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Maximize your potential by studying with the hardest working musicians in the area. Our music instructors are passionate about music, and eager to share that with their students. We hand select music instructors that are personable, professional, and the absolute best performers in town. Our students get to enjoy amazing opportunities because our instructors are so involved in the community and music scene. We have teachers that are in popular local bands, directors of piano festivals, members of philharmonics, and much more! We also have the most versatile staff of music instructors in the state. Whether jazz, rock, pop, country, classical, songwriting, or R&B, Freeway Music has an instructor perfect for you!

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Katera Anderson

Having a great deal of performance experience, training, passion and a good music following are some of the many things I am excited to pass on to my students!

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Teaches: GuitarVoice

Katera Anderson

Verena Abufaiad

I truly believe in the power of music in someone’s life and in the role we model as music teachers play in encouraging that.

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Teaches: Piano

Verena Abufaiad

Blake Hunter

Blake encourages everyone, no matter your age, to learn an instrument. Music can change your life in amazing ways, and he is excited to share this with his students!

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Teaches: Drums

Blake Hunter

Michael Atwater

Michael's enthusiasm inspires his students, bringing out all of their talent and passion for learning to play guitar.

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Teaches: BassGuitar

Michael Atwater

JulieAnne Bennett

JulieAnne has made it her goal to constantly evolve as a teacher and encourage the unique musician in every person that walks through the door.

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Teaches: ViolaViolin

JulieAnne Bennett

Seth Blu’ Boone

Seth is a national touring drummer who enjoys allowing his students to hone their focus, intensity, and passion for playing.

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Teaches: Drums

Seth Blu’ Boone

Davis Bowers

Davis continues to grow his passion for Jazz as he plays with Left Bank Big Band and jazz combo at USC. Davis is also director of the Crossroads Middle School Jazz Band.

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Teaches: Saxophone

Davis Bowers

Natalia Brandon

Natalia is fluent in a variety of musical styles including Christian worship, pop, and Classical. She is motivated by seeing her students grow & their instrument.

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Teaches: Piano

Natalia Brandon

Phil Castro

Mr. Castro’s passion for teaching is matched with his passion for performing. He has enjoyed performing with classical chamber groups as well as jazz ensembles.

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Teaches: Piano

Phil Castro

Idris Chandler

Idris is thankful to have been invited to perform at area venues with the likes of Ray Charles, Edwin McCain, and Lou Rawls.

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Teaches: BassCelloViolaViolin

Idris Chandler

Brian Conner

Guitarist, vocalist and creative drive of the band Villanova Band, Brian has been writing music since he was 11 years old.

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Teaches: BanjoBassGuitarVoice

Brian Conner

Collin Danker

Collin has played with a variety of local bands, covering genres ranging from funk and blues to jazz and rock.

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Teaches: Drums

Collin Danker

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth has been playing the piano since age 3, and loves to share her passion of music with her students.

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Teaches: Piano

Elizabeth Davis

Charles Funk

Not only will a student learn to play guitar but the student will have access to a vast knowledge of the business behind being a successful guitar player.

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Teaches: Guitar

Charles Funk

Alex Galan

Alex is a unique and versatile instructor ready to help his students succeed.

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Teaches: GuitarMandolin

Alex Galan

Catie Galan

Catie uses her diverse musical background and experience to help students reach their musical aspirations.

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Teaches: GuitarViolinVoice

Catie Galan

Jacobi Gunter

As a drummer, Jacobi has played at NBA events and more, and uses his downtime to continue inspire and educate drummers of all ages.

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Teaches: Drums

Jacobi Gunter

Jim Graddick

While still in high school, Jim traveled to Asheville, NC to study under Grammy award winner Bobby Hicks, as well as Buddy Spicher and Aubrey Haynie.

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Teaches: MandolinViolin

Jim Graddick

Bobby Hatfield

Bobby’s teaching strengths lie in helping students learn to compose and edit their own work, drawing from a vast array of musical tastes and interests.

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Teaches: Piano

Bobby Hatfield

Mari Hazel

My passion for teaching comes from the work that I've done with the great directors, conductors, and teachers throughout my lifetime.

