Nathan Mead
Olympia, WA
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Nathan Mead

Nathan M.

Olympia, WA
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Hi, I’m Nate and I want to help you build a lifelong relationship with the guitar! I’m an award-winning, nationally-toured musician / video game composer, and I’m passionate about fun and effective music education. I offer individualized lessons in beginning and intermediate guitar to students of all ages. I’ll support you in meeting your musical goals and help you develop the tools you need to follow your musical curiosity wherever it takes you :)

About Nathan M.

All my students receive:
• Individually-tailored lessons for the music YOU want to learn
• A pre-lesson questionnaire about your goals and interests
• Coaching & support in building a sustainable personal music practice

With me you can learn:
• To play your favorite songs & riffs
• To write your own songs (music and lyrics, if you like)
• Styles: Rock, Pop, Folk, Indie - I'm open to the music you enjoy!
• Foundational Music Theory & Ear-Training

Online lessons are available from 8am to 8pm, Monday through Sunday, and take place via Zoom (preferred for shared listening abilities) or Skype.

In-Person lessons are available from 9am to 7pm, Monday through Sunday, and take place at my home. Due to Covid-19, masks are required, windows are open whenever possible during lessons, and I continually run an Austin Healthmate Air Filter in the studio. You’ll likely meet my lovely wife, as well as our cat and puppy :)

Please feel free to use the "Ask a Question" button, I'll respond as soon as I'm able!


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5 Reviews
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After a long time trying to find a guitar instructor with affordable rates and availability that suits my needs, I am so glad to have been referred to Nathan. He radiates kindness and patience, making it easy to quickly feel comfortable with him. He moves at my pace and shows interest in the songs I want to learn and my own goals rather than working from an agenda. Nathan offers Covid conscious in-person as well as Zoom lessons which is convenient. I highly recommend him and I am so glad to learn from him.

Posted Aug 28, 2021
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I've worked with Nathan as a songwriting collaborator on various projects in the past and I can attest to his talent as a guitarist and songwriter. Nathan is a very innovative composer and an incredibly kind and thoughtful person. I've had the pleasure of co-writing and workshopping songs with him and it's always an inspiring experience. I would strongly recommend him as a guitar instructor and songwriting teacher.

Posted Aug 3, 2021
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Nathan’s optimism and continuous support helped reignite my passion for writing and playing! It’s obvious that he puts in an abundance of time and energy into personalizing a lesson plan for you, constantly assessing (and reassessing) your goals and then laying out achievable steps you can take to reach those. He has never been discouraging or judgmental; on the contrary, I look forward to sharing my progress with him each week. He breaks otherwise daunting concepts into small, palatable portions, teaching and incorporating into your practice regimen seamlessly. Outside of musical theory and technique, he also has advice for a number of problems, whether it be regarding networking, stage presence, recording, or less music-based problems such as burning out or handling drastic life changes.

If you’re looking for a talented, empathetic teacher who truly cares about you and your pursuit of music, Nathan is my only recommendation!

Posted Aug 2, 2021
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As a former bandmate of Nathan's, I can say his passion for music is contagious! An excellent songwriter and player, he approaches the guitar with the confidence of a seasoned pro but the humility of a life-long learner.

Posted Aug 1, 2021
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Nathan is an excellent teacher for beginner guitarists. He is knowledgeable, patient, and relentlessly encouraging. He empowers me to play what I want to play and learn what I want to learn. He also goes the extra mile before and after each lesson to make sure I have everything I need for my personal practice. Without his lessons, I wouldn’t be progressing half as fast as I am.

Posted Jul 23, 2021

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Composer / Developer
Apr 2020 - Present

Earthship Games

Working as part of a geographically-dispersed team on my first video game project, set for release in Fall 2021. It's nature-themed :)


Music Theory & Composition
Apr 2020 - Present

Berklee College of Music

English, Creative Writing
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011

Whitworth University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Permculture Design Certificate
Jun 2016

Permaculture Institute of North America


1st Place, 2012 Sound Off! Competition
Mar 2012

Seattle Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop, formerly E.M.P.)

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