Chris Collier
Nashville, TN
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Chris Collier

Chris C.

Nashville, TN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am passionate about seeing students grow. I strive to be energetic yet patient when teaching to create a comfortable dynamic in my lessons that encourages excitement about music.
I have been playing guitar for 9 years, and have performed professionally with groups playing styles ranging from jazz, country, rock, blues, funk, and even musical theatre. I am capable of teaching beginners as well as intermediate students.
My lessons encourage a strong knowledge of fundamentals, so that a student can continue to develop years down the road with their acquired understanding of music, but I also am also careful to tailor lesson material according to a student's interests, personality, and natural learning methods.

About Chris C.

Are you interested in being able to confidently play lead and rhythm parts in a band? Want to learn to write songs? Want to learn to just strum along to your favorite records by yourself? I will teach you or your child all of the knowledge and tools needed to do whatever your dream is on your instrument. My aim is to help every student achieve their personal goals on their instrument within the context of a relaxed and patient environment that promotes a love of music!

I achieve this by:

1) Individualizing lesson plans so that each student stays engaged and learns in the style that is best for them as learners.

2) Ensuring that students learn BOTH how to play their instrument as well as the theory behind what they are playing. This creates a more well-rounded musician that is capable of problem solving on their instrument and being able to play in a variety of settings.

I have been playing music for over 10 years and teaching private lessons since 2014. I play everything from solo guitar gigs, to jazz gigs, to musical theatre pit work, to lead guitar for country artists, dance/funk bands, and rock bands.

The list of artists I have worked for includes: Doug McCormick, Aberdeen, Cody Webb, The 12 South Band, the 8 South Band, Safari Room, Colleen Orender, Kiera Loveless, Natalie Johnson, Katie Davis, Chip Colon, Faith Jackson, Hopscotch Mafia, and more. I've recorded lead guitar on records for Jaye Madison, Chip Colon, Monica Hutcheson, Safari Room, Miranda Powell, as well as others. I perform every week around Nashville, nearly every weekend in different states across the country, and once even had the opportunity to play in Scotland!

I graduated from Belmont University in the Spring of 2018 with a degree in Commercial Music, so I have had the "conservatory training" in regards to music theory and history, but before college I was largely a self taught player and am now a professionally performing musician here in Nashville.


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Jared Goralnick
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Chris is thoughtful, patient, and always prepared. I've taken lessons with him since August and have learned theory, many songs, and my playing is essentially night & day versus before. More than that, I look forward to our weekly lessons because they're always fun and a chance to pepper Chris with questions that he always has the answer to. I have recommended many folks to Chris and you would be wise to take lessons with him, too!

Posted May 20, 2020
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Chris helped me a lot when I felt like I was stuck at the level I was at — he opened new doors for me that I didn’t even know were there. He’s passionate about sharing his knowledge and will take the time to help you grow from wherever you might be.

Posted May 16, 2020
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Chris is an excellent teacher. He has really helped me achieve a newfound joy in music through guitar. I am constantly impressed by his knowledgeable, calculated, and individualized instruction paired with his gentle, gracious disposition. I especially love the balance he helps me find between technical skills that have helped me be successful in starting from scratch with the instrument while also helping me to be musical, have fun, and focus in on the guitar player that I want to be.

Posted May 14, 2020
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This is the best guitar lessons I've ever had. He makes learning fun, and helps you learn based on exactly what you want to play.

Posted May 14, 2020
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Posted Feb 25, 2020

Chris is a masterful teacher. He is a true professional having experience teaching a variety of different students. He makes learning the guitar fun and engaging. You will not be disappointed.

Posted Jan 20, 2020
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I came to Chris with no knowledge on how to play guitar and he helped me develop great habits and start playing. He was very flexible with scheduling and even came to my place multiple times. I recommend Chris to anyone ready to get into guitar it was a fantastic experience.

Posted Jan 17, 2020
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I really enjoy my lessons with Chris and find them to be a great help in developing my guitar skills as a beginner. Many people have talent but I feel few are also equipped to teach their talent, I feel Chris does a great job at both.

Posted Jan 13, 2020
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Chris is great. He plays a bunch of instruments, so we'll often switch between mandolin, guitar, and bass in the course of a single lesson. He can be flexible or regimented depending on the needs of the student, and he's able to incorporate theory into the lesson seamlessly. Highly recommend.

Posted Nov 20, 2019
David M.
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Chris lesson structure is great. Not only am I learning songs I want but also the theory behind the song.

Posted Nov 12, 2019
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Chris is an awesome teacher! I have been taking lessons with Chris for a few months. I had spent quite an extended period studying with other instructors but Chris is still helping develop me to a better musician and guitar player. Have been working on some ear training stuff that other instructors maybe would not have taken the time to work with me on! Working on hearing and playing the divided sky by phish right now not an easy piece of music. Also working on more phrasing and country blues licks and theory. I would definitely recommend Chris to anyone👍🎸

Posted Sep 3, 2019
Richard P.
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I am likely the oldest student Chris is currently teaching, with a brain that doesn't soak up the material like the youngsters.
He is a very skilled musician in his own right, but most importantly, he is very patient and presents the material in a way that I can grasp it.
The atmosphere is relaxed and I always look forward to me next lesson.