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Teaches: Voice

Mari Hazel

Walter Hemingway

Through my vocal exercises & food choices, I have managed to increase my range by an octave and a half over the last ten years.

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Teaches: Voice

Walter Hemingway

Amos Hoffman

Amos Hoffman is an Israeli Jazz Guitarist and Oudist known worldwide as a pioneer in fusing the rhythms and melodic themes of the Middle East with Modern Jazz.

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Teaches: GuitarOud

Amos Hoffman

Kate Huggins

Kate is always so excited to see her students grow musically as a result of a collaborative student/teacher investment.

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Teaches: PianoVoice

Kate Huggins

Zack Hughes

Mr. Hughes performs across the US and overseas. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from The Juilliard School where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal.

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Teaches: Piano

Zack Hughes

Ryan Johnson

Ryan has an eclectic background in performing and a rich, well-rounded understanding of music education.

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Teaches: Drums

Ryan Johnson

Xu Khuc

A native to Orange County, California, she moved to Columbia, South Carolina to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts in Piano Pedagogy with a Doctoral Minor in Music Education

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Teaches: Piano

Xu Khuc

Jonathan Knott

I believe that the mark of a good teacher is learning from their students just as much as they teach them.

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Teaches: Guitar

Jonathan Knott

Ryan Knott

Ryan is devoted to providing students with the knowledge, skills, and discipline required to play the cello, as well as nurturing their individual artistic voice.

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Teaches: Cello

Ryan Knott

A.J. Lang

A.J. believes that every student has the ability to attain all of their aspirations with hard work, patience, and direction.

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Teaches: GuitarUkelele

A.J. Lang

Joe Lansburg

While my teaching style has a laid back feel & a focus on making learning fun, I urge students to learn the importance of dedication, hard work, & consistent practice.

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Teaches: Guitar

Joe Lansburg

Katie Lauritzen

The most important concept Katie wants her students to embrace is very simply a greater appreciation, understanding, and love for the piano!

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Teaches: Piano

Katie Lauritzen

Tony Lee

Tony has been playing drums for over 30 years, and has developed a fresh, holistic approach to educating students of all ages and ability levels.

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Teaches: Drums

Tony Lee

Dante Lewis

Dante enjoys teaching others because music is a true gift that should be passed on from generation to generation.

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Teaches: Saxophone

Dante Lewis

Niles Lewis

Niles Lewis will always communicate his love and passion for music to every student.

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Teaches: Guitar

Niles Lewis

Jonathan Lovett

Jonathan currently studies jazz under Bert Ligon at the University of South Carolina. He has from the Blue Room in New Orleans, to under a tree of a non-existent road.

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Teaches: Piano

Jonathan Lovett

Nick Luby

As a performer, Nick has won numerous competitions across the country. At 26 years old, he already has 15 years of teaching experience with students from 4-70 years old.

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Teaches: Piano

Nick Luby

Guy Lugenbeel

Guy is excited to impart his knowledge of the various types of software and DJing platforms to his students, with the genres of music that interest them most.

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Teaches: DJ

Guy Lugenbeel

Laurel MacCallum

As an accomplished singer/songwriter, with a successful EP and a wealth of performance experience, Laurel is ready to help students achieve their goals and dreams!

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Teaches: Voice

Laurel MacCallum

Amanda Mayo

Amanda loves working with singers and instrumentalists alike and looks forward to working with you soon!

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Teaches: ClarinetVoice

Amanda Mayo

Brad Mclane

Brad has been teaching at Sims Music for 28 years and has a wealth of experience gigging in the Columbia area.

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Teaches: Guitar

Brad Mclane

Drew Medlin

Drew took lessons from Robert Newton and is currently earning a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of South Carolina under Bert Ligon.

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Teaches: Guitar

Drew Medlin

Clint Meyer

His passion for both learning and teaching combine to make Clint a perfect addition to the Freeway Music family.

