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Matthew S.

He's from United States , currently lives in Greece

Teaches

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
Degree Guitar Proficiency, George Petrakis, Athens, Greece Studying

Presentation

Hello internet musicians! My name's Matthew, I'm American, currently living in Greece. I've been studying and playing music for more than 10 years and teaching for 5 years. This is my first foray into teaching online due to these times, and I think it's going to be fun. I play Piano and Guitar, and am certified in Music Theory. Whether you want to learn to play some easy songs in a relaxed way, or take it to the next level and acquire the skills necessary to become a professional musician, I have you covered. Yes, kids are welcome too! I believe that music should be fun first and forem...

Hello internet musicians! My name's Matthew, I'm American, currently living in Greece. I've been studying and playing music for more than 10 years and teaching for 5 years. This is my first foray into teaching online due to these times, and I think it's going to be fun. I play Piano and Guitar, and am certified in Music Theory. Whether you want to learn to play some easy songs in a relaxed way, or take it to the next level and acquire the skills necessary to become a professional musician, I have you covered. Yes, kids are welcome too! I believe that music should be fun first and foremost. It is my goal to find a way to make that a reality for every student, no matter what type of learner you are. Everyone knows it is hard work to become a professional in any field in life, but not all of us want to be professionals! And if you do, it is important that the challenges you face are taken step-by-step, in a rewarding and engaging manner. There is nothing to be learned from a boring or overly daunting task. What style of music do I like? Pretty much everything! I listen to and enjoy music from every genre and time period, so you can rest easy that whatever you want to learn, I'm in. Besides, you might be surprised how much more all of these styles have IN common than they do OUT of common. This is just one of the many surprising discoveries to be made while learning the mysteries of music. So I'm offering three classes. Two are specific to the instruments I can teach at a technical level, Guitar and Piano, and the third class is designed for students who play some other instrument but want to gain a better understanding of Music Theory. See the description on each of those for more detail! If you'd like to take a free sample lesson, message me and I'll book you as soon as possible. Thanks for reading, I look forward to hearing from many of you!

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• 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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