Chris Collier

Chris C.

Nashville, TN
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Lesson Details

Blues Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
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.
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About

Chris passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Chris delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2014

My goal is to get students to think for themselves on their instruments. Whether the student is a child or an adult, I strive to develop musicians that can become lifelong learners with a love and knowledge of music as opposed to people who only know a few cool riffs on their instrument.
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) ensure 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. My professional performance experience includes solo guitar gigs, rock band shows, musical theatre pit work, dance band playing, plus various gigs in Nashville, around the Eastern United States, and even 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 theory, and music history, but before college I was largely a self taught player and am now a professionally performing musician here in Nashville. My primary goal with any student will be first to help a student achieve their goals, but ultimately to teach each student to think for themselves on their instruments so that they can go on learning for the rest of their lives.

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Experience

Music Teacher
Aug 2018 - Present
Sam Ash Music

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

Music Teacher
Jan 2018 - Present
Hendersonville Music Academy

I am a teacher at Hendersonville Music Academy in Hendersonville, Tennessee. I have guitar and bass students at this studio and develop individualized lesson plans for each student to inspire and accelerate their growth.

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.

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.

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Education

Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music
Aug 2014 - May 2018
Belmont University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Introduction! Get to know me and my teaching.
Me covering the bass part to The Jackson 5's ABC
Performing a Herbie Hancock tune with Belmont University's Jazzmin band.

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I spent the summer of 2017 playing in the orchestra at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. An incredible experience!

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A solo I took over the tune American Woman performing with Nashville-based band One Less Wall.
A solo I took over Earth Wind and Fire's "September" while playing with the grand Hotel Orchestra on Mackinac Island.
Taken during a session for Nashville-based artist Chip Colon.

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Hey this is my face, I am a real person that can clean up pretty well.

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Moonlight in Vermont - Chris and Kat

Cover of the jazz standard performed with Nashville vocalist Katherine Loiselle.
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7 Reviews

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Chance Oct 9, 2018
Guitar · In studio

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.

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Margaret Aug 2, 2018
Mandolin · In studio

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

Ali Jul 19, 2018
Guitar · In studio

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!

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Marion Jun 30, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

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.

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Chad Jun 17, 2018
Guitar · In studio

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

Jude Jun 16, 2018
Guitar · In studio

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!!!

Danielle Jan 11, 2018
Guitar · In home

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.

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