Matthew Haller

Matthew H.

Lake Stevens, WA

About Matthew H.

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Matthew teaches: Ages 4 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 1988
Last sign in: Yesterday


Hi.. My name is Matt. I'm a very energetic, friendly, understanding & passionate music coach who has worked with students & clientele throughout the US. Possessing more than 25 years of music training & music industry experience, I've been able to take people's Playing to amazing levels.

In my musical travels I've networked or shared the stage with many famous NW music legends:
1.) Roger Fisher- Heart-2013 Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
2.) Lynn Sorensen- Paul Rogers/Bad Co/KZOK's Spike & Impalers
3.) Donny Evola - Geoff Tate/Former Queensryche/Foghat
4.) Jeff Kathan- Paul Rogers/Bad Company/Montrose
5.) Doug Mcgrew- Geoff Tate/Former Queensryche Singer/Operation Mindcrime
6.) Update - 12/21/2016 For the last 4 months I have been playing off and on with Rudy Parris from NBC TV's "The Voice". Season 3 - Team Blake. He is an incredible musician and I'm proud to call him and his manager my friends. His new album coming out is nothing short of amazing.

In fact everyone I've mentioned above are pro all the way and great guys as well. I"m honored to have played with them.

I challenge my students to view music more than just as a "skill", but also a tool to communicate effectively and to combat life's obstacles.

I have had many guitar teachers myself including one true Famous Rock Star legend here in Pacific NW. Congrats Rog. U Earned It, & inspire myself, & others everyday.

You got to know the rules 1st, before you can then break the rules. This is how you develop your own unique style. And it's what separates the Pro Players from the rest of the pack.

But even if you don't want to play professionally, maybe you just want to learn a few chords, licks, songs, for yourself, or to impress friends. That's okay too!

I welcome every level and style. I always learn something from my students.
That's what music is all about. Learning & trading tips and licks from other musicians.

Bottom Line Is... I can help you learn and progress on your instrument faster...

Let me be the Music Coach to get you there!

*** Lesson Details ***
The most important thing in a lesson with me is to learn while having FUN! I am a very laid-back teacher who wants to focus on music making you smile. We will choose material and a pace of learning that will keep you excited to rehearse and return the following lesson improved!

PERSONALIZE your guitar lessons by learning techniques used by your favorite artists in "their" songs.
FEEL FREE learning in a comfortable atmosphere where you can excel successfully as a musician!
CONQUER shyness and insecurities by unleashing the dynamic performer in you!

Most All Styles/Genres/Experience Levels Taught - We go over everything systematically. Music Theory, Songwriting, Chords, Scales, Determining Key Of Songs, Performance, etc

After 3 to 6 months, you should expect to be playing some of your favorite songs and artists accurately

Be sure to check out some of my you tube demos. Let me be the Music Coach to get you there!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Sound Proof Pro Recording Studio, PA System, guitars, basses, amps, drums, recording gear, mics, mic stands, strobe & lights, fog machine, seating for parents.

Sorry No Disco Ball Yet.. You Can Bring Your Own If You Want Though.
I've Got Some Bell Bottoms Somewhere Around The Studio Here.

*** Travel Equipment ***
*** Brand New*** Now Offering Music Lessons Online (From My Recording Studio To Your Home via Skype)
I'm really excited to add that to offer lessons online through TakeLessons! It's a great thing to get to work with students all over this country and I'm looking forward to help pioneer the future of music lessons!

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

My Unique Specialty - is teaching students the rudimental basics 1st, & then how to copy your favorite artists off the CD, radio or iPod, almost note for note. Believe me, it can be done. You just have to know what to listen for..

Brand New - MEASURE your success by recording your music progress along the way. I do own a recording studio, so we can record students progress via audio or video and then post to my YouTube channel.

Photos and Videos

Hanging with Members of the legendary Van Halen! Pro All The Way!


Rhythm Guitarist Plus Backup Vocals

Jul 2015 - Jan 2016
Rudy Parris & Friends Band

Just recently have been playing rhythm guitar with Rudy Parris from
NBC TV's - The Voice. (Go Team Blake)
The Rudy Parris & Friends Band
(Thanks Rudy & Jacob)

SuperAffiliate Internet Marketer

Jan 2000 - Jul 2015

As extra income, I started my own successful Internet Marketing Business in 2000. I sell other peoples products online for a nice commission. I'm very good at this and have been working part time from home or a bus, and making full time income with it. It allows me to choose who I work with, and what hours I choose to work. I started coaching others how to legitimately do this about a year or so ago. I Still do affiliate marketing to this day. More as part time now.

