My daughter has been doing guitar lessons with Ben for a couple months now. She has already learned so much and is proud of her progress. Ben has been a wonderful teacher and always communicates to me what she has learn and should be practicing.
Matthew is a pianist who has pursued both Jazz and Classical genres during his time at Point Loma Nazarene University earning a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. He is a classically trained pianist who developed a taste for Jazz while playing the banjo with a touring Dixieland Traditional Jazz Band and has married this study with his love for improvisation. His love of improvisation in both pop and jazz has paved a way for him to work and perform with many local artists, such as singer/songwriter James Spaite, Dave Morris and composer James Bishop.
Matthew has also had the unique opportunity to work with Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, who invites musicians to improvise tunes to compliment the poetry he reads. Joined with percussion and bass, Matthew performed with Pinsky for NPR, KPBS, and at a private concert.
Matthew looks forward to pursuing his goal of teaching young musicians to navigate improvisation, Jazz Theory, and proficiency on their instrument. He puts his encouraging attitude and desire to see young musicians thrive to good use by running our Summer Program, teaching students basic musicianship skills, and readying them to perform popular tunes with confidence.