Take music lessons with Matt in Nashville


Matt is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, and drum teacher, and offers guitar lessons, drum lessons, and bass lessons in Nashville TN

Matt graduated with a Bachelors of Music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA in 1991. Matt began taking classical guitar lessons in high school. After graduating, Matt performed and toured through the southeast in a country band. He then moved to Nashville where he performs in a Nashville jazz venue. Throughout his performance career, he’s played in musically challenging bands including progressive rock, metal, classic rock, and experimental. Matt has been teaching since 1999.
Personality rating: easygoing

Meet Nashville instructor, Wilson

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Wilson is a guitar, banjo, ukulele, and bass teacher, and offers guitar lessons, banjo lessons, ukulele lessons, and bass lessons in Nashville TN, and Hendersonville TN

Wilson received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO in 2010. He began playing and studying the guitar at the age of ten, and while still in middle school, he began playing in bands and jazz ensembles that continued through high school. At the age of eighteen, he picked up the banjo and studied with a world renowned banjoist for six years. After graduating from the university, Wilson co-founded a band and toured nationally, while releasing an EP and LP over a five year period. In 2015 he launched his solo project and toured nationally. Wilson began teaching in 2009, and along with teaching, he continues to perform locally at weddings and corporate events, among other venues. His styles he offers are jazz, classical, bluegrass, rock, funk, ska, reggae, and Americana.

Personality rating: easygoing


What does inspiration really mean?

–verb (used without object) 12. to give inspiration.  13. to inhale.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Ward

The first time I ever heard of the color, the enticing and spicy word “magenta”, it fell from the ruby lips of my second grade teacher, Phyllis Madrid, in 1965, during a lesson about art and color. In a world of Smith’s and Jones’ , even her name was mysterious and enchanting. She was the embodiment of nothing a small town child had ever seen before. Maybe it was the long red fingernails, maybe the way she carried herself with loving authority, maybe because every word she spoke was like a kaleidoscope of ideas and wonder. In a time when many women educators were unmarried (desirable in those days), dressed conservatively, and lived in a teacherage on campus, Mrs Madrid dressed like a multicolored flag, was married to the Great Bollo, a world wide wrestling champion and lived in a near by county.  Needless to say, I was enamored.

In a curriculum where the closest a student came to actual art was coloring or painting with fingerpaints, Mrs Madrid introduced paper mache. She  guided her seven year olds deftly through the process of dipping paper strips in paste and water to cover a packed newspaper and masking tape frame. Our objective was to create animals. I made an elephant. A magenta one. With gold trim. Mrs. Madrid had rubbed off- she had, through her mere presence and guidance to discover all that was in a seven year old’s imagination, inspired me.

My life became evenly divided. Before the Madrid and After the Madrid. She birthed a defining moment in my development without probably ever knowing it. The spring concert featured the entire second grade singing songs from The Sound Of Music. We stood on bleachers in the high school gymnasium and as i sang “climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow- til you find your dream”, i was inexorably changed. I discovered my innate calling,music, and the sublime state of inspiration.

Inspiration, as the wisened Dr Wayne Dyer describes it, is to be In Spirit. It is to be so closely linked with Spirit and Source, you forget anything except what is happening at that very moment. We have all had it at one time. Writing a song. Intensely finishing a piece of music. Laying down the perfect vocal track. Watching fans sing along to an original tune. That happiness, that innate, heady joy of being one with your creation is being In Spirit.

Sometimes along our path to be successful, we forget about all the happenings that brought us to music. We forget about the first time we were enamored, mesmerized, inspired by a performer or teacher the feel of strings under our fingers or the sound of our own authentic voice lifted up in song. Rediscover your birth of inspiration today. And be a good teacher. Share it with another who may be struggling or stymied in their musical efforts. Embody inspiration and pass it on.

The Madrid would thank you.

Making Ends Meet as a Musician

“Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot.  In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you. ” ~Oscar Wilde, The Soul of Man under Socialism, 1891

Making ends meet financially seems to be an innate part of playing music for a living. There are few musicians at an intermediate level who are able to make more money than month.  As the current economic meltdown continues to force budget cuts everywhere, entertainment dollars are one of the first whacks made by bars and restuarants. Turn the sound system up louder and cancel the band. Or still offer band opportunities (thank you Jesus), but just cut the budget or the hotel rooms or the deli tray.  As much as musicians struggle to make it, bars and venues hosting live music struggle as well.

