Matthew Peterson

Matthew P.

Warrenville, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I specialize in jazz piano but I teach all styles and am open to whatever pieces the student is interested in. If there is a piece with difficult-to-find sheet music I offer services for transcribing the piece to sheet music for the student and/or teaching the piece by ear to the student. Piano is a very important instrument for all musicians as it vastly improves one's hand-eye coordination, two-hand coordination, and sense of rhythm, and forces the player to cover melody and harmony at the same time. My students learn to love the piano, develop healthy practice habits that ensure steady improvement, and gain a deep understanding of musicality and the history of music.

About Matthew P.

I have been playing piano for over twenty years and have been teaching private lessons since 2010. I have a bachelors in classical piano and music composition from Wheaton College, where I was the winner of the 2009 Ben Heppner Concerto Competition, and a masters in jazz piano from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington. I have taught extensively in both private lesson and group lessons contexts to students of all ages and musical backgrounds. I have performed around the country and recently played in the Disneyland All-American College Band at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. I currently teach group class piano at Wheaton College.

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nick
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Very knowledgeable Teaches at a nice pace, I walk away learning something new every time.

Posted Mar 3, 2016
Jude R.
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Matthew is the best. Extraordinarily patient and inspiring.

Posted Aug 28, 2015
Jane R.
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I can't think of a way Jane's first lessons could have been better. She is practicing and improving, and very happy with her music. Wonderful experience for Jane and her music-loving family.

Posted Aug 11, 2015

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Experience

Private Lesson Instructor
Sep 2013 - Sep 2014

Joe Ferrante Music Academy

Taught private lessons in classical piano, jazz piano, composition, and music theory.

Education

Masters of Music in Jazz Piano
Aug 2011 - May 2013

Indiana University Bloomington Jacobs School of Music

Bachelors of Music in Classical Piano Performance & Music Composition
Aug 2007 - May 2011

Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Invited Performer
Apr 2013

Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival

Ben Heppner Concerto Competition Overall Winner
Feb 2010

Wheaton College

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Oct 2014
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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