I have been playing guitar and bass for 19 years. In that time I have written, recorded and produced 6 albums of original music and toured the west coast three times. In 2011, I began my formal music training at Shoreline Community College. I am well versed in the many genres of rock and roll as well as classical, jazz, country, and worship music. I have performed in jazz groups, worship teams, rock bands, solo classical guitar and played orchestra guitar in Shoreline Community College's production of the play "Working" by Stephen Schwartz. In addition to my varied performance experience I hav
e contributed original compositions to 4 student games produced at DigiPen Institute of Technology. I am a well rounded musician with a ton of relevant experience and I am looking for an opportunity to share that with others.
Award-Winning Teacher - Networked/played with members of Heart, Bad Company & Queensryche. Learn Your Favorite Songs Quickly & Accurately.
Music & Recording are My Specialties.. Been Playing & Performing Guitar For close to 30 years now!
Hi.. My name is Matt. I'm a very energetic, friendly, understanding & passionate music coach who has worked with students & clientele throughout the US. Possessing more than 25 years of music training & music industry experience, I've been able to take people's Playing to amazing levels.
I've networked and/or shared the stage with many famous NW music legends: 1.) Roger Fisher- Heart-2013 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Inductee 2.) Lynn Sorensen- Paul Rogers/Bad Co/KZOK's Spike & Impalers 3.) Queensryche guitarist Donny Evola - Geoff Tate/Foghat 4.) Jeff Kathan- Paul Rogers/Bad Company/Mont
rose 5.) Doug Mcgrew- Geoff Tate/Queensryche
I challenge my students to view music more than just as a "skill", but also a tool to communicate effectively and to combat life's obstacles.
I have had many guitar teachers myself including one true Famous Rock Star legend here in Pacific NW. Congrats Rog. U Earned It, & inspire myself, & others everyday.
You got to know the rules 1st, before you can then break the rules. This is how you develop your own unique style. And it's what separates the Pro Players from the rest of the pack.
But even if you don't want to play professionally, maybe you just want to learn a few chords, licks, songs, for yourself, or to impress friends. That's okay too!
I welcome every level and style. I always learn something from my students. That's what music is all about. Learning & trading tips and licks from other musicians.
Bottom Line Is... I can help you learn and progress on your instrument faster...
Let me be the Music Coach to get you there!
*** Lesson Details *** The most important thing in a lesson with me is to learn while having FUN! I am a very laid-back teacher who wants to focus on music making you smile. We will choose material and a pace of learning that will keep you excited to rehearse and return the following lesson improved!
PERSONALIZE your guitar lessons by learning techniques used by your favorite artists in "their" songs. FEEL FREE learning in a comfortable atmosphere where you can excel successfully as a musician! CONQUER shyness and insecurities by unleashing the dynamic performer in you!
Most All Styles/Genres/Experience Levels Taught - We go over everything systematically. Music Theory, Songwriting, Chords, Scales, Determining Key Of Songs, Performance, etc
After 3 to 6 months, you should expect to be playing some of your favorite songs and artists accurately
Be sure to check out some of my you tube demos. Let me be the Music Coach to get you there!
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a Sound Proof Pro Recording Studio, PA System, guitars, basses, amps, drums, recording gear, mics, mic stands, strobe & lights, fog machine, seating for parents.
Sorry No Disco Ball Yet.. You Can Bring Your Own If You Want Though. I've Got Some Bell Bottoms Somewhere Around The Studio Here.
*** Travel Equipment *** *** Brand New*** Now Offering Music Lessons Online (From My Recording Studio To Your Home via Skype) I'm really excited to add that to offer lessons online through TakeLessons! It's a great thing to get to work with students all over this country and I'm looking forward to help pioneer the future of music lessons!
*** Specialties *** *Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.
My Unique Specialty - is teaching students the rudimental basics 1st, & then how to copy your favorite artists off the CD, radio or iPod, almost note for note. Believe me, it can be done. You just have to know what to listen for..
Brand New - MEASURE your success by recording your music progress along the way. I do own a recording studio, so we can record students progress via audio or video and then post to my YouTube channel.
Marty Stewart June 11, 2015
Online Verified Student
What an incredible resource and teacher. Matthew tailors the pace to your ability and proceeds from there. I thought I was ahead of the curve on SEO and Wordpress but I have learned so much more in my sessions with Matthew. Highly recommended. I'm signing up for more lessons right now. I look forward to making my site an authority on the web; and I'll do this with Matthew's help.
Bob N. June 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
My daughter has been performing vocal lessons with Mathew over the last 7 months and I must say both my daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed our time with Mathew learning the finer details of singing. Mathew has great knowledge in all areas of music and has helped my daughter grow as a singer. He is patient, detailed and connects well with my child. I would also add that he has also been more than flexable with rescheduing lessons when needed, which has made our experience even more rewarding. (: Kids and their sport!
