Testimonials

About Pianist Melissa Smith in live performance

“…[a] fabulous explorer of piano as pioneer, [Smith] played Fantasie in D minor beautifully … with a keyboard acceptance and fearless communication of Mozart.” -- Jean Bartlett, Pacifica Tribune

 “… a deft capturing of the wit and humor of Poulenc’s music” -- Edith Günther for 21st Century Music

 “…discernment and grace…” -- Michael McDonagh in 21st Century Music, Fresh Voices II Festival review

About Melissa Smith’s Piano Studio

“I’d like to recommend a wonderful piano teacher serving our community. She has been teaching my daughter for the past year. She is great with kids and has a patient, creative approach to teaching music. She will teach in your home or at her Redwood City studio. I have two other kids, so she has been very good at working with us when we had a few chaotic days. My daughter loves her class and even is enjoying practice time because teacher Melissa comes up with creative, fun, sparkly ways of getting her to practice without tears… Melissa also held a beautiful recital in the Spring that was super family friendly and fun. The kids glowed on stage and felt happy. The kids are learning to love music and make it part of their life! Melissa also offers short lessons for younger kids that clearly can NOT sit for 45 mins.... Please consider Melissa Smith for piano lessons.” -- Adriana L.

About Melissa Smith and David Saslav’s Holiday Sing-Along Party

“We highly recommend Melissa and David for your next holiday party! Our guests delight every year that we have our Holiday Sing Along with Melissa and David. Melissa's piano is delightful to listen to, and, David is most entertaining leading our group in Holiday songs. Thank you for all of your wonderful music.” -- Martha M., Los Altos, CA

About the “Christmas on the Keys” CD

“I just wanted to tell you and Melissa how much we are enjoying "Christmas on the Keys". It is my favorite Christmas CD this year. It is just right, not overdone, just beautiful songs and carols played in an artistic, sensitive, and feeling way. We play it every night during dinner and it gives a very nice atmosphere. I always wait expectantly for the very end, with Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, my favorite. Thanks so much!” -- Anna W., Palo Alto, CA
 
“You play these arrangements very beautifully.” -- Dennis A., Palm Springs, CA
 
“This CD is simply delightful. You really have a God-given talent.” -- Valerie H., Tarzana, CA
 
“What a wonderful and musical way to accompany all my holiday activities. This new CD delighted me with Melissa Smith's sensitive and beautiful playing. The selections and sound recordings are tops!” -- Ann S., Overton, TX
 
“You have a very delicate, sensitive touch, and the carols were rendered softly, beautifully, and with so much warmth and poignancy.” -- Arlie L., Havre, Montana
 
“Much better than the holiday CD my banker just sent me; maybe you should contact her and get yours sent out next year instead!” -- Howard L., San Carlos, CA
 
“Please send me 12 of Melissa's "Christmas on the Keys" CDs ASAP, I plan to give them out as holiday gifts to my friends and family.” -- Ron K., Mountain View, CA