Matt Bowers

Matt B.

Denton, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

About Matt B.

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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Alex W.

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
Colleen W.

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
Karen E.

Best teacher ever!

I've been taking lessons from Matt for a couple of years now and have performed in 2 recitals. The recitals Matt offers are an excellent motivator for reaching goals and growing my skill level. I'm very pleased with my progress and so appreciate Matt's attention to detail and his encouragement.

Posted May 3, 2013
Whitney H.

Well worth the time and money.

Matt's lessons made a world of difference in my daughter's ability to project her voice and her confidence. Her school teachers said that whatever we had done was well worth the money - the improvement was immediate and impressive.

Posted Oct 18, 2012
RubenM

Student

Very good music teacher. I'm currently please with his teaching method.

Posted Jun 15, 2012
OksanaW

Great piano teacher!

Very professioanal and very patient. Would recommend him for any level piano player.

Posted May 14, 2012
SallyL

The best voice teacher we've had!

Kyle has learned more in 2 lessons than in his previous 4 years of singing. Matt has a way of relating to my teenage son while still challenging him. He is candid and extremely knowledegable. If I could give Matt 6 stars, I would!

Posted Mar 30, 2012
JeffreyL

Great Teacher!!

Matt B's knowledge of music and the craft of singing is extraordinary. He will be able to cater to all levels. He has helped improve my confidence and practice routine. I would highly recommend him for voice and piano

Posted Mar 7, 2012
JeoffriD

Experienced, Versatile, and Well-Mannered Instructor

Matt is so well rounded it is phenomenal. He is able to patiently approach and explain the music from multiple perspectives. Lessons can be VERY expensive. I believe I am getting an amazing deal while working with him. Lessons are pleasant but focused--better level of chit chat than some instructors (remember you're paying for this time). He makes sure the basics are covered and moves forward when he feels you have grasped them. He does an amazing job of listening to vocals and interpreting what is taking place physically to form the sounds. This allows him to give some very beneficial feedback that will help anyone who is in tune with his body to quickly correctly their breathing or vowel formations. Though he does train in more of a classical style, he can easily relate the music theory to all the popular singers we hear today. In short, I strongly recommend Matt with no reservations.

Posted Jan 7, 2012
KelvinM

Encouraging teacher

My daughter Natalie has been taking piano lessons with Matt for a month now and she has really enjoyed working with Matt. He is very knowlegable, patient and thorough in teaching piano. I am happy to have him. Wished we live a bit closer to his studio.

Posted Dec 17, 2011
CharlotteR

Great Piano Teacher

Matt is a great piano teacher (and an awesome pianist!). I have already learned more in the first 4 weeks than I had learned in the prior 2 years!

Posted Sep 26, 2011
NeenaB

Wonderful instructor.

Posted Jun 6, 2011
ErnestoB

Awesome

This guy is awesome I never thought I could improve as fast as I did for an x factor audition. He gave me structure and a base ground to start from. I'm looking forward to continue to work the him again Matt has change my view of music

Posted May 28, 2011
CatherineC1

Vocals

Just Because ~ This weekend a group of friends I havent seen in 10 years flew in to visit. I was asked to sing a favorite song of ours in a crowd of people. The group I was with showered me with compliments of astonishment at how much stronger and contolled my vocals were...and that was without a warm up ;)Needless to say, it was an awesome reunion weekend. Thank You Matt!

Posted May 2, 2011
CavanC

Amazing teacher

In my one year with Matt I have progressed much more than I had with any other teacher. His ability to tailor a curriculum to a student's individual needs makes lessons fun and engaging, and prospective students will surely learn as quickly and as accurately as I have.

Posted Apr 30, 2011
JanciS

I have greatly enjoyed my time with Matt as my piano instructor. I had never played the piano before and he was very patient and tailored the lesson in a way that would interst me and be easy for me to underdstand. Matt also became a good friend of mine, and I recommend him to anyone who's looking to learn or increase their skill in the subjects he offers.

Posted Apr 12, 2011
paulab

i love working with him is really good

Posted Jan 22, 2011
FabianF

One of best instructors I've had

Matt is a great instructor. His feedback is very helpful and is key in helping me progress, and his encouragement makes me feel more comfortable behind the piano. I recommend him

Posted Jan 20, 2011
KarenE

Getting to the next level

Matt's instruction has allowed me to start moving to the next level in playing piano, which, for me, it to connect the technical with the art of making music. His encouragement is key in making me feel more confident about what I'm doing and about making further progress. Each lesson is a great experience and much fun.

Posted Nov 21, 2010
JulieH2

Singing Lessons

Matt takes his time with my son and is quick to praise and forgiving of mistakes. He is an excellent teacher and I highly recommend him .

Posted Oct 31, 2010

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