Timothy McWilliams

Timothy M.

Asheville, NC
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach Scruggs style bluegrass banjo, as well as old-time clawhammer. With a M.A. in Appalachian Music from Appalachian State University, I am able to pair music theory with a traditional approach to teaching the banjo, which allows students to fully understand the instrument.
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Timothy teaches



Timothy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2013

Tim has made a career as a professional musician since receiving his M.A. in Appalachian Music: Roots & Influences from Appalachian State University in the spring of 2014. With experience as a Guitar Center instructor since 2015, an AmeriCorps member with the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative, and an Instructor of Record at Appalachian State, Tim is able to pair his deep knowledge of diverse musical styles, techniques, and theory with his adeptness at teaching. This enables students to quickly increase their skill and gain a deep appreciation for the music they are learning. His teaching approach centers on aural training, and encourages a student-driven curriculum.

Professionally, Tim is a Larrivee Guitars sponsored artist, and has performed all across the United States with the acoustic roots band, Redleg Husky. In 2016, the group performed 223 shows and in 2017, the group perform 258 shows.

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Lesson Instructor
Oct 2015 - Present
Guitar Center

Instructor for students of all ages and levels on guitar and banjo

Lead Singer; Guitarist, Banjoist
Jun 2013 - Present
Redleg Husky

- Singer/songwriter, guitarist, banjoist - have performed over 500 shows professionally in 27 states across America
- Wrote/co-wrote 22 songs performed by the band
- Recorded and released self-titled EP (2013), LP Carolina (2014), LP My Old Heart (2016)

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Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2013 - May 2014
Appalachian State University

Instructor of Record for AS2411-102: “Appalachia: An Introduction”

May 2013 - Aug 2013
Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc.

Developed a 20-minute video documentary for use in Watauga County Music Modules for public school teachers and teachers of traditional music

Upward Bound Research Mentor
Jun 2013 - Jul 2013
Appalachian State University

Advised and mentored a rising 11th grade student interested in music

Project REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) Advisor
Sep 2011 - Aug 2012
AmeriCorps State

- Guided students in their journey towards post-secondary education
- Coordinated college tours, career panels and information sessions for students and parents


M.A. in Appalachian Music
Aug 2012 - May 2014
Appalachian State University
B.A. in History
Aug 2007 - Jun 2011
Ohio University


Limited Proficiency

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9 Reviews

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Sherry May 30, 2018
Banjo · Online

I have come so far in just a short period of time. Tim has been extremely patient with me and he is a wonderful teacher. I really didn't think online classes would work for me, however it has been an amazing experience.

Chris S. Feb 19, 2018
Guitar · Online

Michele Nov 27, 2017
Banjo · In home

Tim is great!

Jacob Nov 20, 2017
Banjo · Online

Kim Sep 24, 2017
Guitar · In home

Tim is an excellent instructor and skilled musician. He is extremely patient, has the ability to explain and teach at the level needed, and is invested in his student's success. Tim’s passion, dedication, and love of music show through in his teaching and his playing. Highly Recommend!

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Oleg Sep 22, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

I've taken lessons from a number of instructors on several different instruments over the years and can say without a doubt that Tim is the best teacher I've ever had. He is as knowledgeable as they come on the subjects of acoustic guitar, Americana music, banjo, and just music in general, and puts this wealth of knowledge to work in figuring out how to bring the most out of a student. He patiently and intelligently worked through whatever challenges I was dealing with, and helped me grow in my playing and in my understanding of the musical concepts that we worked on. He explains things clearly and succinctly, and demonstrates everything in a very clear way. On the whole, he was a great instructor and one that I continue to be grateful to for everything that he contributed to my growth as a musician.

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Blair Sep 21, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Tim made my guitar lessons something I looked forward to every week. He was patient and allowed me to focus on the areas that I wanted to (strumming patterns, songs I wanted to learn, etc.) He gave great feedback and was very helpful in teaching the basics, which is what I needed. Tim is an exceptional musician and I learned a lot from my lessons with him!

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Laura Sep 19, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

If you are looking for a patient and knowledgeable instructor who is excellent with first time learners-Tim is an excellent choice for a beginner instructor. I am appreciative of his constructive encouragement and flexibility.

Matt Sep 19, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Tim was a wonderful teacher, he is patient and really knows his stuff. I have taken on and off lessons with him over the years, and I always leave motivated. He is really able to tailor his lessons to individual needs. One of the best!

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