Matt Starling

Matt S.

Salt Lake City, UT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Music theory is indispensable knowledge for anyone wanting to produce music; it provides the musician a valuable framework for thinking about how to construct your compositions.

I've studied music theory extensively at the high school, college and graduate levels, and I've taught music theory to high school students for over 8 years.

My theory lessons are flexible-studies can be done through traditional music notation (valuable for AP Music Theory Students) or in MIDI piano roll (valuable for computer music producers).

Learn how to construct chords, how to write melodies, how to work with rhythm and more.

About Matt S.

Hello, I'm looking for dedicated students who have a deep desire to succeed in music. Taking lessons from me means that you'll be getting individualized instruction from a teacher with an excellent combination of teaching experience and real world success in music.

I've taught as a licensed and background checked teacher in the Salt Lake City area public schools for over 8 years, and at Salt Lake Community College.

I hold two music degrees: a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Utah, and a Master of Music Technology from Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis, where I earned my degree online.

I'm active as a producer, composer and band leader too. I've led the Salt Lake Electric Ensemble since 2009; we recently signed with Philip Glass's record label and released our fourth record with them. As a composer my music has been released by numerous record labels and publishers and has generated over 150,000 sales and streams.

I encourage you to get in touch if you have any questions.

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Nate
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Matt has been amazing. He's an absolute expert and has a great teaching style. I'd recommend him to anyone. For real, it's been awesome learning so much and he's made me a much better musician.

Posted Dec 26, 2018
Christian
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Matt does a great job of adapting his instructions to match where the students knowledge is currently. I started taking lessons from him after spending a few years learning bits and pieces of ableton on my own. Matt quickly figured out where I was, what I can do to improve what I've learned, and helped me make steps moving forward. No matter you're experience level I can't recommend learning from Matt enough. I leave every lesson with so much more knowledge than before that I can immediately start applying to my own work and work flow. Thank you Matt! Looking forward to many more lessons.

Posted Dec 26, 2018
Chris
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I have done several "music production" lessons with Matt online. He is extremely flexible, which has been a big plus for me since I live in Denver and use Studio One 4. Even though his expertise lies in Ableton, the lessons have still been helpful as a Studio One 4 user. Matt is EXTREMELY knowledgeable. He has been able to satisfactorily answer all of my questions. During our lessons, we will work on songs that I am developing. He will listen to the track and suggest areas of improvement. Rather than just telling me what to change, however, he always explains why it would be helpful to make those changes. I've already noticed that I am independently making those improvements in my songs since meeting with Matt. While I can't speak for Matt's other areas of expertise, I would highly recommend taking lessons with Matt for any production/mixing needs!

Posted Dec 26, 2018
Trever
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Very clear and easy to understand instruction. Good with time management and learned a lot very quick.

Posted Dec 24, 2018

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Experience

Adjunct Faculty, Music Department
Aug 2018 - Present

Salt Lake Community College

Ableton Live instructor.

Music Teacher
Aug 2013 - Present

East Hollywood High School

Music Teacher
Jan 2008 - Jun 2010

Salt Lake City School District

Music teacher at East High School.

Education

Master of Music Technology
Jan 2011 - May 2013

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Aug 2003 - Dec 2007

University of Utah

Certifications

Utah Educator License, Level 2
Feb 2016

State of Utah

This license is awarded to professional educators who have undergone an extensive background check and who have met all professional requirements to teach in the public schools in the state of Utah.

Awards

Top Ten Moments of 2018
Dec 2018

The Utah Review

Top Ten Moments of 2018
Dec 2018

The Utah Review

Top Ten Moments of 2016
Dec 2016

The Utah Review

Best of Utah Music 2016
Mar 2016

Salt Lake City Weekly

Top Moments of 2015
Dec 2015

The Utah Review

Top Moments of 2015
Dec 2015

The Utah Review

Affiliations

SoundExchange
Dec 2018
SoundExchange helps the music and creative community thrive in the digital age. SoundExchange is the independent nonprofit collective management organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties to featured artists and copyright holders. We represent recording artists – from unsigned a cappella to acid rock to multi-platinum stars and master rights owners including major and independent record labels. It’s our job to ensure that these artists and copyright holders are compensated when their work is broadcast by non-interactive digital radio.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jun 2015
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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