Online Clarinet, Music Theory, Piano & Saxophone Teacher, offering in-person lessons in Stroud
Matthew is a teacher, musician and composer based in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Whether composing his own music, playing or teaching, Matthew believes passionately in the power of music to touch the heart and move us deeply. Matthew’s musical journey has encompassed both a classical training including a music degree, as well as an interest in exploring and assimilating various other influences from traditional musics from around the world.
Since 2002 Matthew has been fascinated by improvisation as creative expression, and has felt this to bring a new and exciting dimension to his performing, composing and teaching. He has a one-to-one teaching practice in piano, clarinet and improvisation in Stroud and Bristol, and many students have come seeking support with improvising and finding intuitive ways to engage with music to complement a more classical approach.
As a performer on clarinet and piano, Matthew has accompanied singers and played solo at concerts and festivals in the UK and abroad. He has played clarinet with the band Faeland and appears on their recent album. Musicians and audiences have commented on the sensitivity and heart-focused quality of Matthew’s playing.
Much of Matthew’s own music takes its inspiration from natural landscapes and the timelessness of ancient chant. One current project, Songs of the Forest, seeks to weave a magical and contemplative tapestry of sound using piano, clarinet and voices in a way that evokes the beauty and power of mountains, rivers and forests and the interconnection between forest species. Matthew believes passionately in music as something to be experienced actively rather than heard passively, and part of his composing work seeks to explore ways in which non-musically-trained people can engage and be a part of a moving musical experience. He wrote a participatory multi-faith 9-part chant for the 2018 Sacred Music Festival in Stroud, which embodies this conviction about the power of music to unite people and to build bridges.
Music Qualifications & Achievements:
- BA in Music
- ABRSM grade 8 in music theory, piano, clarinet
I teach my lessons from teaching spaces located in Stroud, GL5 4QL and Bristol BS1, UK. My full teaching address will be provided upon your first lesson booking. I also offer online and mobile music lessons (subject to my availability and your location). For more information about my music lessons simply get in touch.
“Matthew taught me clarinet for 2½ years. I had no previous experience of playing music. During this time I found him enthusiastic and very knowledgeable and he offered me all of his experience and knowledge during (except when he felt it was not necessary for me to know at the time). He was also patient, professional and hardworking. His approach was flexible in that if I struggled with a song then we would just move onto another one without it becoming an issue. I would recommend him highly.”
“I spent a year trying to learn the Saxophone before taking lessons with Matthew. The difference was amazing! Even though I can only do a limited amount of practice due to work commitments, Matthew has improved my playing enormously. He has a relaxed and friendly approach, always focusing on what you want to achieve as a musician. During COVID he setup an online training session that worked very well and meant I could keep moving forward. Matthew’s musical knowledge and skill mean that I feel confident recommending him to anyone at any level, who wants to improve.”
“Matthew is a very knowledgeable teacher and I really look forward to and enjoy every lesson”
“An outstanding tutor – able to engage students at all levels of musical experience and make his sessions entertaining as well as expanding our understanding of music”
“A real highlight of the week. I have learned a huge amount and enjoyed every moment”