Colin Matthewson

Colin M.

Sacramento, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

Piano is probably the best instrument to start music on, and is a great supplement to any instrument. A knowledge of piano, and an ability to play and understand it, will make the entire process of music much easier. It's also a lot of fun to play!

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

Teaching since:
July 2006

I'm a life-long musician with a passion for the art and a love of teaching it. In 2012, I graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelors in Music. Through my schooling and personal study, I have become a well-rounded musician able to teach many instruments effectively. Making music with others at a high level, teaching, and having the opportunity to perform professionally around the Sacramento area has been a great experience. I look forward to continuing that journey, growing as a person and musician, and being a positive role-model for others!

I've been playing trumpet nearly my entire life, and studied it in college. However, I am a multi-instrumentalist and currently teach trumpet, guitar, piano, and trombone. I specialize in classical style, but can also teach jazz theory, correct swing style, articulation, etc. I have studied with multiple music professors and have learned their most effective teaching methods. I have taken music theory classes that allow me to explain theory in a simplified manner to students. I have been playing guitar since high school and have taken many piano classes while in school, where proficiency is necessary in order to advance in the major. In my free time, I even play drums and multiple other instruments and listen to music constantly. Music is very much my life. This allows me the versatility to teach a variety of instruments and mold myself and my students into well-rounded musicians.

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BA Music
May 2006 - May 2012
California State University Sacramento


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Performing with Opera Modesto

Playing Peter Broderick's "When I'm Gone"
Trumpet selfie!

Headshot for BRASSY!

Playing the part with professional Mexican ensemble, Grupo Valle de Santiago

Performing with pro brass quintet, BRASSY!

Musicals, musicals, and more musicals...

Performing with the Sacramento Children's Chorus

Performing a solo with Vocal Ensemble, RSVP
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8 Reviews

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Kelly Aug 29, 2019
Trumpet · In home

Colin has been a fantastic teacher for my 12-year old son, who is learning his first instrument. Colin is kind, friendly, personable, and easy-going. He keeps the lessons fresh and fun. My son has made a very nice connection with Colin and really enjoys his lessons.

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Jennifer Mar 19, 2019
Trumpet · Online

It's pretty terrifying to try a new instrument, especially one like the trumpet--which is so loud and obvious if you're wrong! Colin was supportive and warm and encouraging, and kept me at ease and willing to keep trying. He seems knowledgeable in alot of areas of music too, which is an added bonus. Highly recommend!

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Cathy E. Mar 19, 2019
Piano · In studio

Colin is personable, encouraging and warm. I enjoyed my first lesson with him and expect to have a good experience in the future.

Laura Mar 7, 2019
Guitar · In studio

My son started taking lessons about a month ago. We can already hear a difference. Colin is very patient and gives great instruction. My son is really enjoying his lessons!

Paul Jan 8, 2019
Piano · In home

Very patient and knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyable lesson, can’t wait for my next lesson!!

Mandy Dec 10, 2018
Trumpet · In home

Colin has helped Christian improve greatly in a short amount of time. Beginner trumpet- he had pressure problems and embouchure adjustments to make. His notes were too low when playing per his band teacher, so I found Colin to help. So glad we did, would highly recommend him.

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Kate May 7, 2018
Piano · In home

Colin is very patient and does a nice job making the lessons interesting/fun.

Mae Jul 13, 2017

I have had experience with quite a few teachers over the years, and none have quite felt the same as Colin. He is knowledgeable, educated and personally very talented at his instruments, and he prepares well for his lessons and always thinks of creative/well planned approaches for each student's individual needs. He seems to invest in each studio member on a personal level, which is sadly not terribly common. The fact that he is also a working professional performing and making music out in the community makes him an even more rare asset to have. I would highly recommend him for your or your child's instructional needs.

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