Posted Sep 3, 2019
Gerard M.
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My son Liam really enjoys his classes with Chris. Chris is very patient and is amazing with kids. He is a very Experienced Musician and Teacher. His lessons each week are a great mix of both Practical and Music Theory.I m so happy we were able to find Chris and I thank Take Lessons for making this happen.

Posted Jun 7, 2019
Kate A.
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Chris is patient and kind and teaches in a way that is clear and easy for even complete beginners to understand. When I get frustrated or discouraged in my practice, Chris is quick to try and pick me back up - he's a great motivator and he helps you remember to celebrate the small victories.

Learning with Chris is fun and engaging - he makes sure to incorporate music theory into the practice so that you are able to understand the why behind the "rules" of music. Chris is great at tailoring a learning plan to your specific goals as well as your baseline skills.

Posted Apr 30, 2019
Kate A.
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Posted Mar 29, 2019
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Chris is a patient, kind and knowledgeable teacher to my 9year old son. He is also a capable guitar artist. My son enjoys taking guitar from him.

Posted Mar 9, 2019
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Chris is great! I've been trying to learn via Rocksmith for ~2 years, and I'd made some good progress, but I felt like I was missing some things. I started taking lessons with Chris about 3 months ago, and he's been awesome at figuring out where I am and which skill gaps I can fill to make me a better guitarist overall. His lessons are a fun mix of practical application and (a very non-scary, beginner-oriented take on) music theory. He's great at tailoring lessons to what I want to learn and is always really positive and encouraging! I highly recommend him!

Posted Feb 28, 2019
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Chris is a great instructor. He is patient and is extremely generous with my learning curve. He teaches the subtleties of guitar and I love that he doesn't assume I won't understand. I look forward to seeing how my lessons progress. Can't wait to learn more from Chris!

Posted Feb 18, 2019
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Chris is an excellent guitar teacher with knowledge rooted in music theory. He'll not only teach you how to play the guitar, but he'll help you understand exactly what you're doing so you can play better, grow faster and comprehend more. His lessons are tailored specifically to the student to help you reach the guitar goals you're trying to achieve.

Posted Oct 9, 2018
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Chris was friendly, patient, and took time to talk about my learning style! Great first lesson.

Posted Aug 2, 2018
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Chris is patient, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and flexible as an instructor. Even after only three sessions, I feel more confident in my playing and am beginning to understand musical theory that I hadn't understood when I began practicing guitar on my own. Chris has been great at blending theory lessons with technical lessons; he's also balanced well honing previously taught skills and learning new ones. Excited to learn more!

Posted Jul 19, 2018
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Chris is a super chill guy. He knows what he's doing. He studied guitar in college and it really shows. He'll help you learn whatever it is that you're trying to get down, or if you're not sure where to start, he'll start you where he thinks you will benefit. I enjoy our lessons and I highly recommend him as a teacher.

Posted Jun 30, 2018
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Extremely talented guitar player a master of the craft. He’s the best teacher I’ve had I can’t wait to see my progress a year from now working with Chris

Posted Jun 17, 2018
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Chris is an amazing teacher, as well as an incredible dude. Working with him these past few months has been really helpful to my skill, and I feel more confident than I ever have been both on bass and guitar. Thank you so much Chris!!!

Posted Jun 16, 2018
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My 9 year old daughter is currently taking lessons from Chris. We have been more than pleased with so many things about him.
With my daughter, he is patient, approachable and makes her comfortable and eager to learn. She is more and more excited about the things she is accomplishing and I feel that she is getting a firm grasp on the important fundamentals of guitar.
Honestly, we feel that we have found a jewel of a teacher and my family highly recommends him.

Posted Jan 11, 2018

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Guitar Instructor
Jan 2015 - Present

W.O. Smith Music School

I have voluntarily taught 2-3 students a week for the last few years at W.O. Smith Music school in Nashville, TN. The school provides music lessons for students from low income families in the Nashville area.

Music Teacher
Jan 2018 - Jan 2020

Hendersonville Music Academy

I was a teacher at Hendersonville Music Academy in Hendersonville, Tennessee for two years before my private studio grew large enough to stop teaching there. I had guitar, bass, and mandolin students at this studio and developed individualized lesson plans for each student.

Music Teacher
Aug 2018 - Apr 2019

Sam Ash Music

I taught guitar, bass and mandolin at Sam Ash Music in Madison, Tennessee.

House Guitarist
Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island

I was the house guitarist for the world class hotel the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan this past summer. For seven nights a week I performed a 3 hour solo guitar set at a restaurant playing everything from pop to old jazz standards, and then spent 2 hours a night playing in the "Grand Hotel Orchestra", a 9-piece dance band that played everything from Stevie Wonder to Journey to Sinatra.


Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music
Aug 2014 - May 2018

Belmont University



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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