Matthew Riggen

Matthew R.

Chicago, IL
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Matthew passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Matthew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2010

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.

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).

I'm very passionate about helping people realize their own internal goals, no matter how far off they may seem to them. I already feel we can work together to help you do it, 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 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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Education

BS Biology
Aug 2011 - Jul 2016
College of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University
BM Jazz Studies (focus in trumpet)
Aug 2011 - Jul 2016
Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

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.

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Photos & Videos

Conducting the LMC's performance of an opera which I composed for: February 2016

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Performing in Graz, Austria with the Indiana Jazz Exchange: July 2016

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Being interviewed regarding my quartet, OGC: March 2015

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Meeting Herbie Hancock after being awarded the Hal Leonard Scholarship from the Jazz Education Network: January 2015

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Performing on trombone with OGC: January 2015

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Performing a composition for solo drumset in Bloomington, IN: August 2016

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Conducting the Liberation Music Collective through my arrangement of the hymn "War Department": May 2016
Being interviewed about and performing with the LMC on St. Louis' "Higher Education Channel": April 2017
Performing Ornette Coleman's "Street Woman" with OGC: January 2015

3 Reviews

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Joey Aug 7, 2017
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Matt is an innovative player and writer who is always planning on "what's next". To help find what's next for you, visit Matt.

Sean Aug 7, 2017
Arrangement and Composition · In studio

I've worked with Matt in a variety of settings over the past couple of years, from live performances, to recording sessions, to new projects, including having him write music for my new 16-piece ensemble. He is always incredibly professional, prepared, and highly enthusiastic about whatever he is doing. I'm sad to see him move, but I know that he will flourish in any environment he chooses. Matt's creativity is at a very high level. He is also an incredibly hard worker, and keeps things fun at the same time.

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Wayne Aug 5, 2017
Arrangement and Composition ·

Matthew is a fine music teacher who can help you achieve or find your goals.

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