Mark Smith

Years at NGFS: 5

Education: B.A. in Music, Guilford College; Master’s in Music, University of Colorado at Boulder

Composer, guitarist, and pianist Mark Charles Smith earned his master’s degree in Musicology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, his bachelor’s from Guilford College, and a diploma in Music Composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Mark started teaching at NGFS in 2013, including Middle School and Upper School music classes, and after-school guitar and piano lessons. Mark has been teaching guitar and piano lessons for over fifteen years. His private lessons focus on an individualized approach to learning the instrument, grounded in fundamentals such as reading music notation, basic music theory and aural skills, while also exploring different styles of music that interest the student. Mark is also active as a professional composer and classical guitarist. Learn more at:

Mark enjoys working at New Garden because he is a part of “helping each student discover their creative potential and fostering a love of learning.” Before he taught at NGFS, he was a teacher at Bishop McGuinness High School in Kernersville. Mark currently teaches music composition at Guilford College as an adjunct.

Mark is a lifelong learner. He was a geography bee champion in middle school and has continued his commitment to education by learning everything he can about world history, astronomy, and biology. He also reads and speaks Spanish and some German and is currently teaching himself French and Indonesian. Mark enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, and travelling.

"A revolution can come just in small increments, if you hear something wonderful, or meet someone, or something wonderful or beautiful happens to you, and the next morning you wake up and your point of view is just slightly changed by maybe one degree... that one degree can affect everything from then on." - David Byrne