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Matt B.
Denton, Texas
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I study and teach a number of diverse subjects, from nutrition to logic, and from literature to genomics, though I am fundamentally a concert pianist. I love learning, and I love sharing and developing the tools for learning. When one deals with words as symbols, one deals with the mind. I focus on the expansion of symbolic usage, with an emphasis on cognition and analogies. Please check out my other subjects. For my musical background, please keep reading. I began as a self-taught pianist at age 12, and from ages 14 to the present I have had the experience of studying with some of the most phenomenal teachers of this generation. George Katz, former chair of the Drake University Piano Department and student of the legendary artists Alfred Cortot and Marguerite Long; Jerome Lowenthal, also a student of Cortot (and William Kapell) and former chair of the Julliard piano department, and Jose Feghali, winner of the 1985 Cliburn Gold Medal have been my most influential teachers. From them, I learned how to learn, how to teach, and how to teach learning, which I believe is the most important skill for opening doors to students. As a winner of the 2000 Interlochen Concerto Competition, I had my orchestral debut that year with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at 16. Following that, I have given concerts all over the U.S., some parts of Mexico, Malmo and Stockholm, Sweden, and in Copenhagen, Denmark. Having become keenly interested in technology and recording engineering, I have produced many CD's for renowned artists, such as Joseph Banowetz, Jose Feghali, Mike Morey, Paul Tuntland Sanchez and Vladimir Ashkenazy. I also worked for two years as the recording engineer for the Fort Worth symphony, where I was exposed to dozens of symphonic scores and new works, and was able to study them while I was preparing the recordings for radio broadcast. My interests expanded even further when I became interested in the study of memory. I felt that I was still a slower learner, and wanted to counteract this. Having taken up research into the functions of memory and retention, I became a student who, instead of spending 6 months perfecting a Haydn or Beethoven sonata, could learn a monster piece of music like the Ravel Trio and perform it within 9 days (recordings available). It's these methods that I offer to my students, in full confidence that any of you could surpass my own efforts, given time and focus. Anyone with an Xbox will quickly learn that I'm an avid gamer, and I am exploring using games in the fields of epistemology; i.e. using the naturally evolved need for socio-mental stimulation and the non-linear metaphor presented in games to affect the individual's study of rational and critical thinking. Like D. Hofstadter, I believe that analogy-making is at the core of intelligence. I run a music discussion and performance stream several days out of the week, so students will be invited and encouraged to participate with my general viewership, which is usually around 30 - 50 people per stream. This is the perfect time to discuss things with myself and my community in an informal, personal setting at no additional cost. *** Lesson Details *** Music is a tool for the discovery of critical thinking as well as an art, i.e. an excellent way to ready your mind for nearly all problem solving and learning. Most great polymaths are musicians. Even if you have been a prior music student, I will be able to help you advance your practice technique far beyond its current potential; my methods are unorthodox but carefully developed. For younger students, I prefer parental involvement in lessons. The parent of a student will have more influence on their progress on a weekly basis than I can. They will be asked not only to help the student practice, but to help them practice correctly. The results of this approach can be profound. For these reasons, I ask that the parents follow the student's progress so that they can provide support for the 6 days of the week that I do not get to see the student. I tailor my curriculum to the student, their learning habits and interests. I draw from a wide variety of curriculum, as well as sometimes writing original pieces that focus on areas that need focus. Lastly, the most important part of studying music is the joy of music itself. I do my very best to make sure that lessons and practice are both fun and engaging, as well as productive. Important Note: Right now I am only teaching classical music for voice. That doesn't mean that I am not willing to supplement lessons with other styles, but classical vocal training and technique is universally applicable and should be the pop or rock vocalist's foundation regardless. Please only sign up for voice with me if you are prepared to study primarily classical repertoire. Broadway songs are also acceptable. *** Studio Equipment *** Steinway Concert Grand *** Specialties *** I specialize in training memory, technique, artistic sensitivity and the development of a musical/mathematical mind. I am familiar with many methods and use them where appropriate. I will find out how you learn best and tailor lessons accordingly. Lessons with me are very fun and challenging.

