Matthew Mattera

Matthew M.

Long Beach, CA

Lesson Details



Matthew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
June 2002

Music has been a part of my life since I was 5 years old, when my father would record my brother and I singing. I always loved singing and learned many of my favorite songs as a child.

I started playing the trumpet in the 4th grade, which has led me all the way to receiving my degrees in Trumpet Performance and Music Education! I was lucky enough to attend one of the nation's top music schools, The Peabody Institute, and I now work toward my Master's degree at California State University, Long Beach. I have enjoyed performing in everything from big-band-lead to principal trumpet in the orchestra, leading brass quintets and brass ensembles, and much more! The trumpet has been a huge passion for as long as I can remember now!

While I was learning songs as a child, I decided I wanted to join a band! Now here we are 10 years later and I've have the fortune of performing as a lead singer in bands across the country, and let me tell you there is no bigger thrill than getting in-front of a crowd full of cheering fans, performing music you love.

I've also been playing the guitar for just under 10 years. Playing the guitar has been both a complete joy, but also a fantastic learning experience. I have been learning songs of my favorite artists and even written my own material,and having the opportunity to immerse myself in my favorite music and create music of my own has taught me so much more about music and being a musician. I hope to impart this experience onto all of my students.

Whether it's trumpet, voice, or guitar, I love all things music and my #1 objective is to for my students to learn how it feels to experience what music REALLY has to offer, so to you reading this, let's make some noise!

*** Lesson Details ***
For starters, understand that you're going to have a blast! Within months of working together, I'll have you playing your favorite songs, or feeling prepared for that upcoming audition. I remember what it was like to have second thoughts about auditioning and performance, and I'll make sure those thoughts are a thing of the past for you!

During our lessons, I enjoy addressing the material you have to work on, whether in school or just for your own enjoyment. At the same time, I will present music and materials of my own, and I encourage you to do the same!

I have always enjoyed learning from my students as they have learned from myself, and I could only hope to express how rewarding it is when I see a student of mine progress from week to week and achieve their own goals.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, you can be guaranteed we'll make steady progress and we will achieve your goals. Get ready to wow your friends and family!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Post-it Notes
Music Stand(s)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide utilities including music stand, metronome, some external source of pitch.

I expect the student to bring any and all assigned music/material they wish to work on. The student will also begin the lesson prepared with basic necessities, including a pencil (please, no pens) and all music assigned from prior lesson (if this is a first-lesson, bring any/all music you currently have and/or are working on). Vocal students will bring a bottle of water. Trumpet students will have their own valve oil and mouthpiece (if not originally included with your horn).

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet methods include (not limited to) Arban's, Clarke, Sachs, Rubank, Getchell, Adam, Schlossberg, Colin, Bai Lin.

For instruments outside the trumpet, methods will address school curriculum, unless student has advanced beyond provided materials.

I strongly encourage students of voice, guitar, and piano to pick material of their choosing.

Classical and rock are the genres to which I am most attracted

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Musician, trumpet
Jul 2016 - Present
Carnival of Soul

I aligned with the band leader a year and a half ago to join his blues/soul band, which has been actively and consistently performing all over Los Angeles, Hollywood, and the surrounding areas

Section member - trumpet
Jul 2016 - Present
Carnival of Soul

A blues/soul band which performs live around the Greater Los Angeles area


Master of Musical Arts - Trumpet
Aug 2008 - Aug 2011
Bob Cole Conservatory at California State Long Beach
Master of Musical Arts
Aug 2008 - May 2011
Bob Cole Conservatory at California State Long Beach


Fluent / Native Proficiency


CBEST Teaching Certificate
Aug 2013
California Public School System

Aug 2010
State of California

I completed my teaching certification for the State of California while completely my MM in trumpet performance. I have used this certification to attain teaching positions around the area.


Rookie of the Year
Nov 2007
The Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps


Jun 2013

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Photos & Videos

A song by my original rock band, Wandering Monarch. Not a video, but rather audio of the entire track.
Matt M. from Lakewood, CA teaches Trumpet, Singing, Guitar, Music Performance, Songwriting, Music Theory, Piano, Bass Guitar, Trombone, Percussion, Ukulele and French Horn.
Photo by Matthew M.

Photo by Matthew M.

Photo by Matthew M.

Photo by Matthew M.

Photo by Matthew M.

Photo by Matthew M.

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5 Reviews

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Linda Jan 30, 2018
Singing · In studio

Matt is very patient and willing to adapt lessons to your specific needs and areas of focus. Also a great guy 🙂. Fun lessons.

Declan S. Nov 5, 2015
Trumpet · In home

Matt is a wonderful teacher.

Sam B. Jan 31, 2013

Vocal Lessons

I've been taking lessons with Matt for about 2 months now. Right away it was a very comfortable environment and vibe, which is important, especially as a beginning, aspiring singer. Takes the lessons slow and easy going at first, then jumps into exercises and focuses on directly what style the student is interested in. Very awesome dude, would definitely recommend! Thanks Matt!

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CJB Jul 1, 2012

singing is my life.. :)

Matthew makes a wonderful vocal coach becomes he makes you feel comfortable right away... he also is very passionate about music... and he is very educated in the field of music as well... he is a perfect teacher to give you the right tools and tricks to help you with all your music needs... and that is why he is still my vocal coach!

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AnneM1 Jun 23, 2011

Awesome teacher!!

Matt is a talented and versatile instructor and I have learned a lot during my lessons with him. His lesson have just the right balance of learning music theory, practicing existing songs, and learning new music and techniques.

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