Ryan Smith has been professionally teaching, performing, recording, and writing music for over 15 years. He holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Bethel University, where he studied classical guitar with Dr. David Crittenden. Ryan is well-versed in many styles including rock, alternative, indie, classical, blues, and jazz. He has been nominated for "Best Guitarist" in the Minnesota Music Awards two years in a row and his experience with the music business, touring, and recording allows him to give progressive lessons for all ages and abilities. Since 2001, Mr. Smith has been the singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist for The Melismatics, who have been featured on MTV, MTVU, VH1, NBC, Animal Planet, and ESPN, among others. They have also toured internationally playing such festivals as Lollapalooza, SXSW and Summerfest. In addition to his guitar, bass, and drum teaching, Ryan has worked with many students interested in songwriting and studio recording.