Willy Minnix

Willy M.

Winston Salem, NC

About Willy M.

Willy teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: July 1994
Last sign in: Last week

Overview

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!

Photos and Videos

Buy my books!

Experience

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.

Education

Christian Ministry

Sep 2008 - Present
Crown College

Ministry

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

Languages Spoken

Attic Greek

Limited Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

German

Limited Proficiency

Japanese

Limited Proficiency

Koine Greek

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

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

Affiliations

Broadcast Music Inc.

Nov 2014
BMI

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.

American Federation of Musicians

May 2004
AFM

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.

Write a Review

6 Reviews on Willy M.

Silhouette-80
Karina Apr 20, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
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
Silhouette-80
Charles T. Aug 14, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent first lesson. A lot of enthusiasm from Willy, good information, and a lot to work on! Loved it!
Silhouette-80
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.
Thumb_54606_pi_IMG_20140716_131754_908
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.
Thumb_54605_pi_IMG_20140713_183326_310
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!!
Thumb_54446_pi_IMG_20141123_183359_690
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!