Guitar Lessons in South Charlotte and Waxhaw, North Carolina
Since 2007, Musicians in Motion has helped musicians of all levels hone their guitar playing skills. Whether you want to learn to play guitar or need to brush up on your skills, Musicians in Motion makes your lesson informative and fun. We specialize in acoustic, electric, bass, classical, and jazz guitar sessions.
With several professional guitar teachers on staff, we offer guitar and bass lessons for 9 and above. This flexibility combined with extensive knowledge of a wide range of musical genres, from classical to jazz, makes us the top choice for guitar lessons in Charlotte, North Carolina as well as guitar lessons in Matthews, North Carolina.
Learning how to play the guitar or bass will provide you with an invaluable skill, and it will strengthen your appreciation for music, instilling in you a sense of pride. Our guitar teachers provide challenging music lessons for all skill levels, helping you grow as a musician no matter your previous level of experience.
Contact us to connect with one of our teachers today. We also offer in-home lessons and look forward to helping you develop your musical skills.
Meet A Few Of Our Many Guitar Teachers
Thomas S. has been playing the guitar for over 25 years. He has taught numerous styles using different techniques and approaches for over 18 years. His writing/playing styles span from Blues, Rock, Jazz, Folk, Pop, R&B, Classical to Latin. This artist is a self taught guitarist, composer and writer, who mainly works in Charlotte, NC. Thomas’s performance and compositional belt notches were derived from his appearances and performances playing with bands in NYC like The Albatross and Velvet Soul from 2000-2002. He has also played with soulful folkish bands like Eddie Kane and Melodic from 2010-2011. He was a regular on local TV shows in Charlotte such as The Modern Renaissance Man and The Johnny Millwater Show on Access 21 TV. He was also invited to play The Harvard Alumni Club in the summer of 2011. In his earlier years he played in various school plays from 2004-2005. Thomas's passion for the arts has proven to be a worthwhile adversary to his list of students over the years. His unique methods of reaching his audience no matter what culture or age range is a God Given gift. Those who have opened their hearts and minds have allowed themselves to experience a teacher who has dedicated his mind, body and soul to each individual person.
I have over 25 years of guitar experience, including 10 years of private guitar instruction. I am well versed on music theory and aural musicianship, and am capable of teaching students of all ages, as well as being able to offer exciting and innovative methods for group lessons. Specializing in rock, classical, rockabilly, blues and jazz for the guitar, I enjoy composing, recording and performing in all of these genres.
Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY 1991-93
Major: Music-classical guitar and piano
De Santas Music-guitar and piano, Syracuse, NY 1986-89
Guitar, Bass and Piano
David has been playing guitar and singing since he was 15. He also plays piano, bass guitar, and drums. He took guitar lessons for over 3 years locally and since then has been self-taught. Though he’s been playing by ear his whole life, he is well educated in music theory and notation and can teach theory in-depth.
David enjoys writing and producing his own music. He started producing music when he was 20. He also loves language, and after studying abroad in France for a semester in college, now speaks French fluently.
The only thing David loves as much as learning, writing and playing music is teaching music. Always optimistic, he will help the student at any level improve on their instrument in the most fun and effective way possible.
BMI Composer/Music Director/Pianist: His 28 year career in music has yielded several professional engagements throughout 33 countries and 46 states. Some of the highlights of those productions include his work with:
Pop Artists: Beyoncé, J.C. Chasez, Lisa Loeb, Debbie Harry, Perry Ferral, Brian Setzer, Jack Sheldon
R&B/Jazz Vocalist - Lou Rawls, Al Jareau Broadway Artists: Bernadette Peters, Rachel York, Eden Espinosa, Alli Mauzey, Ted Neely, Carl Anderson
Film Composers: Bill Conti, Randy Newman, Henry Manfredini, Frankie Blue, Tor Hyams Orchestras: Charlotte Symphony, Richardson Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Trans-Sylvanian Symphony Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Samuel Jackson, Jane Kazmeryck, Brad Whitford, George Wendt Conductor Rick Henn and The Pageant of the Masters orchestra Norwegian/Holland America/Royal Carribean cruise lines Improv Troupes: Amalgam: bang. studio, The Beast/Kindernacht: The Hothouse, Heralds: ImprovOlympic, Pink Turtle Improv. Producers Nephtali Santiago (Mandrill/Wyclef Jean), Rob Bolt (Jive Records).
Montreux/Lido-Bienne/North Sea/Vancouver Jazz Festivals Emmy Award Winning Choreographers: Anita Mann, David Connolly, Doug Jack (Superbowl/Olympics) King Klong Music Group/Myrecordlabel.net/Nashville Tracks/Vitamin Record Rock String Quartet/ The New Four Freshman Charlotte Children’s Theatre
Mr. Watkins has taught at California Baptist University, California State University, Los Angeles, Central Piedmont Community College, and free lances as a pianist with the Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and North Carolina Symphony Orchestras. He holds a B.M. in Piano from C.S.U. Long Beach, & a M.M. Composition from C.S.U., Los Angeles. He has studied with John Prince, Michele Weir, then was 1 of 5 international composer fellows at the Henry Mancini Institute studying with Jack Smalley, Patrick Williams and John Clayton.
His favorite advice to fellow composers:
1. Make a Decision; ‘Done is better than perfect’.
2. “If the tune is bad, orchestrating it won’t fix it.”