Matthew Nanke

Matthew N.

Naperville, IL
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Matthew has been teaching guitar for 10 years. Students can expect a wide curriculum full of different styles and theory.

About Matthew N.

Matthew N. has been an educator and performer in the Chicago area and suburbs for over 15 years. Currently holding a studio of nearly 50 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.

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 and others

*** Lesson Details ***
I encourage my students to pursue all types of music. I like to use “method books” to help with reading and music theory no matter which instrument they choose. I always use supplemental materials that follow the student’s interests and level. I often use technology in lessons to motivate and help students grow. For example, I use many apps for theory, note reading, and rhythm training.

A cancellation 24hrs in advance is always appreciated.


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30 Reviews
Veronnica P.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Practical, efficient, patient, supportive. Matthew is able to assess quickly and keep things progressing forward while still highlighting fundamentals. Great for adults. Gentle for those on the lower end of confidence with an instrument.

Posted Nov 17, 2020
Kevin C.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Matt taught me for a 3 month period and helped me drastically with learning how to improvise guitar solos. I can't thank Matt enough for his help in helping me with a rather unorthodox time to start getting lessons. Each week he told me to bring 3 songs with a guitar solo I would like to learn in different genres and each week we broke down the solos for me to practice and gather their techniques. Thank you so much Matt!

Posted Feb 16, 2019
Tejas A.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My 9 year old son had his first session yesterday, and he loved it. Matthew is great, responsive and especially patient! My son is looking forward to having more sessions!

Posted Dec 31, 2018
Gabriel S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Matt is an amazing instructor. I highly recommend him.

Posted Nov 16, 2018
Ryder S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great instructor! My kids really enjoyed the session and now have direction for practice this week.

Posted Oct 14, 2018
Nathalie, Anya, Vincent J.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

We had a great first lesson and we can't wait to keep learning. I am so grateful that he could come to my home so the kids can do homework while someone else is taking their lesson.

Posted Oct 3, 2018
Karen R.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Matt brings his experience, knowledge & passion for teaching. He is patient and teaches with care.
Student: Kevin L.

Posted Sep 9, 2018
Jake M.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Our first meet went very well. Jake likes working with Matthew and it is easy to follow his instructions.

Posted Aug 22, 2018
Erick F.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Matthew is awesome, I have tried taking lesson twice before and he is by far the best instructor I’ve ever had. It’s nice to know he cares about his student as much as he cares about the music and instrument he is teaching. I would highly recommend him to anyone that is looking for lessons!!!

Posted May 30, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Matt is great. He is very patient and customizes his lessons to the students needs and interests. We have been using him for over two years and my teenage son has developed a passion for the piano and enjoys exploring and learning new concepts. He has learned the gambit of songs from classical to rock to pop and more. It is a pleasure to see my son take an interest in the piano and great to have a teacher that encourages him. Also,I get the benefit of enjoying beautiful music.

Posted Jan 31, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Piece of work. Needs a mentor himself.

Posted Dec 28, 2017
Profile-location-online Online

Matt was just awasome.I was excited! He was extremely careful and brief in his instructing and clarifications. I am exceptionally eager to proceed and figure out how to be a decent piano player. Extremely cheerful we discovered Matt and am energized by more lessons.
Sophia Addison

Posted Nov 20, 2017
Mitch W.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great first lesson Thanks!

Posted Jun 15, 2017
Patrick C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Matt was very knowledgeable and gave me a good starting point. I have never played before so this was a whole new experience. He arrived on time and was very efficient.

Posted Mar 1, 2017
Jim R.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

He knows his stuff. He is giving me instructions that will take me to the next level.

Posted Feb 15, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

We really enjoyed the first lesson!!! Thank you!!!

Posted Jan 9, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

We really enjoyed the first lesson!!! Thank you!!!

Posted Jan 9, 2017
Leman S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Matt is great we are very happy with him

Posted Sep 6, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Can't wait to start up again!

Posted Sep 5, 2016
Cole H.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Cole is 10 and has already progressed. Matt is great with him, I would highly recommend him

Posted Apr 22, 2016
Davion C.
Profile-location-online Online

Was great! Looking forward to the next one.

Posted Apr 2, 2016
Tom R.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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.

Posted Feb 21, 2016
Valentina G.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Modern way of teaching kids.

Posted Dec 27, 2015
Jay D.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great lesson.! Very patient and knowledgeable.

Posted Nov 28, 2015
Christopher H.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Matt is very thorough boys love him very satisfied

Posted Nov 16, 2015
Profile-location-home Student's Home

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.

Posted Nov 13, 2015
Bob Shepherd
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great lesson, thanks! Can't wait till the next one.

Posted Jul 29, 2015
Edie Postiglione
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Wonderful lesson! I have been playing for many years, and feel totally confident he can teach me what I want to learn now. Could not be more excited!

Posted Jun 3, 2015
Samuel J.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great lesson - very knowledgeable

Posted Apr 15, 2015


He is a perfect match for us! He is very knowledgeable and has a very warm and open personality.

Posted Oct 10, 2006

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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



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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