Matthew Haller

Matthew H.

Lake Stevens, WA

About Matthew H.

Background check: Last verified 06/21/2016
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Matthew teaches: Ages 4 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 1988
Last sign in: Today

Overview

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!

Experience

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
Myself

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
Myself

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.

Education

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

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency
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57 Reviews on Matthew H.

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Sergei B. Dec 3, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My grandson Serge was the one who took his first guitar lesson. He had a lot of fun and was able to learn his first song.Matthew is an excellent teacher!
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kim Dec 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
The very first lesson i learned great tips and info that he made so easy to understand and practice. Great teacher.
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Suzanna Nov 16, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Matthew has been a great teacher for my 16 year old son for the past few months. He is attentive to my son and is passionate about music and teaching.
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Italo P. Oct 17, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable. Clearly been teaching for a long time as the lesson plan is very fluid and very efficient. Makes fantastic metaphor comparisons to make musical theory make sense. Will definitely return for extensive lessons.
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Jeff S. Oct 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent - looking forward to more lessons!!
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Viola Sep 21, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Matthew is a great instructor. He weaves together Theory and practical application seamlessly. A lot is covered in a short time.
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Ross Sep 8, 2016
WordPress · Online
Verified Student
Matthew is great, He goes way above what I expected. He takes the time to research the themes for any issues. I would recommend 150%..

My main issue was sizing fonts, which sounds easy but my theme had an issue.
He spent his own time to correct the issue. He also is very helpful at getting you to see the total site to create a cohesive website.
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Cynthia Sep 5, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Very interactive with student, and makes learning guitar easy and simple. Guitar is made fun for the student, and allows student to learn quickly.
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Doug Aug 7, 2016
WordPress · Online
Verified Student
I have been looking for 3 years for someone to give me the one on one guidance to help me run and update my webpages without a web designer. Matt is the man!!!
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Samantha Jul 6, 2016
Singing · In studio
Matt is extremely patient with new singers. He effectively critiques while providing honest and encouraging feedback. He is a goof ball in the best way. I like how he makes sure I understand everything he teaches me so that I don't get confused. He is very calming when I make a mistake and he always reminds me that everyone will make one and that the show must go on!
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