Carol Anne Smock's Music Studio

Piano Teacher
Collaborative Pianist

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Timeline Photos 03/20/2021

Timeline Photos

Don't be afraid to share all the ways you're still learning with your students, says educator Florencia Henshaw.

Carol Anne Smock's Music Studio updated their website address. 03/09/2021

Carol Anne Smock's Music Studio updated their website address.

Carol Anne Smock's Music Studio updated their website address.


I created a little improv game for my students, and it has been absolutely incredible watching them delve into their own creativity and musicality! I use this game with all my students, regardless of age or level. Either I or the student will choose a card from one of the categories, and then the student improvises on the piano based on that image or word. I encourage students to consider musical aspects such as high and low, loud and quiet, fast and slow, major and minor, staccato and legato, etc. We also discuss what the student thinks of when they play and what images or feelings they want to evoke. This game has been especiall amazing for my Zoom students and my students who struggle more with staying focused and engaged!

One of my favorite interactions so far:

A newer student (3rd grade, Primer Level of Piano Adventures) chose Spring for one of her improvisations, and began improvising on a minor scale. At first, I thought it was an unusual choice, but then I realized that the delicate melody she was playing sounded just like a gentle spring rainfall. After she finished playing, I asked her if she intentionally chose minor, and what she was thinking of as she played. She said that she didn't mean to choose minor at first but that she liked the sound because it sounded like rain. I told her that was exactly what came to my mind, too! We then discussed how minor sounds can express a wide range of emotions (not just "sad"!). She used the words "relaxed" and "peaceful." I couldn't have agreed with her more!


Carol Anne Smock's Music Studio


The Aeolians Oakwood University Alumni 2020 "We Shall Overcome"

Music is one of the most powerful forces of expression and has been used throughout history to unite, inspire, and challenge us in difficult times. It is also a way to give a voice to the voiceless and expose/fight injustice and oppression. So, let's use our music to keep creating a better, more beautiful world for everyone.

#BLM #WeShallOvercome

@Oakwood_University @Aeolians Of Oakwood University

[03/20/20]   As part of the effort to help contain the spread of COVD-19, Melody Music Shop has temporarily closed the lessons program. While it is heartbreaking for me knowing that I will not be able to see my students for at least two weeks, I am comforted in knowing that their safety is being prioritized. Be safe everyone, stay home if possible, and keep playing- music has been a huge solace for me during isolation, and I hope that being able to play piano, sing, and even just listen to music will give you comfort and hope as well.


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[11/28/19]   Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? 🎶


Exciting news to share: piano is now tuned! 🤗🎶
Next step is to replace the keytops, which is a two-week process in which the keytops are specifically fitted to each individual key.

Backstory: My wonderful S/O found an incredible deal on this Steinway upright back in April, and thanks to his family and some good friends, we were able to transport it to Indiana from Kansas. I was in love with it from the start, and it sounds even more amazing now that it is tuned!


Carol Anne Smock's Music Studio



What kind of piano do you have? Why would you recommend it for others? 🎹

Find out which type of piano works best for you at:

[06/08/19]   Good evening!

As many of you know, I recently moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where I will be living for the next few years. So, here is a quick update on my current teaching status and professional development.

I will be offering Skype lessons to any of my former Kansas students interested in pursuing this option. If you are interested in taking Skype lessons, please don't hesitate to reach out to me!

Additionally, I recently began working at Melody Music Shop in Bloomington as a piano and (beginner) voice instructor.

Finally, I am in the planning process of creating pedagogical videos and/or articles to produce on a weekly basis to continue my own professional/teaching development and to continue providing instruction to those who follow my studio page. I am open to suggestions or recommendations for topics!

Thank you all for your continued support. 🎶

[05/06/19]   Congratulations to all the young performers in today's studio recital! I am going to miss these wonderful students so much. 💔 03/26/2019

Carol Anne Smock | Documents/Materials

Good morning! I first want to thank everyone for liking my page: it reached 100 likes this week, so thank you to each one of you for supporting my studio, my professional journey, and music education! 🎹❤️

As promised, I have compiled a list of some practice suggestions that I strongly encourage students to follow, especially when learning a new piece. (For those who currently take lessons with me, I will hand out paper copies of this list in lessons!)

