Matt Savina

Matt S.

Oceanside, CA

About Matt S.

Background check: Last verified 08/05/2016
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Matt teaches: Ages 1 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: July 2006
Last sign in: Yesterday


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With most of my music students, we focus on several key areas to ensure success of overall technique and knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHT-READING, and PREPARED SONGS. I tailor my approach and style to each student. Although I'm very detail-oriented with lessons and followup, I'm constantly in search of finding FUN ways to make sure the student is enjoying the journey. I also prefer to work on a song that the STUDENT wants to learn. It's music, and it should be fun!

Please review the rest of my profile and send me any questions or concerns you may have. If I don't think I can be the best teacher for you, I will gladly refer you to someone else on Takelessons or elsewhere.

I've been a lifelong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before, and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. I'm able to teach most students to an advanced level.

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This is a basic picking exercise that focuses on improving your technique and timing with both hands.


Music Director and Instrumentalist/Vocalist/Programmer
Apr 2013 - Present
Calvary Chapel

Music Director for Calvary Chapel. Also serves as a pianist, drummer, vocalist, and audio engineer for services and special events.

Music Director
Mar 2000 - Apr 2015
US Marine Corps Band(s)

Responsible for managing, scheduling, and rehearsing multiple music groups: jazz ensemble, big band, dixieland band, rock band, brass quintet, and other impromptu ensembles that were utilised for unique events.

In addition to serving as a music director, I also performed as a pianist, percussionist, and vocalist for a variety of events and venues throughout the United States and internationally.


Interdisciplinary of Music
Jul 2015 - Present
Berklee College of Music
Music Composition and Production
May 2012 - Present
Berklee College of Music
Equal Opportunity Representative
Jul 2011 - Sep 2011
Department of Defense
Music Director
Jan 2006 - Jul 2006
Armed Forces School of Music

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency
*The Universal Language of Music*
Professional Proficiency


Music Director (Marine Corps Music Program)
Jul 2006
Armed Forces School of Music, Department of Defense

Completed the coursework and successful completion to become a Unit Leader (music director) in the Marine Corps Music Program.

Piano Musician
Mar 2001
Armed Forces School of Music

Successful completion of various Marine auditions and military training, with entrance into the Marine Corps Band field as a Pianist and auxiliary percussionist.


Dean's List
May 2016
Berklee College of Music
Good Conduct and US Navy/Marine Corps Medals
Apr 2015
United States Marine Corps
Letter of Commendation from the President of the United States
Apr 2015
U.S. President of 2015


National Youth Sports Coaches Association
Jan 2014

The National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) is the most widely used coach training program in the nation, having trained more than 3 million coaches since its inception in 1981. The NYSCA training is available online for coaches to complete at their convenience; and it’s also offered on site in more than 3,000 communities nationwide.

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Sep 2013

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

15 Reviews on Matt S.

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Ira L. Feb 18, 2017
· Drum · In home Matt is a wonderful instructor! My son loves him & has improved so much In just 3 lessons! I highly recommend him!
David Jan 12, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio Matt is an intuitive teacher who is able to read the student and meet him at his level. He is clearly highly proficient as a musician himself and has a clear talent in sharing his expertise in a clear and practical way to the student.
Kelsey Dec 16, 2016
· Piano · In home My 7-year old daughter Kelsey has been receiving piano and vocal instruction from Matt for several months now. This is her first time taking music lessons, and already she is perfecting her first piano song, as well as a couple of songs she has learned to sing. In her own words, Kelsey describes Matt as a "kind and responsible teacher who always makes sure his students do the right thing, and is a great teacher." We are very thankful to have found Matt, and he is well qualified to teach a music student of any age.
Joyce Nov 27, 2016
· Piano · Online Matt is an excellent teacher, very knowledgeable and talented. He is also very patient and is available to help. I hadn't played piano for 20 years and since we started a couple years ago I have learned a lot and am very encouraged.
thanks, Matt
: )
Chara Nov 27, 2016
· Guitar · In home Matt is an excellent music teacher. His techniques and methods provide a strong foundation on which to build on. I had never learned how to strum properly, and in just a few weeks, I was able to markedly improve my abilities on the guitar. His weekly notes have been incredibly helpful, and he is consistently kind, professional, and reliable. I would recommend Matt to anyone seeking a quality music teacher!
Joe Nov 26, 2016
· Drum · In home I have made significant progress with Matt. He tailors lessons to fit your goals.
Adriane Nov 25, 2016
· Guitar · In home Matt is a great teacher! We switched to him from another instructor and it was the best decision we could have made. I've noticed an amazing improvement in my child's progress. Matt is very knowledgeable and professional, and also flexible with scheduling which I greatly appreciate.
Jill Nov 25, 2016
· Vocal Training · In home Matt is professional, talented and a terrific teacher. My kids do drums, keyboard and vocals with him. He's a gem!
Brian Aug 12, 2015
· Christian Gospel · In studio Matt is an excellent music teacher. I would recommend him for anyone!!
Esther Zepeda Aug 6, 2015
· Piano · In studio Matt is an amazing teacher! He loves what he does and will impart that love with anyone he comes in contact with! A blessing to know him!
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