Matt Macaulay is an American professional Jazz guitarist and singer-songwriter. He has been teaching music to students of all ages, privately and in groups, since 1997. After graduating from William Paterson University with a Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance , Matt spent 10 years in New York City working as a freelance musician and operating the Macaulay Guitar Studio. Matt has been associated with several teaching studios as well as private, public and international schools. With a comprehensive background in Jazz, Classical and Rock guitar as well as electric bass, piano, arranging and voice, Matt is uniquely qualified to teach students of all ages and levels. As a guitarist, Matt has performed extensively around the East Coast of the United States and has also released three albums of original songs under his own name.
My goal as a teacher is to be aware of what students want to learn, and to customize lessons that appeal to the student's interests while still managing to teach essential the musical skills that the student needs to be successful. I pride myself on being patient, empathetic and always prepared. I have taught music to several different populations during my career, and I think that these diverse experiences have helped make me into a stronger teacher. After College, I moved back to my home state of Rhode Island for a couple of years and taught in various studios as well as at the Center for Individualized Training and Education (CITE). At CITE, I worked with special needs students ages 6-17 and learned a lot about how to use music education to bring joy to students who may not have the capacity to learn to play an instrument.
In 2003, I moved to New York City and built up my own teaching business in Manhattan, working with children from the most prestigious private schools in the city including Brearley, Chapin, Spence and St. Bernard's. During that time, I also taught vocal accompaniment to singers at the Cari Cole Voice Studio and guitar classes at the Lyceum Kennedy International School. After 10 years of teaching in NYC I decided to move back to Rhode Island, where I taught privately and as part of the after-school program at Franklin High School in Franklin, Massachussetts. This past summer, I created a music program in Athens, Greece for refugee children seeking asylum. I worked in conjunction with the School Box Organization to raise money for instruments, and taught guitar and hand drum classes at the school they had set up. Although I'm no longer at the school, I am still helping to oversee the program and recruit new teachers. I am currently teaching online lessons and working as a musician and teacher both in Europe and the U.S.