I have been playing guitar for 14 years and teaching guitar and bass for 7 years. I have worked as a private and group guitar instructor at several music education establishments in the Chicago, Los Angeles and in Eugene, Oregon as well. I have also worked as a band coach for youth groups, where I taught them cover songs, helped them write their own songs and prepared them for live performances.
I studied at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Classical Guitar.
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 ***
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.
-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
-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
-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
-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
· Guitar · In 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.
· · 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.