About Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith is a University of South Carolina School of Music graduate with 20 years of teaching experience. Trained in Classical Guitar Performance, Matthew is Director of Guitar Studies at Newberry College. While classically trained, Matthew maintains experience in all forms of guitar including lead/rhythm guitar in rock, jazz, blues, country, and other popular music styles. His teaching combines structured methods using well established texts, while catering to the individual student's ability and desire.

A Well-rounded Approach

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

Students will learn to read music, understand music theory, improvise, and perform songs or compositions. As the fundamentals are covered, students 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.

Studio Location

Matthew Smith's Guitar Studio is conveniently located near 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.

The Matthew Smith Difference

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

Monthly Rates

  • 80 / month

    weekly 30 min. lessons

  • 150 / month

    weekly 60 min. lessons

Per Lesson Rates

  • 25 / lesson

    one 30 min. lesson

  • 40 / lesson

    one 60 min. lesson

  • Give the gift of music!

  • Gift certificates available.

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