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Matt S In HomeHome In StudioStudio Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Voice, Saxophone, Drums, Bass Guitar, Organ, Synthesizer, Ukulele, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk

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Matt S In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Voice, Saxophone, Drums, Bass Guitar, Organ, Synthesizer, Ukulele, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Keyboard
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Berklee College of Music, Boston MA, Bachelor of Professional Studies (current program) Berklee College of Music, Boston MA, Desktop Music Production Berklee College of Music, Boston MA - Commercial Songwriting Techniques Berklee College of Music, Boston MA - Arranging for Rhythm Section Armed Forces School of Music, Norfolk VA - Unit Leader     

Awards:

2006 - Armed Forces School of Music Honor Graduate

2008 - Selection as a Small Ensemble Leader in the US Marine Corps Music Program

2010 - Berklee College of Music completed music programs

2015 - Letter of Commendation from current U.S. President 

2015 - Hired as composer to write the movie soundtrack for "Dark Redemption" 

2015 - Founder of Maestropia Music company

2016 - Berklee College of Music "Dean's List"

 

Overview:
I've been a lifetime musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students.  I've worked with most styles of music before, and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests.  My experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me a very open-minded but direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW FAST you should be able to progress each individual student.   Just ask how my style may assist you personally, or ask any questions that you may have. I am able to teach most students to an advanced level, but voice and drums I only teach to an intermediate level.  Just ask if you need clarification -- thanks!
EXPERIENCE
Most of my professional experience has been with the Marine Corps Music Program for 15 years. I also grew up with private piano lessons, and continued band and show choir throughout high school.  Before my career with the Marine Corps Band, I also performed professionally around northern Ohio as a keyboardist and drummer in Top 40 and Rock bands for 3 years. I have a passion for composition and producing, and also enjoy finding innovative ways to encourage and challenge my music students.  I'm very down-to-earth and all of the students and parents enjoy working with me.  I'm very comfortable teaching young kids as well, although sometimes lessons need to be shortened (but more frequently) for optimal progress to be made. 30 minutes, 2 times a week, would be a much more progressive and fun schedule for the little people:)
METHODS USED
I focus on several different areas for every student, so that he/she can keep progressing in all areas of technic and musical knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHTREADING, and PREPARED PIECES. And as all music students 'should', it's important to build a good habit of practicing with a metronome. My experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me a very open-minded but direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW FAST you should be able to progress each individual student. Just ask how my style may assist you personally, or ask any questions that you may have.
LESSON STYLE
I use the teaching method as previously described, and try to tailor my style for each student. Everyone learns, practices, and progresses uniquely -- so it's part of MY job to figure out the best approach to help each of my students. My experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me a very open-minded but direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW FAST you should be able to progress each individual student.   Just ask how my style may assist you personally, or ask any questions that you may have.  I've been a lifetime musician since I was young, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students.  I've worked with most styles of music before, and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests.  
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