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

Chase started playing music at the age of four, starting with drums and, shortly after that, picking up the guitar. Growing up in a musical household, he was exposed to many different types of music from an early age. In high school, Chase founded multiple bands and was captain of the drumline. Chase then ... attended the Atlanta Institute of Music. After graduating, he toured with numerous pop, rock, and country groups around North America and studio session work in Nashville and Atlanta. Chase is currently playing with the group Trotline. He resides in Auburn with his lovely wife Caitlin and their dog Luna. + Show More


James Berryhill

Banjo/Guitar

about

James has been a devoted music student since he first picked up the guitar at eleven years old. James is currently an English-Literature and Music student at Auburn University. He is the sole guitar player of the Auburn University Jazz Band and is the co-student music director of Auburn University's commercial ... music ensemble, Sonic Nation.

James began teaching music at the beginning of 2021, but his teaching career first started at Master Scarsella's World Class Tae Kwon Do, where James was a senior martial arts instructor for over four years. James applies much of what he learned as a martial arts instructor to how he teaches music, always emphasizing the importance of patience and making learning fun.

On the guitar, James' specialties are jazz, blues, and fingerstyle, and on banjo, James's specialties are Scruggs and folk-style. James often performs solo and with his band, Silhouette, at local bars, restaurants, and events. He is also an avid singer-songwriter, with a keen emphasis on memorable melodies and deeply personal lyrics.
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Paul Gross

Ukulele/Guitar/Bass

about

Paul H. Gross Jr was born in a cave in the Alaskan Yukon in 1931. His father was an out-of-work pearl diver, and his mother was a former circus performer. Paul was born with a guitar in his hand, of which his mother constantly reminded him...wait, that's not true! Paul was actually born in Port ... Washington, Wisconsin, in 1960. He was given his first guitar when he was eight and did absolutely nothing with it until his family moved from Atlanta to Milwaukee in 1973, and a friend saw the guitar and taught him some basic chords. The rest, as they say, is history. Paul spent many nights next to a record player trying to learn songs and play like Jimmy Page. He played in many bands, from metal to country, while continuing to try and improve his skills.

Moving to Auburn, AL. in 1994, Paul was asked to teach a few guitar lessons at the local music store when he first moved to town. Paul was the first instructor hired when Spicer's Music opened, and he has been inspiring students at Spicers Music ever since.

Paul continues to teach guitar, bass, and ukulele to students ranging from beginner to advanced five days a week. Paul specializes in classic rock and blues music, but he loves teaching the music that inspires his students and makes them want to play.
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Tom Spicer

Mandolin/Harmonica/Double Bass/Dulcimer/Ukulele

about

At age four, Tom received his first musical instrument, a Ukulele to which he still has. At age seven, he got a set of Ricky Recardo drums and played trumpet in the school band starting at age 10. When in high school, he switched to valve trombone, baritone, and euphonium. While in college, Tom was exposed to harmonica ... and bought all the records he could find with a harmonica in the songs. Since harmonicas are in a specific key, Tom learned guitar to tell what chords were being played and what key harmonica was needed to play along.

He loves all styles of music and has played in folk, country, bluegrass, jazz, and contemporary music groups, his latest being a Jazz grass band for 30+ years. Besides the harmonica, Tom's main instruments are mandolin, ukulele, upright bass, autoharp, and the Appalachian lap dulcimer.

He loves inspiring students to learn their favorite songs while emphasizing technique, theory, and sound fundamentals.
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ASIA WATSON

Ukulele/Guitar/Voice

about

Asia is a college student who has been involved with music since the age of five. She started out with singing and eventually progressed to other instruments; guitar, piano, and alto saxophone. Asia performed at open mic nights from age nine to twelve until she and her family moved to Stuttgart, Germany! ... She stayed heavily involved with choir, advanced band, and jazz band in the music department at her middle and high school.

Asia has lived overseas for 15 years and recently moved back stateside to attend Auburn University. Throughout her different adventures, her love for guitar and commitment to lessons remained the same. Asia knows the importance of having a great music teacher, and her goal is to ensure that her students reach their full potential while having fun!

When Asia is not playing music, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family or drinking coffee!
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NATHAN HOOPER

Ukulele/Guitar/Bass

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Nathan Hooper is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born and raised in Nashville, TN, he learned the valuable skill of playing music alongside other musicians at an early age. He began playing drums at age 4, learning from his father. Then at age 12, he picked up the guitar and found a new ... musical avenue to explore. Other instruments he plays include bass, piano, banjo, mandolin, and harmonica.

In school, Nathan plays in both the percussion and jazz ensembles but also plays in bands he started with friends. In his free time, he frequently writes his own songs and has come to love the songwriting process.

Nathan enjoys sharing his love of music through practicing, performing, songwriting, and teaching others!
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HEYDIN MCDANIEL

Guitar/Piano/Voice/Banjo

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Heydin McDaniel has been singing and playing music since he was ten years old. In his teens, Heydin discovered the guitar and everything changed! He began listening to rock music and mimicking guitarists like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Angus Young. Shortly after, he found a group of guys at school and ... started a band. This opportunity allowed him to hone his skills on guitar as well as work on his overall performance.

After graduation, Heydin received a Show Choir scholarship to Southern Union State Community College where he spent two years performing and expanding his skills in various choir and dance shows, as well as leading worship for the Monday night BCM (Bison College Ministries) services. Once he acquired his Associate’s degree from SU, Heydin went on to Point University as a music major to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in vocal pedagogy. While here, he was involved in many ensembles and music programs, which included: chamber choir, Signature voices (an elite a cappella group), Musikids, men’s choir, community band, and worship leading at Spring Road Christian Church.

After Point, Heydin decided he wanted a career on the college level, so he went to Auburn University to pursue a Master’s degree in Music Education. He spent a year and a half taking classes, working in classrooms, and learning effective educational methods to use for future music areas that he would be working in.

Heydin likes many types of music! Some of his favorites include, opera, rock ‘n’ roll, electronic, country, show choir, metal, blue grass, theatre, musicals, Disney, Classical, Baroque, medieval, renaissance, romantic, twentieth century, blues, reggae, traditional Chinese and Japanese, and Big Band music.

When he’s not playing music, Heydin enjoys reading books and drawing pictures with his two French bulldogs, Tyson and Chyna.
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