Mathew Poovan

Mathew P.

Baltimore, MD
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching sitar for 5 years and my students have gone on to develop a love for Indian classical music and culture. Within the first few lessons, you'll be properly holding the sitar and playing notes and phrases. Then, we take particular ragas and begin layering in raga and tala theory and more advanced techniques. My greatest joy is taking a student who started with no musical experience and getting them to the point of successfully performing on stage with tabla accompaniment.

About Mathew P.

I've been teaching sitar since 2013 and my students have gone on to develop a love for Indian classical music and culture. Within the first few lessons, you'll be properly holding the sitar and playing notes and phrases. Then, we take particular ragas and begin layering in raga and tala theory and more advanced techniques. My greatest joy is taking a student who started with no musical experience and getting them to the point of successfully performing on stage with tabla accompaniment.

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Ben
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I have always loved the sound of the sitar but did not think it would be practical to play it. Mat proved me wrong put me at ease by opening the door to this wonderful instrument, and he has made it not so daunting. It is a pleasure to learn from him, and I am really enjoying the fun challenges of the sitar.

Posted Dec 10, 2019
Marcelo
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He's a great teacher!

Posted Jan 14, 2019
Alpa
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My daughter really enjoyed the lessons

Posted May 27, 2018
Stephanie
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Matt is a joy to have as an instructor. He’s very experienced and knowledgeable in not just the sitar itself, but how best to teach it. He figures where you are at, what you need, and helps you to set realistic goals for yourself. I would highly recommend him as an instructor! Additionally, I really appreciated his flexibility and willingness to help me continue my lessons when I lost my job which necessitated a move across the country and he was willing to try online courses. I think you definitely need an in-person foundation but the online classes have been really great and I’m so glad we could continue our lessons!

Posted May 8, 2018
prashant
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Matt is a terrific teacher and a wonderful human being

Posted May 8, 2018
Jeff A.
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I've been taking lessons for over a year and have progressed significantly. Mathew is patient, supportive, and flexible. I had no prior experience with Indian Classical Music or stringed instruments. Mathew strikes a great balance - supporting traditional techniques, principles, and terminology while making sure I'm not overwhelmed. And, he also has a knack for figuring out just how much to challenge me to ensure that I'm constantly improving without getting in over my head.

Posted May 8, 2018

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Experience

Sitar Instructor
Apr 2013 - Present

Home Studio

I have a roster of long term students I both travel to, teach in my home studio, and teach online.

Instructor
Jan 2013 - Jan 2019

Academy of Indian Music and Fine Arts

I teach sitar and I provide additional tutoring for students of the Academy who need help improving their tala by accompanying them on tabla.

Education

Sitar, Tabla, Classical Vocal
Jun 2004 - Present

Academy of Indian Music and Fine Arts

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

1st Place - Tabla
Nov 2013

AIMFA

1st Place - Sitar
Nov 2011

AIMFA

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