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I have been playing music since I was about 13 years old. I initially started out on guitar but I quickly picked up mandolin, banjo, and ukulele thanks to the great theoretical tools I'd learned from my first teacher! I started studying alto saxophone around the same time I picked up guitar and began extensively studying violin a few years later.
I quickly began writing songs and at 15, I recorded my first album of original material with production help from Grammy award winning producer/guitarist Joe Reyes. Joe and I would go on to make four other records together and I would wind up doing string arrangements for one of his albums as well.
While still in high school, I began playing with a number of bands in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas as well as a few groups in Austin, Texas all while still playing in my high school's orchestra! At 18, I got to tour the country playing violin/saxophone/musical saw with the Austin band Moth!Fight!
I earned my Bachelor's degree in music composition at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. At Trinity, I was able to fully explore my love of composing while honing my technique at classical violin and classical/jazz guitar. During this time, I was voted Best Instrumentalist by San Antonio's alternative weekly (the San Antonio Current). I also saw many of my compositions performed at many classical/new music festivals such as Seamus,ICMC, Spark Festival, and EMM and by ensembles such as the SOLI Chamber Ensemble.
In college, I also taught a "School of Rock" class at the Magik Children's Theater. In these classes, I taught young beginning instrumentalists how to play a number of pop/rock songs in the span of two weeks.
I moved to Valencia, California in the fall of 2012 as an MFA candidate in Music Composition at the California Institute of the Arts. Since moving to LA, I've had the opportunity to perform with internationally renewed pop bands such as Faust and Vinyl Williams in addition to performing/collaborating with well known composers around the city. I also have the wonderful job of co-teaching a musicianship skills class at CalArts!
As you can see, music is my life! I have experience playing a number of genres and I want to help you find your musical passion!
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons together will be laid-back and fun but also challenging. I truly believe that one of the best way for students to learn is for them to work on music that they enjoy. Therefore, I approach lessons by learning the interests and goals of my students and then teaching them the techniques they need to achieve their musical ambitions. If students aren't sure what they like yet then we'll try out a number of different styles until one or more stick! I am experienced playing lots of styles so feel free to bring anything in!
Beginning students can expect to learn a number of fun songs/exercises in order to familiarize themselves with basic techniques and reading practices. Once a student feels comfortable with basic technique, I work with them to find songs/pieces that interest them but also reinforce and develop their technical skill sets. Within a few weeks, you'll be able to play all sorts of songs! And within a few months you'll understand the basics of improvisation and theory!
I teach all of my students the basics of music theory. Understanding, the music you're playing is just as important as technique! I integrate this in a way that makes it relevant to whatever pieces or techniques we're working on at a time.
Students can expect to take home a small handful of exercises to practice after every lesson. For half hour instrumental lessons, I'll assign a song or piece (usually of the student's choosing) and a technical assignment/piece of some sort (these will be scales, improv exercises, or etudes of some sort). For 45 minute-hour long instrumental lessons, I'll assign the same material plus an additional song or exercise. Students studying recording programs like Ableton or Logic will have assignments that examine technical/musical aspects of the program every week. Students studying music theory or songwriting will usually have assigned readings and written assignments! Don't worry all assignments will be FUN and designed to fit your interests! Practice assignments can always be designed to fit the student's schedule as well.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Students are welcome to try various instruments during their first lesson but should be able to provide their own instrument for subsequent lessons
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students only need to provide their instrument. I can bring an amplifier if the student is studying electric guitar. I'm also happy to photocopy book pages/pieces for students.
*** Specialties ***
Pop/Rock (all kinds!), Jazz, Blues, Folk/Country, Classical, Music Theory, The Recording Programs Logic and Ableton, Songwriting
Matthew K. grew up in Austin TX playing music all types on saxophone and guitar, and taking 8 years of private lessons starting at age 12. He played in a funk band in High School and that was the beginning of his musical career. He's gone on to play with numerous bands in many genres including the Darrel Patrick Jazz Ensemble, the Craig Robinson Blues Band, and The Hot Coal. Primarily as a saxophonist, he is comfortable reading charts, playing strictly by ear, improvising, and even developing harmony on the spot.
His guitar style is soft and melodic, heavily influenced by Brazilian rhythms and jazz harmony. As a guitarist, Matthew is a pure tone rhythm player who reads charts, plays by ear, and will solo, but only upon request. He has studied under seasoned guitar master Andy Tran and learned the secrets uncovered during Tran's 40 year career. Because of this, his style is unique, implementing techniques which have become less common in later days. Tone, he has learned, comes from the fingers.
During his musical education Matthew underwent 8 years of private lessons taught mostly by Austin musician Scott McIntosh and also 2 years of teaching apprenticeship from master guitarist, Andy Tran. McIntosh taught a solid foundation of theory as he instructed both saxophone and jazz rhythm guitar to Matthew in the private lessons. Apprenticing under Tran turned out to be the most beneficial since he mastered the fretboard, enabling him to see the music moving over the whole guitar. The course of study led Matthew to adopt a unique teaching approach which caters to the individual and guides the student to make his/her own discoveries. Tran and Mr. K. are currently drafting a guitar instruction book to promote this unique approach and share it's benefits with the rest of the guitar world. Matthew K. has been teaching his instruments in private and group lessons for over 5 years now and is accepting new students in Austin.
I’m Adam, and I am a professional musician in Austin, TX.
I’m 24, I play saxophone, piano, and guitar, and I also sing. I love sharing my passion and experience with young musicians.
I have a B.M. in Jazz Studies from Indiana University, and have been performing for over 10 years. I am experienced in all styles of music, especially rock, pop, and jazz. My favorite band of all time is The Beatles.
Feel free to email or text me with any questions or comments.
Hope to hear from you soon!
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