Start the Homeschool Year with Private Guitar Lessons


Marty Keith. photo cred: David Bailey
Marty Keith knows music. At age 4, Marty began learning how to play the guitar from Herb Chapman, father of GRAMMY and Dove award-winning artist Steven Curtis Chapman. As a full-time professional musician he performs live, records in studio, writes music for television and film, and has been teaching private guitar lessons for over twenty years.

Many of Marty's music students are homeschoolers, and as a homeschool dad, he gets it. He will even provide grades for your report card. 

Marty is accepting new guitar students. Besides guitar, Marty also
Screenshot of Marty Keith playing on ABC's Nashville
offers lessons on bass guitar, ukulele, stage performance, songwriting, and artist development. Adult students are welcome, too. Rental guitars are available for a small fee.


Marty offers first lesson free for homeschoolers. Lessons are 30-minutes, once a week (no extra charge for a 5-week month.) Hour lessons are available for advanced students.

Marty is conveniently located just half a mile off I-65 (Exit 65, Hwy. 96) in Franklin. Email: johnmartinkeith at hotmail dot com or call him at 615-415-1942.

Check out what some of Marty's students are saying:

After taking one lesson from Marty my entire outlook on music changed. I learned technique, explored different styles, and also began composing my own songs. I wouldn’t be the musician I am today without his patience, encouragement, and dedication to teaching. If you’re thinking at all about improving your skills as a musician, look no further than Edenbrooke Music. — Ali, 19

We have been so happy with guitar lessons from Marty Keith! In just 9 months my son is playing many songs and playing them well! I never would have guessed that he would be playing guitar like this in such a short time. Marty’s style is patient and thorough. He really cares about his students and wants the very best for each of them. — Amy, Franklin TN

I really like taking guitar lessons from Marty because he makes learning guitar fun and he lets me play songs that I like. — Logan, 11

My 16 year old son has been taking acoustic guitar and now electric guitar as well from Marty for the
past 3 years.   Marty is very talented, hard working, always on time, and a does an amazing job engaging my teenage son in the learning process.   His talent, teaching skills and caring attitude are wonderful! — Gwen, Brentwood TN

I would highly recommend Mr. Keith as a guitar teacher!  My son is 14 and he has really advanced this year!  He told me he has learned so much from him!  Lots of instruction. –Diana, Franklin TN

Our 10 year old really enjoys taking lessons from Marty.  His ability to teach her to play everything from Guns N Roses to Fleetwood Mac to old hymns keeps guitar fresh and fun.  We’ve really seen her progress over the months and create a collection of guitar music that is never boring.  Marty maximizes the lesson time so she learns something new each week to practice until the next lesson.  She enjoys playing guitar and ukulele now! — Lori, Brentwood TN

Marty Keith came highly recommended to us by friends. Our daughter started taking lessons from him almost three years ago.  We are very pleased with her continued progress and that she learns songs she enjoys playing. Marty is a knowledgeable professional musician, is organized with his communication and lessons, and is very encouraging to his students. — Rebecca, Brentwood TN

I have taken lessons from Mr. Marty for almost three years. He is a very good teacher, encourages me to continue learning, and gives me a variety of songs to play. –Zola, age 11

Marty Keith’s heart for God is displayed in his teaching and encouragement of young children. His passion for guitar and music, combined with his passion for Christ is the perfect environment for learning. I love the variety of his song selections and how he moves through them building confidence and the sense of accomplishment for my daughter…I’m truly thankful! — Anne, Franklin TN

It is my pleasure to recommend Marty Keith as a guitar mentor for your child. Marty is very patient, flexible and student focused meeting the needs of our family. I appreciate Marty′s ability to adapt his teaching methods that challenge my ADHD child′s interests. I am very pleased with my child′s progress over the past two years. Most importantly my child is happy and feels a sense of accomplishment. – Chris, Brentwood TN

I have noticed a marked improvement in my daughter’s skill level and confidence. Her new found confidence level has led to her practicing more often than she has before and also has led to her loving the art of playing guitar even more. Marty has taken her to the next level and has opened up new possibilities. I started my daughter, Marisa with only guitar lessons but have since added Marty’s song writing sessions. Marisa is thrilled with the results and Marty and she have completed three original songs. I highly recommend Mr. Keith for anyone of any skill level from beginner to advance, student or adult. – Dr. Bates, Spring Hill TN

