Matt Savina

Matt S.

Oceanside, CA
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If you select me as a teacher, we'll discuss your goals first and make sure that I can assist with your needs 100%. Most of the subjects I teach are music-related, but I teach ENGLISH and other subjects with the same attention to detail and concern for the student's quick progress and enjoyment.

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Matt passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Matt delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
July 2006

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

Music Director. 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.

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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


Fluent / Native Proficiency
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
US Marine Corps & Navy Medals/Awards (10+)
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.

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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.

Photos & Videos

Piano Correct Technique (tutorial)
Basic picking exercise to improve your technique and timing with both hands
"Let It Go" piano tutorial and cover by James Bay
2014, Solo Album (cover)

2016, Album Photo Shoot

D.R. Soundtrack preview - written and produced by Matt S.
Studio West, California

2008, Home Studio

2014, "Measure of Hope" performance
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31 Reviews

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Wendy Feb 18, 2018
Singing · In home

Matt is an exceptional musician. His knowledge of a variety of music genres, ability to sight read and transpose into any key is extraordinary and makes him the accompanist of choice. As a man of faith, he inspires others to celebrate music as a gift from God, that should never be taken for granted.

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Ling Feb 9, 2018
Piano · In home

Matt has the ability to keep his students interested in their music while bringing out their appreciation and musical creativity. I would highly recommend him as an instructor no matter the age of the student.

Al Feb 7, 2018
Composition · Online

A very good teacher all phases of music and application.

Allison Feb 5, 2018
Piano · In home

Matt is very professional. Very patient. VERY flexible in scheduling. Loves music and teaching his students

Odette Feb 5, 2018
Piano · In home

Matt is by far the greatest teacher ever. I never thought I would be playing popular music that I enjoy. Even my grand daughter plays pop music she picks out. Matt is super patient. We even have jam sessions with him playing along on the guitar. Matt is a top-notch professional teacher and I highly recommend him.

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Alyce Feb 5, 2018
Piano · In home

Matt is so patient and attentive to my daughter's progress. His lesson notes help her stay on track and remember what she's learned. I feel like she has learned a great deal of music theory so far. And she always looks forward to learning her favorite pop songs on piano!

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Amy Feb 5, 2018
Guitar · In home

Our family has loved having Matt instruct our children in music. He has helped them realize and further their skills playing guitar, but his lessons go beyond that. He truly understands what our children need to succeed in their goals. Our kids love helping lead worship at church, and Matt has been instrumental in teaching them to lead others to Christ through worship. He has instructed them in guitar, vocals, keyboards, drums, theory, and so much more. He is always prompt and professional, and the kids love spending time with him. I can't recommend Matt high enough.

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Delia Feb 5, 2018
Music Performance · In home

Matt is a pleasure to work with, He is reliable and flexible. My daughter enjoys her lessons with him. He makes the lessons easy and fun. Highly recommend him!!

Sarah Feb 4, 2018
Piano · In home

More than just piano lessons, Matt tailors the lessons to fit the student’s musical goals. Each week we receive written feed back on each part of the lesson- highlighting what was accomplished and what more still needs to be worked on.

Max Feb 4, 2018
Drum · In home

Matt's a great teacher. He's helped me learn to play the drums and with his instruction I've gotten really good. Matt works with what hes got, and that is some thing that i like. For instance my brother and i started with Matt at the same time (my brother plays bass). So after a course of a few months of him teaching us individually. He started to do this little middle ground where he would teach both of us to play together on the same songs . Max. Age 11

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Stephan Feb 4, 2018
Drum · In home

fantastic!!! Could not be happier. No stress learning. Kids keep playing.

Charmin Feb 4, 2018
Music Theory · In studio

My daughter is playing the piano after one lesson, and reading music. We are very pleased with the instruction.

Amy Feb 4, 2018
Vocal Training · In home

We love Matt. He was never even one minute late. He was unerringly kind and encouraging as he prodded our daughter along. He came up with creative ways to teach her, and she so much looked forward to lessons. We are needing to take a break right now but look forward to when we can pick back up with him.

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Marguerite & TJ M. Jan 24, 2018
Guitar · In home

Matt was very friendly and flexible. Had a fun time! Definitely recommend him. He showed us apps for tuning, detailed and experienced with the guitar and above all he was super patient! Really, what more could you ask for in an instructor! Thanks Matt! Marguerite and PJ

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Alyssa B. Nov 24, 2017
Music Recording · In home

Matt is so great! He is super patient and very good with my daughter.

Megan K. Sep 21, 2017
Piano · In studio

He is very talented person. He has alot of patience and makes the lesson enjoyable.

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.

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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.

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!

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!

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.

Al Jul 24, 2015
Audition Prep · In home

Matt is a very accomplished musician and a very professional instructor.

Chris Jul 20, 2015
Piano · In home

Matt has a real gift in playing piano. He never ceases to amaze me!!

Marci Jul 20, 2015
· In home

Matt is one of the nicest, most talented guy you'll ever meet! He loves what he does and it shows!

Candyce Jul 20, 2015
Christian Gospel · In studio

Matt is more than a great instructor. He's a great mentor as well. I've had the privilege to study under him and learn from him and his experience.

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