About Matt

 

Matt Richter Guitar & Piano is a high-quality, unique musical experience for your student.  At this point in its life cycle, Matt Richter Guitar & Piano is an in-home studio.  

 

Matt Richter Guitar & Piano offers private guitar and piano lessons to every age and level of musician.  The studio instills proper music technique—music theory, scales, arpeggios, technical exercises, eurhythmics—as well as the ability to play a variety of music styles including classical, jazz, popular repertoire, improvisation based on guitar tablature and composition.  Proper physical execution in piano and guitar is also emphasized.  Student’s personal goals such as auditions, performances, ability level and career planning determine the course of each student’s study. 

 

Several specific group classes are offered at Matt Richter Guitar & Piano including:  semesterly recital opportunities, group performance opportunities and other collaborations such as teacher-student duets, etc... 

 

Matt Richter Guitar & Piano is different from the competition in several ways.  Matt Richter Guitar & Piano emphasizes the skills needed for a contemporary musician to become employed in the modern music world while emphasizing a classically based training program.  

 

Matt Richter Guitar & Piano focuses on providing this type of musical environment because the music world is changing and the outdated classical focus of music learning will become obsolete if it does not also embrace the contemporary.  Conversely, the quality of musicians in the contemporary genre could benefit from an influx of musicians who have formal training, business smarts and a traditional commitment to music practice, technique and value for personal excellence.  There is a rift between classically trained musicians and contemporary musicians that grows larger by the day.  A fusion between classically trained musicians playing popular music in popular venues is essential for the music world to continue to thrive and have highly trained, quality musicians contributing to it.  In addition, the popularity of social media, especially in Instagram and YouTube as it showcases musicians has not been accessed by classical music studios.  An influx of classically trained musicians presenting their hard work, critiquing their peers and showing what progress in music practice looks like, would further fuse the medium that popular musicians use with the showcasing of classically trained musicians.

 

An ideal musician from Matt Richter Guitar & Piano will know much of the classical repertoire in their instrument as well as much of the top hits from the popular genres such as acoustic, rock, alternative, pop, country, jazz.  That musician will excel in music theory and composition.  They will have excellent aural skills and will be gifted in improvisation and arrangement.  They will have excellent technical skills and have an extremely devoted practice technique.  They will have business smarts.  They will know how to find gigs and play in contemporary and classical ensembles.  They will have an excellent ability to describe, analyze and critique other musicians’ work.  They will be employable musicians in any music situation.