 14 student performers to the 2014 Accademia Tadini International Music Festival in Lovere, Italy, where 10 of his students performed concertos with the Milan Chamber Orchestra.
Since 2016, his students have won many first prizes at international festivals In June 2016 his students attended the Benasque International Music Festival in Spain, where all of his students performed with orchestra and also won first prize in all three age-level categories. In 2017, students accompanied him to the “Music in Palaces International Piano Festival” in St. Petersburg, Russia. His students again won first prize in all three levels which was a sensation on national Russian television. Since 2007, more than 120 students have attended festivals abroad under his auspices.
Reid is now Director of Classical Programming at the new Hanifil Performing Arts Center in White Bear Lake. He recently chose a new Steinway Concert Grand in New York for the facility, gave the debut concert for their new instrument in April, and will now be scheduling solo piano recitals and concerto performances beginning in September 2018-2019 with a focus on providing opportunities for local pianists. Reid currently teaches in Dellwood, MN and in other Twin Cities locations.