- Teaches students:
- Ages 6+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- March 2011
I have been privately trained for 18 years by highly acclaimed teachers around the region. I also record as a studio musician and perform regularly.
I am very passionate about creating and teaching music, and I bring that energy and enthusiasm to every lesson I teach. Nothing is more rewarding to me than seeing a student play the song he or she has been longing to play.
*** Lesson Details ***
Learning an instrument should be fun! We will start with the basics, but learn songs as we go along to keep lessons fresh. I am very laid back and will never yell at you to practice, but every student should know that learning begins and ends with them.
I understand that every student is different. and every student has a different set of goals they are looking to accomplish. I would not teach a 5 year old the same way I would teach a 35 year old. That being said, my students can expect to learn proper theory, technique, and will learn how to apply it.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a my guitar and music stand for guitar lessons, but would expect my students to have a keyboard or piano.
*** Specialties ***
My method depends on the age of the student, but I believe it is important to keep lessons interesting and fun. I use the Suzuki Method for piano and specialize in classical piano. I am also proficient at rock, pop, and blues. Before learning the songs the student wants, we have to go through the necessary theory. The books I use have fun songs within them to keep the learning interesting.
For guitar, I like to focus on what the student likes, then mold my style to their preference in music. We will learn the names of the notes and chords, and I do stress the importance of scales, but I like to teach the songs the student wants to learn. I split the lesson in half. Half theory and scales, half learning a new song or jamming. If the student is very young, I like to use a book, but I do not find them necessary with the older students, unless the student requests it.
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Matt taught our three children piano while he lived in Cleveland and came to our home weekly. He was always timely, friendly, communicated any changes or requests well, was prepared and absolutely kind and patient. Our kids were learning songs they wanted to play, as well as continuing their theory and ability to read music. He has the experience of classical training but the relaxed vibe that comes from being a young guy in a band. My kids thought he was very cool; they all enjoyed their time with Matt.
When he moved and we tried a different teacher, the joy was gone. One of my sons missed Matt and his teaching so much, he stopped playing all together. We reached out to Matt last month and were THRILLED to learn he is now offering online lessons from NY. We jumped at the chance to return to piano with Matt.
Can't recommend him highly enough. His love of music and of sharing that joy with others is half of what makes him a gem. His patience, gentle nature and gift for seeing the person inside the "kid" set him apart.