Matthew - BAH Teacher #3222

“If you want to learn to pick up and hold drumsticks, or want to prepare for an upcoming graduate school audition, I can be of service and am happy to help!”
 - Matthew


Music is one of my true loves, besides my wife and children of course. I believe it is one of the most universally loved of all phenomena, and I have a natural aptitude to communicate its wonders to students of all ages. I believe the self is the most important part of any instrument, and teach my students to use themselves as naturally and efficiently as possible to craft their musical ideas. I tailor practice and performance techniques to the individual and believe that if it sounds good, it's a good technique! If you want to learn to pick up and hold drumsticks, or want to prepare for an upcoming graduate school audition, I can be of service and am happy to help!

Name: Matthew (Full name will be provided upon registration)

Age: 40's

Gender: male

I have taken formal music lessons since the age of ten. I earned a Bachelor of Music from the University of South Alabama, with a focus in percussion performance. My Master of Music degree came from Appalachian State University, also with a concentration in percussion performance. My spectrum of performance encompasses Baroque timpani all the way to Progressive Metal on the drum set, and all areas in between. I'm a veteran of Drum Corps International Division I Corp "Spirit of Atlanta," and have performed with Highland Pipe and Drum ensembles in Ontario and Quebec.

Winner of the Concerto/Aria competition at Hayes School of Music, at Appalachian State University in 2006. Performed "Glory and Grandeur," by Russell Peck; a percussion trio with orchestra accompaniment. Responsible for 63 different percussion parts in my score alone!

-Alexander Technique student, actively incorporate this philosophy in instruction -Experience in live performance and recording studio sessions -Specialises in improvisation in a variety of styles and genres -Fan of all styles and genres of music and love to teach them to eager students


Rates and Studio Policies
Registration Fee: $25.00 (One-time lifetime registration fee may be used by all family members)

Rates for instruction:
30 minute private lesson: $39.00
45 minute private lesson: $49.00
60 minute private lesson: $59.00

Travel charge: additional $15.00 per visit (for lessons in a client's home as opposed to my studio)

1. Cancellation Policy
Lessons not cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice are billable to the client and payable to the teacher. This does not of course apply to travel fees unless the notice is effectively given at the door and the teacher has travelled to the location.

2. Cessation (quitting) Policy
A client must provide a 2 lesson notice period to stop lessons. So a weekly student needs to give 2 weeks of notice, a biweekly student works out to 3 weeks notice and a twice weekly student works out to a week of notice.

3. Illness Policy
Lessons cancelled due to illness or extraordinary circumstances with less than 24 hours notice remain billable to the client and payable to the teacher.

BAH teachers are encouraged to offer a make-up lesson at a future date in the interest of client relations and general goodwill. This only makes sense as teaching a student with the flu for example, will ruin the rest of your week's employment.

No more than 2 lessons may be made up due to illness within a 60 day period.

4. Rescheduling Policy
Any lesson can be cancelled or rescheduled with at least 24 hours notice.

Summer Vacation and Extended Absence Policy

Clients may schedule longer absences for trips etc. 24 hours notice is required.

It is normal and typical for students and about 20% of our teachers to schedule a break in the summer. We do not enforce a notice period (see cessation of lessons) at the end of a long summer break.

5. Evaluation Period
There are no free trial lessons with Beethoven at Home but we do offer a 2 lesson evaluation period where it is easy to try out a teacher. There are no free lessons during the evaluation period and clients may choose to discontinue the lessons at any time by providing the required 24 hours notice. After the student's 3rd lesson the required 2 lesson notice period will apply (see cessation of lessons above).

Lessons in your home

Matthew is available to teach in your home if you are located in the following areas

Online lessons

Matthew can provide online instruction. While other platforms are possible BAH strongly recommends the use of the Zoom video conferencing platform as it is optimized for music lessons and audio quality.