Matthew - BAH Teacher #4136

“Matthew is an electric bass, electric guitar, guitar, and singer-songwriter teacher who brings the magic of music to students aged 7 to adults, teaching online and in their homes. He believes that music is for everyone and strives to make lessons enjoyable, focusing on playing techniques, music theory, and fostering a love of music through engaging lessons. Matthew's background includes completing RTG London College of Music grade exams and training vocally in renowned choirs. He's committed to making music accessible and fun for all his students, whether they're just beginning their musical journey or looking to advance their skills .”
 - Matthew

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To me, music is the closest thing we have to magic in this world. It is the thing that gives me the most purpose and meaning in my life, so I love the opportunity to share some of my knowledge with other people so they can feel the same. I fundamentally believe that anybody can learn music, an instrument, sing, write a song. I do not like elitism or excluding anybody and I reject the idea that music, and art in general, is only for certain people. We all sang, danced and colored as children and it's a huge sadness that some people stop doing that at a certain age for whatever reason. This is the base of my teaching philosophy. I teach in a way that feels like you're playing as a child. Not solely because you want to achieve a certain level, or to be praised by others, but rather, because it is fun and it brings you joy. I like to retain this element of play and fun in my lessons, while also integrating music theory, aural skills and playing techniques that will aid student development, both within the lessons and by themselves. I know from experience that as soon as you see a lesson or practice as ''work'', people procrastinate and give up. I like to teach in a way that is fun, engaging and stimulating that also results in my student's skills being developed at the same time. I began playing guitar with 3 years of classical guitar lessons (my Dad's idea), and while it was beneficial in the long run, I almost quit. I viewed practice like homework and I would try to get out of lessons. Eventually, I asked to switch to electric guitar. My new teacher then began to teach me songs that I wanted to learn, and not what he thought was best. From that moment I was hooked. I would play guitar to put off doing homework or chores, to the point where my mother had to ask me to stop because it was late in the evening. Ultimately, learning guitar for fun is by far the best way to fall in love with the instrument and to keep it up over the years. Lessons essential for learning good technique, habits and to understand the instrument. But, if you can inspire your student to play in-between lessons, for fun. It is truly amazing how much progress can be made!

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

Age: 25

Gender: male

I have completed RTG London College of Music grade exams 3-8, obtaining my Grade 8 qualification at age 17. I studied guitar since age 5, beginning with three years of classical guitar lessons, where I learned to read sheet music. I then began electric guitar lessons from the ages of 8 to 17. The RTG LCM electric guitar exams consisted of performance pieces, solo improvisation, music theory, aural tests and harmony assessments. I trained vocally in the Palestrina Choir from the age of 7 as well as Belvedere College choir. Both choirs entailed professional performances on Ireland's national broadcaster RTE, in the National Concert Hall and in the Olympia Theatre. I received an H1 (A) in my Leaving Certificate exams in high school and was accepted into BIMM Dublin. Ultimately, I did not attend for personal reasons.

My father was a milkman in Dublin, who was suddenly cast in several West End productions in London. My name actually came from his character in Dr. Doolittle! When he returned to Ireland, he began teaching vocal lessons. From a young age, I had first-hand experience witnessing how a highly skilled professional can share their knowledge to enrich their students. I took part in musicals in high school and in college, I sang in church and school choirs for a decade, I have played in concert bands and traditional groups and I have also formed and played in bands since the age of 12. I write, record and produce my own music as a solo artist, after teaching myself music production. All of these things have contributed to my knowledge and love of music, in various styles, settings and groups of people. I feel being the front man, songwriter and producer of a band with people in their early 20's is some of the best training you can get for teaching groups of children.

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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.

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