In this episode, we speak with renowned American pedagogue, Dr. Scott McBride Smith. After sharing of his somewhat unconventional path as a budding pianist, Dr. Smith talks freely about how he became interested in and became a leading authority in piano pedagogy. We later talk about the need for studio teachers to stay relevant, and how recent research can shed light on modern tactics for motivating students to practice. This engaging conversation also touches on the creation and success of American Popular Piano, (featuring music composed by Christopher Norton) which Dr. Smith edited. The APP Etudes series is required study for the Conservatory Canada Contemporary Idioms Piano examination.