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Nate Maier


Nate grew up in a musical household, playing piano and guitar. He began study under acoustic guitarist Andrew Schiller at 14 years old and, continued with formal private instruction until age 18. Through college Nate played in local bands in the Boulder/Denver area of Colorado.

Nate has a strong background in fingerpicking and flat-picking techniques, as well as in the foundations of rhythm and improvisational lead guitar, and guitar performance.

Nate’s inspirations come from across the musical spectrum. From bluegrass to rock, to jazz and funk, to improvisation based performance. Nate is a patient teacher with a wealth of techniques and exercises to enable students to quickly reach a solid understanding of musical theory and technique. He may also have made your coffee if you frequent Coffeebar – a Truckee institution.

Ryan Taylor


Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Harmonica and Banjo

Ryan grew up in a musical family and began playing the piano as soon as he was big enough to sit at the keyboard.  He took piano lessons from the age of 4 to 16 and continued with guitar instruction through high school and while studying Music Education and Theory at the University of Southern Maine.

Ryan first began performing in jazz groups with his father and grandfather at the age of 12 and has never stopped being an active stage musician since.  He is currently a member of the national touring act the Mark Sexton Band and is a founding member of local groups Terraplane and Thick Newton.  He has opened for Modest Mouse and shared the stage with Karl Denson.

Ryan’s teaching style focuses on directing students down a path that will lead them to having a full and well-rounded musical education and possessing the technique necessary to play the music they want to play.

10320 Donner Pass Rd Suite A
Truckee, CA 96161