Matthew B.

Nashville, TN


Black/White Keys Tutoring; Ancient Greek/Latin Reading

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Background check passed as of 7/31/15

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University of Dallas


University of Dallas (Classics--Greek)

About Matthew

To become acquainted with the work of writers and composers such as Mozart and Plato, Ned Washington and Thomas More, makes a person see the power that literature and music have in shaping one's mind and even one's heart. I find that in order to enjoy this stuff thoroughly, a student has to stretch his mind toward them, learning new skills. (Latin or Greek literature require the arts of grammar and more. But hearing and playing music call for a sensitive ear and nimble fingers, etc.) When a person has learned these, he realizes he has changed himself---and he cannot help passing on the gifts to others. I am in the business of tutoring because I wish to share what I love.

I began to learn Latin in eighth grade, and this study continued till I graduated the University of Dallas in May 2014, where I also studied ancient Greek. It blossomed most recently into a year of teaching Latin at a boys' preparatory (high) school. Learning the fundamentals of the grammar of Latin and Greek at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville and then in Texas was a challenge that I found very rewarding---rewarding enough to major in Greek and write a senior paper on a Greek biography! If you are interested in uncovering the treasures of Latin and Greek literature, I look forward to helping you to plan a course of study in these invaluable languages and to help you through the difficulties as far as my expertise will allow.

Having played piano for about fifteen years as a pastime and in various ensembles, there are few things I love more than to share music with others. I may be of special assistance in learning how to use music theory to create a versatile "toolbox" of chords, scales, and more. With these tools, a musician is equipped to perform the right version of a musical piece in jazz, pop, folk, classical, and country for any occasion. My personal experience is with improvisation, accompaniment, composing, and playing for various gigs, sometimes alongside voice and guitar. If some of these skills are your interest, I may be able to help you.

I look forward to meeting and working with you!
To become acquainted with the work of writers and composers such as Mozart and Plato, Ned Washington and Thomas More, makes a person see the power that literature and music have in shaping one's mind and even one's heart. I find Read more

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Travels within 20 miles of Nashville, TN 37205
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I took eight three-credit courses in ancient Greek (Attic and other dialects, as well as Biblical/Koine) at the University of Dallas and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics, with a focus on Greek. The University's Classics program is rigorous with respect to grammar and reading, and I have been acquainted with over a dozen authors in my studies, including Herodotus, Homer, Hesiod, Plato, Plutarch, and the New Testament writers. I have used the Chase & Philips textbook, Smyth's Greek Grammar, and the Liddell-Scott-Jones lexicon.


Since beginning classical training in 2000, I have taken approximately five years of lessons under four different instructors. I have played several recitals as part of my lessons; in these I have played works of Chopin and Mozart. From 2006-2015 I have also received training and gained playing experience by playing keyboard in grade school and high school jazz bands, a high school pep band, a high school student band, a college student band, and in various gigs including family socials and church get-togethers. Styles I use include folk, country, pop, classical, and jazz; I have been an accompanist for artist Luke Bellet. Music theory, music composition, and songwriting have been interests of mine for the past few years; I have recently begun teaching jazz piano lessons.

University of Dallas


University of Dallas (Classics--Greek)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $40.00

Travel policy

Matthew will travel within 20 miles of Nashville, TN 37205.