Nathan Montgomery

Nathan M.

Ferndale, MI

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
January 1993

I love helping students to reach their goals. Tomo Milicevic (guitarist for 30 Seconds to Mars) is a former student of mine.

I have the experience, dedication, and patience to help any student reach their goals. 23 years private instruction and 6 years classroom instruction experience.

B.A. Jazz Performance Wayne State University
Studied Masters Secondary Education University of Phoenix

I have toured nationwide with:
The Miracles, The Temptations, The Capitols, Dennis Stufano, The Tokens, The Classics, The Reflections, The Crystals, The Shirelles, The Drifters, The Coasters, The Hollies, The Vandellas, Martha Reeves, Shirley Alston Reeves, Ron Dante, The Shades of Blue

I also have performed with:
Rio and the Rockabilly Revival, Allen as Tim and the Dance Hall Rockers (country), Big Will and the 360 degree band(variety), Saoco (latin jazz), 7 Million Jigawatts(rock and soul), Rhythm Society Swing Orchestra(big band), The Fringe(original rock),
Wishbone(top 40), Amy Gore and her Valentines, Beth Stalker(jazz/pop)

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Guitar/Bass/Ukulele/Mandolin/Banjo Teacher
Jan 1993 - Present
Gus Zoppi Music Center

Director of guitar and bass studies
Sep 2003 - Jan 2010
Arts Academy in the Woods

During the seven years of classroom instruction I arranged and rehearsed small groups to large ensembles. Classroom instruction included music theory, ear training, composition, practice and performance techniques.


Masters in Secondary Education
Sep 2010 - May 2013
University of Phoenix Online
Bachelor of Fine and Performing Arts
Sep 1993 - May 2000
Wayne State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Background Check
Sep 2016
Take Lessons

Background check was passed to be able to teach students under the age of 18.


Full Talent Scolarship
Sep 1993
Wayne State University

Photos & Videos

The lesson and recording studio.

Comfortable seating in waiting area.

Coffee and refreshments in waiting area.

Percussive acoustic guitar
Bass and Keys At the same time!!
solo acoustic
jazz trio live at Bakers
solo acoustic
solo acoustic
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27 Reviews

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Tim Jul 18, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Nathan is an excellent, patient teacher.

He did not go for the traditional "learn the chords and build up" approach, but rather dived into chord progressions I wanted to learn and built the music theory around that. I found this much more motivating than music lessons I have had in the past.

Definitely would recommend.

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Shelby Mar 3, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Nathan is fantastic! He's informative & makes hard concepts seem easier with the "drills" he gives. It's nice because the drills don't feel like drills because he uses fun songs to help instead.

Mark O Nov 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Wonderful experience ... I hope to continue soon

Hannah W. Oct 18, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Great first lesson! Nathan is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher!

Kenny Vu Oct 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I have taken drum lessons for over 3 years recently I wanted to learn guitar to help me to read, count, bars from the intro, rest between the songs during the bridges, get in and out playing drum easier. While 3 years learning drum I learned a little bit of guitar, also I had seen how other students learned guitar from the different teachers and compare to now then I can for sure Nathan Montgomery is the best teacher I have ever seen. He is very good with great techniques and theory. This teacher is down to earth. The monster of playing guitar. I am following him to his home in Ferndale from Gus Zoppi Music Center in Sterling Heights because I really like the way he teaches music. It take me a little longer to drive. However, I even like there better. His own studio is way bigger than the little room from Gus Zoppi so I feel very comfortable in an open space. The studio have a sofa set, and coffee or hot tea is also ready for parents while waiting for kids during their lessons. He also sends me texts sometimes asking how I want my coffee or tea so he could repair it. How nice of him right ! I highly recommend this great teacher to anyone.

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Larry Oct 5, 2016
Guitar · Online

What I like in my lesson is that Nathan is always presenting a different to play a song. Nathan is great at showing me the best way to learn a chord sequence. When I struggle with new chords he displays a more complex way to play so that the original way is now easier. He focuses on building me into a better guitar player by listening and watching how I learn. I'm very satisfied with Nathan's techniques as an instructor.

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Kyle Oct 4, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Nathans' fantastic understanding of musical concepts, ability to convey those concepts and finally demonstrate on the guitar make him a wonderful instructor. He also has an uncanny knack to hear a song for the first time and pick up his guitar and play the song THEN write it down for me to learn. Still impresses me every time!

I would encourage anyone who is interested in learning to play guitar to consider him as their teacher.

