Matthew Ross
Albany, NY
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Matthew Ross

Matthew R.

Albany, NY
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Having been a performer for many years, I've developed a method of flute education that is fool-proof. In lessons, we'll discuss tone production, technique, important repertoire, interpretation, musical context, and basic theory in order to become a well-rounded musician, not just a flute player! I aim to keep lessons fun, exciting, and engaging through the student's musical journey.

About Matthew R.

I believe everyone deserves to feel total confidence in what they do. Students who feel confident as players end up feeling more confident in many other aspects of their lives. As a performer myself, the best feeling comes right after a particularly fantastic performance, and this feeling continues for days (or even weeks) afterwards! Students deserve to know this feeling too, and my goal is to provide the resources and opportunities necessary to get students to that euphoric place.

The biggest component of confidence as a musician comes in decision making. In lessons, style and interpretation are put at the forefront. Think of it as a pyramid: interpretation is at the top (this is your individual voice). Underneath that are the fundamentals of playing our instruments. This includes things like finger technique (scales and arpeggios), sound production and coloration, articulation, and flexibility (jumping large intervals with ease). While these are all so important, they’re really just there to support your voice and allow that voice to be as clear and convincing as possible.

I also like to compare this to cooking! The piece of music in front of you is your main ingredient; your meat or fish. (Or veggies for vegetarians!) Everything from the seasonings to the pan we cook in to the amount of heat added are all variables that need to be carefully thought out; these are your fundamentals of playing. While all of these variables are so important to create a tasty dish, that main ingredient is the star of the show. The resulting dish is your voice, and we want to make something to be proud of!

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Charlotte
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I can’t say enough about lessons with Matt! My daughter treats me to a little recital in our living room after every lesson because she’s so excited to show me what they worked on that week. It’s become a part of our routine! We love it!

Posted May 26, 2020
Heather
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My daughter has been taking lessons with Matt for 3 years and he’s made such a difference in her flute playing! She leaves every lesson with a smile on her face and is so excited to practice. She was chosen for All State band two years in a row and is considering music education as her college major.

Posted May 26, 2020
Lauren
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Matt is an amazing flutist and teacher. He really is a consummate professional. Not only is his playing an inspiration, he is able to share his great knowledge and apply it to areas you specifically need. He gives the student a great foundation, and also helps you achieve the highest level of artistry. Fantastic!

Posted May 26, 2020

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Experience

Flute and Piccolo
Sep 2019 - Present

Albany Symphony Orchestra

I’m a member of the flute section in the Albany Symphony Orchestra. I love bringing students to concerts to see the music in action!

Co-Principal Flute
Sep 2017 - May 2020

The Orchestra Now

Flute Teacher
Aug 2014 - May 2016

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division

I was the flute teacher for the CCM Preparatory Division. My students competed all throughout the Midwest and were accepted into the Ohio and Kentucky All-State Festivals.

Education

MM, Flute Performance
Aug 2014 - Apr 2016

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

BM, Flute Performance
Sep 2011 - Apr 2014

University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

Awards

1st Prize: Young Artist Competition
Nov 2015

Raleigh Area Flute Association

1st Prize: Young Artist Competition
Nov 2014

Mid-South Flute Society

1st Prize: Byron Hester Competition
Mar 2014

Houston Flute Club

Winner: CCM Concerto Competition
Mar 2014

Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music

2nd Prize: Myrna Brown Competition
May 2013

Texas Flute Society

2nd Prize: Young Artist Competition
Mar 2013

South Carolina Flute Society

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