Family-Owned and Operated Since 2016
We’re a music teaching service in Tucson, AZ. We’re a husband and wife business team, Stuart and Melissa Smith. We both have a background in special education. We operate our business out of our home. We have two kids, and a third on the way. Besides working from home, we’re also homeschoolers. We love our family life!
Stuart Smith, M.Ed.
My Musical Background
I play the drums on the worship team at Tucson’s Hope Community Church. I’ve been a member of the team since 2013.
When a parent from our church asked me to teach her son to play the drums in 2014, I began teaching lessons. Soon I had several students coming to my house each week for drums and guitar. Two years later, Melissa and I founded Tucson Music Lessons. It sounds like a quick progression but it wasn’t. My musical journey started more than twenty years earlier.
When I was in sixth grade I watched a performance on the guitar by two students at my school. At that instant I became a lifelong learner of music. I started playing the clarinet, guitar, and drums in 1995. I began performing in worship bands and garage bands.
In 2001 I went to Tulane University in New Orleans. I played drum set in the Tulane Soundwave Pep Band from 2003 to 2005. I was the Drumline Captain for the 2003 Inaugural Tulane Marching Band. I also played in the Tulane Jazz Combo. While I lived in New Orleans I met unbelievable musicians who became friends and mentors.
While I lived in New Orleans I started getting interested in writing and recording music. Producing music made me curious about all different styles, and New Orleans was full of music. I gained a deep love for jazz, blues, rock, zydeco, country, bluegrass, hip hop, world musics, and EDM. These styles pervaded the atmosphere.
When I returned to Tucson in 2005 I joined a band called The Can Crushers. Over the next five years we made a lasting impression for many people, as you can see in this video.
In 2009 I began studying Logic Pro, an industry standard music recording software. Logic is very powerful and it opened a world of new possibilities. Some say that it takes ten thousand hours to become a master of a practice. By my estimation I spent that amount of time using Logic between 2009 and 2013.
In 2013 I released an album called, “Electroflag.” It’s a collection of original electronic dance music that I made. Most of the instruments are unique sounds I created using subtractive synthesis. It is available on iTunes and Spotify under the artist name Sounds Inside.
I’m still working on my own music. In 2020 I will release a rock & soul album.
When we opened Tucson Music Lessons, it changed my life. I wake up every day excited to teach my students. I get to meet and coach some of Tucson’s newest and best musicians, including you! Please feel free to text or call me at (520) 260-8745. I offer a free lesson in case you want to see if we are a good match.