Lessons available for guitar, bass, drums, piano, vocals and more!
Music lessons are the heart and soul of our business here at the Practice Pad. A cozy atmosphere, a knowledgable staff formed of working musicians, and a convenient location near downtown Greenville, that's what makes the Pad a great place to learn at any age!
The Practice Pad takes great pride in our staff. Read below to learn a little more!
Matt Fassas was born and raised in Irvine, Kentucky. A childhood in a musical household led Fassas to start playing guitar at age 10. While continuing an arduous practice schedule on the guitar throughout his school years, Matt also found time to pick up clarinet, saxophone, piano, bass, mandolin, dobro, and lapsteel among others. After graduating high school, Matt attended the 2005 Berklee Summer Guitar Sessions, then began studying jazz guitar at Morehead State University under the tutelage of Glenn Ginn and Clancy Hatfield. He also studied classical guitar at Eastern Kentucky University under Dennis Davis, performing in numerous recitals as a solo instrumentalist, as well as with various trios and ensembles.
Matt’s teaching career began at age 15, and has continuously grown since. Matt (now past 30) has successfully taught all levels of students of all ages in a variety of genres. Musical education aside, Matt’s roots dig deep into rock and blues music. Currently performing with his own group, The Matt Fassas Trip, as well as on stage with a variety of acts. You can learn about Matt's original music at www.mattfassas.com.
Sam was born and raised in the central Kentucky area, and has been teaching music since 2001. With a bachelor’s degree in music composition and theory from Eastern Kentucky University, Sam has a wide range of musical styles, genres, ensembles, and teaching approaches. Since the age of 14, he has performed in countless bands and groups ranging from rock, funk, jazz, bluegrass, country, blues, musicals, classical, Latin, and drum corps.
Sam has performed with some great acts such as Florence Larue of Fifth Dimension, Grammy award winning Maria Schneider, Jazz Trumpeter Vince DeMartino, and former David Allen Coe harpist Harmonica Red. Other groups include Darby Wilcox and the Peep Show, The Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, The EKU Faculty Jazz, and Starless. Now living in Greenville, Sam can be seen playing in several different scenarios on several different instruments.
Ron Schwartz is one of the most well respected percussion educators in South Carolina. His extensive music career covers a period of nearly 45 years, and includes active involvement in many different aspects of the music industry. Ron has worked as a producer, manager, writer, arranger, studio musician, stage performer, and teacher. He has produced such acts as the internationally known “Boys Choir of Harlem”, the Los Angeles based “Acoustic Jazz Quartet”, Atlanta based Acid Jazz group “PDQ”, and recently has worked on several Nashville-based projects. As a performer Ron has had 2 major label record deals of his own, and has shared the stage or worked with such music icons as Jose Feliciano (“Light My Fire” Tour), Kim Carnes (“Betty Davis Eyes” fame), David Ragsdale of the groups “Kansas” and “Smashing Pumpkins”, and Larry Knectel and Mike Botts of the super group “Bread”. He has also performed with many jazz greats such as saxophonist Chris Vadala of the Chuck Mangione group, Atlanta based jazz saxophonist Sam Skelton, jazz vibraphonist Jon Metzger, and jazz guitarists Larry Koonse, Barry Greene, John Stowell and Larry Coryell.
Ron’s teaching program covers all aspects and styles of music. His teaching program includes opportunities for both beginners and advanced students, and all students will be taught the fundamental elements of the world of percussion. The teaching materials for his program will feature the most popular and acclaimed materials that music education has to offer.
Ron spent 8 years teaching in the jazz studies program at Furman University and his private student program is considered one of the best in Upstate South Carolina. Ron places the same emphasis on teaching as he does on producing, managing, and other aspects of the music business with which he is involved. Ron learned years ago from legendary producer Rick Jarrard, in order to succeed long term in the music business, one must focus on the fundamentals, work extremely hard, and exhibit unquestionable character and integrity at all times.
“Ron has been an integral part of the percussion program here at Furman University. His outstanding teaching and coaching in the area of drum set performance has strengthened an important dimension of our students’ percussion education. Always professional toward his responsibilities and level of artistry, he has personally been a valuable role model for our students.”
Dr. John S. Beckford
Professor of Percussion
“Ron Schwartz is a fine musician who has lived and worked in the culture of jazz his entire life. He knows its sounds, its feel, and its unique language like few in our community. Study with Ron, and get a privileged glimpse into the rich, sophisticated world of jazz drumming.”
Dr. Gary Auguste Robinson
Music Faculty Member
Fine Arts Center, Greenville County Schools
Lynne Holcombe love’s creating and sharing music. She has a BA in music therapy from Loyola University New Orleans (2001) that helps her specialize in personalized music instruction tailored to a wide range of abilities. Piano was her main instrument from 5th grade through most of college. She started learning guitar in 1998 as part of the music therapy curriculum. Banjo and ukulele were mostly self taught after college. She finds teaching music to children, beginners of all ages and special needs persons very rewarding. Lynne is also a songwriter and performs solo and with various music projects. She plays and writes music for adults as well as children.