Matthew Smith

Matthew S.

San Gabriel, CA
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Matthew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2004

Hi, my name is Matt! My passion for music education began when I was 16 years old. I began to get opportunities to coach less experienced players in my high school band and orchestra, and I found it be absolutely exhilarating. Since then, I've been trained at the highest levels to excel as not just a professional musician, but as an educator.

Outside of education, I'm a pianist, trombonist, composer, and producer. My experience ranges from classical music to all genres of jazz and popular music, and I can teach in whatever style you like! As an educator, my specialty is being able to explain concepts usually thought to be complicated in a way that even little kids can understand. Whether you're parent looking to enrich your child's education, a hobbyist looking for pointers, or a professional seeking more knowledge, I'm excited to help you achieve your goals!

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Experience

Enrichment Faculty
Jul 2018 - Present
Advanced Suzuki Institute at Stanford University

One week summer institute on the campus of Stanford University.

Responsibilities:
-Staff accompanist for Suzuki group classes, all levels
-Eurythmics for students age 4-12
-Music History for students age 12-18

Staff Accompanist
Aug 2017 - Present
Pasadena Conservatory of Music

Responsibilities
-Accompanying Suzuki Group Classes, levels 1-4
-Accompanying student recitals, all levels

Private Music Instructor
Sep 2004 - Present
Self Employeed

Freelance Musician
Sep 2004 - Present
Self Employeed

Music Theory Department Supervisor
Aug 2015 - Jun 2019
Little Chopin Piano School

Responsibilities:
-Teaching music theory and history to students of all ages and levels
-Designing curricula for learning, as well as preparing students for Certificate of Merit and National Guild Auditions
-Founded composition and jazz studies programs

Adjunct Faculty - Low Brass and Music Theory
Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
The Village School - Houston, TX

Composer Fellowship
Jun 2011 - Jun 2013
Canton Symphony Orchestra

Composer Fellowship
Jun 2011 - Jun 2012
Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

Composition Department Assistant
Aug 2010 - Jun 2012
Cleveland Institute of Music

Recording Engineer
Aug 2010 - Jun 2012
Cleveland Institute of Music


Education

Master of Music - Composition
Aug 2010 - Jun 2012
Cleveland Institute of Music
Bachelor of Music - Composition
Aug 2006 - Jun 2010
Cleveland Institute of Music

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Donald Erb Prize in Composition
May 2012
Cleveland Institute of Music
Honorable Mention
Apr 2012
ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards
Donald Erb Prize in Composition
May 2010
Cleveland Institute of Music

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 2013

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

Performing Debussy

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Cover of True Love Waits by Radiohead, arranged and performed by me!
Original song with my band Iridas
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3 Reviews

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Joe Toto Jul 11, 2015
Piano · In studio

Matt is awesome!

Joe Toto Jul 11, 2015
Piano · In studio

Matt is awesome!

Olivia H. Dec 10, 2014
Piano · In studio

Matthew is a very good teacher. He is very methodical and thorough. I highly recommend Matthew to anyone wishing to learn how to play the piano from the very beginning; not having had any previous experience.

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