Folk Instrument
lessons

"Things like guitars and ukuleles, you should never part with it, because there will probably be good, healthy times spent, just playing and writing."
-Eddie Vedder


from blues to bluegrass

We specialize in teaching many folk instruments ranging from ukulele, mandolin, and banjo, to harmonica, dulcimer, and concertina. Many of these folk instruments are often found in bluegrass, country, blues, and folk music. Instruments like ukulele and dulcimer are popular choices as they can be easily played with a single finger.

perfect gateway instrument

This makes the ukulele and dulcimer popular choices for young children as a “gateway instrument” and for adults who want to spend more time playing songs than focusing on playing a challenging instrument. We can have you playing a ukulele or dulcimer in the first 15 minutes of your first lesson!

song based approach

Mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and concertina are unique sounding folk instruments that require a little more technique and time spent learning. Our professional instructors often use a song-based approach when teaching folk instruments. With this method, we can teach technique, theory, playing by ear, and learning to read music through songs that the student enjoys listening to. This makes practicing the instrument feel less like “practice” and more like playing!

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meet your instructor!

Chase Allen

Ukulele/Guitar/Bass

about

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
My passion for music comes from the genuine feeling of excitement that goes along with performing and listening in general. Music is an incredible outlet for creative expression and I want to share that with my students and allow for them to see the joy that comes along with it.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I make a point of teaching the fundamentals (scales, rudiments, etc.) through a relatable way, so learning isn't taking away from why the student wanted to pick up the instrument in the first place. So, if the student wants to learn a song, we can break down that piece and learn from it.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Fun, exciting, and full of smiles.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Music in 2012 with honors. I also play professionally around the southeast with the band Trotline.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I am an avid motorcycle enthusiast, a listener of all types of music and an animal lover.


Harry Cain

Ukulele/Voice/Guitar

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?
It’s truly a privilege to spread the joy and wonder of creating music with developing musicians; music is a powerful, effectual tool that is worth sharpening.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I emphasize the concept of learning technical skills, with an ultimate goal of individual composition and musical expression. This is how I personally most enjoy music...taking my technique tools and learned cover songs, and then applying those ideas to personal music projects. To me, the best part of learning an instrument is eventually creating new music with that instrument.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Free from judgement, yet very intentional in how we prioritize our time, both inside and outside of the teaching studio.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I love deep woods backpacking! It will always be a fun, exciting hobby of mine.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I’m passionate about studying The Bible and writing/recording music. Additionally, I’m committed to my academic goals in studying mechanical engineering at Auburn.


Paul Gross

Ukulele/Guitar/Bass

about

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
To show students the awesomeness of guitar and to see the look on their faces when they learn their first song.

Everyone needs that "3rd thing" in their life: Work, home, ____.

I like to show people that music is the best 3rd.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I'm bigger and balder! I can teach most styles of guitar, I can play a million songs and at night I dress up like a bat and fight crime.
I also love blues and classic rock.

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
1.Fun 2.Fun 3.Funner
As long as the student follows Paul's Rules: 1. Paul is always right! 2. If paul is wrong, refer to rule #1.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I love reading novels and long walks on the beach.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
My wife and family.
Playing guitar-always learning.


Cathy Love

Concertina/Harp/Cello/Keyboard/Piano

about

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
Life-long learning! I’d like people to know that they’re NEVER too old to learn a musical instrument.

What makes you unique from other teachers?
An organized blend of music theory and instrument instruction. If you learn the theory, it can be applied to any instrument! Often your first instrument is not your favorite!

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Focused and friendly.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I am rewarded personally by their success! Their success makes me happy!

What are your passions outside of teaching?
Backpacking, hiking, and travel.



Jamie Newsome

Ukulele/Bass/Keyboar/Piano

about

Why are you passionate about teaching?
Music has been one of my greatest joys for the past 10 years and I am just thrilled to introduce new people into such a rewarding hobby!

What makes you unique from other teachers?
I have experience in a wide range of musical settings from orchestra to jazz to marching band to rock cover bands. I also am well versed in theory and believe in the importance of integrating it into all lessons. Lastly, I have oodles of audition experience and have lots of fool-proof ways to prepare and calm nerves!

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How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
Welcoming, encouraging, and fun! I want to help y’all learn and do whatever it is y’all want to learn and do.

What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I was a vegetarian for 9 years because every one told me I couldn’t do it and I wanted to prove them wrong... some call it hard headed I call it tenacious!

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I am very passionate about bettering our environment! I am a double major at Auburn University in Ecological Engineering and Music. I hope to one day work to restore our nation’s lush ecosystems, specifically on the coasts!


Tom Spicer

Mandolin/Harmonica/Double Bass/Dulcimer/Ukulele

about

Why are you Passionate about Teaching Music?
I have worked with youth for over 40 years as a teacher, a mentor, a prevention specialist, and a counselor. It brings me such pleasure to see my students grow in their knowledge and love of music. There are so many benefits of playing music like working toward goals, building self confidence and improving social, math and reading skills. Music is a lifelong love of mine and I am so lucky to get to share that love with others.

How would you describe the atmosphere/energy in your teaching studio?
I believe that music education happens best in a relaxed, personal environment. I incorporate the type of music and songs that the student enjoys, which makes lessons more fun and productive supposed to be made.

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What is something fun about you that you would like people to know?
I spent a semester in Guatemala while I was in graduate school, and loved travelling around central America. The people were wonderful, the history was fascinating, and the food was amazing.

What are your passions outside of teaching?
I enjoy travelling with my wife and family, working with wood, rebuilding old cars and trucks, and listening to live music.


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