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

Guitar Bass and Drum Program
for Kids

Does your son or daughter have an interest in guitar, bass or drums and would like to take their playing to the next level?

Are they stuck with their playing and need some guidance so they can accomplish their goals?

Would they like to learn their favorite songs but struggle to put them together?

Would they like to play with other musicians but they lack the confidence?

My name is Matt Friedland, I’m a professional musician with a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the Arizona State University School of Music and I’m a music lover just like your son or daughter. 

I’ve always wanted to play music since I was a kid but I failed at it three times in grade school mostly because I wasn’t interested in learning Hot Cross Buns or Mary Had a Little Lamb and I had no idea how to practice so I could play the music I really loved. 


I actually started playing when I was 18 and developed a passion for music but I know how frustrating it can be when you’re not able to play the way you want to, no matter how much you practice.

I teach stuck guitarists, bassists and drummers how to practice effectively so they can have musical fulfillment and the confidence to play with other musicians.

When I started playing bass, drums and then guitar, I was mostly self taught but my musical education came from playing along with records and jamming with countless musicians. I didn’t know how to read music or any theory at the time but I could still create music from my heart and that’s what mattered most to me.  Eventually, I would hit a wall with my playing and I knew if I wanted to reach the musical levels I desired, I’d need help. I’ve studied with over 25 teachers in my career, some were great and some weren’t but I learned valuable lessons from each one.


Once I had success playing with others, it was one of the most fulfilling and satisfying things I had ever done and I wanted that feeling over and over again. I feel fortunate to have experienced music in this truly rewarding way and I want to share that experience with your son or daughter.


What I believe is at the core of musical success is sharing the musical experience with others and having great teachers guide you through the process of reaching your musical goals. That’s what makes it fun, motivating, gratifying and that’s how I finally achieved the musical success I aspired for so long.  


To help my students reach the same level of fulfillment I have, I’ve structured my program based on all the positive musical experiences I’ve had. From essential experience playing with other musicians to the key instruction I needed to develop my playing skills. 


I definitely know how intimidating it can be to play with other musicians, especially if you don’t have much or any experience doing it, but playing with others is an essential component to my (and your son or daughters) musical success and happiness. I’ve been through some tough times in my musical career, some that really crushed me, but my class is a structured environment where everyone is kind, supportive and friendly so your kids don’t have to go through the school of hard knocks like I did to have fun playing music. My students are having a blast in my program and I know you’re son or daughter will too.

My coached band format program for kids is a unique, fun and educational class that gives students the awesome experience of playing with other music students, builds their confidence, allows them to make friends and develop their musical skills in the most fun way possible. Students learn to play songs together in a supportive, coached, band format class that I personally instruct.

I believe the best format for learning music is a combination of private lessons and group classes. Working with a student privately allows me to address their specific needs while my group class gives students something to look forward to, work toward and the opportunity to interact with other music students.

This interaction is what students enjoy most about my program, keeps the learning process engaging, fun and motivates students to practice more at home.

Who is the class for?

My music class combines all of my music students; guitarists, bassists and drummers and are grouped by age and skill level. If your son or daughter has some prior musical experience, has taken lessons before or participates in their school music program, this class is ideal for them.

All of my students had little or no experience playing in a band format before joining my program but under my instruction, are now playing songs with other kids and loving the experience.

How Does the Class Work?

Classes are grouped by skill level, from Late Beginners to Early Advanced Players and musical interests so you’re in an environment that fits your needs. 


Class genres range from Jazz, Blues, Rock, Funk and Pop. Utilizing my song based curriculum, we workshop and rehearse popular songs within these genres. Your son or daughter will develop key musical skills and insights so they can become the player they’ve always wanted to be.


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What Will My Kid Gain From Joining This Program?


"We feel very lucky to have found Matt on the internet to teach my grandson how to play the drums. But he doesn’t just teach him how to play, he teaches him the whole feeling of excitement and personal joy in playing. Matt knows how to bring the best out of a person to try new things, join a group or play in front of crowd. He’s more than a drum teacher, he goes to a deeper level to bring out a sense of confidence and pleasure. He can make a great impact in one student’s life, as he has with my grandson. We are grateful to Matt."

- Susan C.

"My son Carter has had a great experience with Matt as a guitar teacher. Both in individual and group lessons. Matt is a master teacher. I say that as a 23 year educator. He can always explain things where the students can "get it" in less than two minutes. Not a lot of people can so that. Plus, Matt is a good person and has a positive influence on my kid."

-Chris B.

"Matt has been a fantastic guitar instructor for my teenage son. He keeps the student's interest by teaching them to play the music they love, rather than following a set of instructional books filled with music that won't hold student interest. My son really enjoys working, and jamming, with Matt. I could not recommend him enough."

-Matt R.

"It was time for my son to be challenged and pushed to the next level as a drummer. Matt has done just that! He is teaching him how to read and write music. My son is learning how to play in a band with other musicians! As a drummer, this is essential! My son's skills have improved leaps and bounds in just two months! Thank you Matt!!"

- Noel H.

"Two of my children take lessons here- they are teenagers and they love going to class. I am so happy about this because it can be hard to find things teens like. We have taken guitar, piano and drum lessons at this studio. I feel very blessed to have found this studio. They have learned so much about music and have grown in their instruments. Thank you for sharing your talents and time with them!"

-Jocelyn J.

"My 11 year old son has been taking bass lessons from Matt for just over 6 months now and we could not be happier about finding him. One thing that really sticks out for me is that Matt teaches more than just how to play a song or a riff (which is what kids want to learn). Matt knows music theory and has an incredible way of incorporating this into his lessons. My son will want to learn a certain song and Matt is able to teach him that song while introducing music theory based on what he is teaching which keeps my son engaged and interested. Matt is well versed in so many different genres and is adept at playing many different instruments, another huge plus. Matt has a wonderful, laid back demeanor and is always pleasant and professional. My son and I have been comfortable with Matt since day one. I have seen incredible improvement since starting lessons with Matt and my son now enjoys practicing so much more because of this. I highly recommend Matt for anyone wanting to take music lessons - young or old!"

-Linda V.

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Want to learn more?

Matt offers a free Zoom consultation where he can learn more about you and your son or daughters musical interest and how he can help them accomplish their musical dreams. In the consultation he can assess their playing, provide strategies and solutions for the challenges they may be facing and devise a plan that helps them move forward musically.  


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