Rhythm & Lead Guitars/Bass/Singing/Drums

Jan 1993 - Jun 2015

I have been in and out of various bands and done studio work since 1993 to present.
I have played, recorded & taught music professionally since around 1998.

Promotions Assistant

Jan 1992 - Dec 1992
Warner Elektra Atlantic Records Seattle WA

Here is where I continued after my job at KXRX radio.
Here, I continued to network with industry insiders as well as professional working musicians and here is where I decided to go into music as a performer full time. I have been studying, performing and teaching music ever since. & I have played with some amazing performers.
I love Teaching Music Because Of The Confidence It Instills In My Students, Not Just In Music, But In The Handling Of Life's Many Obstacles..

Promotions Marketer

Jan 1990 - Dec 1991
KXRX Radio - 96.5 fm

This is where I started working right out of college, met some great professional music talent and started networking for my my own music career.


Bachelors Degree in Communications

Jan 1987 - Aug 1991
Washington State University

Bachelors in Communication

Jan 1987 - Aug 1991
Washington State University - Edward R Murrow School of Communications

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency
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45 Reviews on Matthew H.

Reilly May 20, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Matthew seems great so far. Looking forward to upcoming lessons.
Melissa M. May 4, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I was nervous about a new instructor because I am learning bass as an adult, but Matthew totally made me feel comfortable right from the start. He's flexible and able to tailor lessons to my interest and to work on the things I would like to learn. I would definitely recommend Matthew as a teacher!
Mohamed May 2, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Excellent lesson and teacher.
Ashlin W. Apr 16, 2016
Web Analytics · Online
Verified Student
I had an awesome first lesson with Matt he definitely exceeded my expectations. I paid for a 30min session and received an entire 1 1/2 hour info session full of valuable information. Matt is extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the subject and I feel like I am learning from someone that not only can talk the talk, but also walk the walk. If our first session is any indication of how the rest of our sessions will go, then I will be signing up for more lessons.
He is informative thorough prompt and respectable. I could not have asked for a better instruct for my first time on take lessons. Thanks Matt and I look forward to our future lessons.
Senal Apr 10, 2016
Drum · In studio
Matthew is a fantastic instructor and he has a lot of patients. I am a new drummer and he thought me and my two boys on how to drum and now after about a year we can actually enjoy drumming and we are having a blast. My older has special needs and I am so impressed that he will actually come and play the drums on his own now which would have never happened without Matthews teaching. My younger boy is doing so well too. We will continue to take lesson even with our busy schedules since we really enjoy our lessons with Matthew. Thank you Matthew.
Katya V. Mar 21, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Matthew is a great and compassionate teacher who makes me look forward to every lesson. I know a lot of songs on the guitar now and I feel confident on the guitar thanks to Matthew. If you're looking for a kind and great teacher, this guy is for you! :)
Katya V. Mar 21, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Matthew is an amazing Teacher and I look forward to each of our lessons. I know more songs on the guitar than ever before! If you are looking for a compassionate and understanding teacher, Matthew Haller is the one for you!
Phillip Ybarra Feb 28, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Matthew is a great teacher. My son is enjoying his experience and natural ability to teach. He is having a blast.
Isabella V. Feb 19, 2016
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
My 7 year old daughter is a first time Harmonica player and my wife and I are not musically inclined at all! Matthew is excellent, by the end of our first session she could understand notes and chords, which were all foreign to us before we started. After our very first lesson, my daughter was able to play Low Rider well enough to where the common ear could hear it. Bottom line is he is patient and and takes time to explain and my daughter loves it so that is the biggest win.
Jareht Feb 4, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Mathew has a very approachable way of teaching music theory and it's application. He has a wealth of knowledge which is evident in how he speaks to me( his student), his accomplishments, and how his lesson plans are laid out. I have attended many other tutors where the curriculum was dull and uncomprehensive. With Matthew he took the time to find out who and what I liked and aspired to sing like, then made a tailored plan allowing me to sing songs that I want to. Matthew takes an approach that simplifies theory and makes it fun. I look forward to more lessons with him, and will look into guitar lessons with him as well

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