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 popular 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 anyone that wants 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, 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.

Announcements / upcoming events

don't have a guitar?  not sure where to start? schedule a trial lesson and try acoustic, electric, and classic guitar to see what fits best!                  (no instrument or monthly commitment required to purchase a single lesson)

Irmo Public Library - Tuesday, October 4th @ 7 PM - Matthew will give a demonstration on various guitars with short descriptions about their backgrounds and differences.  This event is FREE and open to the public.  The first 25 attendees receive a coupon for a complimentary 30-minute lesson at Matthew Smith Guitar Studio

other performances:

Thursday, September 22 - 8PM - Newberry College Music Faculty Showcase Concert @ Wiles Chapel

Sunday, September 25th, 3:30 PM - Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra opening concert at Harbison Theater
(Matthew will be featured on electric guitar for the concert's final piece)

Tuesday, October 11th, 7:30 PM - Newberry College - Alumni Music Center Recital Hall -
Matthew Smith - Faculty Solo Guitar Recital - this concert will feature music that spans the past four centuries, including some of the most beloved pieces ever composed or arranged for the solo guitar.

Stay tuned... Matthew is planning more concerts for the 2016-17 concert season!

Matthew also has numerous weddings, private parties and events on the calendar.  If you are interested in hiring a solo classic/acoustic guitarist, guitar duo, guitar and flute group (w/percussion optional), or the Palmetto Jazz Collective (a jazz combo feat. Matthew Smith on electric guitar) for your wedding, party, or special event, contact Matthew@msmithguitarstudio.com for booking information.


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 music instruction at much lower rates than 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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