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!
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 35) 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.