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Teaches: BanjoBassGuitarMandolinUkelele

Clint Meyer

Kanika Moore

Kanika's experience in various genres has helped her craft a teaching style that focuses on encouraging her students' growth in vocal strength, stage presence, and musica

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Teaches: Voice

Kanika Moore

Nyamsaikhan Odsuren

Nyamsaikhan Odsuren is from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He is currently pursuing his D.M.A in Orchestral Conducting at the University of South Carolina.

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Teaches: ViolaViolin

Nyamsaikhan Odsuren

Jmichael Peeples

Jmichael believes you are never too young or too old to learn, and that with a little determination, your dream can happen.

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Teaches: BassGuitar

Jmichael Peeples

Drew Preston

Drew is a fun and free-spirited teacher who is highly motivated to inspire his students.

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Teaches: MandolinViolin

Drew Preston

Mark Rapp

"One can't help but sense a distinct identity to Rapp, in both his composing and playing." -Jazz Improv NY Magazine

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Teaches: TromboneTrumpet

Mark Rapp

Charles Riley

Charles has been a full-time musician for nearly 6 years, and now looks forward to pursuing a fulfilling teaching career.

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Teaches: Guitar

Charles Riley

Don Russo

Through his years of hard work and diligent effort, Don has become one of the most sought after guitar instructors in South Carolina.

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Teaches: BassGuitarMandolin

Don Russo

Sara Russo

Sara Ann is excited to use her performance experience and education from Berklee as well as private studies to help her students cultivate their passion.

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Teaches: Voice

Sara Russo

Geoff Shackley

The drum set is an amazing, versatile instrument. I am happy to pass along my knowledge in all styles and genres to students who want to find and grow in their passion!

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Teaches: Drums

Geoff Shackley

Jerry Sims

Jerry can be seen performing locally with some of the state's greatest musicians and has performed nationally with major acts such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Rita Coolidge, and

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Teaches: BassGuitar

Jerry Sims

Jessica Skinner

Sean Knight of the South Carolina Music Guide wrote: "Skinner's great voice reminds me of Alison Kraus or even a country-tinged Hayley Williams."

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Teaches: UkeleleVoice

Jessica Skinner

Reggie Sullivan

Reggie has appeared in several local ETV broadcasts and national television series, most recently as a band member for Wynona Judd.

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Teaches: Bass

Reggie Sullivan

Paisley Suttlemyre

Paisley has been singing since she could talk, studying voice for 13 years, performing since the age of 12, and has even racked up some awards along the way!

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Teaches: Voice

Paisley Suttlemyre

Cory Takach

Cory has countless hours of stage experienceopening for national touring acts such as: George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic, Zach Deputy, The Mantra’s, and Mama’s Love

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Teaches: Bass

Cory Takach

Scotty Taylor

My determination to find as much musical influence as possible is what drives me to teach others about the boundless world of guitar playing.

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Teaches: GuitarUkelele

Scotty Taylor

Alyssa Tavarez

While at Newberry, Alyssa sang in opera scenes, in choirs, with the jazz combo, and with the jazz big band.

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Teaches: Voice

Alyssa Tavarez

Aaron Terrapin

My primary focus for the student in guitar lessons, is an in depth comprehension of Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Dynamics, and Technique.

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Teaches: Guitar

Aaron Terrapin

Courtney Vance

Courtney Vance is currently a Senior Music Education major at Newberry College. She is also pursuing a certificate in Flute Performance, and a minor in Theatre.

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Teaches: ClarinetFluteSaxophone

Courtney Vance

Lindsey Vickers

From young beginners to advanced students to adults who have always wanted to study piano, Lindsey enjoys teaching all age groups and levels.

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Teaches: Piano

Lindsey Vickers

Nick Vlandis

Nicholas initially enrolled at Furman University under a trumpet scholarship, but ultimately found his passion to be behind a keyboard.

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Teaches: PianoTrumpet

Nick Vlandis

Jared Wise

I enjoy teaching guitar and thrive off of a shared love of music.

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Teaches: Guitar

Jared Wise

Anna Young

Anna wants to instill an excitement and appreciation for music into others.

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Teaches: PianoVoice

Anna Young