Matt Stalnaker

Matt S.

Cherry Hill, NJ

About Matt S.

Background check: Last verified 06/15/2016
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Matt teaches: Ages 6 and up
Teaching since: January 2012
Last sign in: Last week


Hello! My name is Matt S. and I'm a guitar and banjo instructor with a B.A. in Bluegrass Music from Denison University. I've played guitar for 8 years banjo for 6, and I've been teaching music lessons since 2012.

During my time in college, I played actively around the Denison/Granville area, performed at the International Bluegrass Music Awards in Raleigh, NC; and opened for Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder at the Midland Theater in Newark, OH.

I'm comfortable teaching electric or acoustic guitar as well as Scruggs-style and melodic banjo. My favorite genres are bluegrass, acoustic music, blues, americana, folk, and rock.

Whether you're a beginner or trying to take your playing to the next level, I'm excited to help you achieve your musical goals!

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A photo from my time in undergrad


Guitar/Banjo Instructor
Dec 2015 - Present
Guitar Center

Currently teaching beginner-intermediate guitar and banjo


MFA in Creative Writing
Aug 2016 - Present
Rutgers University-Camden
B.A. in Bluegrass Music and Creative Writing
Aug 2011 - May 2015
Denison University

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


Marjorie Chan Award
May 2015
Denison University Music Department

2 Reviews on Matt S.

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MacRorie D. Feb 16, 2016
· Guitar · In home I have taken banjo and guitar lessons from Matt for a few years. He's a wonderful teacher who focuses on giving students the tools they need to grow into better musicians. Matt tends to focus on precision and technique during lessons in order to help develop skills and musicianship. I've been taking music lessons my whole life, but he is the first instructor who actually taught me how to practice!
Kenzie Feb 14, 2016
· · I studied bluegrass music with Matt for four years at Denison University under two premiere bluegrass instructors, Casey Cook and Andy Carlson. I am confident he would be a great teacher considering his background, passion and performance ability on both the banjo and guitar.
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