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Matt W. is a bassist, composer, and producer who currently resides in Nashville, TN. He is graduate of the prestigious University of North Texas Jazz program where he was a member of the 4-time Grammy Nominated 1 O'clock Lab Band (2003). He has toured throughout much of the world in his 15 years as a professional musician and has recorded on over 40 records including two of Pamela Rodriguez's Latin Grammy-Nominated records: "Peru Blue" (2005) and "Reconocer " (2012). He co-wrote the title track "Taller Children" for Verve recording artist Elizabeth and The Catapult and has been featured on BBC as well as numerous publications, among which, the New York Times and Billboard Magazine. He currently stays active as a sideman and teacher as well as writing and producing commercial music for TV, Radio, and Film. Some of his clients include: BMW, Verizon, Yellawood, Green Mountain Coffee, Coke Cola, Nestea, NBC, Toyota, Sanderson Farms and Purina.
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I have classical and jazz training as well as extensive real world experience in the pop, indie-rock, RnB, and commercial music scenes. I take my professional training and incorporate my real-world experiences on 4 continents, over 15 years, to give you the best most hands on learning experience I can. I understand that we each have our own ways of learning and I start early on in our lessons forming the best possible track for you. Whether you are a beginner seeking fundamental knowledge of the instrument or theory behind the music or a seasoned pro looking for new approaches, I can help facilitate this. I am laid back but direct and highly efficient with my time. You can expect to learn the history of the instrument and all it various applications in different styles of music found from around the world. You will learn how to navigate your way around the instrument as well as develop strengthening exercises to increase agility and dexterity. Theory, extended technique, recording concepts, and production of parts will be covered thoroughly. I will teach you to think for yourself and to be critical with your part creations whether you are just starting up a garage band, participating in a small jazz combo, performing in a pit orchestra, or touring with a band around the country. I will provide alternative solutions to antiquated teachings and provide you with a very "current" approach to your craft. In addition, music business, production, composition, arranging, and basic piano can also be taught.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Bergantino Bass Cabinet, Markbass Amplifier
*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should provide there own instrument, staff paper, writing utensil, note book, and amplification (when necessary).
In my home studio I have amps and keyboards as well as my own upright bass and electric basses.
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I specialize and focus on music business and applying what has been learned to real life applications. I stress learning the fundamentals and history of the instrument to help in facilitating the development of an individual approach. I am very big on teaching how to develop the ability to teach oneself for a lifetime of constant growth and development.
Private Lessons - 22 years
Public and Magnet Schools - 7 years
I've tutored 100’s of students from ages 4 to 58. Teaching primarily saxophone I've also tutored on Clarinet, Flute, piano, guitar, bass, percussion, tuba, trumpet and voice. I also give instruction in music theory, improvisation, arranging, composition, engraving, music notation, and general studio operations from recording to engineering. I have given lessons privately and under many school and magnet programs from Iowa, Miami and currently the Nashville school systems.
I hold a Degree from the highly accredited University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida, and have also taken courses at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls Iowa in classical performance and education.
As a musician I have traveled to and performed in over 51 countries around the world, all the major cities in the US and many famous venues in New York City, London and Rome. I've appeared with such artists as: Michael Brecker, Arturo Sondoval, Jerry Bergonzi, David Sanborn, Bob Mintzer, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Jamey Aebersold, Bobby Shew, Poncho Sanchez, Duffy Jackson, American Idol's Kimberely Locke, Earth wind and Fire, Lionel Richie, Clarence Clemets, William Shatner, The Miami Heat American Airlines Arena Band, and most recently in Nashville with Steve Martin’s Bluegrass Band.
Student Lesson Details:
Most importantly, I believe music should be fun and music lessons should also be fun. Not only is it important to learn music but also to PLAY IT! I teach a simple and effective system to all students learning music or an instrument for the first time. It is my goal to achieve that students potential in the shortest amount of time and at the highest level.
It is important that all students learn the fundamentals of the language of music however I’m very flexible to each student’s individual needs and desires.
Teacher Equipment and Studio:
The lesson studio is located in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row. It is a professional recording studio and an isolated space offering a noise free environment. The studio is also equipped with a waiting area where parents can view the lesson through a large glass window. There is also a lavatory and free parking.
The studio offers professional recording gear and an 88 weighted key piano. I can also provide all lesson materials and books required for learning and some additional instruments are also available.
For the same price as the lesson time I can also provide instrument repair service. I have many years experience working on saxophones, clarinets, flutes and other instruments dealing with general maintenance, to complete overhaul. Please inquire for more details.
I am a Nashville session musician, sideman and music teacher. I received a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Music with a Composition and Arranging Emphasis from Belmont University and I am currently pursuing a Masters in Music at MTSU. Coming from a family of Classical and Jazz musicians, I have been exposed to music my whole life. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play and record with many great bands and artists ranging from Country/Bluegrass to Rock to Jazz. I teach all genres of guitar, bass, banjo ukulele and mandolin.
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I believe the ability to play an instrument is only part of musicianship. I also strive to teach my students the theory behind the music they learn. I work hard to make sure that my students are doing everything in the easiest way possible. I want to ensure that they are able to progress quickly enough so that they can see the difference. The most rewarding moment as a teacher is when a student points out how hard something once was and how easy it has become.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music store environment. No pets.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with all teaching equipment needed but a music stand is recommended for the lessons and for practicing.
*** Specialties ***
I am a very versatile teacher and player but I am often recommended based on my knowledge of Gypsy Jazz, Swing, bluegrass, country and rock teaching acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele
Beginner, intermediate and advanced are all welcome. I give the same attention to teaching amateurs as I do professionals.
As a graduate of University of Memphis (Bachelor of Music, composition/percussion, 1983), I have since been a professional musician for over thirty years, performing in 49 out of 50 United States, Canada, U.K., Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore, and on over 100 nationally released recordings. I believe everyone has music inside that needs to be nurtured and shared, so I began teaching contemporary keyboard lessons privately in upstate New York starting in 2010. In 2012 I was invited to be the main keyboard teacher at the Paul Green Rock Academy in Woodstock NY, whose namesake was the original founder of the School of Rock franchise, and within the first year helped to quadruple the student body, while guiding them through learning the demanding music of Yes, Queen, and Frank Zappa. Now returned to Nashville, I am looking forward to teaching--and being inspired by--interested students in the Music City! From piano to organ to the latest in synthesizers and samplers...I can help!
Hello there! My name is Wil. Let me tell you a little about my background.
I have studied piano extensively for 17 years and drums for 10+, taught since early high school (2005) and have a degree from Southern Methodist University (2013) in Music Composition, with focuses on jazz and classical piano. I also have played in different alternative, pop, rock, country bands throughout my career as a musician, both as a keyboardist and drummer.
I offer any form of lessons, depending on what music style you are trying to play and learn - I have learned all types of music theory, and can play by ear as well! My diverse playing abilities aid in my full understanding and ability to convey music to any age, any style. I love teaching and giving back to the community through sharing and making music fun! Music psychology is a passion of mine as well, so especially for kids, it helps grow their ability to learn!
Lets PLAY SOME MUSIC!
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