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Instruments: Drums
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Marching Band

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Matt G In Home In Studio Teaches Online
Instruments: Drums
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Latin, Funk, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Marching Band

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 10-80
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Bachelor's of Music, Jazz Studies, William Paterson College
Overview:
Matt has been on the New York City music scene since 1994. He has performed with some of the best in the business, including Vincent Herring, David Williams, Teri Thornton, Gary Versace, Ron McLure, Ben Monder, Percy Jones, Jeremy Pelt and Jerome Richardson, among others. Matt has performed all over New York in such notable venues as The Blue Note, Birdland, Smalls, Smoke, Minton's Playhouse, The Kitano Hotel, and The Knitting Factory. He has also toured the U.S. including Northwest tours with pianist, Clay Giberson, a summer jazz series at The Baltimore Museum of Art with Grammy Award winner, Vincent Herring’s Quartet, midwest shows with fusion, master bassist, Percy Jones and West Coast tours with the prolific pianist and composer, Joel Forrester.
 Matt is currently a full time member of pianist/composer Joel Forrester’s working trio and quintet. Forrester, who was recently featured in Downbeat Magazine, composed the theme for National Public Radio's "FRESH AIR" with Terry Gross and is also a founding member of The Microscopic Septet. Matt has recorded two albums with Joel on Ride Symbol Records alongside producer, Donald Elfman. Matt is also featured on pianist Clay Giberson’s newest album, "Spaceton's Approach" on Origin Records. The CD has been getting radio play on jazz stations all over the country. ALL ABOUT JAZZ calls it "One of the top piano trio efforts of the year." 

 Matt is currently living in Woodstock and accepting students!
EXPERIENCE
Since 1992, Teaching private drum lessons, beginner to advanced, all styles (Jazz, Latin, Rock, Classical,etc.) Successfully prepare students for auditions at performing arts highschools in the New York area such as LaGuardia Performing Arts High School.  
METHODS USED
Syncopation, Stick Control, Wilcoxin, Modern Reading in 4/4, etc... TESTIMONIALS: “I was searching for a drum teacher for my then preteen daughter. She had had other drum teachers, however their approach was one that often left her crying.  A friend recommended Matt and so I welcomed him into my home to teach my daughter how to play drums. My daughter took to him immediately and as an administrator in a local school I recognized in Matt the qualities of a great teacher. Matt was gentle, patient, knew when and how to challenge her and above all made learning fun.  Matt continued to teach my daughter into her teenage years and when it was time to choose a high school Matt prepared her for her audition at LaGuardia High School. Her acceptance into this fine performing arts school is something I attribute to Matt.  I truly feel that he would be a great asset to whatever organization that is lucky enough to have him.” -Nelia W. "My daughter has been studying with Matt for several years and really enjoys it. She is eager to go to class and reports back that she and Matt cover a lot of ground during a relatively short (30-minute) lesson. In addition, the jam sessions that often conclude the lesson are a big hit, enabling her to try out newly-learned skills and hear how they sound when put to music. That, in turn, encourages her to want to take each lesson to the next step. Matt is a terrific teacher!" -Alice Y. "Gabriel took lessons with Matt for five years and really enjoyed learning to play the drums.  Matt was great with him and we think he would be great with kids generally.  We found him very encouraging, making the lessons and the practicing fun, without being overbearing.  In addition, we were all impressed (particularly Amy who studied piano for many years) with his skills as a musician." -Stuart R. "When my fourteen year old son Robert, who has been playing the drums and taking lessons for 7 years, needed a new drum teacher, it was important for me to find the right teacher. We wanted a technical drum instructor with a strong background in jazz as well as someone who would appeal to a young teenager that loves to play classic rock as well. From the very first lesson we knew Matt was that person. Matt is a skilled musician and wonderful teacher. He is a warm person with positive energy and a true professional. At each lesson, Matt instructs Robert, corrects his mistakes while always making him feel at ease. He is respectful and kind and has a great way with kids. I am excited about all the great stuff my son is learning from Matt and I know it will propel Robert to pursue his love for music and keep it a part of his life always."  -Michele I.
LESSON STYLE
This is my basic approach for getting a new student started at the drums.  I like to start students out on the practice pad at first.  This gives them a chance to focus on learning good technique and understanding basic musical notation.  Starting out on a huge drumset is not only a little overwhelming, but there is only so much they can accomplish until they grasp the basics.  Below is a general list of the things that will be covered in the first month or so for a newcomer to the drums. -Proper technical approach (grip, hand/ arm position, stroke) -Musical notation, note values (basic reading- quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets, rests, etc.) -Rolls (double stroke, single stroke, press) -Rudiments (flams, paradiddles, etc.) -Accents -Snare Drum Solos Various instructional books are used including- “Syncopation”, “Stick Control”, “Modern Reading, text in 4/4”, “Wilcoxin Book”, and more. As students progress, they can move on to drumset studies.  I can focus on whichever style of music interests the student, or  I can present various styles (Rock, Latin, Funk, Jazz, etc.)  All of the ideas learned in the previous lessons will be applied to the drumset.  Areas covered will include: -Beats (Rock, Swing, Bossa Nova, Samba, 12/8, etc.) -Fills -Soloing -Reading Charts -Time/ Feel -Dynamics I am very patient and flexible.  If there is anything that the student specifically wants to learn or doesn’t want to learn, I’m all ears!  I’m here to teach them whatever they are interested in as well as to introduce them to something they may not have experienced before.
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