Born in Chimbote, Peru and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Matt picked up the guitar first when he was 15 years old. His first lessons were in classic rock, blues, and jazz. A few years later Matt started learning how to play classical guitar and piano to prepare for a career in music.
Matt went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Classical Guitar Performance on full scholarship, and a Master’s Degree in Guitar Performance from Mannes College at the New School. He is certified to teach music by the State of Pennsylvania.
Matt has more than ten years of national and international performing experience, with performances in New York City, Peru, Spain, and Italy where he performed with the Rome Festival Orchestra. He performs with the NYC Guitar Orchestra, and the The Riverside Guitar Duo. He teaches guitar lessons in english, and in spanish.
Music performance and education are passions of mine. As an instructor at Sage Music, I could not be more enthusiastic about sharing them with my students. I have traveled far and wide to perform music and to learn from some of the top names in guitar. Music has given me some of the best experiences of my life, experiences I would not have had otherwise, and I love being able to share these with my students. I am constantly looking to improve myself not only as a musician, but also as a teacher and student, because we never stop learning. I have an insatiable curiosity, and I love to instill that curiosity in my students and see how that helps them grow as musicians and people. My current interests in developing my teaching include learning better how to apply biomechanics (the study of how the body moves) to music performance, a concept was introduced to me by Sage Music’s founder, Jason Sagebiel. I’m also interested in applying mindfulness to playing the guitar and developing musicianship.My guitar students work hard, play hard, and enjoy the ongoing process of developing real artistry. That’s what I love about Sage Music – our commitment as a school to transform our students into fully independent and capable musicians. I truly look forward to working with you and helping you to achieve your goals!