Matt is a versatile bassist with musical styles ranging 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.
He specializes in improvisation, composition, music theory and has the skills to help you accomplish any of your musical aspirations.
For a sample of Matt’s playing, here is a clip from a gig with one of his bands. You can also view his new album, “Revelation“, on iTunes.
The first step is we identify your goals for bass playing, what your biggest challenges are and then devise a plan that moves you in the right direction. Matt understands that each student is different and he customizes his lesson plans to suit each students musical needs.
Matt teaches systematic methods designed to help you break through the challenges and barriers many bassists face, allowing you to reach new levels in your bass playing.
As a multi-instrumentalist highly skilled in guitar, bass and drum set, Matt offers key insights giving you a clear picture of what your musical role is in the context of a band or song. These insights allow you to progress rapidly in your musical development, build confidence and result in increased enjoyment from your playing.
"My 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!"
"My son has been taking electric bass lessons from Matt for a year and a half. My son had previously played piano and is comfortable with music theory and reading music. Matt has done a great job relating his previous music experience to learning electric bass. He's enjoys playing jazz and learning to improvise. He plays in the both school band and the extracurricular jazz band. Thanks to Matt's guidance and instruction, my son was awarded band student of the year for the 2015-2016 school year. I highly recommend Matt for music lessons; he's been an excellent instructor for my son. He looks forward to his lesson every week!"
Matt offers a free consultation at the studio where he can provide an assessment of your playing, offer suggestions and strategies to overcome your challenges and go into more detail about his lesson programs.
Simply fill out the questionnaire on the contact form and we will coordinate a meeting that works with your schedule.