Matthew J Insco

Matthew I

Los Angeles, CA
100% Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

We know that starting lessons is a big step and we want you to feel confident booking with us. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll help you find a new teacher or you can receive a refund for any unused lessons within the first year from the date of purchase.

Lesson Details

Classical Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learn to read music and perform classical guitar using the Christopher Parkening Method and select pieces of sheet music.
See all subjects

Matthew J teaches

Loading-circle

About

Matthew J delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 2008

I have been playing guitar for 14 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 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, 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.

+ Read More

Experience

Private and Group Guitar Instructor
Dec 2012 - Present
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

+ Read More
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

+ Read More
Guitar Instructor
May 2013 - 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

+ Read More
Guitar Instructor/Rock Band Coach
Apr 2010 - Jul 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

+ Read More

Education

Music Composition and Classical Guitar
Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
Columbia College Chicago
Associate of Art Degree
Sep 2009 - Jun 2011
Lane Community College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Matthew I - Electric Guitar - Pop/Rock
Girl From Ipanema Solo Guitar
Black Orpheus
+ 1 more

2 Reviews

Write a Review
Fiona M. Mar 2, 2017
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.

Carlos P. Mar 6, 2014
·

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.

You may want to revisit

Previously viewed teachers: