There's no shortage of guitar teachers in Music City USA...they don't call Nashville "Guitar Town" for nothing. But Dave Isaacs has earned a reputation as one of the best: not simply a guitar and piano teacher but as a musical mentor to performing artists, songwriters, and performers as well as beginners, weekend warriors, and perpetual beginners.

"You're like a combination of music instructor, life coach, and historian. No one else does what you do."
Susan Tucker, Artist Development Manager. Kim Copeland Productions

Dave's approach to teaching develops not only guitar playing but the whole musician, building real skills, confidence, and musical knowledge.

"Other guitar teachers I've had teach you to play songs. Dave teaches you to play guitar."
Allie Beers, pre-med student, Vanderbilt University

A dynamic performing artist himself, he played in venues across the US from small clubs to festivals and concert halls. He has jammed with Les Paul on a Manhattan nightclub stage, rocked in the mud at Yasgur's Farm, harmonized in Greenwich Village folk clubs, and chicken-picked hot licks on Nashville's Lower Broadway. His ten independent CD releases run a wide stylistic range, from eclectic singer-songwriter to swampy groove-blues, bright country-rock, Southern soul, and lyrical jazz and classical guitar.

Dave Isaacs is one of the most talented guitarists and performers on the planet."
Steve Ekblad, Audiogrid.com

On the formal academic side, Dave is an award-winning graduate of the New York's venerable Manhattan School of Music, with a Master of Music degree in classical guitar performance. He was a full-time instructor of music and music technology at Tennessee State University from 2009-2013, and taught music theory and listening skills in the audio production program at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville from 2008-2016.

“Dave Isaacs was my professor at Tennessee State University in Nashville. I was blown away by his incredible talent; his musicianship is of the highest quality and he has the patience and intelligence to share it with all his students.”
Hannah Rose, vocalist

With his combined experience as a working musician and artist and nearly thirty years of teaching private lessons, workshops, clinics, and college courses, Dave Isaacs has a rare and exceptionally wide perspective as an educator.


Dave maintains a busy private studio on Nashville's Music Row, teaching songwriters and aspiring artists how to build their musical,  writing, and performing skills on guitar and piano.

His comprehensive and transformational approach ties together elements of traditional music lessons with an artist's perspective on music and the creative process. Nashville is full of musicians who can teach a student how to play, but  Dave's method teaches the student how to learn.

Private & group classes:

  • Private guitar lessons
  • Group guitar classes
  • "Guided jam" classes
  • Piano/keyboard lessons

For artists & songwriters:

  • Accompaniment skills
  • Songwriting & composition
  • Music theory & ear-training
  • Performance coaching
  • Stylistic development & preproduction

Recording & Production

  • Session work - acoustic & electric guitar, mandolin, piano
  • Remote guitar tracks
  • Charting - Nashville Number System or lead sheets
  • Arranging


  • Effortless Guitar - a simple and powerful look at the ergonomics of guitar playing.
  • The Art Of The Riff - creating signature guitar parts.
  • The Drummer In Your Right Hand - how to groove like a full band.
  • Throw Away Your Chord Dictionary - chord theory demystified.
  • The Music In Your Head - arranging and musical communication for songwriters.

Performance coaching and career development workshops also available.

Click here for workshop/event schedule.

Click here to read Dave's full resume.

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