Matt Macaulay

Matt M.

Boston, MA
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Blues Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
From Robert Johnson to Eric Clapton, my knowledge of the blues will set you on the path.
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Matt delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I am a professional jazz guitarist, singer-songwriter and teacher. I've been teaching music to students of all ages privately and in groups since 1998. After graduating from William Paterson University with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance I spent 10 years in New York City working as a freelance musician and operating my own guitar studio. Since that time I have also been affiliated with several teaching studios, private schools, public schools and international schools. With a comprehensive background in Jazz, Classical and Rock guitar as well as electric bass, piano, music theory and voice; I am uniquely qualified to teach students of all ages and levels.

As a teacher, I think it’s most important to provide my students with a well rounded musical education that focuses on and adapts to what they are interested in learning. Music lessons should be fun and I always keep that as my number one priority while also making sure that my students are getting a solid musical education that they will be happy with now and in the future. I pride myself on being patient, enthusiastic, empathetic and always prepared. I’m familiar with all of the most popular methods and have also created a large library of my own teaching materials.

During my career, I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to teach several different populations in the US, Greece and Germany. These diverse experiences have been extremely challenging and helped make me into a stronger teacher. From 2001-2003 I taught at the Center for Individualized Training and Education(CITE) which is a special needs school in Providence, RI. At CITE, I worked with students ages 6-17 and learned a lot about how to use music to bring joy to students who are not necessarily able to engage in a traditional musical education. In 2016, I created a music program in Athens, Greece for refugee children seeking asylum. I worked in conjunction with the School Box Organization to raise money for instruments, and taught guitar and hand drum classes at a school they had set up in a refugee squat. Although I'm no longer at the school, I am still helping to oversee the program and plan to do more of this work in the future. During my time in New York City, I worked with kids attending some of the most exclusive private schools in the country and dealt with the challenge of fitting music into an extremely demanding and high pressure educational environment. All of these experiences have helped shape my teaching philosophy as well as my views on life and music. I am currently teaching students in Boston as well as online lessons in Canada, Europe and the US.

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Sep 2017 - Aug 2018
Franklin School For The Performing Arts

Taught Guitar and Bass Lessons ages 7-16

Mandolin Teacher
Sep 2016 - Jul 2017
Well Strung-Berlin, Germany

Taught Private Mandolin Lessons and Beginner Mandolin Classes

Volunteer Music Program Coordinator
Jul 2016 - Aug 2016
Jasmine School Athens Greece

Created and taught a music curriculum including guitar and hand drums. This was a volunteer program for refugee children in Athens. I raised money to purchase instruments for the school and am still involved in keeping the program running.

Guitar/Bass Teacher
Sep 2013 - Aug 2016
Franklin Public Schools

Taught Guitar and Bass lessons as part of the after school music program at Franklin High School.

Guitar Teacher
Jun 2004 - Jun 2006
Cari Cole Voice Studio New York City

Taught "Guitar Accompaniment for Singers" classes and private lessons.

Guitar Teacher
Apr 2004 - Jun 2005
Lyceum Kennedy International School New York City

Taught guitar classes to students ages 6-13

Guitar/Bass Teacher
Jun 2001 - Feb 2003
Chepachet Music

Taught Rock, Jazz and Classical Guitar as well as Electric Bass.

Music Teacher
Sep 2001 - Dec 2002
Center For Individualized Training and Education

Taught Music to special needs students. Included guitar, piano, percussion and music appreciation.


Bachelors Degree of Music-Jazz Performance
Sep 1999 - May 2001
William Paterson University
Associates Degree of Music-Jazz Performance and Classical Performance
Sep 1997 - May 1999
Community College of RI


Presidential Scholarship
Sep 1999
William Paterson University
Bobby Hacket Award
May 1999

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Rebecca Nov 5, 2016
Guitar · In home

Matt Macaulay has taught me guitar in his studio and at my home over the course of the last two years. He is a wonderful teacher, caring, thoughtful and thorough. I've had a lot of music teachers over the years but Matt stood out in his ability to provide organized and interesting teaching sessions which are well prepared for in advance and always entertaining. Matt is an amazing motivator and swiftly got me through the burdens of an early learning curve and into the fascinating world of music. I would warmly recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning - at any age - and is looking for a highly skilled and caring teacher!

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