About Matthew Smith

A graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Music, Matthew Smith has been playing and teaching the guitar professionally since 1995.  Besides teaching at his private studio location in Columbia SC, Matthew is also a faculty member at Newberry College where he teaches guitar courses, lessons, and ensembles. Matthew's years of performing and recording experience includes rhythm and lead guitar work in rock, jazz, blues, and country music styles as well as solo and ensemble performances on classical guitar. His flexible teaching style is suited for those wishing to either strum and sing songs, read music, play by ear, understand theory, or all of the above.

A Well-rounded Approach

Matthew offers lessons that provide a well-rounded and structured approach to not only learning chords and songs, but learning music. Although the skills required to play basic tunes can be learned in just a few lessons, many students continue their playing for years.

Lessons can focus on learning to read music, understanding music theory, improvisation, singing and playing, or even just playing "by ear". As the fundamentals are covered, players are also encouraged to bring in music they wish to learn.




Whatever type of guitar a student may choose to study, Matthew's unique and experienced approach to teaching encourages his students to learn the advantages of combining the techniques of all types of guitars.

Announcements / upcoming events


  • Guitar Performance Classes hosted by Matthew Smith - Players who wish to perform pieces or songs they are working on in front of a supportive audience may contact Matthew and sign up to play.  These classes are FREE, open to the public, and held at the Seven Oaks Recreation Building near Irmo.  Audience members have an opportunity to join in the discussion after each performance.  Here are the dates for the upcoming classes:
    Sunday, March 18th at 2 P.M. and Sunday, April 22nd at 2 P.M.
  • Matthew Smith live at the Newberry Opera House on Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30 P.M. - Matthew will be performing with various colleagues from the Newberry College Department of Music in a Faculty Showcase concert.  Come see a variety of outstanding musicians sharing their favorite pieces!
  • Matthew Smith's Guitar Studio - Spring Concert - Matthew will be performing with his students in two nights of recitals during the third week of May.  Dates and Location to be announced soon!

Studio Location

Matthew Smith's Guitar Studio is conveniently located just outside of Irmo, SC in Suite 204 of Charles Town Court, 6156 St. Andrews Road (directly across from Deno's and the Seven Oaks Shopping Center) — just minutes from I-26 and downtown Columbia.

Lesson Rates / Scheduling

Matthew is the sole operator of his studio and is therefore able to offer experienced and professional music instruction at lower rates than academies and music stores. Additionally, clients have direct contact with Matthew, making it easy to manage scheduling conflicts or questions that may arise.

On select days / times, players may schedule single lessons without the requirement of weekly attendance or monthly payment.

Students may also take the option of reserving a weekly 30 or 60 minute lesson time each week and paying on a flat-rate monthly tuiton system.

There is no registration fee required to enroll in private lessons.

Per lesson Rates

  • 25 / lesson

    30 min lesson

  • 45 / lesson

    60 min lesson

monthly tuition rates

  • 85 / month

    weekly 30 min lessons

  • 160 / month

    weekly 60 min lessons

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  • Gift certificates available!

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