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Tim Crosby Music


How old is too old to start? Older than you might think. Contrary to popular belief, adults actually learn music more quickly than children do. We take this for granted in other areas of life, but it's just as true for music. The challenge for adults is not our capacity to learn but the responsibilities and time constraints that come with adulthood. Musical skill does take time (and practice) to acquire. I've found two key ingredients for success are patience with ourselves and a willingness to enjoy the process.​

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The Zen of Teaching Music

Unlike so many of his pals who also took up the guitar in their early teens, Tim Crosby was not particularly interested in rock and roll. Flatt & Scruggs or Bill Monroe? Now you’re talking! While in college, some hippie traded Tim a mandolin for a few flatpick guitar lessons and the die was cast.


Tim has been teaching private music lessons full-time for nearly twenty years; before that, part-time for more than thirty. He works with forty-some students weekly, ranging in age from 5 to 83, beginner through master-class levels.


Guitar, ukulele, mandolin, fiddle, banjo (several varieties and styles), resophonic and lap steel, and dulcimer students all show up every week or so to work with Tim.


Some students read music, some prefer tablature: it’s useful. Some students learn by ear, and that’s good, too. Tim works with all learning styles.

Tim Crosby is also a well known award winning entertainer and singer songwriter.  Learn  more about Tim's performance schedule and recordings at

Bio: About Me

I have been working with Tim for four years on (now) three different instruments and song writing. I can’t say enough about how good he is and the caring attitude. I’ll keep going for lessons as long as he will have me.  ~ Jeff Jarvi

Tim Crosby is a wonderful instructor. He has a wealth of knowledge from years of playing professionally. He has received national awards for his songwriting and has recorded numerous albums. I have been one of his students for a number of years and would highly recommend Tim Crosby to help you take your music to the next level. ~ Max Breedlove Sr.

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instrument lessons

Lessons are usually in 1/2 hour blocks, which work well for most people's schedules and time.  Hour long lessons are available upon request.  Tim has studios at Uptown Music in Keizer, OR, at Troubadour Music in Corvallis, OR, and also teaches virtually.  Call and see what works best for your schedule and learning style!


$40 - 80

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songwriting lessons

An award winning entertainer and songwriter, about 10% of Tim Crosby's students join him each week to work on their songwriting skills.  He is also available for co-writing assistance and session work on your next recording.  Get in touch to talk about how he can assist in helping your music be as good as it sounds in your head!




sheet music

Custom sheet music in notation or tablature for your instrument, written at your level of expertise.  Tim Crosby specializes in those difficult to find traditional pieces in unique tunings such as DADGAD.  For a list of available pieces and to purchase click here!





Please get in touch with questions, to set up lessons and/or to order sheet music.  It's all good!!

525 14th Street SE, Salem, OR 97301


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