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I am originally a self-taught musician, picking up piano and guitar on my own at the age of 13. In high school, I studied music theory and sound engineering formally, and often helped my fellow students understand their lessons and learn their repertoire. Since then, I have been lucky enough to make music my full-time endeavor, working as a recording engineer and session player for other artists, playing in live bands, and teaching private lessons to students of all ages.
I have a deep love for music in all its forms, and I love to inspire that feeling in others. I strive to teach every student that they are in control of their own musical progress - I can show them the information they need to further understand a topic, but it is up to them to internalize and strengthen that understanding. With this approach, I try to instill a sense of ownership to a student's musical abilities, resulting in a growing interest in learning and mastering their art.
I customize my lessons, working with the student to meet their individual goals, while at the same time offering my perspective of their abilities and aspirations. I like to give beginning students a basic understanding of music theory right in the beginning, so that they can immediately begin to understand the patterns and relationships within the notes they play or sing.
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I am encouraging, patient, and pleasant in my lessons. I try to make my students understand that mistakes are not embarrassing flukes or failures on their part, but simply a part of the process of learning. The art of identifying and correcting your mistakes is a key part of progressing as a musician.
I prepare my lessons individually for each student, providing them with exercise material they will enjoy practicing and songs they want to learn. I encourage students to ask questions and tell me what skills they want to develop, but also offer my own perspective to them to encourage a well-rounded musical foundation.
My ultimate goal is to teach the joy of creating music. Music is an infinitely rewarding art form, and I love to inspire excitement and confidence in a student who may have been uncertain about his or her abilities.
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Home studio w/ full weighted keyboard, synth action keyboards, acoustic, electric, and bass guitars, concert ukulele, alto saxophone, flute, 2 electronic drum sets, percussion instruments, recording equipment, and seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitars, alto sax, flute, keyboards, percussion instruments, portable recording equipment.
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Jazz, Rock, Metal, Blues, Pop, Electronica, Fusion, Funk, RnB, Reggae, and Neo-Classical
Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano
At heart, I'm a rock-nerd.
But the beautiful thing about music and especially music theory is that you start to realize that every composer, be it Bach or The Beastie Boys, uses the same tricks.
I can teach an arpeggio on piano and play a bit of a Beethoven song and then switch right to a Muse song and hear that exact same lick. With drums, I can teach a rudiment (the building blocks of percussion) and then play a Nirvana song back to back with a concerto and hear the exact same pattern played on the snare. It's all the same, in the best way. And at the risk of sounding corny, I think it speaks to the universal spirit of music.
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Drawing on his touring experience and knowledge of several instruments, Matt helps engage his students in the process of learning an instrument and playing in a band. Blending the discipline of learning fundamentals to the expression and fun of playing music, lessons will be tailored to the student's goals as well as a practical perspective of music reading and ear training. He pushes his students to practice and yet is open-minded of kids and adult's busy schedules. Each lesson is different and includes a variety of learning games/activities.
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Full Drum set, Snare, Roland Digital Piano, Roland keyboard/synthesizer, computer, library of musical books and sheet music, acoustic guitar, loop station, two microphones, effects pedals, congas, and general purpose amplifier.
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I might bring my guitar on occasion, but mostly just a notebook and other books if needed. The student would need to provide the instrument if I come to their home, otherwise I have everything (and more) at my home studio. For drums only a drum pad and sticks are necessary for beginners. Piano players need a weighted keyboard or acoustic piano.
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Matt turned his habit of tapping rhythmically on chairs, desks, car seats, floors, (and nearly anything else) into a profession. When he was ten, his mother finally decided that maybe a drum set and a small keyboard would be a better outlet and he began channeling that energy into something musical.
Now after over 20 years of musical experience including national tours opening for acts such as Bonnie Raitt, Bobby McFerrin, The Average White Band, and even Styx (yes Styx!), he is dedicating his career to teaching.
Having trained since middle school with various private instructors, he studied with some of the top musicians of the region at Denver University's Lamont School of Music as well as Auckland University in New Zealand. Known as a multi-instrumentalist with a focus on drum set, he is also adept at piano, keyboard, and is also a nationally-recognized vocal percussionist (beatboxer) having performed around the country. He has won awards for vocal percussion, a Capella arranging, and live-looping, and has been featured on various radio stations and podcasts.
He passion, however teaching fresh faces how to find self-expression through an instrument through discipline and patience. He has taught drums and piano privately for over eight years and developed an engaging and effect method to learning the instruments. Mixing technique and ear training, Matt believes that leading student's to their voice and helping them develop discipline and intuition is the highest goal of any music teacher.
He teaches out of his home studio just outside Raleigh next to Cary where he and the student have access to a rich variety of resources. He also teaches kids and adults alike, how to play in a band as he will play guitar, piano or drums to whatever the student is learning to allow them to be conformable in a group setting.
This can be the first step towards a lifetime of musical expression!
Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
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