Matt Savina

Matt S.

Oceanside, CA

About Matt S.

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Matt teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: July 2006
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

With most of my students, we focus on several key areas to ensure success of overall technique and musical knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHT-READING, and PREPARED SONGS. I tailor my approach and style to each student, and am extremely down-to-earth. Although I'm very detail-oriented with lessons, I'm constantly in search of finding FUN ways to make sure the student is enjoying the musical journey. Another big key of my method is to always be working on a song that the STUDENT wants to learn. "It's music, so 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. THANKS!

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 am able to teach most students to an advanced level, but voice and drums I only teach to an intermediate level.

Photos and Videos

"Let It Go" piano tutorial and cover by James Bay

Experience

Music Director and Instrumentalist/Vocalist

Apr 2013 - Present
Calvary Chapel Oceanside

Musical Assistant and Director for Calvary Chapel Oceanside. Also working simultaneously as a pianist, drummer, vocalist, and audio programmer for services and special events.

Music Director

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

Responsible for managing and organising multiple music groups simultaneously - Including the scheduling and rehearsing of the groups: jazz quartet, big band, dixieland band, rock band, brass quintet, and impromptu ensembles that were needed for unique events.

While serving as a music director, simultaneously performed as a pianist and vocalist for a variety of events and venues throughout the United States and abroad.

Education

Interdisciplinary of Music

Jul 2015 - Present
Berklee College of Music

Music Composition and Production

May 2008 - May 2012
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

*The Universal Language of Music*

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

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.

Awards

Dean's List

May 2016
Berklee College of Music

Good Conduct and various Marine Corps Medals

Apr 2015
United States Marine Corps

Letter of Commendation from the President of the U.S.

Apr 2015
U.S. President of 2015

Affiliations

National Youth Sports Coaches Association

Jan 2014
NYSCA

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
ASCAP

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.

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12 Reviews on Matt S.

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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
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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!
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Joe Nov 26, 2016
Drum · In home
I have made significant progress with Matt. He tailors lessons to fit your goals.
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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.
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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!
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Brian Aug 12, 2015
Christian Gospel · In studio
Matt is an excellent music teacher. I would recommend him for anyone!!
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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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Jim Jul 29, 2015
Composition · In home
Matt is a first class musician and a man of integrity. you can be confident in Matt Sevina's ability to provide you with an excellent music education.
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Al Jul 24, 2015
Audition Prep · In home
Matt is a very accomplished musician and a very professional instructor.
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Chris Jul 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Matt has a real gift in playing piano. He never ceases to amaze me!!
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