You can also find the practice suggestions on my website:

Keep spreading the joy of music! 🎶 2. Break your piece into measurable sections (i.e. four measures at a time, one line at a time, etc.) and work on one section at a time.

[03/09/19]   Wishing a wonderful and safe spring break to all my studio members and supporters! 🌷🌼🎶


"Sailing in the Sun": A favorite song of many students working in the Piano Adventures Level 1 books, and a reminder that the sun can't arrive soon enough! 🌞 Stay warm and be safe in this cold weather- spring break is just around the corner! 🌷🌼

Also, a word of encouragment to all my students overwhelmed with homework, tests, and activities during this busy spring semester: let practice time be an opportunity to destress rather than be another stressor. Find the joy in music-making, even those pesky scales and arpeggios! 😄

On that same note, I will be sharing a practice guide within the next few days that will help students set, work toward, and meet specific goals in their daily practice. 🎶

[02/07/19]   Snow day today for USD-250; be safe and stay warm! ❄️
(And what a perfect day to fit in some extra practicing!) 😊🎶


St. Pius X Catholic Student Center St. Hildegard Choir

A great way to get involved with the St. Pius X Catholic Student Center and participate in stewardship and service, whether as college student, community member, or youth, is through the music ministry. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back in service through music and worship! I am looking for more people to join- no matter your skill level, amount of musical training, or experience, there is a place for you here. Message me or comment below for more information on how to join, and follow our page for updates! 🎶

[11/21/18]   Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful every day for my wonderful students and the joy they share for music. ❤️🎹


Free practice room ✔
Fun stickers ✔
Twenty-six students ✔
Lots of coffee ✔

It's great to have a full studio again- the first week back has been great so far! 🎶🎹


Please spread the word! I am offering class piano lessons this summer in addition to private lessons. Students do not have to be enrolled in private lessons to participate in the class, so if you know of anyone interested in their child participating in a music activity this summer, this is a great and fun opportunity to learn music and basic piano skills (or add on to already developing skills/knowledge)!


Pittsburg Community Theatre

Enrollment for our popular summer workshop for children, Jr. Starz, will open on April 23 and we have a hunch both the morning and afternoon sessions will fill up fast. Download this enrollment form (it also can be found on our website at, fill it out*, and have your payment option ready! You may drop them off in person at Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center, 503 N. Pine, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, or drop them in the mail to that address, ATTN: Jr. Starz. They will be processed in the order they are received. *No printer? No worries. We have printed copies of this available at the auditorium.

[12/14/17]   The end of the semester is drawing to a close, but I am happy to say it has ended on a high note for my studio! 🎶 The fall recital went extremely well, everyone did a fantastic job playing and the turnout was amazing! ❤️ (I somehow did not get a group photo on my phone after the recital so if someone happened to get one can you please send that to me or post it here? Thanks! 😁)

Next week is the last week of lessons before the break. I will be out of town for about three weeks and will resume lessons for the spring semester in late January. If you are not enrolled in my studio but are interested in private lessons or monthly class lessons (class lessons are available for students in 2nd-12th grade) contact me for more information!

Thank you all for a wonderful semester, I am proud of each and every one of my students, and I hope you all enjoy the holiday season! 🎄❄️(And to my students - don't forget to practice! 😁)


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Photos from some of my students performing in this past summer's piano recital. So proud of all my wonderful, dedicated students! The Fall Recital is Friday, November 17. Come see a group of budding pianists show off their hard work and love of music! ❤ 🎶🎹

[10/02/17]   This month's class lesson is Thursday, Oct. 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you are not part of my studio and are still interested in having your child participate, the cost is only $5 per child to attend. This is a great way to get introduced to piano and music fundamentals without committing to weekly lessons, and it is also a fun way to collaborate with other students and learn in a group setting! If you have any questions, please contact me for details. 🍁🍂🎶

[08/12/17]   New this Fall: class lessons now available! Students do not have to be enrolled in private lessons to participate. Class lessons will be held once a month, one hour for students in Kindergarten-5th grade and one hour for students in 6th-12th grade. Cost is $15 per student, per month (reduced costs for students enrolled in piano lessons through my studio). For more information, contact me at [email protected]


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"Of all the subjects in the entire school curriculum, I am convinced that it is music that best teaches our students the most important life skills." 07/18/2017

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