Ms. Pamela N. Smith

Piano Teacher

Pamela Smith

SAA Member


Atlanta, GA
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Born in Savannah, Georgia, Pamela Smith began piano study at age seven. After nine years of private lessons, she received a scholarship at Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. There she studied piano with Naegeli von Bergen Metcalf, who would later be named MTNA Teacher of the year. After receiving a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance, she married and subsequently moved to North Carolina where she taught private lessons as well as pilot Kindermusik classes under the supervision of founder, Lorna Lutz Heyge. In 1980, she and her family, that now included two young sons, moved to Atlanta. She became interested in Suzuki Piano Method and set in motion research that would lead her to study many years with Master Teacher, Haruko Kataoka, founder of Piano Basics.

As a founding member of The Atlanta Area Suzuki Piano Association, Pamela organized numerous local and international workshops. She and her students have traveled to Japan as well as cities in the states to study piano and perform in both Friendship and Multi-Piano Concerts. Her students are regular participants in the Graduation Concerts held bi-annually at Spivey Hall. She’s written articles for professional magazines such as Suzuki World and Piano Basics.

Pamela’s travel interests have taken her to countries as diverse as Israel, Jordan, Mexico, and Greece. For the past half dozen years, she has traded her culinary skills for enrollment in Zona Rosa writing workshops in France and Italy.

In addition to piano teaching, Pamela has taught water aerobics to seniors, managed a wine store, sold pianos, and had a job as a wine rep. She loves to work out at the YMCA, where she cross-trains by swimming, kickboxing, weight lifting, and aerobic walks from there to Starbucks.

Pamela Smith lives in Atlanta with her husband Mike and assorted people and pets who drift in and out of their household. Her four grandchildren are the loves of her life.

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