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Austin Barrett

Austin Barrett got his first guitar at the age of 6, and his interest in music has never faded. His first performance was at the age of 8, when he was asked to play The Star Spangled Banner for the Christmas Play. Soon after, his love for the guitar would morph into a broad love for all things music as he picked up the Clarinet in the middle school band. The Clarinet became the Trumpet, and then the Baritone, and eventually he became the section leader for the Tubas in the Tennessee High School Marching band, which placed 13th in the Nation in 2005. With a now broadened sense of reading music and an understanding of group composition, Barrett went on to college with dreams of forming his own group. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from East Tennessee State University with a Minor Concentration in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music, while founding the popular Folk-Rock group The Rickshaw Roadshow. The band went on to tour the southeast, and released 2 Full Length, all original albums in only 2 years. He is now 26 years old and is the founding member and creator of his new band, The Green Fingers.

Lessons with Austin...

My love and passion for music will shine through with every lesson you take with me. I focus on each student’s individual needs. Whether you’re gearing up for a big Performance in the fall, or you’re just lookin’ to jam with some buddies around the campfire, I can help you achieve those goals. My teaching style is a combination of all the best ways I’ve been taught, including: Music Theory, Music Science, Recording Engineering, Songwriting, Instrument Setup and Repair, Performance, and Group Leadership in all the instruments listed. We’ll talk face to face about How Music Works, get your fingers acquainted with your instrument, and send you home with some “by the book” lesson plans that are sure to keep you practicing. I’m a laid back but professional and passionate performer and songwriter, and I work hard so we can make learning a fun and rewarding experience.