Matthew Shewmaker

Matthew S.

Fort Smith, AR
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I taught beginning guitar through a local shop while in college. I have a strong background in reading music notation, and prefer to teach classically. We begin chord development at the intermediate level when students can read the chord in music notation. Finger style and jazz are personal favorites of style.

About Matthew S.

Hi, I am Matt. I am a band director in the Fort Smith, AR area. I am in my 7th year teaching band and love every minute of it. I have recently decided to return to teaching private lessons, and would love to help you with your auditions, festival music, AP music theory exams, or just learn some skills on becoming a better musician. Outside of the audition music, we continually work tone production, range, and confidence on any wind instrument. In college I had a small guitar studio as well. Some of those guitar students have gone on to study at the collegiate level and gig around town today! I have taught beginning band for 4 years now on all wind instruments including percussion. I have a firm grasp to provide solid fundamentals to start your musical journey and get you off to a great start. Feel free to ask me any questions about lessons.

June 2012 - June 2015 I was the head band director of Waldron High School in Waldron, AR. We won several awards through our marching and concert band program. I also ran after school lessons in which many students made our region honor band.

June 2015 - Present
I am currently the head director at Trinity Junior High in Fort Smith. I run a 7-9 band program that includes both marching and concert band seasons. Our student involvement is quite high as our band program serves about 50% of our total student population (about 90 kids served daily on all wind instruments). My band here has received many superior ratings, and many students make our region honor group, and go on to excel in high school band programs in our area.

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Annette K.
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Matthew has been the BEST trumpet tutor. We are so grateful for every lesson, advice, guidance, and understanding. Highly recommend him!

Posted Jun 17, 2019
Hilda U.
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Posted Feb 25, 2019
Annette K.
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Matthew is so great and patient to help improve skills!

Posted Jan 14, 2019
Treyson
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Matthew was so patient with my son during his first lesson. You can tell he really loves teaching children.

Posted Oct 22, 2018
Raymond ..
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The lessons have been great,thank you so much.

Posted Sep 15, 2018
Hilda U.
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Annette K.
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Posted Jun 12, 2018
Lesley
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My son had a wonderful experience with Matthew! Matthew is very knowledgeable and committed to helping students grow musically and perform at their very best. Would highly recommend!!!

Posted May 17, 2018
Hilda U.
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Posted Jan 23, 2018
Hilda
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He is such an experienced teacher and also patient with his students.

Posted Jan 9, 2018
Annette K.
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I continue to be so impressed with how Matthew is approaching improving my son's trumpet skills. He is helping to break things down in creative ways so that my son can get closer to putting it all together. Matthew's excitement when my son hits the mark is just awesome. Super grateful!

Posted Nov 13, 2017
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Posted Oct 18, 2017
Annette K.
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Matthew is great! Very patient, and working with my son to grasp fundamentals so he can gain confidence. We are very happy with our lessons!

Posted Oct 9, 2017
Boe K.
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Matthew was awesome! Looking forward to next week!

Posted Oct 2, 2017
Josephine L.
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Jamia
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My son was really excited after the lesson and said he felt like he learned a lot

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Jamia
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Experience

Director of Bands
Jun 2015 - Present

Trinity Junior High

I teach band instruments at a private Junior High school. I am a certified teacher in Arkansas, going through all required background checks to teach students in all schools. My bands have won numerous awards, and many of my students make all-region and go on to win scholarships at colleges.

Director of Bands
Jun 2011 - Jun 2015

Waldron High School

Band Assistant
Jan 2011 - Jun 2012

Greenwood High School

Education

Music Education - Instrumental Music
Aug 2006 - Dec 2010

U of Arkansas - Fort Smith

High School Diploma
Aug 2002 - May 2006

Bryant High School

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Teaching License
Jan 2011

Arkansas Department of Education

Teaching license that allows me to teach at any public school in Arkansas.

Awards

Sweepstakes Award
May 2013

Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association

Affiliations

Kappa Kappa Psi
Aug 2008
Founded on the campus of Oklahoma State University on November 27, 1919, Kappa Kappa Psi is a guiding light with which band students can grow, learn, and develop themselves and their band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi is an organization of opportunity and quality, brimming with historic, well-developed leadership and membership programming that students use to become great leaders, better band members and better adapted young adults prepared for what lies ahead of them.

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