Growing up in Richmond, VA, I first got serious about being a musician when I was 13 and started listening to the Beatles. Their music sparked a surge of creativity and self-discovery — writing songs, figuring out how to play instruments and recording on a 4-track tape machine became my passion. This led to music lessons, then performing and playing in various groups and bands in middle school / high school. I went on to attend the University of Miami, Frost School of Music and received my BA in guitar performance, and continued to foster my own career as a performing artist, describing my music as “what a redhead should sound like”.
I’ve self-released five albums of my own material (www.emilyeasterly.com) and played shows all over the US. I’ve been teaching music since 2005, including private lessons and group classes, in all the cities I’ve lived: Miami, FL, Richmond, VA, New York, NY and currently Asheville, NC.
I’m a reliable and patient teacher and believe music classes should be fun and informative. I always want my students to feel comfortable and confident. While primarily a guitarist, I enjoy singing, playing the piano, drums, as well as writing songs. I hope to share all facets of music with my students — learning to play, performing, reading, as well as how music impacts all of our lives on a daily basis, socially and emotionally.