Matthew Riggen
Elmwood Park, IL
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Matthew Riggen

Matthew R.

Elmwood Park, IL
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Professional experience performing on trombone alongside other trombone luminaries (eg. Wayne Wallace from Patois Records) dating back to 2013, and in instructing students as young as 11.

Within the first few lessons, you'll know to play with a full and beautiful sound, and as time goes on you'll be able to get around the instrument with confidence. I specialize in jazz (both big band and playing with a combo), and typically use the Arbans book or adaptations from Flexus to advance your progress.

I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

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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8 Reviews
Adam C Attas
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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
Tommy S.
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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 17, 2018
Brenden A.
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Matt is prompt, organized, and professional. He has designed a teaching and practice regiment that will take our young student to the next level as a musician. I highly recommend Matt.

Posted Oct 22, 2017
chauncey J.
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Very patient and detailed with my 13 year old son

Posted Sep 24, 2017

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.

Posted Aug 7, 2017
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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.

Posted Aug 7, 2017

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

Posted Aug 5, 2017

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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.


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



Fluent / Native Proficiency


ELU for the Liberation Music Collective's "Siglo XXI"
Jan 2016

CitizenJazz (French jazz magazine)

Hal Leonard Scholarship
Jan 2015

Jazz Education Network


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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