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Music performance and business degree with emphasis in percussion from Northern Illinois University
Niu music scholarship Leadership award for cavaliers indoor
Bulls Drumline 7 years
Packers Drumline 1 year
Lollapooloza performance 2018
I am passionate instructor who is fueled by seeing success in others. No other feeling is more fulfilling then seeing the growth of another human. I have been teaching private lessons in my own studio for about 8 years now. I've taught 7 marching bands and currently writing music for some with an emphasis in percussion. Currently pursuing a degree in Music Business at Northern Illinois University. I've participated in Drum Corp. tours such as Colts Drum & Bugle Corps ('13) and Phantom Regiment ('14-'16), and also marched 5 seasons of WGI with Cavaliers Indoor Percussion.
Going back to my first drum lesson takes us back 8 years into the year of 2012. I started teaching lessons as a casual event in my basement to local kids in my neighborhood. While this was taking place, I was not asking for any money whatsoever. Eventually, I started to build a community of well rounded musicians that were attaining success in my studio. This led me to start charging money as my studio grew to about 25 students a week at its best. Onside of this, I've taught percussion ensembles to local middle schools such as Mokena and Manhattan Jr. High. Additionally, I've taught 8 marching band ensembles and am currently writing music for some of those. Nowadays, I'm a student at NIU in my last year of study and look forward to rebuilding a studio of young professional musicians here in Dekalb.-Chicago Bulls NBA active drummer for 6 years -Performed at Lollapalooza this last summer with electronic artist Ekoli -Marched 3 years in Phantom Regiment Drum Corp. on snare and was drum captain in 2015 -Marched 1 year in Colts Drum Corp. on snare -Performed 5 year in WGI group Cavaliers Indoor Percussion -Played at PASIC in Indy this past winter with NIU Percussion studio -4 years drumming improv. for NIU dance classes -Played tenors at NIU in the marching band -Played in jazz combos at NIU Teaching: -Taught Shadow Drum Corp. 2 years -I've been teaching private lessons for 10 years now -Taught Middle School Percussion Ensemble -Battery Caption head at LWMB and Wheaton Warrenville south as well as other places over the years such as Lake Park, Plainfield -Taught in Music Matters music shop Let me know if you'd like to know more and I hope you consider my expertise. Feel free to contact me for a faster response at 815-263-0055 Or Emailemail@example.com
I love treating each student as they are. Every student is their own unique artist and my job is to help shape them and to give them confidence in their vision. I view my job as a tour guide pointing the students in the right directions while not restricting to any particular instrument/genre. Book work, ear training/playing to tunes, improv, technical focus are all aspects of how I teach. I like to learn the students learning style and while trying to cope with their style, I also try to enhance the other styles so my students have a well rounded understanding and approach to music
I teach lessons to any grade/age group. I have an extremely open mind to teaching and music in general, so nothing goes out the door in terms of philosophy, however, I've come to realize that some methods work better than others. That said, I tailor my attention and focus as an educator to the needs of student I'm teaching in front of me. I don't consider the student who just walked out of the lesson or the student who is coming in next. I put my all in the student who is in front of me because I believe time is an essential asset to lessons. Also, every case is so uniquely different in terms of students and I take a good amount of time to calibrate the learning style of every student.
Matt has been teaching my twins since last summer. He is punctual, professional and easy to communicate with. He is very talented and knowledgeable and most importantly fun and inspiring with my kids! They look forward to lessons with him each week. We are very impressed with the results in just a few months. I highly recommend Matt as a drum teacher.
Matt is awesome!! My 8 year old has been taking lessons for a while and I’ve seen so much growth in such a short time! My son looks forward to lessons every week, and Matt brings a ton of knowledge to a lesson structure that is surely engaging!
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