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Matt D In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Piano, Clarinet
Styles: Classical

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Matt D In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Clarinet
Styles: Classical

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Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
MM, University of Maryland, Clarinet Performance (in progress) BM, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, Clarinet Performance
Awards:

2015 - NPR's From The Top Arts Leader

2014 - Performed with King's College London Symphony Orchestra on Tour of Belgium

2012 - Jack Kenty Clarinet Studio Scholarship

2011 - Premiered Dana Wilson Chamber Work with CCM Wind Symphony

2009 - NPR's From The Top Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist

Overview:
I am a clarinet and piano instructor in the Maryland area who teaches with a passion for identifying what motivates each and every student. I am a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts in 2009 and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2014. I am currently a Master of Music student at the University of Maryland. I have performed all over the US and Europe as a solo, orchestral and band clarinetist and have been teaching piano since 2007. The experiences I have been able to take advantage of as a musician have motivated me to seek the same wonderful opportunities for my students.
EXPERIENCE
I have been teaching since high school, both piano and clarinet. I continued my instructing career in official capacities as Intermediate Clarinet Instructor at the Potomac Wind Academy and as Clarinet Instructor at Colerain High School. Teaching independently and as a representative of a larger organization require different skills and I have developed these skills accordingly. In lessons, I pride myself on a proper balance of positive encouragement and personal accountability. I believe it is important for everyone to have music in their lives, no matter what capacity. My duty as a teacher is to discover that capacity and to connect each student personally with his/her music.
METHODS USED
For clarinet, I have developed a custom-tailored method for students based off the excellent instruction I have received from my teachers: Robert DiLutis of the University of Maryland, Jonathan Gunn of the University of Cincinnati, David Drosinos of the Baltimore School for the Arts, and Kristen Spiridon of the Savannah, Augusta and Coastal Symphony Orchestras. I believe fundamentals (air, embouchure, articulation, etc.) are the essential building blocks of a well-developed musician and I place specific emphasis on them every lesson. Solos and etudes allow the student to train his/her musical skill, and I assign them to give the student a chance to make the music his/her own creation. Finally, I love the opportunity to play duets with my students to give them a chance to make music together in a fun, no-pressure environment.  For piano, I typically teach through the Faber method, although I observe how the student progresses to see if an alternative method may be more effective. Significance remains on fundamentals, and I also experiment using clarinet in lessons to develop a student's skill collaborating with other musicians. Collaboration is a very important aspect of being a pianist and I look forward to making music with all of my students!
LESSON STYLE
As previously stated, my teaching style is a proper balance of positive encouragement and personal accountability. I always keep my lessons moving forward in order to take advantage of all time allotted. Within this framework, I enjoy a casual back-and-forth with my students to keep things friendly. I am always amazed at how much I learn from my students in lessons and I believe treating them as contributors to the lesson allows them to connect personally to what they are doing. I also push my students in each lesson and require regular practice. If it is evident that a student is not, it will be addressed and alternative ways to motivate the student will be attempted. Born and raised in Annapolis, I took advantage of many programs, competitions and ensembles in the area. As a teacher, I look forward to ushering my students towards these same opportunities to show them how much fun music can be.
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