- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- 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.
Instructor for students of all ages and levels on guitar and banjo
- 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)
Instructor of Record for AS2411-102: “Appalachia: An Introduction”
Developed a 20-minute video documentary for use in Watauga County Music Modules for public school teachers and teachers of traditional music
Advised and mentored a rising 11th grade student interested in music
- Guided students in their journey towards post-secondary education
- Coordinated college tours, career panels and information sessions for students and parents
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.
Tim is great!
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!+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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!+ Read More
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.
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!