Willy Minnix

Willy M.

Winston Salem, NC
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Willy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:
July 1994

Willy has been teaching music for more than a decade, carrying on the tradition he learned when his father taught him piano as a youth. He is a multi-instrumentalist with a degree in music from Earlham College in historic Richmond, IN (the birthplace of recorded jazz, and home of 30s era Genette Records).

As a sound technician Willy gained valuable experience working at the world famous Tarry Town Music Hall near Sleepy Hollow, NY, where he worked with top notch touring bands like Blues Traveler, the Indigo Girls, Paul Shaffer, the Marshall Tucker Band, and the late, great Levon Helm. He also worked with A-list actors such as Stanley Tucci, James Cahn, Kevin Bacon and Keanu Reeves.

While living in Austin, TX, Willy was a member of the American Federation of Musicians alongside greats like Los Lonely Boys, George Straight, Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson.

As a father of four young children, Willy teaches in a family friendly environment. At the SIW events, he has taught elementary students as well as adults all the way up to 86 years old! Willy is a background checked teacher and would love to pass on his knowledge of music to you and your family!

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Music Teacher
Sep 2010 - May 2011
Richmond Academy

Taught music to elementary, jr. high and high school students. Taught private piano, guitar and mandolin lessons.

Sound Technician
Jan 2008 - Sep 2010
Tarry Town Music Hall

Willy was a sound technician and stage hand for Tarry Town Music Hall where he was able to work with many well known music artists such as Procol Harum, Keb' Mo', the Indigo Girls, Yonder Mountain Stringed Band and Dweezel Zappa.

Music Teacher
Aug 2009 - May 2010
Hudson Valley Christian Academy

Taught Music to Elementary school children. Also taught Piano, Guitar and Banjo lessons privately.

Music Instructor
Aug 2006 - May 2007
Frisco School Of Music

Taught Piano and Guitar.

Substitute Teacher for Band
Aug 1997 - May 2004
Centerville Jr./Sr. High

Taught Music and Substitute taught elementary, Jr. and Sr. High students.


Christian Ministry
Sep 2008 - Present
Crown College
Aug 2011 - Aug 2013
Christian Leaders Institute
Church Planting
May 2008 - Jul 2008
Church Planter's Boot Camp Ft. Worth, TX
Church Planting
May 2005 - May 2005
Church Planter's Boot Camp Orlando, FL
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music
Sep 1993 - May 1997
Earlham College
General Studies
Aug 1989 - May 1993
Centerville Sr. High


Attic Greek
Limited Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Koine Greek
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Pastor License
Sep 2012
Missionary Church USA

Licensed Minister with the Missionary Church USA.

Pastor License
Sep 2002
Christian and Missionary Alliance

Licensed Minister with the Christian and Missionary Alliance


Broadcast Music Inc.
Nov 2014

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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American Federation of Musicians
May 2004

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

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Photos & Videos

Buy my books!
Here's a video on how to play "Mad About You" by Sting on the Mandolin!
Willy and Elijah playing at the Fourth Street Fair in historic Richmond, IN!

Quick lesson on how to play chords in Dead Man's Tuning
This video advertises Willy's book series "Dead Man's Tuning" for Mandolin.
This video teaches how to play "I'll Fly Away," on Mandolin in DDAD tuning.
Harmonica Lesson by Willy Minnix.
This video shows Willy teaching how to play the 60's folk tune "Catch the Wind" made popular by Donovan.
Willy teaching mandolin.
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16 Reviews

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Susan Schambach Mar 7, 2019
Mandolin · In studio

Willy is a wonderful teacher! I'm excited about my mandolin Journey.

Charles Sep 19, 2018
Mandolin · In home

Willy is super nice and is very patient. Very comfortable with Willy.

Sam Sep 11, 2018
Drum · In studio

My child is so excited to go back. Willy really tailored the lesson to my child.

Crystal J. Sep 6, 2017
Piano · In home

Willy is great he makes music fun. I really enjoy his teaching method. Learning the chords has opened my ears to listening to music differently. I highly recommend him to new students.

Gavin S. Jun 29, 2017
Piano · In studio

Will was great. We look forward to everything he can teach us.

Amy Feb 28, 2017
Singing · In studio

Willy is a great instructor! He is very knowledgeable and patient. I explained my goals and he has helped me achieve them!
Thank you!!

Riley S. Feb 15, 2017
Piano · In studio

Willy is very personable and made Riley feel at ease for his first lesson. He did go over a lot of material,but did not intimidate Riley and made the lesson fun.

KC Feb 8, 2017
Singing · In studio

Great teacher and really easy to work with. Loved it!

Amy Jan 24, 2017
Singing · In studio

I was very nervous, but Willy was very knowledgeable and friendly. He was very patient and made sure my questions were answered. My first lesson was great!

Priscilla P. Nov 3, 2016
Singing · In studio

It was exciting and he was very helpful. I enjoyed it alot.

Karina Apr 20, 2016
Guitar · In home

Every thing seems to be going great. Karina seems to be motivated and excited about class every week and learning much more than she has in past lessons with other teachers

Charles T. Aug 14, 2015
Piano · In studio

Excellent first lesson. A lot of enthusiasm from Willy, good information, and a lot to work on! Loved it!

Trevor R. Nov 25, 2014
Mandolin · In studio

I wasn't really taking mandolin, but fiddle in the Stringed Instrument Workshop, but I loved it. Willy is a great teacher. I especially enjoyed the SIW, with my kids. It was a lot of fun to learn musical techniques with lots of people of different skill levels. I'm not the best musician, but Willy makes you feel like you can participate even if you don't understand all of the theory.

The Stringed Instrument Workshop last year was really fun because almost everyone in the group won some different musical freebies from different music stores nearby. We had a cookout and a concert, and both of my children were able to perform in front of the class. Willy set up a stage, lights and a sound system for us all to feel like we were stars! It was such a fun time, and we even had hotdogs and marshmallows!

I loved the Stringed Instrument Workshop so much, I had him teach my kids private lessons too, and they love it.

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Gideon J. Nov 25, 2014
Piano · In studio

I loved taking lessons with Willy. I am only 7, and I am just learning, but am starting to play the Charlie Brown theme song. I can also play a little bit of Shorten Bread. There's another song too. It's a song that I learned that I really liked, can't remember the words, but it's a good song. I love piano lessons.

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Etta T. Nov 25, 2014
Mandolin · In studio

Mr. Willy helped me learn the song "Mean" by Taylor Swift!! I was so happy to play! I took the Stringed Instrument Workshop and I loved it! It was so much fun, and I was able to learn with my friends. It was easy to learn, and we learned how to play "Amazing Grace," together. We played it for my church and everyone loved it!!! :)

I will continue playing mandolin, and want to also learn violin, piano and guitar. I can even play "Mean" on the 12 string guitar now in open tunings!!

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Liam D. Nov 23, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Willy changed my life!! I used to not be able to play guitar, but now I can! I have so much confidence in myself now, and I love playing guitar. I will play guitar until I die!!! Thanks so much Willy for helping me believe in myself!

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