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Chris M.
Tacoma, Washington
Teaching Locations:
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn to play from a full-time instructor and performing musician! Chris excels at working with all levels of expertise, whether you are picking up a guitar for the first time, or an experienced player ready to take your skills to the next level. At The Chops Shop, we know that every student is unique and we don't try to fit you into some kind of one-size-fits-all curriculum. You are here for personalized instruction and that's what you get: lessons tailored to your individual needs and goals. Chris's current & former students can be found performing in popular regional bands, such as Insuburban Avenue and Clear the Chaos, studying at universities, touring the world with ground-breaking bands such as The Mattson 2, or just enjoying making music with their friends and families.
About Chris M.

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

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