Matthew Nanke

Matthew N.

Naperville, IL

About Matthew N.

Background check: Last verified 09/14/2016
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Matthew teaches: Ages 1 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: March 2000
Last sign in: Yesterday


Matthew N. has been an educator and performer in the Chicago area and suburbs for over 10 years. Currently holding a studio of nearly 30 students he has become one of the area's many successful private instructors. Teaching piano, drums, and guitar Matthew can accommodate any student's needs and musical ambitions in those areas.

Matthew has studied at the collegiate level at the University of Iowa and holds a Bachelors in Percussion Performance. He has also been performing professionally at many of Chicago's finest venues for many years. Matthew is an audio engineer certified in Pro Tools and Logic Pro, which are industry standard programs. Students are able to record and learn the art of production as they learn their instrument if they so choose. This allows students to hear themselves and learn from their performance as well as share their passion with family and friends as they create music.

Students are encouraged to pursue whatever moves them and are never restricted to any one type of practicing or playing. The main goal is to allow the student to find his or her own path in music and develop their own abilities in whatever way they see fit.

BM in Percussion Performance
University of Iowa

Studied with:
Dr. Dan Moore, Vern Spevak, Chic Evans, Ron Spaeth, Jim Dreier

Received Music Scholarship to attend U of Iowa

Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
-Received Many Certifications and Degree
-Certified in Pro Tools Recording Software

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will have full access during lesson time to recording equipment. The best way to learn how to improve is to listen to yourself play. The student will be able to take home recordings of themselves and study what they can work on, helping them to make the decision on what they would like to improve on.

Students are encouraged to use Alfreds Method Books for Snare and Drum Set, Riley Books, and the Chester book for independence. Also, I teach the Faber Piano Adventures Series. Alfred's and Hal Leonard for guitar.

A cancellation 24hrs in advance is always appreciated.

Photos and Videos

JoBu @ Naperville's Ribfest


Music Instructor

Aug 2013 - Present
Performing Arts Center

Teaching piano, drums, guitar in private and group classes.

Music Instructor

Mar 2013 - Present
Private Music Academy

Teaching piano, drums, guitar, songwriting, production, audio mixing, editing in private and group classes.


Recording Engineer

Aug 2005 - May 2006
Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences

Percussion Performance

Aug 2001 - May 2005
University of Iowa

Languages Spoken


Limited Proficiency


Masters in Recording II

Apr 2006
Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences

Mixing Techniques, signal flow, recording techniques, audio editing, live sound equipment, analog and digital recording techniques etc.


Most Improved Musician

Jun 1999
Birch Creek
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13 Reviews on Matthew N.

Leman S. Sep 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Matt is great we are very happy with him
Mitch Sep 5, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Can't wait to start up again!
Cole H. Apr 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Cole is 10 and has already progressed. Matt is great with him, I would highly recommend him
Davion C. Apr 2, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Was great! Looking forward to the next one.
Tom R. Feb 21, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Matt was excellent! I was thrilled! He was very thorough and concise in his teaching and explanations. I am very excited to continue and learn to be a good piano player. Very happy we found Matt and am excited for more lessons.
Valentina G. Dec 27, 2015
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Modern way of teaching kids.
Jay D. Nov 28, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson.! Very patient and knowledgeable.
Christopher H. Nov 16, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Matt is very thorough boys love him very satisfied
Emily Nov 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 6 year old is an active and social child, and has gone through 3 piano teachers. Matthew was friendly, patient, and engaging. My daughter was extremely excited about continuing lessons - which has never been the case.
Bob Shepherd Jul 29, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson, thanks! Can't wait till the next one.
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