Matthew Shewmaker

Matthew S.

Fort Smith, AR
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am a current band director focused on your student's success and mastery on the trombone. We will work on tone, range, and develop technique through a tailored lesson that will fit you or your student. I am also happy to supplement your child's band instruction and work on area/region honor band auditions with your child.
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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:
January 2011

Hi, I am Matt Shewmaker. I am a band director in the Fort Smith, AR area. I am in my 6th 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, or your AP music theory exams. Outside of the auditions, we continually work tone production, range, and confidence on any brass instrument. In college I had a small guitar studio as well. 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.

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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.

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Music Education - Instrumental Music
Aug 2006 - Dec 2010
U of Arkansas - Fort Smith
High School Diploma
Aug 2002 - May 2006
Bryant High School


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Teaching License
Jan 2011
Arkansas Department of Education

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


Sweepstakes Award
May 2013
Arkansas School Band and Orchestra Association


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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Photos & Videos

Small solo excerpt, not polished.
Handshake Intro Video
My current band performing at our 2016 Christmas concert
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9 Reviews

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Hilda U. Jan 23, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Hilda Jan 9, 2018
Trumpet · Online

He is such an experienced teacher and also patient with his students.

Annette K. Nov 13, 2017
Trumpet · Online

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!

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Jisha S. Oct 18, 2017
Tuba · Online

Annette K. Oct 9, 2017
Trumpet · Online

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!

Boe K. Oct 2, 2017
Trumpet · Online

Matthew was awesome! Looking forward to next week!

Josephine L. Oct 2, 2017
Euphonium · Online

Jamia Sep 19, 2017
Euphonium · Online

My son was really excited after the lesson and said he felt like he learned a lot

Jamia Sep 6, 2017
Euphonium · Online

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