''Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should

resound in your heart''

-Andrés Segovia

''A melody softly soaring through my atmosphere''

-Benjamin Gibbard

''Without music, life would be a mistake''

-Friedrich Nietzsche

''Music is... A higher revelation than all Wisdom and Philosophy''

-Ludwig Van Beethoven

         "Justin Hatt is an aspiring multi-genre guitarist from Lansing, Michigan. Although his roots are in Blues, Jazz, and pop music, during his time in high school is where his interest in classical guitar developed.


Through studying with Elden Kelly M.M during this time, Justin found himself adequately prepared to pursue music in college. During his time in undergrad studies, Justin had the opportunity to work alongside the guidance of guitarist Christopher Rollins. Because of this, Justin has obtained two degrees in music- An associates degree from Lansing Community College, as well as a bachelors degree from Olivet College.  Justin is 

also currently working on his masters degree in classical guitar performance. He recently got accepted into Eastern Michigan University's  School of Music. There he studies under the guidance of Dr. Nelson Amos. After Justin obtains his master's in classical guitar performance his aspirations are to continue to educate and perform as much as possible!


From performing on the radio, to playing outdoor gigs with his former band Cedar Drive, to playing solo classical gigs, to playing in community jazz ensembles. Justin’s passion for music is astonishingly effervescent.


Justin also recently accepted a teaching positions in the Lansing area. He teaches at The Roth Academy of Music, as well as maintaining his own private studio. Justin's teaching style includes demystifying music theory, as well as instilling in his students the importance of learning theory. Justin aspires to teach music in a way that helps each student to their    individual goals and needs.  "I want each of my students to leave a lesson with something they didn't have before they walked in. Whether that's a new scale, approach, or concept."

You can book lessons with Justin by contacting the academy directly and requesting him, or by contact through his email. 

Check out some of these articles written about Justin:

Fox 47:

Olivet College:



Mission Statement

"My mission as a musician is to enlighten the world on how magical and inspiring music can be. Furthermore, I'd like to showcase just how organic of an experience not only playing, but creating music can be. Overall, when I play music, I want to inspire all individuals around me and evoke the purest of all human emotion. Music has truly been a blessing to my life, and I want to instill that same blessing unto others". 


What I play?

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Fender American Professional Jazzmaster 

Mystic Seafoam || 2017 (s000)

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Martin 000C Nylon Natural || 2016

Additional Information

 Able to play:

  • Acoustic Guitar

  • Electric Guitar

  • Ukulele

  • Bass

  • Drums

  • Harmonica

  • Piano/keyboard

Able to perform a wide variety of genres, including but not limited to:

  • Classical

  • Jazz

  • Rock

  • Funk

  • R&B

Proficient in:

  • Finger Picking

  • Flat Picking

  • Solo Work

  • Ensemble Work

  • Reading Standard Notation