- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- January 2011
Hi, I am Matt Shewmaker. 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 brass 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 am comfortable teaching at all levels, but my expertise is centered around student development at the middle school to high school level.
June 2012 - June 2015 I was the head band director of Waldron High School. 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.
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.+ Read More
Teaching license that allows me to teach at any public school in Arkansas.
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.+ Read More
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!!!
He is such an experienced teacher and also patient with his students.
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!+ Read More
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!
Matthew was awesome! Looking forward to next week!
My son was really excited after the lesson and said he felt like he learned a lot