Matthew Dotson
Alhambra, CA
Matthew Dotson

Matthew D.

Alhambra, CA
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About Matthew D.

I'm a lifelong music-lover with a PhD in music composition and over 15 years of experience in composition. I have over 10 years performance experience with guitar, bass and electronics and 6 years of teaching experience including guitar, bass, piano, theory, and electronic music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take a very student-centered approach and tailor each lesson to the student. My breadth of knowledge and experience is very wide and bound to include some overlap with my student's. This is where I start from with my non-beginning students, from here we will move into territory that may be less familiar. With beginners I take a very patient and careful approach. The first major roadblock the student will face is the mere physicality of the instrument. It is a very physically difficult instrument to play and I like to take a good month or so to physically acclimate to the instrument. After this we will move into one of a few different books, depending on the student. As the student advances, more weekly tasks are added to practice time beginning with simple reading exercises and moving into chords, scales, and tune-reading.

Lessons in theory, composition, and electronic music tend to take a slightly different track since there is less of a learning curve with those subjects. For all three it is possible to get our hands dirty much quicker and immediately jump into the material. However, mastery of these subjects tends to take much, much longer...I aim to foster in the student an attitude of continuous growth and exploration in all areas, but this is particularly important with composition and theoretical knowledge.

*** Specialties ***
I am well-versed in all of the essentials of guitar and bass. I also have a ton of experience with composition, music technology and music theory.

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