time he reached High School, he had switched to guitar and spent two years performing with the Ukiah High Jazz band. After graduation, Matt's musical endeavors had three distinct directions: retail, performance, and teaching. He managed Frank Short's Music and Recording until May of 2004, and previously worked part time at the Ukiah Music Center, instructing the first Rock Camp in the summer of 2008. Matt started teaching guitar at the Ukiah School of Music in 1993, and became a full partner in 2005. In addition to guitar, he also teaches bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, drums, voice and beginning violin.
Matt directed the after-school guitar program at Ukiah High School from 2009 to 2011. Also starting in 2011 Matt has led the continuing after-school Rock Band program at Pomolita Middle school . He enjoys working with the students as they learn how to play in an ensemble band, which cumulates in a concert for assembly at the end of the school year. The popular program is open to all students at Pomolita by audition, and is provided through the school year on Wednesdays after school at no charge.
Since 1987, Matt has played in several local bands, including Tension, Midnight Rose, Free Reign, Gigantic, and Sudden Turn. From 1995 to 1997, he played guitar with the Mendocino College Jazz Ensemble, and attended Mendocino College, earning an Associates in Arts degree in Music. In addition to the instruments taught, Matt also plays the drums and keyboards. Matt is currently playing in the Take 4 Jazz quartet along with Tom Ganoung, Larry Puterbaugh, and John Sheridan. Matt is also playing, composing and recording for his solo CD of original instumental music.
Additionally, Matt owns and operates Studio C, a professional recording studio. The studio offers a full range of services from very basic recordings, to complete projects that provide all recording services and musicians. Studio C has turned out several projects over the last few years including the recent release of the debut album from Mercury Down.
Matt's approach is to teach and encourage the love of music. He accomplishes this through a balance of technique, sight reading, music theory, ear training, and improvisation. He wants the student to fully understand the intricacies and nuances of both their instrument, and the piece they are playing. Matt encourages his students to explore and appreciate all genres of music.