Parent Testimonies

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Listen to Parents talk about the Childbloom Guitar Program:

”The one thing I’ve told …several friends…just how amazed they’ll be at how much they learn so quick and that the kids love it just as much as we love.”



”What attracted me to the Program was that it said it catered directly to children.”

”The group lesson and the idea that the parent is the…. guide…dynamite!”




”What we liked instantly was when she came home that first night she could play something.”

””..He can grow up with this program. I like the idea to think that when he’s getting into adolesence this is something positive that he will have.”




”Your kids drag out the guitar when grandparents come over…they’re really proud of that you know… ”

”The fact that they could play a song so quickly.. ”


This was an encore piece at the GFA festival performance – a favorite of all who learn it.

Click here to see a video of Childbloom students playing Gypsy Teens

Mr. Chris Mattingly, the director of the Lexington Childbloom Guitar program.


Chris Mattingly is a certified Childbloom Guitar Program director, the highest level of certification in the childbloom program. Additionally he holds two degrees in music, a B.A. in music from Western Kentucky University and an M.A. in music composition from the University of Kentucky.  He has taught guitar for over 20 years, in the schools and in his own studio at Lexington Music Education, a community music school he founded in 2013.  His many students have excelled in their skill and love for music winning many competitions and awards for their playing.  Many of his students have gone on to study guitar at Universities across the US including the University of Kentucky, Austin Peay University, Middle Tennessee State University, Berkeley College Of Music, Ohio University and other schools.  He and his wife violinist Tiffany Mattingly live in Lexington Kentucky with their four children.


”My teaching is focused on the student. I realize that young children must build motivation along with skill. If children are motivated, nothing can stop them from excelling. I have over 20 years experience with music, art and the techniques of guitar playing, so those are the elements I seek to communicate to the student. I understand the influence parents have in their child’s motivation and I work with parents to the ends they desire. What is important in my classes is learning, not teaching. I am as proud of my students who play at church, for their grandparents or at home for their pets, as I am of the kids who play on the concert stage. I am honored to bring music into the lives of young people.”



The Childbloom Monthly Newsletter and teacher training.

”Practice Counseling” is serious business. This is an important topic in every Childbloom teacher’s training and is robustly discussed at teacher workshops. We want to help your child get through the ups and downs of motivation and to build a lifelong love for music and learning. Important in that effort is the the Childbloom Monthly Newsletter that addresses the typical challenges you will experience regarding motivation and practice. Parents overwhelmingly agree that the newsletter is an important tool in helping them support their musical child.