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Matt O.
West Chicago, Illinois
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My Ukulele teaching style consists of a fun, relaxed, and engaging student paced learning environment. My instruction is always tailored to my student's short term, and long term goals. My promise to you as my student is that together we will discover what it takes for you to become a proficient musician with the ability to perform in front of any audience. My classes with you will include the following content: • Warm up exercises • Fundamentals • Mindfulness techniques • Note reading • Tab reading • Sight reading • Left hand/ right hand techniques • Burst practicing (burnout prevention) • Micro movements/economy of motion • Proper posture both sitting and standing • Stage performance techniques • Embellishments • Improvisation • Unorthodox techniques • Scales and Keys • Theory • Fretboard mastery • Chords (all types) • Songwriting • Transcription • Memorization • Self sufficiency
About Matt O.

***LESSONS ARE TAUGHT IN PERSON AT MY STUDIO OR ONLINE USING SKYPE OR ZOOM*** Whether you are starting from square one, or you've reached a point where you can't go further on your own, or you would like to sharpen skills you already possess and want to take them to a higher level, I'm your guy. I've helped thousands of students reach their goals and I've shown every single one of them how to have the level of success with their instrument that they've always desired. I have 20+ years and 20,000 hours of guitar/string instrument teaching experience and a total of 30 years of guitar playing experience with a bachelor of arts degree in music. I focus my lessons strictly on the needs and skills required to ensure my students can perform ANY genre of music in front of ANY audience. I have taught various forms and techniques in basically ALL genres of music both past and present. I embrace ALL forms of music and I will always encourage my students to pick out songs that they enjoy to make the lesson rewarding and engaging! I will also provide the student with exercises and drills that will strengthen their core, empowering the student to learn newer songs quicker and easier. I firmly believe I'm the teacher for you for one reason: you will see instant results, not only on the first lesson, but also in every lesson moving forward! PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME PRIOR TO SIGNING UP FOR LESSONS IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS!

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I have been learning tenor banjo (Irish tuning) from Matt. Although I'm a complete beginner, Matt has been a very patient teacher. He balances lessons between learning songs and music theory. His wit and humor make every lesson enjoyable.

Posted Sep 17, 2021
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I've been taking lessons from Matt for more than 8 years now since I was young and he's super friendly and encouraging! Highly recommend as he has experience with many different areas of guitar and that offers freedom to learn whatever you want.

Posted Oct 5, 2020
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Matt is able to spot small things that make a big difference in a musician's journey no matter how far along they are. His demeanor puts his students at ease, and always encourages and builds up. I'd recommend Matt to anyone, at any level, wanting to grow as a musician!!

Posted Oct 2, 2020
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Experience
Guitar Instructor
Mar 2006 - Present
Private Studio
Guitar instructor at a family-owned Chicago suburban music store since 2006. I am working 6 days a week, teaching 40 to 60 students weekly, and I'm also currently teaching 2 student bands.
Cycle of Infinity
Mar 2011 - Apr 2016
Io Records
My full length, science fiction, heavy metal concept album. Available through most streaming apps and music sites. I began writing my album with guitar riffs I had created during breaks of teaching guitar lessons. Utilizing all my musical knowledge, skills, and techniques I'd learned throughout my musical career, this album allowed me to showcase my abilities not only as a guitarist, but also a composer and producer.
Education
Music
Aug 1996 - Jun 2001
Roosevelt University
Undeclared
Aug 1994 - Dec 1996
Illinois State University
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Norwegian
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Certifications
Bachelor of Arts Degree
Jun 2001
Roosevelt University

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