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Matthew S.

He's from United States , currently lives in Greece

10 10 34

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Class for pianists, with a focus on using your ears.

For beginner and intermediate players. My method focuses on teaching you to play songs by ear on piano or guitar (or any instrument). This approach is so vital for anyone who wants to really understand music on the same level that we understand our native language. After getting familiar with your instrument, as well as some basics of how music works, we will jump right in by choosing one of your favorite songs to learn. I will introduce proper technique, exercises, and music theory concepts along the way in a natural progression, grounding them with musical examples and making sure you know how to hear them, not just play them. Using this method you will also learn to explore your creativity and how to compose your own music. Homework comes in the form of a weekly practice routine c...

For beginner and intermediate players. My method focuses on teaching you to play songs by ear on piano or guitar (or any instrument). This approach is so vital for anyone who wants to really understand music on the same level that we understand our native language. After getting familiar with your instrument, as well as some basics of how music works, we will jump right in by choosing one of your favorite songs to learn. I will introduce proper technique, exercises, and music theory concepts along the way in a natural progression, grounding them with musical examples and making sure you know how to hear them, not just play them. Using this method you will also learn to explore your creativity and how to compose your own music. Homework comes in the form of a weekly practice routine consisting of exercises, song practice, and creative composition challenges. For intermediate students who already have a good grasp on how to use their ear and can play sufficiently, we can dive in to learn more difficult pieces and advanced concepts. This includes how to read sheet music, analyzing harmony and reharmonizing, transcribing jazz solos by ear, composing and arranging for multiple instruments, music production on the computer, and many others, depending on the interests of the student.

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Teaches

over 5 years of experience teaching online classes

  • Piano Beginner, Intermediate
    Class for pianists, with a focus on using your ears.
  • Music Beginner, Intermediate
    Class for pianists, guitarists, or songwriters, with a focus on using your ears.

Speaks

EnglishNative

Education

Certification Music Theory, Giannis Anagnastopoulos, Athens, Greece
Certification Piano Proficiency, Giannis Anagnastopoulos, Athens, Greece
Certification Guitar Proficiency, George Petrakis, Athens, Greece Studying

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Matthew S. accepts bookings with at least 30 minutes in advance.

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reading beach volleyball tennis writing fishing

Reviews

Jonathan Levi
A great teacher, great energy, a lot of fun to learn with. I look forward to the lessons quite a bit.
Jesse Mensah
Matthew excellently manages to fill in and maneuver around my interests and prior knowledge of music. Very talented and patient!
Michele Wolaver
18 reviews
My 10 year old son immediately felt comfortable and connected with Matthew, as his manner is easy going, friendly and confident. Matthew's instructional style seems to easily adapt to where the student is at as well as be flexible to take them where they aspire to be. This instructor also is quick to reply to messages and shares valuable suggestions!
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Frequently Asked Questions

• Can I cancel a booking?

Yes, you can cancel booking up to 8 hours before the lesson starts, indicating the reason for the cancellation. We will study each case personally to carry out the refund.

• How do I pay for the lesson?

At the time you select a lesson or package of hours, you will make the payment through our virtual payment service. You have two options:
- Debit / Credit
- Paypal
Once the payment is settled, we'll send you an e-mail with the booking confirmation.

• Can I modify a booking?

Yes, something unexpected can always happen, so you can change the time or day of the lesson. You can do it from your personal area in "Scheduled lessons" through the option "Change date".

• How does a lesson at Classgap happen?

The class is done through classgap’s virtual classroom. Classgap was developed specifically for educational purposes, including many useful features such as: digital whiteboard, online text editor, webcam, screen sharing and many more.

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