Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate
About Matt S.
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.
Matt is an excellent teacher. He provided acoustic guitar and keyboard lessons for my 11 year old son and drum lessons to my 9 year old daughter. He always brought all the equipment needed for a successful learning environment and was interactive with each child. I highly recommend Matt as a music teacher for any instrument because his professionalism, kindness and patience toward my children was alway evident.Show More
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.Show More
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.
A very good teacher all phases of music and application.
Matt is very professional. Very patient. VERY flexible in scheduling. Loves music and teaching his students
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.Show More
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!Show More
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.Show More
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!!
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.
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 11Show More
fantastic!!! Could not be happier. No stress learning. Kids keep playing.
My daughter is playing the piano after one lesson, and reading music. We are very pleased with the instruction.
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.Show More
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 PJShow More
Matt is so great! He is super patient and very good with my daughter.
He is very talented person. He has alot of patience and makes the lesson enjoyable.
Matt is a wonderful instructor! My son loves him & has improved so much In just 3 lessons! I highly recommend him!
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.
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.Show More
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.
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!Show More
I have made significant progress with Matt. He tailors lessons to fit your goals.
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.Show More
Matt is professional, talented and a terrific teacher. My kids do drums, keyboard and vocals with him. He's a gem!
Matt is an excellent music teacher. I would recommend him for anyone!!
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!
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.
Matt is a very accomplished musician and a very professional instructor.
Matt has a real gift in playing piano. He never ceases to amaze me!!
Matt is one of the nicest, most talented guy you'll ever meet! He loves what he does and it shows!
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.
Music Director. Also serves as a pianist, drummer, vocalist, and audio engineer for services and special events.
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.
Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music
Department of Defense
Armed Forces School of Music
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Armed Forces School of Music, Department of Defense
Armed Forces School of Music
U.S. President of 2015
United States Marine Corps