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.