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Matthew Cochran

Matthew C.

Rochester, NY

About Matthew C.

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Matthew teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: 1999
Last sign in: Within two months

Overview

I have over 17 years of joyous experience teaching all sorts of students from beginning to advanced guitar, songwriting, audio engineering, and music theory. I’ve been Professor of Guitar at Darton State College, and on faculty at Bainbridge College, Finger Lakes Community College, and Palmer Trinity School. I've performed in classical, folk, singer-songwriter, and jazz outfits for over 15 years, in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to coffee shops. My most recent CD is a project of original songs and compositions called "Vapor Trail from a Paper Plane", and was called a "Masterpiece" by Americana legend Grant Peeples, and No Depression raved “[the] pure emotive quality of Cochran’s music pulls you into its embrace and empties your heart with every sigh…artfulness in composition is almost a trademark of Cochran’s work.” I have a doctorate in guitar from Florida State University, and a Master's and Bachelor's in Guitar from the Eastman School of Music.

Photos and Videos

An original composition for voice and guitar called "Little Bird"

Experience

Freelance Guitarist/Composer

Jan 2008 - Present
Gleefully Self-Employed

Primary booking agent, publicist, and web designer for Matthew C. Singer-Songwriter, Tantalus Guitar Quartet, and the Old Toad Guitar Duo. Contacted presenters, arranged travel, negotiated fees, maintained budget, prepared taxes, sound engineer and digital editing for four commercial CD’s, composed, recorded, and performed scores for “The Drowning Girls” and commercial projects for New York Times, Pampers, National Public Radio, BBC4, and CBRE.

Assistant Professor of Guitar

Aug 2012 - May 2014
Darton State College

Teaching responsibilities include: Applied Guitar for music majors (MUSC 2211/2212), Applied Guitar for non-majors (MUSC 1110/1111), Guitar Ensemble (MUSC 1152), Sight Singing and Ear Training (MUSC 1172). Designed and implemented online Music Appreciation and Ear Training courses. Designed and implemented the Darton Music Academy: a pre-college preparatory program for Southwest GA region. Other responsibilities include: Academic advising and student registration, organization of weekly student recital (programming, stage management, accompaniment, etc), Faculty and Staff Affairs Committee.

Adjunct Professor of Guitar

Aug 2007 - May 2012
Darton State College

Courses taught: Music Appreciation (MUSC 1100), Ear Training (MUSC 1172), Applied Guitar for music majors (MUSC 2211/2212) Applied Guitar for non-majors (MUSC 1110/1111), Beginning Music Theory (MUSC 2201), Advanced Music Theory (MUSC 2202), First Year Experience (DART 1000).

Guitar Instructor

Aug 2005 - Jun 2007
Palmer Trinity School

Responsible for program, curriculum, concert schedule, recruitment, and travel for 60-student pre-college classical guitar program grades 7-12. Taught five daily classes, served on grade-level committee and professional development task force. Oversight for Palmer Trinity Commission Project for New Music for Guitar Ensemble, administrative and budgetary oversight of instrument purchases and various projects. Co-directed jazz and pep bands. Conducted first-prize winners for Guitar Ensemble at Music Fest Competition in Orlando.

Education

Doctor of Music in Guitar Performance and Literature

Aug 2001 - May 2006
Florida State Univerity

Master of Music in Guitar Performance and Literature

Aug 1999 - May 2001
Eastman School of Music

Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance and Literature

Aug 1995 - May 1999
Eastman School of Music

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency
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6 Reviews on Matthew C.

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Cole Mar 6, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Matt was my first real guitar teacher after several years of self-instruction. Since I've studied with Matt, I've continued my studies at the University level and participated in masterclasses with world-class teachers. Still, when I think of an effective teacher, Matt is always the first to come to mind. He's got a wide knowledge base that allows him to appeal to every student, and is such a relaxed and approachable guy. When learning guitar from Matt, one also learns about performance etiquette, professionalism, and music in general. Matt is both a great musician and a fantastic teacher; working with him is a heck of an opportunity!
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Chandler Mar 6, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Matt was the first real guitar teacher I had ever had. Getting the chance to learn from him was an incredible experience. I was already a guitar player but not a classical guitarist. He took me from being a normal guitarist and turned me into a passionate musician. I can honestly say that he is the reason I continue to pursue music and study where I do now. I will forever be thankful for his teaching, support, mentorship, and friendship. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to pursue music.
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Erik Mar 3, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
I must say that Matt is the greatest teacher I could have asked for.

I had a brain injury back in 2006 and had to endure 4 months of therapy in effort to learn to walk, talk, and live again. I had major problems with my right hand and the therapy I went through greatly helped with some of my problems.

But, when I returned home and eventually was able to return to school it was then that Matt arrived at Darton and became the guitar instructor that would teach me. Matt was hard on me and even made me leave when I came to class unprepared. That was one time. I never came unprepared after that.

He taught me not just how to play great, but he also taught me how to be a studious student which made me into a better guitar player. Matt changed the way I practiced, changed my study habits for other classes, and makes me want to strive to be as good a guitar-player as he (if only I had my own classical guitar).

You will find NO better man for this position than Matt and it is my great, great honor to leave this message to tell how great of a teacher he is.
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Cullen Mar 3, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Matt is an amazing guitar teacher. I started lessons with him in the Fall of 2012 at Darton State University. I had absolutely no experience on the classical guitar. I had spent most of my life as an electric guitarist. Matt open my eyes to a whole new world of amazing music. In only a year and a half I audition for some of the top guitar schools in the country, and got in with a scholarship! Now I am in my junior year as a guitar performance major. If your on the fence about taking lessons, just do it. You won't regret it!
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Leah Mar 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Dr. Cochran is one of the best professors I have had instruct me in music to this day. From my taking his Sight Singing Ear Training class, to Guitar lessons, I learned so much and always walked away with new knowledge and a desire to learn more. Dr. Cochran is masterful at tailoring his instruction to your musical level and interests. He listens to where you are and tries to keep your personal music goals in mind in structuring lessons. He has an amazing relationship with music and works to have students build their own unique relationships as well.
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Leah Mar 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Dr. Cochran is one of the best professors I have had instruct me in music to this day. From my taking his Sight Singing Ear Training class, to Guitar lessons, I learned so much and always walked away with new knowledge and a desire to learn more. Dr. Cochran is masterful at tailoring his instruction to your musical level and interests. He listens to where you are and tries to keep your personal music goals in mind in structuring lessons. He has an amazing relationship with music and works to have students build their own unique relationships as well.