Merrily G. May 27, 2015
Bass Guitar ·
Online Verified Student
Patient and clear directions to accommodate learning disability. Courteous, encouraging.
Studio recording, mixing, Cubase, Protools, Digital Performer, Vegas, Ableton
Multi-Instrumentalist, Andre teaches with an emphasis on traditional styles, cultural context and technique. Very friendly, multi-lingual English/Spanish/Hindi/Bengali, safe learning environment, experience with solo, orchestra, band and drum ensembles.
*** Lesson Details *** 30-60 min online or in-home lessons. Crafts curricula to each student with experience. Homework is encouraged, practicing strategies are discussed. Progress will be mapped and accomplishments celebrated!
*** Studio Equipment *** Classical, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Sitar, Slide-guitar, Guitar Amps, Doumbek,
*** Travel Equipment *** Handouts provided. Student must have instrument and notebooks to track progress, or use take lessons web supplements
*** Specialties *** Guitar technique, flamenco, fingerpicking, metal, blues and latin. Indian Classical music on both the sitar and tabla. Percussion (djembe, doumbek) at intermediate to advanced levels.
Lessons are focused on how a student can optimize his or her own set up as well as how to prepare for a career in sound engineering and music technology.
My name is Michael and I'm a Singer/Songwriter who studied music theory, voice and education at The Hartt School of Music. I also hold a degree from Berklee College of Music in Music Production and Sound Engineering with a primary instrument study in guitar. I have had a diverse career in the music industry ranging from working as an Opera Singer for The Connecticut Opera House, playing guitar for various jazz singers, fronting my own bands, working music technology jobs with Cakewalk Music Software, Sibelius Music Notation Software and Lexicon as well as being a Studio Supervisor for Berklee
College of Music's Music Production and Sound Engineering. I owned and ran Soundloft Studio LLC., a single room tracking and mixing studio, which was based in Los Angeles and later moved to San Francisco before closing down in 2009. I have been a freelance music teacher since 1997.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach both traditional theory and Berklee modern theory, voice, guitar, fretless guitar, song writing, sound engineering and music software use. Lessons are taught out of my house which is equipped with a project studio.
*** Specialties *** With voice, I have studied and incorporate the Alexander Technique into my teaching -- which works on proper posture through upper spinal control for better natural timbre and breath support.
I have also studied and incorporate the Bel Canto vocal techniques which involve modifying the vowel your singing depending on the pitch you are singing to gain maximum resonance.
With guitar, I like to focus on keeping my students playing music they are interested in while working in some reading -- depending on the student we will focus more on one or the other; but always keep in mind proper technique.
Recording is about listening and learning how to use what you have at your disposal while leaving the best possible set up for editing and mixing engineers who will work in your wake.
Marilyn G. March 13, 2015
Online Verified Student
Michael has taught me things that I had no idea about . He is very accommodating if I have ideas or questions . All has been a positive exsperience
Tom B. August 29, 2013
Singing Verified Student
Excellent in both instruments and voice
I took voice lessons from Michael C. and he was very easy to work with. He always provided excellent feedback and knew my strengths and weaknesses and where to focus. He provided each week a lesson with detailed tasks and wanted to keep me on track. He didn't waste any time and was prompt and professional in all dealings. I highly recommend him.
Patrick G. August 28, 2013
This Berklee grad knows his stuff!
I had already been playing guitar for about 10 years or so by the time I started taking lessons with Michael (so definitely not a beginner), and although my playing techniques were already pretty decent, I knew my knowledge of music theory paled in comparison and needed some work. Michael was able to easily assess where I was at and start me on a path of further music enlightenment. Before the end of my first lesson, it became clear just how much I had to learn and that Michael's musical prowess went beyond what he was teaching me.
Rather than just giving me pre-made handouts, Michael would have blank manuscript paper with which he would walk me through the theory as he was writing it out. This was extremely helpful in understanding the lesson. Michael can be flexible with his lesson plans, so if there's something specific you want to get into, he will teach if he feels you're ready.
Michaelâs extensive knowledge of music theory was a big help in developing me more as a songwriter and composer. Even if youâre already an advanced player, I would definitely recommend this teacher if you are looking to broaden your musical literacy.
Learn how to play, perform and record music. I teach Guitar, Piano, Drums, and Bass. In many formats such as rock, pop or jazz. Learn to play by ear or read music. Learn how to fit in with a band and how to play in the pocket. I can also teach you how to record and produce your own music and help achieve the vision you have for your recording.
I love music and want to have fun teaching you what you're interested in. I want to share my knowledge of the art and detail of creating, performing and recording music.
Things about me:
⁃ I've played music for nearly 20 years and am proficient
in Guitar, Drums, Piano and Bass. ⁃ Have a degree in Audio Engineering and Production from Pacific Audio Visual Institute. ⁃ Have instruction in Guitar, Drums and Percussion and Music Theory. ⁃ Play in the band Ivan & Alyosha. ⁃ Able to teach Pro Tools, Ableton Live,
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