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Matthew R.

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Weehawken, NJ (07086)

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I have been a professional musician for many years and through learning and performing music I have learned how to learn faster and more securely , how to build the confidence to perform, and the skills to perform under pressure. I believe these skills are valuable to anyone,regardless of their field and I am able to teach them in a manner that is effective and fun.

I have been a professional musician for over twenty years and I have been teaching equally as long. I have enjoyed teaching at every level from adult students to college to elementary age.

If you are looking for an individualized approach to learning to not only help you learn what you need to right now, but also learn strategies to help you out in the future, then please contact me. Most importantly I believe that the best and fastest learning takes place in an environment where the student is having fun and being challenged, and most importantly successful at meeting those challenges.

I look forward to working with you and best of luck.

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Matthew’s subjects

Public Speaking, Reading, Vocabulary
Elementary Education:
Phonics, Reading, Spelling, Study Skills, Vocabulary
Special Needs:
Piano, Reading, Study Skills
Swimming, Tennis
Corporate Training:

Composition (Music)

I am qualified to teach composition for several reasons the first is because of my education. I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, and a Master's degree in Piano Performance. During both of these studies I have taken many classes and lessons that discuss compositional styles, both analyzing it and recreating it. Also I have been a songwriter since I was in high school, and I have also written and arranged several songs for public performance. My songs have made it onto both demo albums and also cabaret performances.

Ear Training

Ear training is a critical skill in making music. The ability to be able to recognize and identify patterns by ear in music is helpful regardless of whether you are learning a new piece for your lessons or just playing along in a jam session.

I believe that ear training and theory are parts of the same thing and should be taught together. To relate this to English language, theory is spelling (the way a word looks) and ear training is phonics (the way a word sounds), and once you start linking the two together your musical skills will grow at an exponential rate.

My Experience:
I have a Bachelor's in Music Education, and a Master's in Piano Performance, and have taught at all levels from beginners to advanced, and all ages. I am dedicated to working with my students to help them grow their understanding and ability in music and build their confidence in learning new things.

General Music

I am qualified to tutor in general music because my bachelors degree in music education trained me to teach that class. I also have experience teaching general music classes at both the elementary and high school levels in NY State public schools. I believe that general music is part of a thorough education in music, and can be a lot of fun when you recognize how it relates to real life.

Music History

I am qualified to tutor Music History as I have taken all of the required music history courses in both my undergraduate degree of music education and my masters degree in piano performance plus several extra courses. I have studied a general overview of all of the styles as well as several more in depth classes as well as reading and studying about music history in my spare time (yes, its true). I also have taken enough courses in my master's degree to receive a concentration in Music History.

Music Theory

I have had extensive experience with music theory. I have studied it since I started playing the piano over 25 years ago. All through my undergraduate and master's degrees in music I took not only the required classes but also several advanced theory classes. My skills in theory help me out very often when studying and learning music, and I am able to teach them in a clear and concise way.


I am qualified to tutor on piano as I am currently a professional pianist. I have studied piano for over 25 years, including a bachelor's degree in music education and piano pedagogy and also a masters degree in piano performance. I have taught private lessons for 15 years. My former piano students have won local competitions and have been accepted as piano majors into college. I have experience playing in almost every genre from classical to rock, jazz to country and am able to teach in a way that helps students to improve while having fun.

Public Speaking

I feel qualified to teach public speaking because I have been a classroom teacher for several years speaking everyday in front of students also I have been an MC for several events. I feel as though I would be able to help because I also am a performer and am able to train people how to perform more effectively which uses many of the same ideas as public speaking.


Reading has been a major part of my life since I was a child. I have both a bachelor's degree and also a master's degree, which means that I had to do a lot of reading. My bachelor's degree is in music education, which means that I am a trained teacher and able to breakdown topics into understandable progression for my students. Also for the last several years I have been studying the process of how people learn and memorize information, and have learned several techniques for fast organized learning.

Sight Singing

Sight singing is a valuable part of any musicians training. I have taken all of my courses in undergraduate (4), plus I was able to pass out of it in grad school. However, not by natural talent, I learned away to do it that I can easily pass along. It is able to easily learn, and has to do with the relationships from one note to the other. Also having sang in several choirs and vocal groups I understand the importance of being able to solfege, and how it can be used to help you learn quickly.


I am qualified to help with swimming because not only did I take swimming lessons for years when I was a child, I also swam on my high school swim team. While I was on the team we were the section championship team for two years, and I also swam in both years at the state meet,I swam the freestyle relay both years and the second year I also won the 100 yard breaststroke.
Throughout my college years I taught swimming lessons through the red cross, and have continued to swim competitively for several years in both triathlon and also masters swim meets. I know how to teach people not just how to swim but also how to swim fast.

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Crane School of Music @ State University of NY

Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan (Master's)

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Matthew will travel within 5 miles of Weehawken, NJ 07086.

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