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
Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, 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.
Drums, Bass, Guitar
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/
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. 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.
Laura Hill began studying violin at age 6 in a Suzuki method program and continued private lessons after becoming a member of the school orchestra. She began teaching private lessons and started a string quartet while serving as concertmaster of the citywide high school symphonic orchestra. Laura became concertmaster at James Madison University after high school. Then she began a career as a certified audiologist before starting a family. Laura continued to perform on violin occasionally during these years. Laura has been the violin instructor at musician supply since 2013. She has experience teaching children and adults both privately and in group settings. Laura enjoys performing in both traditional and improvisational violin styles at her weekly church services and at local bluegrass venue Bill’s Pickin’ Parlour. Laura’s aim is to develop in her students the skills needed to play the type of music they love, the music that will create a lifelong desire to play violin.
South Carolina native Janie Grubb earned her Bachelor’s in Music Education at Florida Atlantic University after transferring from Lander University. She then worked as a professional musician playing piano in the restaurant and dinner music venues of south Florida and later in Charleston, SC, where she was the piano instructor at Fox Music from 1994-2005. After receiving a Master’s in Music Education from the University of South Carolina she was the piano lesson instructor for Ben Lippen school and became the first Yamaha Piano Method Certified Instructor in SC. To broaden her career options, Janie acquired an Interior Design Certification and started her own business in 2006 while continuing to offer piano lessons. Janie has been an instructor at musiciansupply since 2012.
John Bittle is a member of the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra and a substitute for the Florence Symphony Orchestra, Augusta Symphony, and Greenville Smyphony. You would find him performing as a free lance professional musician for many events around the midlands. When not playing clarinet, John woks in hospital administration at Lexington Medical Center. He has a Master’s in Music Performance from of the University of South Carolina, as well as undergraduate degrees in business and in music. Originally he is from Mississippi, but he has been in the Columbia area for many years. John has been an instructor at musiciansupply since 2009.
Jackie is from North Carolina and was raised by parents who nurtured and encouraged her love of music. She began playing the piano and singing at the age of six. She has participated in competitions, theater, and performed in numerous community events. While working as an elementary music teacher, she began teaching private piano lessons and found that she enjoys sharing the talents that God has given her with others. Almost 30 years have passed since she taught her very first piano lesson, but she finds it just as exciting and rewarding today and counts it as a privilege to share in the raising of a new generation of musicians! She has also served as a church pianist and children’s choir director in her church for many years. With her background in education and work as a preschool administrator, she has also been afforded a wide range of experiences that she treasures. All of these experiences have given her many opportunities to work with many great musicians who have encouraged and inspired her throughout her life. Her greatest blessing and encouragement comes from her family who also love to sing and play together whenever they have a chance.