Matthew Smith

Matthew S.

Vista, CA

Lesson Details

Classical Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I taught and directed performances at the School of Rock for almost seven years. I can teach any style and figure out songs on the spot. I play in metal bands Nihilist and Monarch and was classically trained by Master Fred Benedetti at Grossmont College. I offer lessons in playing and theory. I'm confident I can bridge the gap to your goals.
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Matthew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

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Over 16 years of music experience.
Self-taught, and classically trained by guitarist Master Fred Benedetti.
Previously a director/instructor at the School of Rock for six years.
Currently performing in the bands Nihilist and Monarch.
Studio Master at Muffhaus Studios.

Any music style from classical to metal. Theory, technique, composition, improvisation instruction in guitar, bass, drums, and piano.


Jun 2001 - Present
NIHILIST, MonArcH, Damcyan, Muffheus

My current musical projects. I grew up playing metal with my friends and it's what I love. Hundreds of shows throughout the years and touring experience.

Oct 2010 - Jun 2017
School of Rock

Private weekly music instruction in guitar, bass, keys, drums, vocals for all ages.
Seasonal performance director of various music styles like David Bowie, Slayer, Stevie Wonder, Led Zeppelin.
Performing/directing shows.


Sep 2005 - Jun 2017
Grossmont College


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Aug 2008
Grossmont College

Photos & Videos

Smoke and Mirrors
Super Mario C Minor
Nihilist - Rockstar Jagermeister Mayhem Fest

FFIV - Cry in Sorrow
Awakening/The Decisive Battle Classical

Grossmont Recital
Photo by Matthew S.

Mt. Laguna

Zelda's Lullaby
FFIV - Melody of Lute
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