About the Teacher
Degrees and Certifications:
Auburn University Bachelors in Music Education The University of New Mexico Masters in Horn Performance The University of South Carolina Pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance
Dr. Michelle Smith
Michelle Smith is the Beginning Band Director for Mountain Brook Schools. Dr. Smith completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance at the University of South Carolina. While at USC, she worked as a Graduate Assistant for the University of South Carolina Bands and performed in the USC Wind Ensemble, USC Symphony Orchestra and The Carolina Cor Collective. As a Graduate Assistant, she conducted both the volleyball and basketball bands and worked closely with the Carolina Band. Dr. Smith received a Master of Music in Horn Performance from the University of New Mexico, while studying under professor JD Shaw. At UNM, she played in the Sandia Brass Quintet, Graduate Woodwind Quintet, University of New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, Brass Choir, and Wind Symphony. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Auburn University and studied under Dr. Bill Schaffer. While at Auburn, she was active in the performing ensembles and was a Mellophone Section Leader and Drum Major for the Auburn University Marching Band.
Dr. Smith has performed with ensembles in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, and South Carolina and has worked as a private teacher, clinician and horn instructor for schools throughout the Southeast. As a Birmingham native, she is excited to be back home and working near the city she grew up in. Dr. Smith currently lives in Birmingham with her two dogs, Aiden and Willow.