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Matt Brown

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Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Slide Guitar, Lead Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Rock Guitar, Metal Guitar, General Mixing and Mastering
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About

Matt Brown, renowned performer and guitar instructor, has been teaching and playing professionally for the last 16 years.

Matt earned a Bachelor's of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Capital University in Columbus, OH.

He currently teaches private guitar lessons, sings and plays guitar in the Chicago rock band Dead Parade, and transcribes music professionally for a wide variety of clients. In the past, he worked for 8 years as a guitar teacher, transcriber, consultant, and free-lance writer for a popular subscription guitar site.  He also served as a guitar instructor/lecturer at Capital University's Community Music School under the direction of  music educator Dr. Rebecca Johnson.  Over the duration of his teaching career, Matt has taught over 200 students of all ages and levels of experience. Recently, he was published in Guitar World magazine.

Matt has a developed a reputation of being a musical jack of all trades. He is proficient in teaching and performing any style of guitar.  However, he is best known for his rock guitar playing, his songwriting abilities, his classical guitar performance skills, and his ability to teach these skill sets effectively. 

I tailor each lesson to help each student reach his/her own unique goals. I teach all genres, but I tend to focus on fundamental musicianship skills. That way, each student develops a solid foundation that can be applied to any musical situation. Right from the start, the primary goal of lessons is to play music. I structure my curriculum as such; lesson plans are customized for each student so that he/she is able to reach his/her goals in the most fun and efficient manner possible. I prefer not to bombard students with boring drills or technical exercises. Instead, technical practice and other subjects that are often boring for students are taught within a practical musical context such as a song or piece. That way, essential skills and knowledge such as solid technique and music theory are learned in a fun and inspiring way. 

Lesson materials are customized based on each student's individua lgoals. I use a combination of tried and true books along with materials that I have created over the past 16 years. Here is a quick list of some of the books I use:

General Guitar Skills

Progressive Guitar Method - Gary Turner

A Modern Method for Guitar - William Leavitt

Melodic Rhythms for Guitar - William Leavitt

Jazz Guitar

Jazz Harmony on the Guitar - Stan Smith

Approaching the Guitar - Gene Bertoncini

Jazz Conception for Guitar - Jim Snidero

Classical Guitar

Pumping Nylon - Scott Tennant

100 Graded Classical Guitar Studies - Frederick Noad

The Solo Lute Works of J.S. Bach - edited by Frank Koonce

Reviews of lessons with Matt Brown

This was my first lesson with Matt. I was a little concerned because I am 68, but Matt assured me by email that he was sure we could work together to help me play Blues. Before the lesson Matt answered three messages to help me be prepared. Matt was well prepared with material to send by email during the lesson. I could not be happier with the lesson and look forward to the next.
Chuck Bryan, Verified Student
February 27th, 2017
5
Matt did a nice job determining my skill level
Verified Student
January 9th, 2017
4
Matt has plans prepared in advance and has a detailed plan for my growth on guitar specified for my skill level and what I want to accomplish. I highly recommend him.
Jeremy, Verified Student
August 30th, 2016
5
This was our first lesson with Matt and my son is very excited about continuing to work with him!
Cheryl, Parent of Verified Student
March 30th, 2016
5
Teacher was great! Very informative and helpful during the learning process. Very excited to continue learning guitar with him!
Stephani, Verified Student
December 8th, 2015
5