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Matt S.

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Influences: My major influences are classical and classic rock players. As a younger player I was obsessed with Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa. As I grew older, Brazilian composer/guitarist Heitor Villa-Lobos became my hero.

About Me:
I originally began playing guitar when I was 7 years old, mostly studying basic pedagogy and classic rock technique. After years of practice, I began to seriously consider the idea of studying classical guitar in order to join my high school's guitar ensemble. At first I just wanted an excuse to play guitar in school, but I quickly grew attached to the style, immersing myself in music theory studies along the way as well. It became a bigger part of my life, and when applying for schools, I decided to audition myself as a classical guitarist. I was accepted into the James Madison University School of Music where I studied with Keith Stevens for four years. During my final year, I began teaching, eventually moving up to NYC and continuing to do so.

I was originally brought to Brooklyn to be a part of the concert promotion scene here, spending a large amount of time managing 285 Kent in Williamsburg as well as independently booking experimental and noise shows around the area. Now I mostly play by myself with a heavily modified electric set-up, but have also been playing drums in a newer punk band PAWNS. I still book some shows here and there, but mostly teach and play.

My current favorite guitar solo is Zappa's during "Zomby Woof."

Ages:
Elementary School, Pre-teen, Teenage, Adult

To inquire about lessons with Matt, please fill out the Inquiry Form on this page, or call us at (800) 417-4620.

Experience:

  • Independent Guitar Teacher in Harrisonburg, VA [2010 - 2011]
  • Independent Guitar Teacher in NYC [2011 - 2014]

Education:

  • Graduated, Bachelor of Music (BM), James Madison University [2011]

Studied With:

  • Keith Stevens [2007 - 2011]

Seminars and Workshops Attended:

  • Mid-Atlantic Guitar Festival, Yale University [2007]
  • Roland Dyens Master Class, Yale University [2005]

Recent Performances:

  • PAWNS -- Record Release Show @ Nothing Changes [August, 2014]

Discography:

  • Velvet Zombie - "Paisley OST" [2013]
  • PAWNS - "S/T 7" [2014]

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