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: 2 days ago


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

19 Reviews on Matt B.

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West Foster Feb 27, 2017
Verified Student · Acoustic Guitar · Online
Rob Feb 10, 2017
· Guitar · In home
In my humble opinion, Matt is the best rock guitarist and teacher in Chicago. I took lessons with three other teachers in the city before working with Matt. All paled in comparison in both the playing and teaching departments. He truly makes playing and improving fun and easy! His playing speaks for itself. His teaching seems to be perfectly tailored to your goals, whatever they may be. He's literally an encyclopedia of musical knowledge.
Matt Dec 23, 2016
· Blues Guitar · Online
Can't say enough good things. I've always been more of a rhythm player. The whole subject of lead guitar is really intimidating. I never knew where to begin, so I never have. I started taking lessons with Matt to see if I could get a structured approach to learning to improvise, play memorized solos, etc. He's made something that was totally intimidating very easy to understand. It really helps to have a professional teach you a logical process since there is such an overwhelming amount of information to learn and apply.
Darren Dec 21, 2016
· Composition · In studio
I take songwriting/composition lessons with Matt every once in awhile. Prior to lessons, I thought songwriting was just a talent that some people have and some people don't. Like Matt says though, it's all about learning as much theory as you can, and working as hard as you can.

Matt is excellent at explaining complicated theory in a very simple way. Then, he always explains how this information can be applied directly to writing music. He also has an encyclopedic knowledge of songs and pieces that use various compositional techniques. So, he's always able to reference specific songs in lessons on the fly. Not to mention, Matt is an absolutely killer guitar player!
Walter E. Sep 7, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · Online
Great teacher - has a program to teach you but is not adverse to exploring your particular likes.
Mike C. Aug 11, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · Online
Had great first lesson !
Christa Sharp Feb 25, 2016
Verified Student · Acoustic Guitar · Online
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
Verified Student · Guitar · Online
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.
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