My teaching began in Maracaibo, Venezuela as part of the government subsidized program called El Sistema. This program involved giving donated instruments to less fortunate families and giving them music instruction. La Orquesta Juvenil de Caracas is a direct product of this program. I taught percussion in that program for about 8 years while performing as Principal Timpanist of the Maracaibo Symphony.
Upon returning to the U.S. in 1985, I began teaching at Concord Academy, Concord, MA. I taught percussion and started a percussion ensemble. A few years later I implemented a jazz piano course. I continued teaching at Concord Academy for 21 years prior to moving to the Los Angeles area. During that time I also taught at Boston Conservatory of Music as part of their Music Education program for about 15 years.
I am available for drum/percussion lessons and also piano, in particular, jazz study. I have over 40 years of teaching experience from ages 9 years to adult. In the percussion field, I have studied with Vic Firth and Alan Dawson, two huge influences in my life. In the piano/theory/composition field, I studied with Charlie Banacos, who was perhaps the biggest influence on me.
My method for drums/percussion combines a blend of rudiments, other technical exercises, ‘groove’ oriented beats, ie. swing, rock, funk, fusion, latin, use of brushes,learning how to read and play charts plus trading and soloing.
My method for piano combines technique, learning the blues, chord changes, (both one hand and two-handed), ballad playing, improvisational studies and ear training.
My hourly rate is $100 for study at my studio in Winnetka, CA. I can travel for lessons, but my rate depends upon how far I have to travel.
“Matt was my first and most influential teacher. He taught me how to be a musician, not just a drummer.”
?Ryan MacMillan, drummer for Matchbox 20 and The PushStars.
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