My teaching methodology revolves around salubrious playing (Healthy and ergonomic playing). I am a big believer in making sure that I provide my students different tools and strategies for their “musical toolbox.” This insures that they know how to work through repertoire without pain, teach others, enjoy music-making, and know the theory that wrote it. This results in an overall well-rounded human and musician.
I am a trombone player and have experience teaching a private studio since 2018. I have worked at the International Trombone Festival, am an Eagle Scout, and studying still at the University of Iowa with Dr. Jonathan Allen. Currently, I am a trombonist with the 484th Army Band Reserve band. Also, I am the president of the UIOWA Men’s Water Polo Club Team.
Teaching Experience: Dates:
-Private Lesson Studio 2018-Present
-Downers Grove South High School Band. 2019-Present
Low Brass Sectional Coach
-Lakeview Junior High, Downers Grove, 2014-Present
IL Summer Clinician
Performance and Playing Experience:
-University of Iowa Symphony Band
-University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra
-University of Iowa Trombone Choir
-Sliding Away Trombone Trio
-484th Army Band Trombone Player
-TriBurri Brass Trio
Skills, Certificate, other: Dates:
-Dean’s Student Advisory Council 2019-Present
-International Trombone Festival Worker and attendee 2018, 2019
-LeaderShape Graduate 2019
-Eagle Scout 2017-Present
-NASM Certified Personal Trainer 2020-Present
-University of Iowa Class of 2022 with BM in Trombone Performance
-Minor in Communications
-Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship
Perfect! Thanks to Matt, I went from merely knowing low Bb to play a wide range of notes (A, Ab, G, F#, F, E, B, C, Db, D, Eb, high Bb, etc.) and being able to play them well. If you have Matt as your tutor, you will have a fun time and improve a lot.
Angel shows a great tendency towards a fuller sound in the lower range of the horn. Currently, he is working on expanding his range through the purposeful engagement of his embouchure (straw method), blowing faster air in order to increase the vibrations of his lips to go higher (Airplane +paper method) and to know the positions 1-7 with accurate note names of each partial (5 Note Roulette).
I have been working with Matt for several months now and there has not been a single moment when I doubted his dedication to the craft of trombone performance. He is obviously passionate and it shows both in his playing and in his guidance. I find trombone performance EXCEPTIONALLY nerve-wracking and Matt does a great job making others feel less uncomfortable and nervous in their own playing.
Matt is a pationate and skilled trombonist. His energy and enthusiasm for the instrument is infectious and I can't help but have an amazing time whenever we have a lesson! You'll learn a ton, and have a great time doing it!
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