Matt Brown

Matt B.

Chicago, IL

About Matt B.

Background check: Last verified 11/18/2016
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Matt teaches: Ages 8 and up
Teaching since: April 2000
Last sign in: Yesterday


I earned a Bachelor's of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Capital University in Columbus, OH.

I currently teach private guitar lessons, sing and play guitar in the Chicago rock band Dead Parade, and transcribe music professionally for a wide variety of clients. Occasionally, I write articles or do interviews that appear in magazines such as Guitar World. In the past, I worked for 8 years as a guitar teacher, transcriber, consultant, and free-lance writer for a popular subscription guitar site. I also served as a guitar instructor/lecturer at Capital University's Community Music School under the direction of renowned music educator Dr. Rebecca Johnson. Over the duration of my 16 year teaching career, I have taught over a 200 students of all ages and levels of experience.

I developed a reputation of being a musical jack of all trades. I am proficient in teaching and performing any style of guitar. However, I am best known for my rock guitar playing, songwriting abilities, classical guitar performance skills, and my ability to teach these skill sets effectively.

Photos and Videos

Me playing a classical guitar arrangement of Beethoven's Ode To Joy.



Apr 2012 - Present
Dead Parade

I am the guitarist and vocalist for the Chicago-based band Dead Parade.

Private Guitar Instructor

Dec 1999 - Present
Freelance - From My Home

For the past 16 years, I have offered private lessons from my residence.


Mar 2007 - Sep 2015
JamPlay LLC

I was involved in creating site features such as chord and scale libraries, teaching live group lessons, filming lesson tutorials, developing curriculum for filmed and live lessons, and served as a general music education consultant.

Private Guitar Instructor

May 2006 - Aug 2007
Capital University Community School

I taught private guitar lessons of all styles to all age and ability levels.


Bachelor's of Music in Classical Guitar Performance

Sep 2002 - May 2006
Capital University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Best Alternative Act - Nominee

Jan 2013
Chicago Independent Music Awards
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15 Reviews on Matt B.

Walter E. Sep 7, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Great teacher - has a program to teach you but is not adverse to exploring your particular likes.
Mike C. Aug 11, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Had great first lesson !
Christa Sharp Feb 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I have had 6 lessons so far, and I highly recommend Matt as a teacher. He is very knowledgeable and he has challenged me to go beyond chord playing and learn to face new challenges and techniques. I have started learning to read music for the guitar (although I had the option of tab) which will greatly expand my ability to play. He was also flexible with me when I ran into scheduling difficulty early on when my small biz got crazy. If you are interested in taking your playing to the next level and learning a lot about music along the way, Matt is a great choice. I am purchasing another set of lessons and am very happy with the ease of Skype lessons.
John Carnevale Jan 8, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Matt quickly assessed my knowledge and experience playing guitar and got me started on exercises that are certain to improve my playing.
Zach Nov 12, 2015
Guitar · Online
I have seen Matt develop as a guitar player for many years. I have seen him play in a variety of settings: classical and rock. We grew up playing together. I played bass.

But, when I decided to pick up the guitar over the last couple of years, I turned to Matt. He always gives me sound advice, techniques, and insight on how to be a better musician. He has provided tabs when I could not figure out a certain part of a song on my own. Moreover, I have watched his videos to learn songs.

He is a great teacher with sound theory! He loves music, and it shows... want a top-notch teacher, Matt Brown is your man!
Heather Nov 10, 2015
Guitar · Online
I'm a stay at home mom. It's pretty awesome that I can take lessons with Matt over Skype without ever leaving my home or my kids. Matt really goes out of your way to make sure you have an effective and enjoyable learning experience. He sends me videos of him playing everything that I'm working on so I can watch them for reference during the week. It's SO helpful when it comes to learning a new technique or a tricky part of a song.
Shane Oct 29, 2015
Blues Guitar · Online
Excellent guitarist and an even better teacher! Matt really knows how to help you get from point A to B in the fastest time possible. I signed up for blues lessons at first, but I eventually started playing a variety of styles. If it can be played on guitar, Matt can teach it to you!
John Oct 27, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
I can't say enough good things. I take lessons every once in a blue moon when I get stuck on something new. Like Matt is always saying, "if you pay attention in lessons and practice enough, you'll always reach your goals." That might seem overly simple, but I've always found that guarantee to be true.
James Oct 22, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I took lessons with Matt for about a year and had a great experience. I probably would have kept going, but as we all know, lessons aren't cheap. In that year though, I think I developed a strong sense of the fundamentals, at least enough that I feel like I'm able to progress on my own now without picking up any bad habits. Two thumbs up for Matt!
Craig Oct 20, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I took lessons with two other instructors before I started taking lessons with Matt. The difference in playing and teaching quality is like night and day. The other teachers didn't seem to be as experienced and didn't seem to care as much. I receive a PDF with my homework notated out for me after each lesson. I can also film Matt and myself during lessons so I can see how something should be played during the week. The videos are also great way to see how I've improved. It's hard to imagine anyone putting more effort into a lesson than Matt.
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