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Matt B.
Denton, Texas
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I study and teach a number of diverse subjects, from nutrition to logic, and from literature to genomics, though I am fundamentally a concert pianist. I love learning, and I love sharing and developing the tools for learning. When one deals with words as symbols, one deals with the mind. I focus on the expansion of symbolic usage, with an emphasis on cognition and analogies. Please check out my other subjects. For my musical background, please keep reading. I began as a self-taught pianist at age 12, and from ages 14 to the present I have had the experience of studying with some of the most phenomenal teachers of this generation. George Katz, former chair of the Drake University Piano Department and student of the legendary artists Alfred Cortot and Marguerite Long; Jerome Lowenthal, also a student of Cortot (and William Kapell) and former chair of the Julliard piano department, and Jose Feghali, winner of the 1985 Cliburn Gold Medal have been my most influential teachers. From them, I learned how to learn, how to teach, and how to teach learning, which I believe is the most important skill for opening doors to students. As a winner of the 2000 Interlochen Concerto Competition, I had my orchestral debut that year with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at 16. Following that, I have given concerts all over the U.S., some parts of Mexico, Malmo and Stockholm, Sweden, and in Copenhagen, Denmark. Having become keenly interested in technology and recording engineering, I have produced many CD's for renowned artists, such as Joseph Banowetz, Jose Feghali, Mike Morey, Paul Tuntland Sanchez and Vladimir Ashkenazy. I also worked for two years as the recording engineer for the Fort Worth symphony, where I was exposed to dozens of symphonic scores and new works, and was able to study them while I was preparing the recordings for radio broadcast. My interests expanded even further when I became interested in the study of memory. I felt that I was still a slower learner, and wanted to counteract this. Having taken up research into the functions of memory and retention, I became a student who, instead of spending 6 months perfecting a Haydn or Beethoven sonata, could learn a monster piece of music like the Ravel Trio and perform it within 9 days (recordings available). It's these methods that I offer to my students, in full confidence that any of you could surpass my own efforts, given time and focus. Anyone with an Xbox will quickly learn that I'm an avid gamer, and I am exploring using games in the fields of epistemology; i.e. using the naturally evolved need for socio-mental stimulation and the non-linear metaphor presented in games to affect the individual's study of rational and critical thinking. Like D. Hofstadter, I believe that analogy-making is at the core of intelligence. I run a music discussion and performance stream several days out of the week, so students will be invited and encouraged to participate with my general viewership, which is usually around 30 - 50 people per stream. This is the perfect time to discuss things with myself and my community in an informal, personal setting at no additional cost. *** Lesson Details *** Music is a tool for the discovery of critical thinking as well as an art, i.e. an excellent way to ready your mind for nearly all problem solving and learning. Most great polymaths are musicians. Even if you have been a prior music student, I will be able to help you advance your practice technique far beyond its current potential; my methods are unorthodox but carefully developed. For younger students, I prefer parental involvement in lessons. The parent of a student will have more influence on their progress on a weekly basis than I can. They will be asked not only to help the student practice, but to help them practice correctly. The results of this approach can be profound. For these reasons, I ask that the parents follow the student's progress so that they can provide support for the 6 days of the week that I do not get to see the student. I tailor my curriculum to the student, their learning habits and interests. I draw from a wide variety of curriculum, as well as sometimes writing original pieces that focus on areas that need focus. Lastly, the most important part of studying music is the joy of music itself. I do my very best to make sure that lessons and practice are both fun and engaging, as well as productive. Important Note: Right now I am only teaching classical music for voice. That doesn't mean that I am not willing to supplement lessons with other styles, but classical vocal training and technique is universally applicable and should be the pop or rock vocalist's foundation regardless. Please only sign up for voice with me if you are prepared to study primarily classical repertoire. Broadway songs are also acceptable. *** Studio Equipment *** Steinway Concert Grand *** Specialties *** I specialize in training memory, technique, artistic sensitivity and the development of a musical/mathematical mind. I am familiar with many methods and use them where appropriate. I will find out how you learn best and tailor lessons accordingly. Lessons with me are very fun and challenging.

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I’m having a great time learning piano from Matt. I started with zero understanding of music and had never touched any musical instrument before. Matt is an awesome teacher: very knowledgeable, experienced, patient, and respectful. If you are still in doubt, stop thinking, and just do it!

Posted May 2, 2022

Great Instruction Technique I've been working with Matt for a few months now and he has really helped me step up my understanding of best practices, chords / scales, music theory and improvisation techniques. I have been extremely impressed with the wealth of knowledge that he possesses. Definitely recommend him to anyone looking to enhance your piano playing abilities.

Posted Mar 12, 2014

Excellent Singing Coach Matt is a wonderful singing coach. He has a great understanding of music theory. He made me feel comforable right from the beginning, and I had not had a lesson in over 15 years. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

Posted Jul 5, 2013
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Instructor details
Piano
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Windstream St.
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$40
45 minutes
$58
60 minutes
$75
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30