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. Like Douglas Hofstadter, I believe that analogies are the core of cognition. 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. These include 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, 1985 Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist. 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 in several U.S. states, 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 studied dozens of new and old orchestral works while 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. *** 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.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 1999
Teaches ages 12+
Has background check
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!
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.
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.