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Music Lessons & Instrument Instruction

Where Knoxville's music lovers become musicians.

Open Chord School of Music offers music lessons to educate children and adults of all ages in the Art of Music.  Through offering instruction and lessons on guitar, drums, bass guitar, ukulele, mandolin, banjo we aim to build and support the local music community here in Knoxville. We are proud to have a growing network of Knoxville’s finest music instructors.
We also carry a full complement of instruction and song books next door in our Music Store. Even if you’re looking for lessons on an instrument that we don’t currently teach, just stop by and we’d be happy to recommend a local instructor to assist you in your musical journey.

Guitar/Stringed Instrument Lessons


Our lesson plans are tailored to the individual student. Whether it’s your first open chord strum or you’re advancing though your modal riffs, each instructor teaches with the aim of maximizing the results and minimizing the effort that the student invests in their instrument. With a few minutes of practice each day our students can be playing their favorite songs or writing their own! Our experienced instructors know how to teach music in a way that makes it fun and simple.   

"If you can say your alphabet from A to G, and you can count to four.....  you can learn to play music at Open Chord School of Music."

Drum Lessons

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Have you always wanted to be a drummer?  We offer drum lessons for beginning to advanced players. Learning to play the drums can be a lot of fun if you have the right teacher. With our drum lessons, even if you have never spent any time behind a drumset, you still get started learning beats and grooves, rhythms and rudiments that professional drummers use worldwide. Our drumming instructors will teach you the right techniques from how to hold the drumsticks to the correct speed and accents when playing your first paradiddle. Contact us to find out how drum lessons at Open Chord School of Music can get you playing the drums. 

Why We Teach Music

Music is an essential building block in a child's ability to learn. For adults, it offers a wonderful, creative outlet. We believe that learning and playing music should be fun, first and foremost. For all ages, music is a joy, a creative outlet and a healing force.

Unfortunately, music is being taught less and less in our school systems, but that does not make it any less important. Multiple studies have consistently shown that learning music at a young age helps with other subjects, especially math.

Relax During Your Student’s Lesson

Open Chord Music School also offers a wonderful waiting area in our Cafe.  Parents and friends are invited to relax with a coffee or something from our menu while your student completes their lesson. With comfortable seating, a reasonable menu and always free Wi-Fi, The Open Chord Music Cafe can be a nice break from your hectic schedule.

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Meet The School of Music Teachers

Guitar/Fiddle/Mandolin Lessons:

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Born & raised in Knoxville, Chris picked up his first guitar at age 16 and hasn't put it down since. Chris offers music lessons for guitar, bass, ukulele, & beginning banjo. He is a frequent face in the Knoxville music scene with his rock band Yak Strangler. Chris has multiple years of experience in making music lessons enjoyable for those of all ages.

Robert Higginbotham

Robert Higginbotham has been teaching guitar in Knoxville since 2004. Robert spent his early years as a working musician in the 1970s. A local musician who has been part of the Knoxville music scene for over 15 years, he hosts the First Thursdays and Third Wednesdays Jams at the Open Chord, and plays with the Mystic Rhythm Tribe. The father of three grown children, Robert is very patient. He has taught students from the age of seven to seventy. His specialties are blues, rock, and acoustic folk style.  He teaches all styles except classical music. He also teaches beginning bass.

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Josh Hobbs

Josh Hobbs has been teaching more than a decade in Knoxville. Josh began his performance career in 1998, which has led him to many great gigs, such as Bonnaroo 2010. After receiving his Bachelor of Music in Jazz from UTK, Josh has been a staple of the music community, from guest hosting the Brackins Blues Jam, to “Sundown in the City” performances. A true student of music, Josh has an intuitive understanding of the educational process and teaches all levels and styles of guitar.  He also offers electric bass, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele lessons.


Matt Reynolds

Matt Reynolds has been teaching guitar and bass for nearly a decade. He is a veteran of the live music scene, including touring the country with rock band Down From Up, and competing in the International Blues Competition in Memphis. Matt can teach most styles of guitar or bass, and specializes in slide guitar.



Evie Andrus

Evie Andrus has been making music since she was 6. In college she obtained a minor in Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Andrus has performed in a variety of bands from folk to rock. She offers beginning to advanced violin/fiddle, beginning to intermediate mandolin, beginning vocal, acoustic bass, guitar.  



Drum Lessons:

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Andy began playing drums in 1990 at the age of 9 after he received his first drum set for Christmas. He has studied under such teachers as Keith Brown (University of Tennessee), Bob Adamcik (Knoxville Symphony Orchestra), and Kevin Heuer.  Starting at the age of sixteen he began playing professionally, has toured extensively throughout the U.S., played on several cruise ships, & enjoys studio work. Andy began teaching private lessons in 2004 with a focus on drum set and rudimental skills.  He is experienced with all ages, & can teach all styles.



School of Music Inquiry

Cost of lessons is $100.00 per month for a one-on-one 30 minute weekly session.   Lesson times are available from 2 p.m. daily Monday through Saturday.  Closed on Sunday. Call today at 865.281.5874 or stop by at 8502 Kingston Pike in Knoxville and check us out!

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