STUdio update for 2020-21 season:
Online lessons available through skype , etc...
in-person lessons available at matthew's Home studio
(contact matthew via e-mail or text to inquire about availability)

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 a 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 Recitals - Tuesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 24 @ Salem Methodist Church - All of Matthew's students, from beginner to advanced and grade-school to adult, will be performing in this yearly recital.  Both recitals are scheduled to begin at 7pm.
  • Summer Lessons & "Personal Guitar Camp" - Matthew teaches private weekly lessons throughout the summer months and also offers flexible scheduling options for those needing to plan lessons around summer activities.  The "Personal Guitar Camp" will be back for Summer 2018 as well!  The "personal camp" option allows players to reserve a time every day for an entire week (Mon-Fri) and recieve daily guitar coaching. This daily format allows players of all levels to experience the effect of using positive practice techniques in a way that traditional once-a-week lessons cannot provide.  Interested players should contact Matthew directly for pricing and availability.

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 owner/operator of his studio and is therefore able to offer experienced and professional music instruction at lower rates than most academies and music stores. There are no extra fees, yearly contract, or autodraft requirement, and Matthew's students never receive lessons from a substitute teacher or have to change instructors if they change their lesson time.  Additionally, students have direct contact with Matthew, making it easy to manage scheduling conflicts or questions that may arise.

On select days / times, players may pay by-the-lesson 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 a flat-rate monthly tuiton.


Per lesson Rates

  • 25 / lesson

    30 min lesson

  • 45 / lesson

    60 min lesson

monthly tuition rates

  • 90 / month

    weekly 30 min lessons

  • 170 / month

    weekly 60 min lessons

  • Give the gift of music!

  • Gift certificates available!

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