Hunter Stricklin

Hunter S.

Nashville, TN

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

Teaching since:
April 2000

Hello! My name is Hunter Stricklin and I have been teaching in the Nashville area since 2000. I started off teaching private percussion lessons as well as music composition lessons while teaching at several high schools in the Nashville area, including: Hendersonville H.S., Wilson Central H.S., Centennial H.S., John Overton H.S., Smyrna H.S., and Columbia Central H.S.

I attended MTSU and earned a BM in Music Theory & Composition as well as a BM in Music Education. I have been teaching middle school band and general music at Poplar Grove Middle School in Franklin, TN since 2011.

I have extensive performance experience as well having performed, taught, and wrote for the World Champion WGI PIW ensemble Music City Mystique from 1998-99, and from 2001-2007.

I am published through Tapspace Publications and Warner Brothers.

A more extensive list of performance, teaching, and composition experience can be provided upon request.

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Band Director
Feb 2011 - Present
Poplar Grove Middle School

Percussion Teacher
May 2009 - Sep 2016
John Overton High School

Taught percussion students through private lessons as well as fall marching band and winter drumline.

Percussion Teacher
Nov 2013 - Apr 2016
Metro Winter Drumline

Percussion Teacher
Nov 2008 - Aug 2012
Music City Drum Corps

Percussion Teacher
Nov 2008 - Oct 2011
Centennial High School

Taught percussion students through private lessons as well as fall marching band and winter drumline.

Percussion Teacher
Nov 2008 - Apr 2010
Music City Mystique

Percussion Teacher
May 2004 - Oct 2007
Columbia Central High School

Taught percussion students through private lessons as well as the fall marching band.

Percussion Teacher
May 2003 - Oct 2005
Hendersonville High School

Taught percussion students through private lessons as well as fall marching band.


Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education
Aug 2009 - Dec 2010
Middle Tennessee State University
Bachelor of Music in Theory & Composition
Aug 2002 - Dec 2007
Middle Tennessee State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Feb 2017
Franklin Special School District - Tennessee Department of Education

Professional Teacher
Jul 2014
Franklin Special School District - Tennessee Department of Education


Percussion Independent World Champion
Apr 2006
Winter Guard International
PASIC National Champion - Large Ensemble Division
Nov 2004
Percussive Arts Society
Percussion Independent World Champion
Apr 2004
Winter Guard International
PASIC National Champion - Small Ensemble Division
Nov 2003
Percussive Arts Society
Percussion Independent World Champion
Apr 2001
Winter Guard International
Percussion Independent World Champion
Apr 1998
Winter Guard International


Music Teachers National Association
Feb 2011

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Oct 2010

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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5 Reviews

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Tim D Apr 19, 2017
Percussion ·

Hunter is hands down one of the best teachers I've had the chance to perform and work with over my 20+ years in the drumcorps/marching band realm. The knowledge he possesses is impressive in itself but the way he imparts stands out above all. He has a very special ability to read a situation as well as a student and cater the lesson to ensure the student will get the most of the time allowed. If you want to learn, excel, and achieve a higher understanding of your art then Hunter is the one you want teaching you!

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Evan Apr 19, 2017
Music Performance · In studio

I had the privilege of performing under the direction of Hunter on several occasions. His ensemble work is always rigorous, challenging, exacting, and enough fun to create a good team spirit. He is a great teacher in a one on one setting, and his ability to both diagnose errors and prescribe the right fix is uncanny. He's the perfect combination of serious, knowledgeable, professional, and fun. If I still lived in Nashville, I would be thrilled to study with Hunter.

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Chris Apr 19, 2017

I have worked and performed with Hunter over the past 10 years, and I can say that he is hands-down one of the absolute best in his field! His extensive knowledge of percussion, music theory, and music pedagogy only supplement his ability to take any student at any level and make them discover a level of potential and success higher than already imagined. He has a tremendous ability to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of any student he teaches, thus offering very thorough instruction.

In short, Mr. Stricklin is a master in music performance, education, composition, and arranging! I highly recommend Hunter Stricklin. He will take your knowledge and abilities to the next level and beyond!

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Tim Apr 19, 2017
Drum · In studio

I studied with Hunter for the entirety of my high school marching career as a snare and bass drum player. His lessons are both informative and challenging which helped me to improve my musicality, rhythm, and performance capabilities dramatically. some of the subject matters and techniques may be difficult to understand, Hunter keeps the learning environment relaxed and enjoyable. Hunter is very approachable and knowledgeable of percussion and music as a whole, and I highly recommend him as an instructor for students with any level of experience or interest.

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Jenna Kirby Apr 19, 2017

Mr. Stricklin is an expert educator and musician. He makes sure that students understand every aspect of the concepts being taught and works diligently to ensure success with every student. He truly cares about the music he teaches and the techniques involved to achieve musical goals. His teaching and playing experience carry over into his private lessons teaching- he is a fantastic teacher.

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