Matthew J Insco
Roswell, GA
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Matthew I

Roswell, GA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn popular songs of your choice from any era or I can choose songs for you. Fundamentals of music explained with fun and easy exercises. We'll go over picking and rhythmic exercises, understanding how to read guitar tablature and basic note reading ( if desired), as well as songwriting techniques for the more creative students.

About Matthew I

***I am available to teach you online lessons through Zoom for Ableton Live, Logic X, Guitar and Bass***

I currently work as a freelance music producer as well as a guitar/bass teacher and as a music software teacher.
I have been playing guitar for 18 years and teaching guitar and bass for 9 years. I have worked as a private and group guitar instructor at several music education establishments in Chicago, Los Angeles and in Eugene, Oregon as well. I have also worked as a band coach for youth groups, where I taught them
how to cover songs, helped them write their own songs and prepared them for live performances.
I studied at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Classical Guitar, Latin Music and Music Theory.
I started taking private guitar lessons as a teenager for several years and played in my high school jazz band along with original rock bands. While in high school, I was able to study with popular Chicago rock virtuoso guitarist Kevin M. Buck, where I first learned music theory and was inspired to be more studious with the guitar.

I have performed in rock/modern bands for 12 years as an electric guitarist and also for 4 years as a solo acoustic guitarist mixing Bossa Nova, Classical Guitar and original compositions into my performance repertoire.

*** Lesson Details ***
For Music Software Lessons - Logic Pro X , Ableton Live, Garageband, Pro Tools and Reason-

Topics I like to cover - capturing correct recording levels.....editing, adding effects/basic mixing, automation .....creating drum grooves with loops and midi drums..........songwriting and music theory.........Live capabilities using Ableton (for backing tracks and live performance)........Quick commands to easily navigate through software.....

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 instructional guitar books along with paper handouts and sheet music. I believe it's important for everyone to learn the fundamentals of music to create a strong base of skills in order to continue playing and learning music throughout one's life. For more experienced players, I like to teach various modern rock/pop songs, classical guitar songs, picking patterns, finger picking patters, 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 it's 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. It is crucial when learning an instrument to be able to play in 'real time'; playing music with a steady sense of rhythm.

*** Specialties ***
I teach Classical Guitar, Brazilian Jazz, bass guitar, rock, pop, blues, funk and folk guitar using method books, sheet music and guitar tablature.


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5 Reviews
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Matthew helped me work on pop and bossa nova songs for guitar. He is a patient and easy-going teacher who helped me at my own pace. We went over finger style techniques and rhythmic exercises. I have been enjoying lessons and I look forward to studying more with him.

Posted Oct 14, 2021
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Matt is great! He is very patient and explains things step-by-step in a very comprehensive and easy to understand manner. And best of all, he never makes you feel like any questions you ask, is irrelevant or repetitious. I highly recommend Matt, and plan on continuing to take lessons from him in the future!!

Posted Sep 8, 2021
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I really enjoyed lessons with Matt! I showed him a song that I created in Ableton, and he was able to bring the song to the next level. He helped me tighten up my drum grooves, and showed me how to change my drum sounds to get a much higher quality sound from my drum tracks...... I play a little guitar, and he was able to teach me some cool chords that fit into my song wonderfully. He also showed me how to record my guitar into Ableton and get the right kind of sound for my song. It was a really great experience and I would absolutely recommend Matt to anyone looking for Ableton , music production, or guitar instruction!

Posted Aug 29, 2021
Fiona M.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Absolute joy to be taught by Matt, knowledgeable, encouraging and enthusiastic. (Timely as well if that's important to you!), i learnt an awful lot from Matt and felt fortunate to have chosen him as my teacher.

Posted Mar 2, 2017
Carlos P.

2013 feedback

Matthew has been a wonderful instructor. I feel that i have learned a lot and also enjoyed the process. He has also been very accomodating about special teaching requests that have helped me develop my skills in genres I enjoy.

Posted Mar 6, 2014

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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



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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