Matthew Keating

Matthew K.

New York, NY
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About

Matthew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 13+

Teaching since:
June 2002

I have been playing professionally for over 30 years and have taught for over 10. I am proficient on keyboards, guitar, bass, ukelele, as well as lead and harmony vocals and songwriting. My focus is on developing your musical intuition through ear training, and accessing the music within. I have a home recording studio to help with the learning process. I provide a fun, safe, non-critical environment where you can access your inner musician in the most enjoyable way possible.

Many of my students have gone onto become prolific songwriters and musicians and have recorded albums. Even beginners can learn quickly from my method which emphasizes techniques for keeping learning music fun.

My 10th CD was released last year on Sojourn Records and was featured as NPR song of the day. Over the years my music has received much critical acclaim as I have continued to tour the world. I have opened for legends such as David Bowie, Ron Sexsmith, Robyn Hitchcock, Morphine, Bob Mould, Freedy Johnston, among many others. I have produced over a dozen albums by other artists and songwriters, and composed for major motion pictures including last years film, WON’T BACK DOWN starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

“In a career spanning more than 20 years, he has established himself as one of America's great under-the-radar songwriters. Had he emerged five decades back, he might have been a Tin Pan Alley stalwart, turning out intelligent, accessible songwriting with the clockwork genius of and Gary Goffin. His work is rife with the clever, incisive tunefulness that marked that era.”-- National Public Radio




*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to discover or re-discover their love for music and and their own natural musical inclinations. Many students report an increased sense of joy and possibility in their own lives. Curriculum depends on level of student, but is focused on being able to play favorite songs, develop comfort and ease in playing style, and accessing creativity and originality in approach. After 3 to 6 months working with me, most students can feel comfortable calling themselves a musician!

*** Specialties ***
I teach mainly guitar, keyboards, ukelele, and voice from beginning up to intermediate. I try to incorporate songwriting into the process as i find that it speeds up the process and helps to encourage enthusiasm and a more focused effort and better results. I am fluent in most styles but come from a folk, rock, country, pop background. I also have a home studio and use recording techniques to develop style and vocal ability.

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Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jul 1988

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

15 Reviews

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Joan T. May 12, 2017
Ukulele · In studio

Matt is a great teacher and super talented musician! I really enjoy learning from a musician that plays multiple instruments. His teaching method is innovative and fun yet easy to understand. I've taken 2 lessons from him so far and already felt more confident. He is encouraging and can't wait to learn more from him!

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Bill S. Mar 15, 2017
Piano · In studio

Excellent instructor. He explained music theory in a way I could understand.

He gave me exercises I could practice at home.

Kathleen S. Feb 23, 2017
Ukulele · In home

very knowledgable, yet relaxed-,he gave me the right amount to practice so I did not feel over whelmed

Kate Jan 28, 2017
Ukulele · In home

Cool cool

Linda Dec 28, 2016
Harmonica · In studio

Matt has a wonderful ability to to understand my needs as a beginning harmonica student. We had an email exchange prior to the lesson which allowed me to describe my goals and music experience so our first lesson was very focused and productive. Matt is very skilled at structuring the lesson so that it matched my learning style and I was able to make progress very quickly. I came away learning so much about how to play harmonica that I now have the tools to continue on my own. Matt is a wonderful teacher-friendly, up-beat, enthusiastic and a great motivator.

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Robert Nov 28, 2016
Music Performance · In home

Excellent!

Linda Nov 17, 2016
Harmonica · In home

very skilled, upbeat-good grasp of my needs

David S. Nov 5, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Fantastic instructor. I've taken other lessons and when you're learning from Matt you can tell that you're learning from a musician. He's unbelievably talented and is able to transfer that ability to his instruction. You learn things on the guitar that only a musician can teach you...things you wouldn't learn anywhere else.

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David Oct 27, 2016
Guitar · In home

Matthew is a great combination of skilled instructor and cool dude! Even with a beginner the lessons feel like fun jam sessions with him. He knows how to get you playing right away and sneaks some theory in before you know it ;-)

Karen Jul 16, 2016
Ukulele · In home

I am so glad that I decided to take ukulele lessons with Matt! He always makes lessons fun and informative. By the second lesson we were jammin' together! Matt took great care to tailor the lessons to my learning style and beginner level.

I would highly recommend Matt to anyone looking to learn an instrument.

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Mark May 13, 2016
Piano · In studio

Matt was great. Good knowledge and friendly guy. I've definitely improved fairly dramatically from 5 lessons. I went for a specific technique and Matt helped me accomplish my goal.

Savananh Dec 18, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

Savannah was very happy with her lessons. She learned new techniques and the proper sized instruments.

Savananh Dec 18, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

Savannah was very happy with her lessons. She learned new techniques and the proper sized instruments.

William H V. Apr 14, 2014
Ukulele ·

It was a musical experiance, not a boring lesson

His goal was to make it a fun experience while simultaneously practicing and learning about music theory. He had us making original songs on the second day.

John S. Aug 28, 2013
Ukulele ·

great inspiration

Matthew is a great teacher. He listened to my specific needs and ways of thinking. He molded our lessons around my beginner ways and helped me learn and grow in a personal way.
I now feel confident in moving forward with my Ukelele playing and learning new songs.

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