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Erika Oct 3, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I have progressed a ton while working with Nathan! After a year I can tell my playing has improved immensely, and I have learned things like memory tricks and finger stretches that I didn't know would impact my playing in the way that it has. Nathan goes beyond teaching you how to just play something, he makes sure you have a thorough understanding of the concepts behind it so you can make more progress faster. Nathan is a great teacher that has helped me enormously with guitar!

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Kaylan Sep 29, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Studied guitar with Nathan for about 3 years as a teen. I use the songwriting methods and guitar techniques Nathan introduced me to to this day! He is a great guitarist and teacher and I learned a lot from him. Would highly recommend!

Anthony Sep 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio

What do you wanna learn? You wanna play some metal? This man will teach you. Wanna learn some rock? This man will teach you. Neo Classical? Fingerstyle? Bluegrass? Fluent in any style you could think of, Nathan can teach you everything you could want to know about the guitar! Took lessons from him for years and very much enjoyed it. Would recommend for anyone from beginners all the way to advanced musicians looking to build on their skills.

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Megan Sep 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I took lessons with Nate for 5+ years at the music shop by my house. He's the best in the game! I first picked up a guitar at 13, and Nate taught me everything that I know. He's really awesome at making lessons fun and I always looked forward to them. He never talked down to me, even though he is much more knowledgeable, and often I felt like I was just hanging out with a friend.
I remember always admiring his talent being inspired by his skill.
You won't find a better teacher than him!

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Jina Sep 29, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I took guitar lessons from Nathan Montgomery years ago, as a young teenager. Not only did Nathan effectively (and patiently!) teach me how to read music and maneuver a guitar for the first time, but he significantly improved my self esteem at such an impressionable age. If you are looking for a committed instructor with a knack for patience, I highly suggest contacting Nathan! He clearly loves what he does, and it is beyond apparent in his teaching style.

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Matias Sep 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Nathan could anticipate my needs and make my lessons great. I can play everything from Skynner to Pink Floyd because of Nathan!

Arul Sep 27, 2016
Guitar · Online

Mr. Montgomery is a professional guitar player and teacher. He has been a great teacher for my son for the past six years. Even after we moved out from a near by city, my son wanted him as his teacher. So he started taking classes online. My son is very happy with it. I highly recommend Nathan as a teacher and mentor.

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Mitchell Sep 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Mr. Montgomery is not only a great musician, he is also able to encourage his students to pursue music at a very high level themselves. I would enthusiastically recommend him as your instructor!

Anthony Sep 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Great instructor, worked very well with me and would recommend him if you're looking for lessons.

Gabriella & Dave Sep 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Nate is fantastic instructor, he does a great job working with kids & teens. Anthony has taken lessons for many years & has really enjoyed it & learned a lot. We highly recommend him.

Justine Sep 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I've been taking lessons with Nathan since 2009 and he's the best private lessons teacher I've ever had!

Stacy B. Sep 22, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I have been taking lessons with Nathan for years and can highly recommend him for any skill level. He makes lessons easy to understand and keeps them interesting. He is very talented and will adapt the lessons to what you are interested in. He is extremely patient as well.

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john Sep 22, 2016
Mandolin · In studio

Nathan is friendly with excellent teaching skills

Lisa Sep 21, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

I have taken ukelele and currently take bass guitar lessons from Nathan. He is a very gifted, thoughtful and creative instructor with individualized lessons for each student. I would highly recommend.

Gerard M. Sep 21, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·

Fabulous instructor! Talented, dedicated and organized. Nathan is a real pro. I learned more from him during the first lesson than I've learned from other instructors after several lessons.

John G. Sep 21, 2016
Guitar · In studio

I have known Nathan for many years. I have studied various subjects with him and performed in several small groups with Nathan. His knowledge, talent and professionalism in music are just a few reasons he is a sought after instructor. His understanding of how students learn would benefit any level musician. Five stars!

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Agil Sep 21, 2016
Guitar · Online

He's a very patient and knowledgeable instructor.

Audrey Sep 16, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Nathan has an awesome formula for helping new students learn their instrument! I was super impressed with his approach and everything he taught me was extremely beneficial. He's also very patient and understanding. I would recommend him to anyone!!

Audrey Sep 16, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Nathan has an awesome formula for helping new students learn their instrument! I was super impressed with his approach and everything he taught me was extremely beneficial. He's also very patient and understanding. I would recommend him to anyone!!

Charles M. Feb 22, 2016
Banjo · In studio

Great first session with Nathan, he has a aggressive teaching style that anybody serious about learning can apretiate.. Very talented individual.

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