Matthew Kelly

Matthew K.

Fort Collins, CO
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
As Saxophone is my main instrument I have the most to offer.

Learn how to get a great tone, have great style, and learn any song you want.

Sight-Reading, Theory and Improvisation.

Technique and Articulation.

Learn the stylization of Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock and R&B sax playing.

Also teach Jazz improvisation.
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Matthew teaches



Matthew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 9+

Teaching since:
June 2005

Matthew grew up in Austin, TX attending the Waldorf School and playing music of various styles on saxophone and guitar. For his musical education, he took 8 years of private lessons starting at age 12.

His first teacher was Billy Green aka Wil Greenstreet who currently plays a residency atop the Empire State Building. Green taught guitar and saxophone lessons to Kelly back to back and unleashed a powerful passion for music within. When Green moved to NY, Kelly was refered to Scott McIntosh, a world-traveled saxophonist and arranger from Quebec. For Kelly that was when it got real..

After 5 years of jazz theory and saxophone lessons with McIntosh, Matthew was invited to join a funk band in High School and the band's SXSW showcase at the old Alligator Grill was the beginning of his musical career.

Over the past 12 years Kelly has gone on to play with a long list of different ensembles across many state lines.

At age 19 he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and once there studied under virtuoso saxophonist Joshua Smith and master guitarist Andy Tran.

Kelly found a residency with a local San Jose group and did six months with The Craig Robinson Blues Band while he was gaining music students and slowly transitioning into a full-time music life. He also played with Lowfat an established Bay Area original dance band, was hired by the Darell Patrick Jazz Ensemble for private events and recorded for The Jake Makey Band before moving to Colorado in search of a higher chance of musical success paired with a lower cost of living.

In Fort Collins, CO Matthew sat in as a guest artist regularly with local jazz pianist Mark Sloniker at his residency at Jay's Bistro. Busking paid very well and helped keep the bills paid. Then Kelly could pursue playing 2 instruments in an original jam band The Hot Coal.

While in Fort Collins Kelly gave 6 months of guitar lessons to 2016 Scene Magazine coveree Elise Wunder to help her accomplish her performance goals. Today she travels the world playing her amazing original music.

In 2011 Matthew felt the need to return home. Knowing Austin is the real place to share the music and being from here, he rode his bicycle back here and eventually found the musical projects that he plays in today.

Continental Drift
Bourgeois Mystics

To hear Matthew's guitar playing and bass guitar approach visit his Soundcloud.

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Private Music Instructor
Mar 2010 - Present
Matthew K.'s Private Music Lessons

I have been teaching Guitar, Saxophone and Bass lessons independently for the past 4 years in San Francisco, Fort Collins and Austin. I teach the way that Andy Tran showed me to help my students make their own discoveries. This way they learn much faster than I did before I met him.

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Private Music Instructor
Oct 2008 - Mar 2010
Exploring Music

Taught 20 students for 1 year at a music store in San Jose, CA. Eventually I went independent to provide my students with a fully sound-proofed facility.


Fully Compitant Musician
Jul 1998 - Present

Photos & Videos

Performing Solstice Fest at the Mohawk with Continental Drift

Playing "Letters" with the Matthew Ian Band
Playing Bass in the studio with Mockingbird Blue

Most of our band photo of Mockingbird Blue sans our awesome bass, banjo and mandolin player, Mike D.

Playing FOCOMX music festival with Colorado jam band The Hot Coal.

Playing Guitar in The Hot Coal for FOCOMX music festival.

Photo by Matthew K.

Matthew Ian's "Sanity" recorded live at the Beal St. Lounge
Performing with Bourgeois Mystics on the Crash Alchemy stage


4 Reviews

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Jensen May 31, 2017
Saxophone · In home

so far good

Earnell Jan 11, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

Just had my first lesson with Matt and had to come home and immediately write about it. Matt is a fantastic teacher with loads of music knowledge. He truly has a soul for music and can easily break down complicated musical teachings to a beginner level. He is extremely talented and personable and I cannot wait for my next lesson. I have not felt this excited about playing in along time and a lot of this excitement is due to how much learned in my first session with Matt and how much more I have to look forward to. Matt is a true musician in every since of the word and I highly recommend him to anyone that wants more than just to learn how to play notes but learn to play soulful, beautiful music of any genre.

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Chiaki Williams May 23, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

I recommend Matt to be your music teacher.
He's nice, chill, fun, easy to talk to, flexible...

I learned so much from his lessons because he can come down to beginners level.
The way he explains things are simple and easy to understand even I didn't have any music background.

I really enjoyed lessons from him. If my time works out, I would love to come back to his class again!

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Joseph M. Sep 9, 2015
Saxophone · In home

I enoyed my initial lesson with Matt. Looking forward toward my next.

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