Andrew Di Matteo

Andrew D.

Houston, TX
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Blues Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My goal is not so much teaching one how to play an instrument, but more broadly, to help one cultivate their own living musicality. My own areas of practice, study, and specialization are in free improvisation, sound art/Sonic sculpture, conceptual performance, and songwriting/composition. I've explored a vast number of different styles and genre. Jazz, classical, folk and bluegrass, spirituals, blues, punk rock, contemporary ghospel, electronic dance and ambient, to name a few... I love working with kids, I love teaching any age any skill level, I promise to listen, and fine tune our lesson to fit your specific personality and needs.
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Andrew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I've been practicing and studying music for nearly 12 years. Conceptual performance, free improvisation and Sonic sculpture for over 5. For me, music isn't just about playing an instrument. A musical practice is an opportunity for incredible self growth. Excercise for our minds and awareness.

I've worked with students ranging from age 3 to age 62 in the year or so I've been tutoring. I've taught piano mostly ,but am more technically proficient with guitar(electic/acoustic/classical).

I'm a songwriter and recording/performing artist, my style is very ecclectic and inspired by anything from classical, jazz, avant garde, to pop and folk music. I'm confident and versatile. Im comfortable playing or even performing with most instruments. It's taken alot of practice, reasearch, experimentation, and collaboration but over time musc has given my experience life and enriched my life and those around me.

I believe in the cultivation of a living musicality.

My approach emphasises the importance of process, exploration and discovery, as well as the study and analysis of traditional concepts. I propose, active listening to be the simplest form of composition. And as musicians an active ear is central, not only in practice, but generally, for creative evolution and innovation.

I've found the most effective methods effectively balance theory and practice.

I believe the biggest inhibitor to growth, musical or otherwise, is a lack of confidence. A lack that comes from too much pressure to produce idealized results-- fear of mistakes...

I embrace the developmental process,
I work with every student to make each lesson plan efficient, meaningful and inspiring.

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Mar 2018 - Present

Flender is a new project started by Kalen Rowe and myself. In contrast to our previous project KA, Flender maintains a bit of the improvisational/experimental feel, but has become more and more composed. we've released 3 studio albums, 1 live album, and various jam compilations. describing the sound or genre of the band, Ive jokingly called it Jazzical music because of its long irregular form, thematic elements, and improvisational technique, but since its inception it has evolved into a more regular pop/rock form while maintaining its own unique harmonic structure and sonic qualities. We still improvise as a band in order to write our songs.

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Creative Director
Apr 2017 - Present

KA is an inclusive, improvisational performance entity created my friend and independent publisher Kalen Rowe and myself. the project is geared toward total creative exploration, free improvisation, experimental techniques and concepts. The goal is to put ourselves out of our comfort zone and learn how to listen and use whatever we may have to create unique performative experiences. changing band line-up every show, using the performative space as its own resonant instrument, home made instruments, spoken word, video and projection... KA regularly performs in houston, tx.

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Conceptual /Performance Artist
Dec 2012 - Present
Andrew DiMateo

Common themes; identity/associacion , interpersonality and the individual, childhood and conditioning, the larson effect , sonic phenomenology, improvisation, compositional listening.

Mediums include; performance, sound convensional and unconventional(found object) , painting, assemblage , written and spoken word, digital photography, social media, light and analog projection.

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curator, booking, and sound engineer
Feb 2017 - May 2018
La Playa

La playa is a community run art space, performance venue, recording studio in 3rd ward that is free and open to the public. An ethnomusicological hub that holds open mic nights and offers free recording. I took residence there for a year and did everything from recording and production for local artists, to curating art in the gallery, to organizing open mic nights, shows and events.

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Photos & Videos

Improvisation with children is incredibly fun and rewarding.

Its inspiring how music can hold a child's attention.  I'm always amazed at how good little ones are at improvisation.


2 Reviews

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Mike C. Apr 4, 2019
Classical Guitar · In home

Just what I was looking for.

Alexis L. Feb 20, 2019
Piano · In home

Andrew was a perfect fit! Non conventional and fun! The boys are eager to learn to play music they like!

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