One of the highlights of Matt’s time at Guilford was traveling to Philadelphia and New York on a recruiting trip. Because Matt had some experience, he was asked to memorize and perform "Blue Rondo à la Turk," a particularly challenging piece by Dave Brubeck. It was his first time performing jazz music. “At the start I was not a big fan, but after learning all the complexities of it I began to love Brubeck. That was a big thing that I achieved and was pretty proud of because that’s a really hard song.”
Matt said all of his professors were very supportive across the different areas of musical study. Retired Professor Tim Lindeman made a particularly big impact on Matt during his studies of classical music, theory, and piano. Matt now works with many of his mentors as an adjunct professor at Guilford where he teaches jazz piano and combos.
He’s also an adjunct at N.C. A&T University where he teaches jazz history, arrangement, and composition while directing the jazz ensemble. Matt has been active in the Greensboro jazz scene, directing youth ensembles and performing with various groups. And he performs in the John Coltrane Jazz Workshop for middle- and high-school students in High Point, N.C.
As an educator, Matt is highly invested in aspiring musicians and notes the variety of career opportunities in the industry now, such as business, performance, and recording. He also encourages — admonishing when warranted — his students to practice often and take music seriously.
His first instructor, Betty Jean, would approve.
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