Andre Matos

Andre M.

New York, NY

Lesson Details



Andre delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
September 2003

I have been teaching guitar for more than 10 years. I do have great experience teaching kids in the New York area. Nonetheless, I have taught students with different ages (6 to 60!) and with opposite tastes and styles of music. That made me aware of the many possibilities and directions one can take. My experience taught me to adapt to the student´s goals while being able to communicate the formal methods or strategies that define the understanding of music as a whole. My goal is to ensure the student has a general sense of musicality and at the same is able to gather the right tools to learn and play the music she/he likes.

I have a bachelor´s degree from Berklee College of Music in Guitar Performance and a Master´s Degree from New England Conservatory in Jazz Performance.

I have my own projects and collaborate with many musicians, performing mostly in NYC, but having also toured in the US, Panama, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Australia and all over Europe.

I speak fluently English, Spanish and Portuguese.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to divide my lessons in two parts: first we address the most formal aspects of the lesson, most of the times using a method book or given hand-outs or whatever relevant material was suggested to the student; the remainder of the lesson is dedicated to work on the student´s choice of a song or anything less formal suggested by myself. This scheme for lessons might be different regarding the level and commitment of the student, but it is in general the outline I use.

There are a few books that I like to use (Alfred Guitar Method, Berklee Guitar Method, and others), because I think they are a great tool and guideline to complement my own notes. I expect the student to have a notebook with staffed paper where I can write the lesson´s summary and topics to be practiced.

I like lessons to be fun and relaxed while expecting the student to be able to perform the weekly assignments or goals.

I think, in most cases, after 6 months with me, students will be able to play basic chords for chosen songs, play several simple melodies and read a beginner/intermediate piece for guitar.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have amplifiers, music stands.

*** Travel Equipment ***
In this case I don´t provide anything other than handouts on the selected topics.

*** Specialties ***
Most of my private students are interested in Jazz, Blues, Rock or Brazilian music. But overall, I teach guitar and music according to the students musical taste, background and level.

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Guitar Teacher
Sep 2010 - Present
Mark Murphy´s Music School

I have been teaching at this private school for a number of years. Guitar lessons and band coaching.


Master´s of Music
Sep 2006 - Jun 2008
New England Conservatory
Masters In Jazz Performance
Sep 2006 - Jun 2008
New England Conservatory
Bachelors in Music
Sep 2000 - Dec 2003
Berklee College Of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


William Leavitt Scholarship
Mar 2003
Berklee College of Music

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4 Reviews

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sara S. Mar 4, 2014
Music Performance ·

An amazing teacher

I have heard about Andre M. while I leaved in Boston and have reconnected with him upon my move to NYC. I have been taking Music Performance lessons with him. As an intermediate level pianist, I can say Andre is a very dedicated teacher- he knows how to listen and can identify immediately what needs to be improved.
His knowledge of all kinds of music such as Jazz, Rock, Pop and Classical is impressive and I have recommended him to my friend who was looking for a guitar teacher. I am really happy to have found a teacher like him.

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Mariana I. Feb 16, 2014
Guitar ·

I highly recommend Andre as a professional and knowledgeable teacher.

I'm a professional bass player graduated from Berklee College of Music currently living in New York City. I came to Andre for technical support and improvement of my guitar skills as well as overall orientation to become a more complete musician and educator. I'm truly grateful I found him because I've been growing greatly as a guitar player on stage as well as a composer. He was also very helpful in guiding me for my early education classes and lesson planning. Furthermore, he is a very talented guitarist with a unique sound and that's why I chose him to play on my two children's albums. I highly recommend Andre as a professional and knowledgeable teacher.

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Michael I. Jan 10, 2014
Guitar ·

Very talented musician and teacher

I have been taking André's lessons on jazz guitar and composition. Being admittedly not the most flexible or easy student, I am impressed at how André makes me work most efficiently, exploiting any strengths I may have and nicely/mercilessly confronting my weaknesses. Seeing him play, or "trading bars" with André, is a great motivation to keep learning toward that impossible level!

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Filipe S. Sep 26, 2013
Music Performance ·

André will make you work your weaker points, and with that make you a better musician

Being myself a jazz piano player I have been working with André on fundamental aspects of my playing. What strikes me most in André is his ability to quickly identify my biggest faults and go to the very core of them. Instead of loading me with information and exercises, that often just work on the surface of the student problems, André's advices and study directions come in the shape of very simple and basic exercises that have immense implications on my playing as they make me work in the basic "building blocks" of music creation. His advices and methodology have been extremely helpful in helping me improving my improvisation, my tempo, my comping and interplay with other musicians. With so much to learn on each topic, having André helping me focusing my study is helping me in becoming a better musician.

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