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 at our Texas & Colorado studios, in-person private one-on-one lessons, 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.

Don’t miss our annual Coletrain Music Workshops! Follow us on Facebook & Instagram at @coletrainmusic and get on our list to be the first to know when we open Early Bird registration for 2021!

Enroll At CMA

We offer private one-on-one lessons with the areas finest instructors at our studio in Buena Vista, Colorado. Everyone in our faculty is an experienced educator and elite performer on their respected instrument. In addition to private lessons, we also offer group lessons and virtual skype lessons on a wide variety of instruments both acoustic and electric, and musical styles from beginning to advanced. We cater our lessons to suit the age and desired skillsets of each individual in order to maximize their learning potential.

“We believe music and art should be accessible no matter what your age, or where you live.”

CMA is so much more than just another music academy. We are a vital part of a larger movement and have made it our mission to take music and art to the masses. Just ask our youngest student who’s 3, or our oldest student who’s 70. Some of our students live down the street, and others live across the globe.

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.