Born and raised in Lexington, SC, Aaron has been playing guitar for eleven years and teaching for five. He studied guitar under Michael Burkett, student of local legend Robert Newton. His personal primary focus is Jazz Fusion, the blending of Jazz music with Rock. As a guitar instructor, Aaron’s primary focus for the student is an in depth comprehension of Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Dynamics, and Technique. In the lesson studio Aaron plays a Larrivée Acoustic guitar for the warm, ethereal tones it produces.
He is also the guitarist / visionary for the instrumental fusion band eBlue. Aaron aims to continually create, write, and record new eBlue material and to release the new sounds annually. “I often get asked how to become a great guitar player and the answer; dedication and practice. There simply is no substitute for playing your instrument.” www.facebook.com/eblueband
Music has been an important part of Alicia’s life since she was young. Alicia was in swing choir and orchestra in high school and studied piano from before an age she can remember. Alicia is currently the accompanist at her church and enjoys passing on her piano knowledge when she has the opportunity.
Josh Roberts has performed across the country from Denver to D.C. and has shared stages with artists as diverse as George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Band of Horses, Drive by Truckers, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Billy Joe Shaver, Dead Confederate, Robert Earle Keen, 2 Skinee J’s, JGB, Moonshine Still, Robert Randolph, Patrick Davis, Stockholm Syndrome, Angie Aparo, Leon Russell, Sevendust, Acoustic Syndicate, moe., 7 Mary 3, Five Eight, and many more.
His current band, Josh Roberts and the Hinges, and his previous band, Captain Easy, have made a total of seven albums, all available on iTunes. www.joshrobertsandthehinges.com
Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Uke
Clint Meyer has been a full time teacher at Musician Supply since 2005. He studied music and guitar theory privately under Robert Newton. He also studied bass guitar technique with Tyrone Mack and Donnie Sowell. Clint enjoys playing and teaching many instruments other than guitar, including Mandolin, Banjo, and Uke. He has played for many local and regional acts such as Audioshot, The Five, and Violent New Breed and can be seen at many local music venues.
Guitar, Bass, Drums
Scott has been playing guitar, bass, and drums since 2005. He studied with local teachers like Michael Burkett and Jayson Moore who helped nurture his sense of perfect pitch and develop a well rounded level of musicianship. Scott learned music theory in private lessons as well classes at Lexington High School and the University of South Carolina. He was a member of the Lexington High School Jazz Band, performing on electric bass. Rock, Metal, and Progressive Music are Scott’s personal focus. He has played with local acts eBlue, Crowning Astaroth, and Trees on Mars. As a native of Lexington, Scott takes pride in passing on the knowledge he has acquired. http://www.facebook.com/TreesonMars
Guitarist, Vocalist and creative drive of Weaving the Fate (formerly Villanova Band), Lexington native Brian Conner has been teaching at Musician Supply since 2006. Brian studied with Robert Newton and was a violin student in school. Performing on guitar has been part of Brian’s life since middle school and he enjoys cultivating the spirit of performance in new guitar players. http://weavingthefate.com/
Jeremy has been playing drums since 2000, and he has utilized every moment within those years as a practice opportunity. Jeremy began teaching at Musician Supply in 2013. http://www.youtube.com/user/jeremydavis47
Katie has been teaching voice and piano lessons since 1999. She is a classically trained opera singer with an exceptional background in teaching & performing. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Miami and earned her Master’s Degree in Music Education at the University of South Carolina. In her earlier education, she attended the Governor’s school for the Performing Arts in Greenville, SC, as well as the Brevard Opera Conservatory in NC. During her studies at The University of Miami, she attended the Salzburg Opera Conservatory and studied with many great performers and teachers including Professor Joseph Evans (University of Miami) & Professor Helen Tinites-Shuermann (University of South Carolina). During her career as an opera singer she performed with the Florida Gold Coast Opera and the Palm Beach Opera. Mrs. Neubaum proudly served as a Military Intelligence Analyst for 4 years and while serving her country she also performed with the Hawaii Opera Theater on the island of Oahu.
Olivia began piano lessons in the fourth grade. During her senior year of high school she realized how important music and piano were in her life and decided to continue her musical studies. Olivia earned her Bachelors of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Columbia College, SC in 2011.
In her lessons, Olivia focuses on teaching students not only the basics of reading and playing music, but also to feel the music. Once a student has a basic understanding of the how to read music, she wants to get them playing material they are excited about. That could include pop, jazz, rock, country, classical, or even composing their own pieces. She believes if the student enjoys what they are playing, learning will be more fun. Seeing a student understand and enjoy music is her goal.
Joe began drum lessons in 2003 and guitar a year later in 2004. Joe studied for six years under Michael Burkett and Jeff Moss, two former Musician Supply instructors, who were important influences in his musical development. Joe had steady performance opportunities to apply his growing guitar knowledge during his school years in church worship bands. He used that experience to go in another direction as he started playing in numerous bands around the Columbia area like Starscraper, Subject to Change, Saints Brigade, and Origins. Students studying with Joe will have access to his calm and controlled proficiency in rock, blues, alternative and classic rock guitar styles. Joe encourages students not to cut corners, create their own music, and above all else have fun.
Andrew Chavarria is a Lexington, South Carolina, native who began playing violin in 2000. Andrew received the Fuqua Music Scholarship at Presbyterian College where he served as Concert Master of the Presbyterian College Chamber Orchestra and was a member of the Presbyterian College String Quartet. He had the experience of Opera accompaniment performance with the Augusta Choral Society and members of the Augusta Symphony in 2011. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Presbyterian College in 2012 with an emphasis in violin performance. Andrew is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music Education degree from Winthrop University where he serves as Concert Master of the Winthrop University Symphony Orchestra.
Andrew plays a violin made in 1900 by Julius Schradieck, son of Henry Schradieck who was one of the best violin teachers of his day. Andrew studied privately under Kari Giles who is the assistant concert master in the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. He loves playing Classical music ranging from the Baroque Period to the Romantic Period. “My favorite composer is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His ability to create flawless music in his mind inspires me in everything I do.”