“Rebecca Smith is one of the best mentors I’ve ever had. I’ve studied with several teachers and always come back to Rebecca Hilary Smith. Throughout my experience with her as a local teacher and skype teacher she inspires me to go beyond my comfort level in music. She knows her students in what music works for them. She teaches theory, proper posture, public presentations, and music selection. Her encouragement throughout the whole process of being a student musician is priceless. She’s more than a mentor and teacher, she’s my friend!”
“I have been a student of Becky Smith with the harp and now the piano for the last three years. I enjoy that Miss Becky is very understanding and makes my mistakes or forgetfulness seem minor and lighthearted. She encourages me to work harder and stronger out of my love and devotion to her as a person and not out of legality or fear.
Miss Becky also does a great job of taking a piece of music which seems difficult and overwhelming and breaks it down into bite-size pieces. She will have me begin with a scale in the same key signature as the song I’m about to play. Then she’ll have me play a few measures in the right hand. Then a few measures in the left-hand. And finally the same measures with hands together. It seems like I am able to accomplish so much in a little time.
As a person and friend, Miss Becky is very enjoyable. She is thoughtful and looks to see how she can be a help to her students. She figures out what motivates them and uses those motivating factors to encourage and persuade them to higher levels of musicality. Stickers and occasional small portions of chocolate are a big reward for having accomplished a large task!
I recommend Miss Becky to all my friends that need a music teacher. In fact my other sister wants to learn the cello. I wonder if Miss Becky can teach her the cello?”
-Aubrielle (age 11)
“I first started taking harp lessons from Becky in September 2000. I switched to other teachers 7 years later when she moved from Hawaii to Oregon but became her student again four of years ago — via Skype!
I like taking lessons from Becky because . . .
— She encourages me to play music I like rather than just plow through one piece after another in a book of music.
— She teaches me about music and how it works, rather than my just playing the notes on the page.
— When I play a song she’ll often encourage me to compose my own variation, which gives me a sense of ownership of the piece.
— Many times she’s provide me with an interesting introduction and sometimes she suggests changes in the notation that makes the piece more interesting. And she’s composed a unique variation — just for me. (Ask her about The Foist Noel!)
— She introduced me to playing in public and with an ensemble. I currently play as a volunteer once a week at my local hospital.
What more can I say — Becky’s the best.”