I have taken guitar lessons before, but none of the other instructors have compared to Marty. He knows what to teach me that will benefit me the most. I have not only become a better guitar player, I have also gained knowledge that I will need in the music industry as an artist. Songwriting with Marty is such a blessing. Before, I was lost on where to even begin writing a song. He takes me through the songwriting process step by step, and by the end we have an incredible song written that we can both be truly proud of. He′s taught me lessons that no other guitar teacher could teach me. He doesn′t think of himself as just a guitar teacher, he also wants to be a mentor for his students pursuing music. Marty is not an instructor that just views his students as a price tag, he truly cares about his students′ success. – Marisa Ray, 19

We have been very pleased with Marty as a guitar teacher.  He is very encouraging, and he has been supportive of Sam′s interest in various musical styles. Sam likes him a lot and has learned a ton. We highly recommend him. – Lindy, Franklin TN

Mr. Marty is awesome.  He knows what he′s doing and does it very well. He is a skilled and understanding teacher. – Sam, 15

Our teenage son wanted to learn to play the guitar, so we researched teachers and discovered Marty Keith. He was highly recommended as a skilled, teaching professional with a heart for God and worship as well. Our son loves his weekly hour with Marty. He is learning so fast! Marty is patient, and tailors his instruction to the aptitude and interest of our son. He is so skilled as a performer himself that he offers abundantly more that we had hoped for. He not only teaches technique, but cultivates in our boy a real love for music! We are very grateful! – Beverly, Franklin, TN

I have had a guitar since I was about 7 and never had the chance to learn to play it. When I was finally able to get lessons at the age of 17, Mr. Keith was very convenient, and affordable. He was extremely patient with me, as I was a slow learner, but in the few months I had Mr. Keith as my teacher, I learned so much more than I thought I would. He is a very talented musician, as well as a great teacher. If you are considering furthering your guitar knowledge with lessons, I would very highly recommend Mr. Keith, he won′t disappoint. – John, Nashville 18

Kaylee really wanted to take guitar for a long time, so when I heard about Marty and his lessons I was thrilled to sign her up. She was a beginner and needed someone with patience, since she knew nothing about music. Marty helps her so much!! He is wonderful and I know that because she loves learning guitar! She says Marty is so kind and so patient and makes her love to practice. She is learning so much (I am amazed how much!) and I love hearing her new songs and notes each week. I think the sign of a good teacher is when the student wants to practice on their own and really enjoys what they are doing. Marty helps us with everything, even picking out her guitar, which is perfect for a beginner. We will be taking lessons from Marty as long as he is willing to teach her! – Allison, Franklin, TN

When I started guitar lessons with Mr. Marty a few months ago, I didn′t even know what a fret was. But he is always patient with me. He is a top-notch instructor, and knows more about the guitar than anyone else I′ve ever met. In a couple of weeks, he teaches me music that I thought would take me years to play! If I like a song, Mr. Marty translates it into easier components that a beginner like me can work with. I always have fun in the lessons. Mr. Marty is an awesome guitar teacher! – David, 16

Sam and I look forward to our guitar lesson every week. I′m 36 and Sam is 9, but we′re both learning to play. Marty has taught us a lot in a short time, and he always manages to keep us challenged just enough for it to be fun. Sam has even asked for an electric guitar for Christmas. (Uh, no.) But I do consider learning to play a musical instrument a critical part of Sam′s education. My husband thinks it will help the boy with the ladies in the future. Do with that information what you will. If you′re considering learning to play the guitar at all, I encourage you to take lessons from Marty. He′s been a blessing to our family. – Jennifer, Franklin TN

I really enjoy Mr. Keith. I was nervous on the first day of lessons, being a beginner and all. Now, I really enjoy going to guitar lessons, because Mr. Keith is a man with a lot of patience! I have learned so much about guitar in just 2 months… when I practice I feel like I already know it because he makes sure I know and understand everything before I go home. I love playing the guitar and without Mr. Keith I could never fulfill my dream to be a professional guitar player! – Kaylee, 12

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