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Master's, Jazz Studies, University of North Texas : Master's, Music Education, University of North Texas : Bachelor's, Music Jazz Studies, University of North Carolina at Asheville
2003 - Pi Kappa Lambda (Music Honor's Fraternity)
1996 - President's Award for Educational Excellence
I moved to Honolulu in 2010 where I have been teaching 30-40 private guitar, bass guitar and ukulele students. Before that, I taught for 4 years from 2007-2010 at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China in the Jazz Studies Department after earning a Master's in Jazz Studies and a Master's in Music Education from University of North Texas in 2005. I have also been a guest lecturer at University of Hawaii at Manoa for their World Music Course on the topic of early African American Music Research. I have studied with jazz guitar guru, Corey Christiansen over the past 2 years and have performed locally at University of Hawaii at Manoa's Orvis Auditorium, Blaisdell Concert Hall, The Bishop Museum and Honolulu Museum of Art. I teach students of all ages and am equally passionate about my teaching as I am about performance. Please visit my website: http://www.landonmattox.com to listen to my music.
I have over 15 years experience teaching at all levels from pre school all the way up to the university/conservatory level. For the past 4 years in Honolulu, I have consistently maintained a studio from between 30-40 students with a wide variety of levels, ages and interests and I provide the best quaility instruction and lessons possible for every student. Although my education might build the perception that I am solely interested in jazz performance and teaching, that couldn't be further from the truth. Although I teach a few advanced jazz students, I also teach and perform many other styles of music from classical to rock, pop, reggae, latin, etc... Please visit my website: http://www.landonmattox.com to listen to my music.
I have a step by step method that makes it easy for a student to know what they should practice from week to week that does not make it too difficult for them to slowly build up their strength and proficiency. While helping students to choose songs that are within their grasp, I also try to impart a knowledge of the fundamentals of music, rhythms, scales, harmony, technique and songs while making the process as fun and enjoyable as possible. I am able to read music notation and I recommend that students learn sight-reading, but do not make it mandatory. For kids, I try to at least introduce them to music notation after the first year so they know the fundamentals of reading music. With the electronic resources at my disposal, if you can name the song, we can start working on it almost immediately right there in the lesson. Please visit my website: http://www.landonmattox.com to listen to my music.
I try not to put pressure on my students, but to engage with them and encourage them to practice and develop their skills. I am very patient with kids and adults alike and although I have 2 master's degrees in music, I do not expect that most students will pursue music as seriously as I have. My lessons typically begin with some scale and exercise practice and then in to the songs, possibly in preparation for a recital and the lessons may also include work on improvisation at the more advanced levels. If students have specific requests for songs or to work on something they request, then that makes my job much easier.
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