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About Ryan Sullivan

Ryan Sullivan
Ryan Sullivan
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Asheville, NC
Speaks: English
Instructs: Bass Guitar, Guitar, Ukulele
Education: Undergrad degree from AB Tech. Studied jazz at Central Piedmont C.C
Performance Experience: wedding and events bands, jazz ensembles, playhouse orchestras, worship music, rock groups
Teaching Experience: Over 20 years
Teaching Philosophy: Gentle with beginners of all ages. Encourages sight-reading, but does not require it. Can teach you to play your favorite music by ear, and improvise too

Get to know Ryan Sullivan

Ryan is a master-level guitar, bass and ukulele instructor with the Music and Arts/Guitar Center corporation. He has over 30 years of playing experience in various cover bands, wedding groups, orchestras, jazz bands, a touring rock band, and more, including two years as a music director at a beautiful historic church. Before graduating from AB Tech, he studied with the well-known jazz educator Bill Hanna. In 2020 Ryan released a 14 song solo album of his original material on Itunes and Spotify.

Ryan teaches all styles and levels and has a patient and upbeat vibe with every one of his students, ranging from small children, teenagers and beginning-adults to advanced jazz improvisation, and of course heavy metal shred-guitar and chicken-pickin' country twang too, just to name a few things. Children will be taught how to sight-read, but students who would rather learn to play-by-ear will also find Ryan very helpful. Ryan likes to make each lesson a blend of music-academics and fun, and yes he will teach you to play your favorite songs.

Ryan enjoys every type of music out there, but was especially influenced by Eddie Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Beethoven, Charlie Parker, Jaco Pastorius, Johnny Cash and The Ramones.


Ryan Sullivan teaches at:
800 Fairview Rd
Asheville, NC 28803
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