Classically Trained. Never Boring. Always Pro.

“Do you know the difference between a violinist and a fiddle player? One plays the strings, and the other plays strangs.”
– Coleman (Coletrain) Smith

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Select the method that’s best for you…

We have a variety of music lessons at CMA. We offer group classes and in-person private one-on-one lessons at our Buena Vista, Colorado studio, or virtual sessions from anywhere you call home. Find the method that’s right for you.


Get to know Coleman Smith…

When Coleman isn’t teaching music lessons, you might find him touring with his band Rapidgrass, trail running in the mountains, conducting a classical orchestra, leading a workshop, or enjoying a late night fireside jam.

Private Music Lessons

We offer private one-on-one lessons with professionally certified instructors.

Tour Dates

From Europe’s largest bluegrass festival and workshop to some of the hottest bluegrass festivals that our nation has to offer, Coleman tours year round at a variety of venues and events across the globe.

Video & Virtual Lessons

For your convenience Coleman also offers a variety of virtual and video streaming lessons.

Festivals & Workshops

Together with his band Rapidgrass, Coleman helps put on multiple festivals a year bringing together incredible bluegrass musicians and local craft breweries.


To maximize your learning potential we offer a variety of specific workbooks to compliment each video lesson.


Coleman has over 15 years experience putting together educational programs and music workshops at festivals and offers a variety of consulting services.

Join us for a Pop-Up Kids Camp at Seven Peaks September 2-4 in Villa Grove, Colorado!

We’re so excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with Seven Peaks Music Festival to bring you activities the whole family can enjoy! From a tie-dye station and drop-in book nook to an organized kids jam led by classically-trained, professional instructors. Space is limited so sign-up today!


Our online lessons are professional and affordable and were created using our renowned result-driven curriculum and real-world approach. Starting at just $12, this is the online learning experience you’ve been searching for.

“We believe music and art should be accessible no matter your age, where you come from, or where you call home.”

CMA is so much more than a music school. We have made it our mission to make professional music education accessible to the masses while simultaneously creating intentional support around musicians and artists.

Join us for a Workshop…

Our workshops cater to a wide variety of skill sets. From beginners to advanced performing musicians looking to gain more knowledge on their applied instrument.

Rapidgrass Music & Rapidgrass Festivals

The celebration of mountains and whitewater rapids is the inspiration for everything Rapidgrass. The Internationally acclaimed mountain music is influenced by an active, outdoor lifestyle. Brought together through music and love for mountains, they define modern, acoustic, Colorado mountain music.