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Matthew S.

He's from United States , currently lives in Greece

10 10 27

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Class for pianists. Whether you are just starting out or have already been playing for some time, there is something here for you to learn. The first step is getting to know each other, this allows me to get to know your interests, aspirations and experience level...

Class for pianists. Whether you are just starting out or have already been playing for some time, there is something here for you to learn. The first step is getting to know each other, this allows me to get to know your interests, aspirations and experience level to better tailor the lessons for you. After that, I usually like to start by helping you learn a new song of your choosing, something you've never played before. From there, we can discuss improving technique or learning some music theory. For technique, we will cover proper playing posture, chord and scale shapes, exercises for finger strength and dexterity, how to play melodies, rhythm exercises, bass lines, and much more. For music theory, my approach is to teach you how to play songs by ear as quickly as possible. After you have laid down some ground work, this will come easier than you think! Many people hear music theory and think long boring white board discussions about Do-Re-Mi, learning to read music, etc. In truth, it is more about how to HEAR music and to put what you hear into use. It is important to grasp that many musicians never studied music theory in an academic way, but using their ear they taught themselves the language of music more completely than even graduates of Julliard. This is akin to learning to speak a language the way native speakers know it, without needing to know the technical grammar. However, some students learn better academically. For these students, I will cover how to read and write sheet music, composition, transposition, diatonic chord and scale theory, functional and nonfunctional harmony, the circle of fifths, advanced harmonic structures, transcribing solos, etc. Both avenues can and should, if taught properly, lead you to becoming a great musician. My goal is to help each student find the right avenue for them, helping them improve properly and answering any questions along the way.

Hi! My name is Matthew, I'm an American currently residing in Greece. Aimed at beginners and intermediate players (kids are welcome), my method focuses on teaching you to play pop/rock songs on piano or guitar (or any instrument) using your ear first and foremost! This unique approach is so vital for anyone who wants to really understand music on the same level that we understand our native language. We jump right in by choosing one of your favorite songs to learn, and I will introduce music theory concepts along the way in a natural progression. If you are interested in playing more ...

Hi! My name is Matthew, I'm an American currently residing in Greece. Aimed at beginners and intermediate players (kids are welcome), my method focuses on teaching you to play pop/rock songs on piano or guitar (or any instrument) using your ear first and foremost! This unique approach is so vital for anyone who wants to really understand music on the same level that we understand our native language. We jump right in by choosing one of your favorite songs to learn, and I will introduce music theory concepts along the way in a natural progression. If you are interested in playing more advanced pieces, even pieces from the classical repertoire, what I teach will be of immeasurable importance in eventually reaching that goal. Using this method you will also learn to explore your creativity and how to compose your own music. Homework will mostly come in the form of a weekly practice routine, exercises, and composition challenges. For students who have a good grasp on how to use their ear, including the basic theory concepts that go along with that, we can dive in to learn more difficult pieces and advanced concepts. This includes how to read sheet music more efficiently, analyzing classical harmony, transcribing jazz solos, composing and arranging for multiple instruments, music production on the computer, and many others, depending on the interests of the student. Send me a message and I’ll find the soonest time to book a sample lesson so we can get to know each other!

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over 5 years of experience teaching online classes

  • Piano Beginner, Intermediate
    Class for pianists. Whether you are just starting out or have already been playing for some time, there is something here for you to learn. The first step is getting to know each other, this allows me to get to know your interests, aspirations and experience level to better tailor the lessons for you. After that, I usually like to start by helping you learn a new song of your choosing, something you've never played before. From there, we can discuss improving technique or learning some music theory. For technique, we will cover proper playing posture, chord and scale shapes, exercises for finger strength and dexterity, how to play melodies, rhythm exercises, bass lines, and much more. For music theory, my approach is to teach you how to play songs by ear as quickly as possible. After you have laid down some ground work, this will come easier than you think! Many people hear music theory and think long boring white board discussions about Do-Re-Mi, learning to read music, etc. In truth, it is more about how to HEAR music and to put what you hear into use. It is important to grasp that many musicians never studied music theory in an academic way, but using their ear they taught themselves the language of music more completely than even graduates of Julliard. This is akin to learning to speak a language the way native speakers know it, without needing to know the technical grammar. However, some students learn better academically. For these students, I will cover how to read and write sheet music, composition, transposition, diatonic chord and scale theory, functional and nonfunctional harmony, the circle of fifths, advanced harmonic structures, transcribing solos, etc. Both avenues can and should, if taught properly, lead you to becoming a great musician. My goal is to help each student find the right avenue for them, helping them improve properly and answering any questions along the way.
  • Music Beginner, Intermediate
    Class for Music Theory. Aimed at singers or musicians of any instrument who want to learn more about theory, how to hear and analyze music by ear, how to read and write sheet music, etc. The first step is getting to know each other, this allows me to get to know your interests, aspirations and experience level to better tailor the lessons for you. After that, I usually like to start by helping you learn a new song of your choosing, something you've never played before. From there, we can discuss improving technique or learning some music theory. My approach is to teach you how to play songs by ear as quickly as possible. After you have laid down some ground work, this will come easier than you think! Many people hear music theory and think long boring white board discussions about Do-Re-Mi, learning to read music, etc. In truth, it is more about how to HEAR music and to put what you hear into use. It is important to grasp that many musicians never studied music theory in an academic way, but using their ear they taught themselves the language of music more completely than even graduates of Julliard. This is akin to learning to speak a language the way native speakers know it, without needing to know the technical grammar. However, some students learn better academically. For these students, I will cover how to read and write sheet music, composition, transposition, diatonic chord and scale theory, functional and nonfunctional harmony, the circle of fifths, advanced harmonic structures, transcribing solos, etc. Both avenues can and should, if taught properly, lead you to becoming a great musician. My goal is to help each student find the right avenue for them, helping them improve properly and answering any questions along the way.

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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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Reviews

Jesse Mensah
Matthew excellently manages to fill in and maneuver around my interests and prior knowledge of music. Very talented and patient!
Jonathan Levi
A great teacher, great energy, a lot of fun to learn with. I look forward to the lessons quite a bit.
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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