I am a 28 year old trumpet player from Liverpool, currently living in London. If you are hoping to start playing a brass instrument or are looking for a new teacher then I'd love to hear from you.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Most of my students are trumpet players but I teach other brass instruments too. I am happy to help students prepare for jazz or classical grades if they wish but it's fine if they'd rather not.
I think it is important that the instrument is a way into learning all kinds of interesting things about music so I try to cover a really broad range of different ideas in lessons. I don't just stick to 'classical' music; I think it's great to explore lots of different things from the very beginning. Lessons can incorporate improvisation, playing by ear and music theory as well as playing technique. Lessons are tailored to the individual student's needs and interests.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
Please feel free to take a look at my CV (below).
- How much do you charge?
My rate is £40 per hour, £20 per half hour etc.
- Where do you teach?
I usually teach on Saturdays at a centre in Tufnell Park, N7. This is close to both Tufnell Park underground station (Northern Line) and Upper Holloway Overground (Barking-Gospel Oak line).
- When are you available?
My private teaching is usually done only on Saturdays, but in some circumstances I am willing to arrange lessons on other days.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I am happy to teach anyone of any age or level.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I usually prepare and enter students for the Trinity Guildhall exams; however I'm happy to enter students for ABRSM exams if they wish.
In recent years many of my students have achieved distinction in their exams. My students always pass the exams they enter.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I have been involved in music and playing the trumpet for over 20 years and it has been brilliant fun. Whether you just want to play a bit in your spare time or take it more seriously, I can show you how to get the most out of it and have the best experience.
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- What kind of experience do you have?
I have spent a lot of time working with all sorts of students, aged from under 6 to over 50. These have included beginners both young and old, students with playing problems, post grade 8 students looking for new challenges as well as older people who are looking for help learning music. As mentioned above I can help students prepare for grades if they wish and my students are always successful in their exams. As well as working privately I am currently employed as a brass tutor by Bromley Youth Music Trust. In recent years I also worked for the London Borough of Newham "Every Child a Musician" project.
As a performer I have played a lot of different music in all sorts of groups including: orchestra, brass band, wind band, big band, small jazz groups, big and small brass groups, street bands and pop bands. I'm also an experienced soloist and I have given many recital and concerto performances. I am also currently the conductor of the Symphonic Wind Orchestra of North London, UCL Concert band, East London Community Band and several choirs. I am also Artistic Director of East London Music Group.
I have experienced and overcome a lot of problems in my own playing, and am keen to help others resolve problems that they experience.
Alongside teaching and performing I also have a lot of experience leading workshops with children. This has involved working in the Wigmore Hall's "Chamber Tots" workshop series for toddlers, brass workshops for Liverpool Saturday Morning Music School, and brass and woodwind workshops for schools in Dublin.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have a clear CRB certificate from 10th October 2014 registered by Bromley Youth Music Trust.
- Where and with whom did you train?
I studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama where my teachers were Paul Beniston, Paul Cosh, Steve Keavy, Alison Balsom and Nick Smart. I have also studied with Kristian Steenstrup, Ray Allen and Tom Rainer.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
The Musicians' Union.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I currently have 24 regular students, the youngest of which is six and the eldest over 50. They have diverse musical interests and aspirations and they all love playing music.
• Bachelors in Music (Classical Trumpet), Guildhall School
• CRB checked
• Musicians' Union
Matt has taught trombone to my twelve year old daughter and is currently teaching my seven year old son trumpet. Both of the children feel confident with Matt as he works through the technical and musical aspects of their instrument in a way that is accessible and allows them to feel in control. They always look forward to their lessons and feel proud of their achievements. My daughter has gone to boarding school and has really missed Matt's approach to teaching.
I asked my 8 year old, who is learning the trumpet with Matt if he would recommend him to his friends. My son immediately answered 'Yes!' 'Why?' I asked, 'Because he is patient and explains really clearly'.
Matt is a fantastic tutor, he has been teaching my younger son piano and my two older sons trumpet in the past year. He is a very accomplished musician and patient teacher and they look forward to their weekly lessons with him. He explains things concisely, recommends resources to aid their learning, and makes lessons fun. He has guided two of my sons through grades 1-3 trumpet. Matt is always very punctual, but also flexible if I need to rearrange a lesson. I can recommend Matt as very professional tutor.
Matt is an excellent trumpet teacher. He has guided our son from grade 2-4 in a year and has done so in a stimulating way. He focuses on good technique with exciting and varied repertoire. Several times he's contacted us between lessons to advise of useful resources for our son's development. He is friendly and approachable and takes a genuine interest in his students' development. Before the grade 4 Matt provided excellent support and encouragement. I recommend Matt to any prospective trumpet student.
Matt has been teaching J for 6 months and he's come on hugely in this time. Matt is firm and clear about what J needs to concentrate on while playing in order to improve. He sets realistic targets each week and explains what J needs to do to get there. He is also very clear in communicating with us about what is realistic, he's happy to be contacted by text or email during the week. J says he really enjoys lessons with Matt because he is really good at explaining how to do what he's asking him to do.
Matt is not only a good musician, he's a great teacher too. He's able to communicate with children and get the very best out of them. My 8 year old daughter started lessons last September and has just gained distinction for her Grade 1. He also gives advice and guidance to us, as parents, so that we can support Lulu with her practice, and encourage her playing. He inspires Lulu and as a result she loves playing the trumpet.
I'm an Architect and have no musical experience whatsoever, I've been learning the trumpet for 1Â½ years, having lessons with Matt once a week. Matt is a great teacher and has a balanced approach to teaching mixing theory, practice and musicianship along with high standards and lots and lots of patience. I've been amazed by what I've achieved in a short space of time and get such a lot out of it. I would encourage anyone thinking of taking up an instrument no matter what age you are.
I am a singer songwriter and PGCE music student and have been taking lessons with Matt for a couple of months now, with the aim of learning the trumpet but even more importantly to improve my general musicianship. Matt has from the beginning tailored the lessons in response to my personal needs, making them very effective and enjoyable.
Matt has been teaching me to play the piano since the past three months. It is an absolute pleasure learning from him. He beautifully explains the fundamentals of music and tries different techniques to make it easy for the learner. He ensures that the learner understands and can play what is being taught flawlessly. It is great fun learning from him and I cherish the lessons and the learning experience.
I highly recommend Matt as a great trumpet teacher. My 10 year old son really enjoys lessons with him. Matt spends time and thought working out the best way to inspire and engage a rather inattentive boy. He is thorough and has high standards. Brilliant!
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