Piano, Guitar, Bass & Drum Lessons in Tempe, AZ – Music Lessons Arizona

Band Format Classes

These classes are the best way to improve musically
while having the most fun.

If you’ve been stuck in the same place musically for some time it’s either because you don’t have enough experience playing with others or you have none at all. Let’s face it, you’re not going to reach your musical potential by remaining in isolation. 


If you want to reach higher levels of musicality and satisfaction, playing with other musicians is essential.

If you want to make leaps and bounds of improvement in your musical development, gain more structure and focus in your practice time, have a clearer vision of your musical goals and be able to see them through, be more rewarded for your efforts AND connect with other people all while gaining an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, our music classes are the perfect opportunity for you.

If you have limited to no experience playing with other musicians that’s totally ok. You may be thinking, I’m not ready to play with others. Or, once I reach a certain level on my own, then I’ll be ready to play with other musicians. 


I know how you feel and have felt the same way too but the truth is the main reason any musician became successful is because they started playing with others as soon and often as possible. By doing so, they’ve developed valuable musical experience which gave them a vision and path for success. 



I understand playing with other musicians can feel intimidating. We all tell ourselves, “When I’m better, I’ll be ready to play with others”. 


The truth is the key to reaching musical success is gaining experience working with other musicians and learning through the process. Without the experience of actually playing music with others it will be very difficult to make any significant progress with your playing.



That’s why I created these friendly, supportive, structured and fun classes where I coach students on how to play music together.  I want to give you the opportunity to play with other musicians so you can experience music in the most rewarding and gratifying way possible.

Playing with others offers so many benefits. You’ll gain clarity on what skills are important in your practice, structure your time more efficiently and accomplish your goals much more quickly. 


The only thing holding you back from success is the way you’re thinking about things. The reason many music students struggle is because they play by themselves most of the time and lack the right mindset for success. 


These classes are designed to get you thinking about music in new, exciting ways that will transform you into a confident musician.

Have fun building your musical skills, workshopping songs and playing with others in a band context with expert instructor Matt Friedland

Class Concept

The main concept of the class is how to play with other people and workshopping songs. Instructor Matt Friedland views playing with other musicians or being in a band similar to being on a sports team. 


It’s all about team work and having a great coach guide you through the experience. You’ll learn how to play comfortably and confidently with others. Ultimately making connections with people and gaining a great sense of satisfaction with your self.

This may seem intimidating if you don’t have much or any experience playing with others but this class is a casual, supportive and structured environment where Matt will make it fun and easy for you to play with others. 


Classes range from Late Beginners to Early Advanced Players. We’ll match you with other music students of similar skill and musical interests.

Class Clips

Matt teaches several classes with range in styles, genres and skill levels. Each class features workshops of putting songs together, improvisation, band cohesion, musical comprehension, reading charts and more.

Jazz and Blues

Funk and Fusion



How does the class work?

There are a number of songs Matt uses to teach you how to play together with other musicians. You'll learn how to run an effective rehearsal, understand your role in a band format and ultimately be able to assemble the parts of a song and play it from beginning to end.

You'll Learn How To:

What else happens in the class?

We’ll explore other interesting and valuable concepts that are sure to improve your playing and make you feel great about your progress.

Other topics include:

The class is also open for suggested topics and concepts.  What are things you’d like to learn? Songs? Music Theory? Strumming? Let us know and Matt will integrate it into the program.

When are the classes?

About The Program and Class Instructor Matt Friedland

Matt is a versatile musician proficient in guitar, bass and drum set. His musical styles range from rock, pop, blues, funk and jazz. He holds a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the Arizona State University School of Music and has been teaching in the East Valley for over 12 years.

Check out what our clients have to say

"Matt is a multi-talented musician proficient in Drums, Bass, and Guitar. He is a very patient person. My wife takes lessons from him and prior to starting at MLA she hadn’t picked up a new instrument in over 20 years. He has given her confidence and skills she never had before. There are monthly jam sessions where students of all ages get to collaborate and enjoy popular songs together from multiple genres. Don’t be afraid to try something new!"

- James C.

"I've taken guitar lessons from Matt for about 1.5 years and I highly recommend him. His lessons cover different aspects of guitar playing including covering songs, music theory and creative songwriting. He also offers various programs such as group classes, seminars and jam sessions with other students. His thorough knowledge of music theory and vast experience with different styles of music should be able to help individual needs of students at any playing level. I cannot thank him enough for all the songs I've learned how to play as well as dozens of original songs I've wrote with his help."

- June P.

"I am lucky to have found Matt and to be able to take guitar lessons from him. Matt is a phenomenal and highly skilled instructor with super in-depth knowledge in many genres of music. Since I started guitar lessons here, my playing has improved significantly. I have a new sense of understanding of the information that the music was built on. Matt breaks down the music into bite sized pieces thus making it easier to see how the pieces fit and play together. Matt supports his instruction with very organized materials like chord charts, flow and form of the song , music sheets , tablature and how to read the music. This information is invaluable in the learning process regardless of individual skill level. I personally enjoyed the group sessions a lot. Interacting with other musicians is very rewarding. Since my lessons here, I have added quite a few songs to my library of songs that I can play. The journey has been gratifying and very satisfying. Thank you Matt for your support and guidance in helping me become a better Guitarist and being able to enjoy the journey."

- Roger M.

How do I know which class is right for me?

I offer a free Zoom consultation where I can get to know you, your musical skill level, musical interests and what you’d like to accomplish by working together. From there we can find the right class format for you.

Simply visit the contact page, fill out a brief questionnaire about your musical situation and I’ll coordinate a consultation time that works with your schedule. Go ahead and take the next step towards your musical success by clicking the button below!