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. 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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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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Director of Bands
Jun 2011 - Jun 2015
Waldron High School

Band Assistant
Jan 2011 - Jun 2012
Greenwood High School


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

Photo by Matthew S.
Handshake Intro Video
My band at a local marching competition Fall 2017 - We got a 1st division!


16 Reviews

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Hilda U. Feb 25, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Annette K. Jan 14, 2019
Trumpet · Online

Matthew is so great and patient to help improve skills!

Treyson Oct 22, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Matthew was so patient with my son during his first lesson. You can tell he really loves teaching children.

raymond Sep 15, 2018
Trumpet · Online

The lessons have been great,thank you so much.

Hilda U. Jul 24, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Annette K. Jun 12, 2018
Trumpet · Online

Lesley May 17, 2018
Trombone · Online

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!!!

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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