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Matthew I
Burbank, California
Learn popular songs of your choice: Guitar lessons with a pro
Learn popular and traditional songs of your choice from any era or I can choose songs for you to learn. Fundamentals of music explained with fun and easy exercises. We'll go over picking, finger-style and rhythmic exercises, understanding how to read guitar tablature and basic note reading ( if desired), as well as songwriting, production or music theory techniques for the more creative students.
About Matthew I

Please note * 45 minute lessons are only offered for online lessons. In person lessons require a minimum 1 hour lesson charge. In person and/or online lessons are available for Guitar, Music Production with Ableton or Logic X software, music theory, and songwriting *** A custom curriculum is created for every student based upon what they'd like to learn, and their experience level. If the student doesn't know what they'd like to learn, a curriculum will be provided. As a guitarist, teacher and freelance music producer, Matthew has lived and worked in Los Angeles for over 5 years producing and teaching music production. He collaborated with Grammy-winning Producer Darryl Swann, co-producing and mixing some of his productions, including the song Pink Sunshine (feat. Xara) . He studied music production at Columbia College Chicago as well as studying with private mentors in Los Angeles and London. Matthew studied classical guitar with University of Oregon's John Jarvie, earning his Associate of Arts from Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. He continued studying classical guitar at Columbia College Chicago with Norman Ruiz and performed with the Latin Ensemble. Matthew teaches performance and composition of traditional and modern finger-style guitar including classical, bossanova, original and pop music. He also teaches modern music ; singer-songwriter acoustic, R&B/soul, pop, funk and rock. Matthew performs solo guitar at various events, weddings and venues with a setlist including classical guitar, bossanova and original finger-style compositions. *** Lesson Details *** For instrument lessons- I'm a patient teacher that's passionate about guitar and helping students reach their musical goals whether they are casual players or serious musicians. For beginners, I use Hal Leonard Guitar Method and Christopher Parkening Guitar Method instructional books, along with paper handouts and sheet music with tabs to learn modern music. I believe it's important for everyone to learn the fundamentals of music to create a strong base of skills to inspire one to continue playing and learning music throughout one's life. During lessons, I like to teach various modern songs, classical guitar songs, picking patterns, finger picking patters, developing a chord vocabulary, improvisation, scales and music theory. I teach nylon string acoustic, steel string acoustic guitar and electric guitar and bass. I believe the most basic goal for a guitar student is to be able to play a song in its entirety, whether it's by themselves or with other musicians/music students. I believe that some of the most important music skills are learned while actually playing with other musicians or performing for others. It is crucial when learning an instrument to be able to play in 'real time'; playing music with a steady sense of rhythm. For Music Software Lessons - Logic Pro X , Ableton Live, Garageband - Topics I like to cover - capturing correct recording levels.....editing, adding effects, basic mixing, automation .....creating drum grooves with loops, samples and midi drums..........songwriting and music theory.........Live capabilities using Ableton (for backing tracks and live performance)........Quick commands ( keyboard short cuts ) to easily navigate through the software.....

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Teaching since 2008

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Music Composition and Classical Guitar

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Guitar
Teaches 8 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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Matt is an extraordinary teacher as well as a creator and innovator. He is a knowledgeable, skilled, and patient instructor. His abilities to teach electronic and computer-based music range from beginner intro to production at the highest level of the music industry. He is a gifted teacher and artist and I highly recommend his instruction!

Posted Nov 22, 2022
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Incredible guitar player, I really enjoyed hearing Matt play acoustic guitar. He's very willing to help me learn guitar , and find the right materials to practice.

Posted Nov 22, 2022
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It's been a great experience learning guitar with Matt, and he's also a really amazing guitarist. I picked up the guitar after not playing for a few years, and he has really inspired me to practice more, and set goals for my guitar playing. He's helped me to create a steady sense of rhythm, a good chord vocabulary, and he's helped me find some interesting new songs to learn. I feel lucky to have found Matt.

Posted Nov 22, 2022
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Guitar Instructor
Dec 2007 - Present
Self Employed
-60 minute lessons focusing on classical guitar and note reading -Curriculum consisting of The Christopher Parkening Method books -Tablature and tab books for rock/pop also used for select student -Other styles covered include Bossa Nova, Blues and traditional finger picking -Maintained lessons through email and telephone
Private and Group Guitar Instructor
Dec 2012 - Aug 2014
The Downers Grove Park District
-Taught 30 and 60 minute private and group guitar classes -Created curriculum using the Hal Leonard Guitar Method Books, -----Guitar For the Small Fry and select tablature for modern songs -Maintained students schedules by communicating with parents in person and through email
Guitar Instructor
May 2011 - Jul 2014
A Sound Education
-Taught 30 and 60 minute private electric, acoustic and bass guitar lessons -Beginner lessons comprised of self written songs and exercises -Advanced curriculum created using tablature and method books -Accompanied and helped prepare students for recitals of modern rock/pop songs
Guitar Instructor/Rock Band Coach
Sep 2008 - May 2011
The Lesson Factory
-30 and 60 minute guitar and bass lessons taught using original curriculum -Prepared and accompanied students for rock/pop recitals -Coached youth bands helping them prepare songs for shows and recitals -Assisting youth bands in writing original songs to eventually be recorded
Music Composition and Classical Guitar
Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
Columbia College Chicago
Associate of Art Degree
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Lane Community College
English
Native Proficiency

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Instructor details
Guitar
Teaches 8 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Student's Home
Student's Home
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
45 minutes
$90
60 minutes
$103
90 minutes
$138
120 minutes
$173
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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