Quick Facts About Matt
- Teaches guitar, bass, ukulele
- Works well with students of all ages & experience levels
- Curriculum is focused on student's goals and interests
- Strengths: Extensive experience as a performing musician, patience, spontaneity
- Teaching for 6 years
- Bachelor's of Arts in Music from Cornish College of the Arts
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General Teaching Style
My teaching style promotes self-learning with structured guidance along the way. I like to help students reach whatever goal they are trying to obtain while inspiring them to enjoy the work they are putting into their instrument.
My curriculum is focused on the students' goals and what they want to play while introducing things that I feel would be beneficial to them.
Focus & Goals of the First Lesson
Regardless of a student's age, I tailor the first lesson around their level of experience.
Beginner students will learn about the parts of the guitar, how to read tablature notation and chord diagrams, and learn a few short songs and chords.
Experienced students will discuss their current experience level and goals, and I will find materials that will help them progress, as well as introduce them to new concepts and techniques that I think will be of benefit.
My knowledge and experience from being a working musician and having amazing music teachers to learn from my whole musical life. Also, my patience and willingness to be spontaneous in my students' musical growth.
Additional Experience & Instruments
I think being a constant student and always putting myself in situations and around people I can learn from gives me insight into what a student needs.
In addition to the instruments that I teach, I have experience with piano, banjo, harmonica and voice
Most Inspirational Music Moment
Being a group lead by Rudresh Mahanthappa while in college. It really showed me how I could do anything I wanted with my music.
Top 3 Desert Island Albums
- The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
- John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
- Kanye West - Graduation
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TESTIMONIALS: What Matt's Guitar Students Have to Say:
Matt is awesome.
He is extremely patient and understands my skill level and gives me material that challenges me but does not overwhelm me.
I have gained a lot from his lessons. In particular phrasing on the guitar.
Most of all, he is extremely fun to be around.
I would recommend him as a teacher to players all levels.
- Arunav S.