Chris Meadors

Chris M.

Tacoma, WA

Lesson Details



Chris delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
May 1996

In 2013, Chris opened his own independent lesson studio, The Chops Shop, in Tacoma, WA. The Chops Shop is friendly, comfortable, clean and caters to students of all ages and abilities. You won’t be taking your lessons in a cramped little cubicle. You won’t be pressured to buy lesson packets and method books. Centrally located to Tacoma, Puyallup, Spanaway and Lakewood, The Chops Shop is easy to find, has ample parking, a comfy waiting/reception area and specializes in just one thing: learning to play.

From the mosh pit to the orchestra pit, and most points in between, versatility is one of Chris’s major strengths. A full-time instructor and performing musician, he has studied at Mira Costa College and has been making his living as a teaching and performing musician for over 15 years. As a teacher, Chris provides personalized, flexible lesson programs designed to help the student learn to play what they want to play, while mastering the skills necessary to explore any style of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to meet your individual needs and goals. Every student is unique and Chris won’t try to squeeze you into some kind of one-size-fits-all curriculum.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson Room has Guitars, Bass, Keyboard, Electronic Drum Kit, Cables, Picks, Amplifiers. Performance/Band Lesson room with P.A., Microphones & Mic Stands, 5-Piece Acoustic Drum Kit, Guitar & Bass Amps. WiFi access and Windows tablet available for use in the reception/waiting area.

*** Specialties ***
Chris has strong skills in a variety of styles, and is exceptionally proficient with classic rock, hard rock, metal and country.

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Jun 2013 - Present
The Chops Shop Music Lessons

Teach 35 to 50 students per week • Individual lessons and band mentoring • Coordinate public performance opportunities and events

Feb 2008 - Present
Allstar Guitar

Teach 10 to 15 students per week • Participate in annual student recitals

Feb 2008 - May 2013
J.C.'s Music

Taught 30 to 45 students per week • Organize and present student recitals • Host all-ages open jams

Jun 1999 - Dec 2007
Moonlight Music

Taught 40 to 55 students per week • Helped organize and present annual “Summer Band Jam Camp”, typically with 12 to 20 students per camp

Co-Director of Contemporary Music Ensemble
May 1999 - Aug 2000
St. Timothy's Church

Assisted with musical arrangements, instruction, preparation and weekly performances for 15-member ensemble

Apr 1996 - Jun 1999
Encinitas School of Music

Taught 10 to 15 students per week, participated in annual student recitals

Photos & Videos

Bass student, Joe (15) performing with his instructor

Students from The Chops Shop on the Puget Sound Music for Youth float after the 2014 Daffodil Parade.

Paying tribute to "The Ventures" guitarist, Nokie Edwards, with a cover of his signature version of "I Got a Woman".
This performance from the Nov. 2013 Puget Sound Music for Youth event at The Swiss features two of my students (14 and 15 years old) on guitar & bass.
This song, featuring my 17 year old guitar student was performed at the Puget Sound Music for Youth event at The Swiss in Nov. 2013.  The 13 year old vocalist was a temporary student of mine, learning to work with a band in preparation for her 'rock debut'.
Guitar student, Mason (13), performing at The Swiss, Tacoma, 1-26-14
Sierra Hutton (13), vocals and Avery Johnston (14), guitar, Ariel Duchesne (21) backing vocals, performing with Chris Meadors and Grooveyard. Puget Sound Music for Youth concert at The Swiss, Tacoma, 1-26-2014
Guitar student, Stevie Eileen (15), performing her original song "Truth" at The Swiss, 11-17-13 with Puget Sound Music for Youth.
My first attempt at playing this piece from memory
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