Matt comes to our school with a profound sense of what it means to be an inspiring music teacher. With years of experience teaching drums, bass, upright bass and guitar, he has much to offer his students. Matt is caring, friendly and approachable. His students quickly become attached.
Matt realizes a one-size-fits-all teaching strategy would hinder the growth of a student, thus he is extremely driven to adapt each lesson to the age, needs, and interests of his students. Because of his diverse musical background, he can incorporate any style or song his student favors as a way to keep them motivated. At the same time, he encourages his students to expand their horizons by introducing new styles and genres.
While he likes to keep his lessons fun, he is also serious about working on technique and understanding the science of music so that students can carry this into other instruments or styles of music. He keeps his lessons half fun and half rudiments as a general rule and then adapts to the student. For his more experienced students, he goes a step further and teaches them how to play along with other instruments so they will have the ability to “jam” as they progress. For example, he brings in his guitar for a bass lesson, or even his bass with a drum student, and plays along with the student so he/she can learn how to play with other musicians.
Matt strives to establish trust with his students by building a personal relationship so that the student can feel comfortable and let their musical talents come out. He also maintains a healthy relationship with the entire family by keeping communication with the parents open and keeping them informed on their child’s homework and progress.
He takes practicing at home very seriously and finds many creative ways to motivate his students to WANT to practice, not to just practice out of a sense of obligation. This motivation comes from within and he has had much success drawing this out of his students. One parent’s remarks are, “We never have to push our son to practice. He looks forward to it every day thanks to the encouragement from Matt…”
Matt currently performs in a variety of ensembles around the bay are including Mr. Kind, Dirty Cello, Park St. Trio, Karate Mountain, and the Poh Teng quartet as well as a multitude of pickup jazz ensembles. He has also performed internationally during a tour through China in 2013.
When Matt isn't teaching at Better World, he is running Ivy Hill Entertainment, an artist run entertainment company that provides music and production services in the SF bay area and LA. Less than a year old, Ivy Hill Entertainment has performed for over 70 weddings, produced a show for 4,000 people @ Google, and provided the Napa Valley Film Festival with 22 performances over the course of 5 days, just to share a little.
Watch Matt Perform!
Dirty Cello China Tour
(Matt played String & Electric Bass)
Matt's Thesis Project:
Sand Noise Device
Recording Session: "No Questions Asked" (with two other Better World Instructors Jon Devoto and Peter Smith)
Teaching String Bass
Jazz Jam with Alex Attard
Park St. Trio