Dr. Smith has been a professor of music at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia since 1976. As Director of Theory and Composition, he currently teaches graduate and doctoral level theory courses and maintains a private composition studio. Several of his private students have won prestigious composition awards and have had their works performed throughout the metropolitan DC area.
He created and currently is the director for a new University Minor in Music and Well-Being. GMU also offers his teachings for a Graduate Certificate in Music and Well-Being. Dr. Smith teaches core courses for the Minor and directs a Healing Arts Ensemble, where students learn to apply concepts learned in his classes to performance.