Mathew Poovan

Mathew P.

Catonsville, MD
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Mathew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8+

Teaching since:

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.


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.

Jan 2013 - Present
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.


Sitar, Tabla, Classical Vocal
Jun 2004 - Present
Academy of Indian Music and Fine Arts


Fluent / Native Proficiency


1st Place - Tabla
Nov 2013
1st Place - Sitar
Nov 2011

Photos & Videos

Practicing at home.

Home studio

Ready for a concert!

Practicing at home.

Accompanying two students at a national competition. Very proud of their performances and one even won a 2nd place trophy!

Giving a lecture/ demo on sitar at Mt. St. Joseph High School in Baltimore.


5 Reviews

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Marcelo Jan 14, 2019
Sitar · Online

He's a great teacher!

Alpa May 27, 2018
Sitar · In studio

My daughter really enjoyed the lessons

Stephanie May 8, 2018
Sitar · Online

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!

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prashant May 8, 2018
Sitar · In studio

Matt is a terrific teacher and a wonderful human being

Jeff A. May 8, 2018
Sitar · In studio

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.

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