Matthew Vitti

Matthew V.

Bridgeport, CT

About Matthew V.

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Matthew teaches: Ages 10 and up
Teaching since: June 2002
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

Heralded as "œa smart, tasteful, and genuine singer" and "a consummate multi-instrumentalist," Matthew continues to perform and broaden his range of musical experiences through diverse engagement in both the classical and non-conventional realms. Matthew has had the great privilege of performing around the world and working with some of today's brightest and most acclaimed singers, ensembles, and conductors such as Leon Botstein, Dale Duesing, Karen Brunssen, James Hall, Warren Jones, Phyllis Hoffman, Pro Arte, Canticum Scholare, and VOCES8.

As an educator, Matthew's 10+ years of teaching experience in voice and drums has brought him to work with young musicians of all ages and skill types. Matthew's approach is technique driven, while at the same time, expressive, musically sensitive, and fun! Matthew's voice students will learn English and foreign language diction, ear training and sight-singing, proper posture, stage presence, confidence, and healthy vocal production suitable for all styles of singing. Drum students will learn the importance of snare drum rudiments, how to read drum charts, the nuances of various styles, as well as, develop dexterity and increase muscular function and independence. Matthew currently teaches voice and theory at Wyoming Seminary Institute in Wilkes-Barre, PA during the Summer, teaches voice at Fairfield School of Music, and owns and operates a full service analog and digital recording studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Being a musician is exciting, challenging, and of course, rewarding. Musicians are communicators; instruments of expression. I'm a firm believer in diligent practice habits and learning the fundamentals of one's craft. From there, the music can happen.

I offer a relaxed, comfortable learning environment that is both fun and productive. A stuffy, tense atmosphere promotes timidness, and insecurity, the opposite of the environment I foster in my studio.

Whether you're a beginner with a passion, or a professional looking to fine tune your proficiency, I can help you get to where you want to be. Diligent, concise, uncomplicated, and fun! That's how I teach.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Various keyboards, full 5 piece drum set, full production and recording facility, music scores/sheet music

*** Specialties ***
Classically trained vocalist, but can teach all styles and genres of voice. Recording engineer & producer. Versed in many styles of composition. Session drummer.

Photos and Videos

Georgica performs live for Mother Brother Studios' Salon Sessions. Matt on drums.

Experience

Baritone

Mar 2014 - Present
Canticum Scholare

early music all male vocal ensemble, 2 voices to a part, performing throughout NYC, medieval and renaissance repertoire

Voice, Drum & Theory Instructor

Jan 2013 - Present
Fairfield School of Music

Voice, drum, and theory teacher. Ages 10 - adult.

Owner/Head Engineer

Oct 2012 - Present
Mother Brother Studios

Full service analog and digital recording studio specializing in tracking, mixing, location and production, special services for classical musicians performing or auditioning, experimental music emphasis

Cantor/Soloist

Apr 2012 - Present
St. Cecelia Consort

Lead cantor and soloist.

Bass Section Leader

Sep 2006 - Present
Christ and Holy Trinity

display proficiency with current repertoire to lead section, small ensemble repertoire, solo/cantor responsibilities, provide commissioned compositions, accompany choir on international tours, lead rehearsals

Freelance Musician

Jun 2002 - Present
Matthew V.

freelance singer, drummer and composer

Baritone/Soloist

Oct 2000 - Present
Pro Arte

Fairfield County's only professional vocal ensemble singing repertoire from medieval motets to contemporary chorales

Education

BM Vocal Performance

Aug 2002 - Jun 2006
Lawrence University Conservatory of Music

Honors Certificate

Aug 2004 - Jan 2005
IES European Society & Culture Program in Vienna, Austria

Languages Spoken

german

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Certificate of Honors

Dec 2008
IES Vienna

German Lieder intensive study in Vienna, Austria.

Awards

1st Place

Nov 2005
NATS

1st Place

Nov 2004
NATS

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Oct 2012
ASCAP

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.

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18 Reviews on Matthew V.

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Emily Z. Sep 20, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Really loved my lessons with Matt - from the get go even though he had a super busy schedule he was able to squeeze me in (because I had wanted to work on a project initially that was time-sensitive). He is very knowledgeable about techniques and I learned a lot about what the foundations of singing (starting as a complete beginner) - and feel a lot more comfortable and confident singing after. Matthew is also easy going and pleasant and happy to work on a variety of things (or one thing over and over) and so it's also just fun to take lessons with him! Wish I could continue and get even better but I have to travel soon for work for a period of time - hopefully when I'm back I'll get back to this!
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Emily Z. May 13, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson was terrific!
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Emily Z. May 13, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson was terrific!
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Giuseppina W. Feb 8, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing teacher, he makes you feel very comfortable. Just from the first lesson I could see a huge difference in my voice! Super great!
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Sarah Feb 1, 2016
Musical Theater · In studio
Matt has been such a great teacher. I have only seen him for a short 4 months and I can already hear a huge difference in my voice. The learning environment is always positive and I look forward to his lessons every week.
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Matt Jan 30, 2016
Singing · In studio
I thought Matt was excellent. He not only taught the subject clearly, but he also provided a lot of encouragement - something a new singer really needs!
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Howard Jan 29, 2016
Singing · In home
Matthew is a super hero.. He started with our daughter and now teaches several of her friends. Our daughter has gained confidence, and after just a year, went from virtual chorus to lead in school play, as here friends as well.

We are thrilled that this has been a positive experience for daughter as she loves now to sing. Not much negative to say about Matt - he is great
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Kate R. Oct 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
He helped me build my confidence as a singer and he caters to your needs as a singer. I definitely recommend him.
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William P. Aug 26, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
So let me tell you about Matthew. I came into his lessons with some weird songs that originated from Japan and when we went over them, the songs were so fast that he could hardly believe that people sang them. But even so, he took on the challenge of something he hadn't heard of before and worked with me to improve what I needed to in order to take on the challenges I wanted to face. I feel within the past 12 weeks I've improved so much on breath control, posture, confidence, mixing my music, overall singing with chest, full voice and even in my falsetto. He'll teach you how to keep your voice nice and open, pays close attention to your movements so he can correct you, and is overall just so very knowledgable about the world of singing and more.

He's even agreed to take it to the next level with some research on how to do some dangerous sounding screaming. This guy takes any challenge you throw at him, makes sure you are informed about how each skill/warm-up/style is completed and if you practice, with his help, you'll be sounding so much better and stronger in no time. I'd hire him if I were you. He's a great teacher, a great guy, very flexible and a joy to learn from.
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Miles D. May 26, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I have wanted to sing since I was a kid, but never got around to taking lessons in high school or college. I signed up for Matt's weekly lessons on a whim and saw he had some good reviews. His students were right on.

Matt is very knowledgeable about different areas of music and in addition to teaching me how to sing, taught me how to tune my bass guitar and the basics of drumming at my request.

His practice room is nice, and its easy to find of 95. He's also a really chill guy and easy to take instruction from.

Highly recommend to everyone.
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