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Matthew I.

Riverside, IL


Learn Guitar and Music Theory from a Patient, Experienced Teacher

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Background check passed as of 10/20/14
5.0 average from 104 ratings
Excellent teacher and musician
— Sarkis, Tampa, FL on 3/26/13

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Columbia College, Chicago


Columbia College, Chicago (Music)

About Matthew

I have been playing guitar for 17 years and teaching guitar for 8 years. Recently, I moved to Los Angeles from Chicago, where I was teaching private lessons and group guitar classes at 2 well established music organizations.

I have been a performing musician for over ten years on electric guitar, bass guitar, drums, and more recently on classical guitar and on various finger-style guitar arrangements. Having played guitar for 17 years, I studied privately through high school as well as studying classical guitar in college at Columbia College Chicago. I studied classical guitar with Norman Ruiz at Columbia, University of Oregon's John Jarvie and I also studied electric guitar in my earlier years with popular Chicago virtuoso guitarist Kevin M. Buck. I have learned and am familiar with music theory, ear training, basic keyboard skills, guitar performance, as well as electronic music production.

As a guitar instructor, I can help you learn modern songs of any style, music reading, finger-style techniques, strumming techniques, soloing/improvisation, composition and performance techniques. I teach many different songs and instrumental pieces from the styles of pop/contemporary, rock, blues, funk, classical and Brazilian Jazz.

I produce my own music, studied electronic music production, and can teach the skills to help understand how use music software programs like Ableton, Logic X/Pro and Garage Band.
I have been playing guitar for 17 years and teaching guitar for 8 years. Recently, I moved to Los Angeles from Chicago, where I was teaching private lessons and group guitar classes at 2 well established music organizations.
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Travels within 15 miles of Riverside, IL 60546
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Excellent teacher and musician"

- Sarkis, Tampa, FL on 3/26/13

"Excellent instructor!"

- Patrick, Chicago, IL on 12/2/12

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General Music

I received an Associate of Art degree with a focus in Music, so I am well rounded with different aspects of music. I was trained with general piano skills, rhythm training, ear training as well as classical and jazz guitar. I play 4 different instruments - Guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums; and I compose and record with all of those instruments. I currently teach private guitar and bass lessons but have also taught group guitar and rock band classes before.


I have been a guitar teacher of 7 years, teaching all skill levels and ages. I have taught private and group lessons in different music establishments as well as out of my house and I'm happy to provide a resume for any inquiries. I enjoy playing and teaching classical guitar, folk finger-style guitar, Brazilian jazz guitar, contemporary/rock and improvisational guitar.

I am able to assist with tablature, reading notes and reading sheet music in many different styles including the ones listed above. Through plucking and picking exercises, rhythmic strumming and sight reading, I assure that I can help my students reach a higher level of playing. I have been performing guitar and bass guitar for over 10 years around Chicago and the West Coast. Performing is my passion and I believe it's the most important aspect of learning music whether you are playing guitar for fun, in front of friends, or performing guitar at a concert.

Music Theory

I have been through 3 years of Music Theory in College and I've always received an A in those classes. Many people struggle with music theory classes but having a teacher who explains the concepts clearly is crucial to understanding Music Theory. With patience and determination, I can help you achieve a better understanding of Music Theory.


I write my own musical pieces, working with software for music production and recording. I have also played and writen bass lines for electric bass guitar in a band. One of my previous teaching jobs included working with youth bands where I taught them contemporary songs, helped them write original songs as well as preparing their bands for performances.

Columbia College, Chicago


Columbia College, Chicago (Music)

Excellent teacher and musician — I had a great time learning guitar and music theory with Matthew. I strongly recommend Matthew to anyone interested in learning guitar or music in general. ...

— Sarkis, Tampa, FL on 3/26/13

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Matthew will travel within 15 miles of Riverside, IL 60546.