Matthew Nanke

Matthew N.

Naperville, IL
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Matthew has studied piano for over 20 years and has taught for over 10 years. Covering all styles you can expect a well rounded lesson with focus on theory and technique. Students will learn major and minor scales and keys and be able to identify chord types and shapes while reading music.

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

Teaching since:
March 2000

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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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

Photos & Videos

Fun video I did for my Youtube channel!
My band JoBu playing Naperville's Ribfest.
Photo by Matthew N.

Photo by Matthew N.

Photo by Matthew N.

My band True Company
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29 Reviews

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Kevin C. Feb 16, 2019
Guitar · In 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!

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Tejas A. Dec 31, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In 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!

Gabriel S. Nov 16, 2018
Classical Piano · In home

Matt is an amazing instructor. I highly recommend him.

Ryder S. Oct 14, 2018
Guitar · In home

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

Nathalie, Anya, Vincent J. Oct 3, 2018
Piano · In 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.

Karen R. Sep 9, 2018
Guitar · In home

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

Jake M. Aug 22, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · In home

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

Erick F. May 30, 2018
Guitar · In 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!!!

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Gordon Jan 31, 2018
Piano · In 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.

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Joe Dec 28, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Piece of work. Needs a mentor himself.

Sophia Nov 20, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · 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.
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Mitch W. Jun 15, 2017
Piano · In home

Great first lesson Thanks!

Patrick C. Mar 1, 2017
Piano · In 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.

Jim R. Feb 15, 2017
Guitar · In studio

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

Sidney Jan 9, 2017
Guitar · In home

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

Sidney Jan 9, 2017
Guitar · In home

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

Leman S. Sep 6, 2016
Piano · In home

Matt is great we are very happy with him

Mitch Sep 5, 2016
Drum · In studio

Can't wait to start up again!

Cole H. Apr 22, 2016
Piano · In home

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

Was great! Looking forward to the next one.

Tom R. Feb 21, 2016
Piano · In 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.

Valentina G. Dec 27, 2015
Classical Piano · In home

Modern way of teaching kids.

Jay D. Nov 28, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Great lesson.! Very patient and knowledgeable.

Christopher H. Nov 16, 2015
Drum · In home

Matt is very thorough boys love him very satisfied

Emily Nov 13, 2015
Piano · In 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.

Bob Shepherd Jul 29, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

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

Edie Postiglione Jun 3, 2015
Piano · In 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!

Samuel J. Apr 15, 2015
Guitar · In home

Great lesson - very knowledgeable

KarenW Oct 10, 2006


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

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