In the face of fractured finances, it’s important to remember we are creative individuals. After all, from an intangible, nebulous idea we form a melody and words to go along. We sing our creations. We record them and sell them and perform them for income.  If that’s not some sort of magical miracle feat, I don’t know what is.

As a musician facing rising tour costs, budget cuts and shakey job prospects, it’s essential to not forget all those shining attributes and usuable skills inside your soul that can help you through tough times. Don’t forget that because you can DO this music thing, you can also TEACH this music thing.  Offer lessons in song writing at a community center or teach group guitar lessons to children for additional income.  Check into the lucrative jingle writing market or sell songs as ringtones.  Offer to play lunchtime performances at a local coffeeshop for tips.  It’s nearly Christmas. Offer your services as a holiday shopper for parents wishing to give their children musical instruments. People would pay for your expert opinion as they choose an instrument for their child.  Sell your services as a booking agent or publicist for other bands. There is NO LIMIT to your abilities.

My fellow blogger Jason at www.frugaldad.com has a ton of what he refers to as “side hustles” on his site today.  Jason talks about housesitting, babysitting, dogwalking and selling on e-bay as additional ways to make income.  In addition to talking about creating income, Jason blogs daily about saving money and tracking spending. His blog is well worth a daily read.

Remember as an individual who lives close to inspiration on a daily basis, you can find innovative ways to be a musician and survive the fractured economy.  It takes a clever, cool, gifted person to make it in the music world. Use your talents and creative survival strategies. Remember to pass along inspiring thoughts and ideas to your fellow musicians too.  All of us need encouragement and understanding at this odd time in the world.

Bill in San Francisco is a life long musician!

Bill graduated
from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA in 2000 for a Bachelor’s in
Communications and Music. Bill started playing piano at age 3, learning how to
read music before he learned to read words, violin at the age of 8, and by age
12 he was participating in the high school chamber orchestra. By 16, he was
accepted to the All State orchestra, and at the age of 15, he picked up the
guitar and began composing music and performing with bands. In college, Bill put
together a band which was voted number one band in the university’s paper. After
college, Bill toured around the country as a solo artist. Since moving to San
Francisco, Bill has been performing in many bands, playing with professional and
well known musicians. He currently performs with an electronica band with some
classical elements and is working on a solo album.

Patrick in Charlotte teaches EVERYTHING including music software!

Patrick graduated from Connecticut College in New London, Conn. in 1978 with a music major & A/B average. He also graduated in 1977 from the University of London, England, with a music business major and an A average. He’s been teaching since 1973. He taught at schools in the Charlotte area in music departments from 1987-2001 and taught at Discovery Place instructing music camps from 1990-92. Patrick has been performing at hotels, restaurants, festivals, outdoor functions, weddings and recitals (too many to note) since 1986. His vocal experience is also varied. He is a tenor/baritone who has been a member of both Connecticut College Chorus & Goldsmith’s College Choir & Chorus at the U. of London. Performances were many, such as Haydn’s “The Creation”, Handel’s “Messiah” and Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” as well as many original works by Goldsmith’s College composers and student songwriters, of which he was one.  He has had a number of piano/vocal positions at local hotels and restaurants and teaches both pop and classical singing. From 1980-86, he opened as pianist and harpsichordist for the Mystic Art Association, Mystic, Conn. In 1985 he performed as harpsichordist on the Coast Guard cutter “Eagle” for then vice-president George Bush and the first lady. He has composed and recorded music, orchestral works and songs for commercials, art gatherings and building openings, as well as a made-for-TV movie “Threads of Hope” in 1987, and the sound and light check music for the Charlotte OmniMax Theater and Planetarium

Anya has a Master’s in Music in Harp Performance

Anya graduated from the University of Music Arts in Belgrade, Serbia with a Bachelor’s in Harp Performance, receiving the highest scores possible.  Than in 2011, she continued her education there to receive her Master’s in Music in Harp Performance.  Anya started playing and studying music when she was 8 years old. During her education before and during college, she has studied under many instructors, offering her a varied education and teaching styles that she feels has helped her pick out what she valued most from each instructor.  Anya participated in numerous competitions and performances, but what she enjoys most is passing on her knowledge to someone else!  She’s been teaching since 2010 and offers classical, pop, jazz, religious, and rock styles.

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