Welcome to MusicTeacher.com, my name is Matthew Rusk and I am a professional guitar teacher and founder of MusicTeacher.com. My journey started as a guitar teacher based in Leicester in the United Kingdom. In 2009 I relocated to Exeter to attend the University of Exeter and really wanted to continue teaching guitar, but of course, I didn’t know anyone in Exeter when I moved there so I set up www.guitarlessonsexeter.com to generate myself guitar students. By my second year at university I was teaching over 25 hours per week. With more enquiries coming in I started working with a second guitar teacher in Exeter, providing them with the overflow of guitar students to teach.
From this experience, it was clear that there was a demand for music students from private music teachers. Consequently, I launched www.guitarlessonsbelfast.com and www.singinglessonsbristol.co.uk, bringing onboard a guitar and singing teacher to tutor the students coming through in these locations. During 2011 and 2012 this network of teachers slowly expanded across the United Kingdom, with thousands of students taking drum, guitar, piano and singing lessons with teachers that I worked with by 2015.
In 2016 I was honored to win the Entrepreneur of the Year at the Express & Echo Business Awards. This really encouraged me to continue to develop this community of professional music teachers throughout the United Kingdom. To facilitate this I launched the mgrmusic.com teacher database in early 2017 with the aim of creating the most up to date database of active music teachers located throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Between 2017 and 2021 the mgrmusic.com grew rapidly with hundreds of music teachers and thousands of students joining the platform from around the world, far exceeding expectations about teacher and student numbers in the United Kingdom. This international growth prompted the rebrand in 2021 to MusicTeacher.com, better reflecting my personal philosophy that students worldwide have the same goal – to find the perfect music teacher for them.
MusicTeacher.com is now growing faster than ever, both in terms of teachers joining our international teaching community and students who are flocking to the platform to find professional music teachers who have been interviewed and approved prior to joining the platform. If you are music teacher interested in teaching more music students then please do send through a teacher application form.
As music teachers worldwide can testify to 2020 was one of the most challenging years for several generations to be a professional music teacher. Yet, the innovation, enthusiasm and willingness to switch to online learning enabled students to be provided with music lessons through the darkest of times. I wanted to extend my personal thanks to each teacher within the community for doing their part in helping their students through this time and am very much looking forward to continuing our journey in providing the highest-quality in-person lessons in 2021 when the situation allows for it.
“Just a quick message to say thanks for having me on board this year, been great to see my student numbers build up with the help of your amazing website!
Thanks, as always, for your efficiency and smooth running- you guys keep us (occasionally unruly) musicians on track, I can obviously only speak for myself, but thanks so much for your understanding when things are manic and busy for us-its really appreciated!” – Victoria Atkinson, Singing Teacher in Glasgow
“My business has developed phenomenally thanks to Matthew’s determination and hard work to help teachers in his network succeed. Every day I still can’t believe I’m where I am now with my teaching business which is still growing; I really feel I wouldn’t be where I am right now without Matthew.
It’s an honour working with him and I would always recommend him highly to others!” – Eliza Fyfe, Singing Teacher in Bristol
“Thank you for all your hard work putting these platforms and communities together! Saw the testimonials on the info page and really agree – you are fantastic! And have transformed so many of our teaching careers so thank you” – Laura Ratcliffe, Singing Teacher in Leicester
“Matthew, Thank you so much for all your help! The website is fantastic. I like it very much.” – Gutian Zou, Piano Teacher in Woking
“Thanks for everything, it’s such a great platform to be on!” – Jessica Cook, Singing Teacher in Faversham
“Very happy to be onboard – it’s been such a helpful boost for my teaching.” – Jo Stevens, Singing Teacher in Southampton
“You have been extremely helpful, professional and reliable to work with” – Willow (Vilija) Leitanaite, Singing Teacher in Milton Keynes