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Matthew R.
Elmwood Park, Illinois
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Frustrated by the physicality of the trumpet and looking to experience true freedom on the instrument? I can help! I'm an internationally experienced professional musician with a lifelong history of teaching who's not afraid of 'problem cases'. I know my method works, because I tested it on myself first--and the proof of its efficacy is in my national and international touring career. If you're hitting a wall in your technique or your embouchure, if you're looking to start out strong with no bad habits that will hang you up later, or if you're looking to expand your horizons beyond the conventional technique you know, call me. In addition, you will be provided with a strong background in sight reading, technique, ear training, music theory, and improvisation while studying with me. I can't wait to help you with your goals, both long-term and short-term!
About Matthew R.

I'm a multi-instrumentalist and composer with two degrees earned concurrently from Indiana University--one a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the College of Arts and Sciences, the other a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the internationally renowned Jacobs School of Music. Upon arriving in Chicago, I have taken on a role as the Director of Music at Marquette Park, where I serve as something between an artist-in-residence and a band director. On occasion, I travel out to New York City to take part in the BMI Jazz Composers' Workshop. My instrumental ability has allowed me to take professional tours both nationally and internationally as a sideman (Durand Jones and the Indications, Indiana Jazz Exchange), and my writing for large ensemble has been featured by multiple groups (Sean Imboden Large Ensemble, Liberation Music Collective, BMI Jazz Composer's Orchestra). My acumen as an instructor and music director has allowed me to become the Director of Music at Marquette Park on Chicago's South Side, providing city-subsidized instruction to a largely under-served population. I'm very passionate about helping people realize their own internal goals, no matter how far off those goals may seem. I already feel we can work together to help you achieve them, and we haven't even met yet! My mix of academic training, professional experience, and natural affability make the learning experience easy, stress-free and fun. I can teach you how to: 1) play trumpet 2) play trombone 3) play drums 4) understand and internalize music theory 5) improvise, from absolute beginner-level to professional-tier tips and tricks 6) write music for all sizes of ensembles (solo singer-songwriter to 18-piece big band) Styles I've got professional experience playing: rock, funk, soul, R&B, jazz (combo), jazz (big band), and classical. Let's learn together!

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Really awesome grasp of theory and the ability to make it tangible. Loved the first lesson and am looking forward to more.

Posted Jan 19, 2020

Great ! I am so happy. Mathew is so patience. Great teacher!!! Robert

Posted Oct 9, 2019
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Matt is so thorough and teaches our son with a lesson catered just to the way he learns. He is also very polite and prompt with correspondence, too! We love Matt!

Posted Sep 18, 2018
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Experience
Director of Music at Marquette Park
Oct 2017 - Present
Chicago Parks District
I operate in a capacity akin to a band director or an artist-in-residence for the population of the Chicago Lawn neighborhood on the city's South Side. I have inherited passionate students and ~50 years worth of material resources from the Parks Department.
Education
BM Jazz Studies (focus in trumpet)
Aug 2011 - Jul 2016
Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
BS Biology
Aug 2011 - Jul 2016
College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University
Languages
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Awards
ELU for the Liberation Music Collective's "Rebel Portraiture"
Jan 2018
CitizenJazz (French jazz magazine)
ELU for the Liberation Music Collective's "Siglo XXI"
Jan 2016
CitizenJazz (French jazz magazine)
Hal Leonard Scholarship
Jan 2015
Jazz Education Network
Affiliations
BMI
Jan 2015
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.
Jazz Education Network
Jan 2015
JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.

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