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Meet Matt Friedland of Music Lessons Arizona

Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Friedland.

Matt, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Although I had a strong interest in music throughout grade school, I hadn’t begun learning a musical instrument until after graduating high school. I was attending college in Northern Pennsylvania as an education major but found a passion for music instead. At 18, I began singing cover songs with a friend who played guitar.

At 19, I picked up the bass guitar and taught myself as much as I could. Within a short amount of time, I began doing gigs at local venues and joined an improvisational rock band. I began playing with more experienced musicians who introduced me to improvisational music and was captivated by the concept. I enrolled in a music theory and jazz history course at the college to better my understanding of improvisation. The professor of the music theory class asked me to join the college pep band and I began performing improvisationally during the halftime show at the school’s basketball games. Concurrently, I was teaching myself drum set and electric guitar while jamming with new musicians as often as I could.

At 21, I decided to move back to my hometown just outside of Philadelphia. There, I studied guitar at the acclaimed Settlement Music School and Music Training Center. When I moved to Phoenix in 2005, I studied with a number of private music instructors while playing in rock bands and ensembles. I enrolled in the music program at Mesa Community College and in 2012, I auditioned for the Arizona State University School of Music Jazz Studies Program, was one of two applicants accepted as a guitar student, and graduated magnum cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance in 2015. From my great teachers at both MCC and ASU, I learned a lot about the art of improvisation, teaching and the craft of performance.

While in music school, I taught private lessons at a number of music stores in the East Valley, and also conducted guitar classes at the Boys and Girls Club in Scottsdale and at the Eastern Art Academy in Chandler. I also coached youth rock ensembles.

Striking out on my own, I opened my studio, “Music Lessons Arizona,” (Guitar Lessons with Matt Friedland on Google) in Gilbert in 2015. I have students that range in age from young kids to adults and continue to perform as often as I can.

Has it been a smooth road?
Development of any craft or skill comes many challenges. Attending music school was an intensive and rigorous experience but the skills I developed there are vital to my success. While I learned how to become a professional musician and instructor at music school, I had to learn how to operate my business and become an entrepreneur on my own. There are many great musicians, but that does not mean they are great teachers or entrepreneurs.

I am constantly trying to improve my musical craft, teaching methods and expand my entrepreneurial skills.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Music Lessons Arizona – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a guitar, bass guitar, drum set and music theory teacher primarily. I have worked with beginners and experienced players that are looking to take their playing to the next level. I believe my musical training and experience allows me to present musical concepts to my students in an easy to understand manner and show them the most efficient ways of development and progress. I understand that everyone has different preferred learning methods and musical interests so my approach to teaching is customized for each student.

Because I am a multi-instrumentalist, I am able to give my students insight into the role and or function of their instrument as well as the other instruments within a band or ensemble setting. I believe jamming with other musicians is one of the most fulfilling experiences and I try to incorporate that into my teaching as much as possible.

Musically my skills range from proficiency in improvisation, composition, arranging, music theory, transcribing and audio production. I am versed in most popular music styles, jazz, rock, blues, and funk. I am proud to offer an excellent music education in a comfortable, professional private studio.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Gilbert is growing rapidly. It is a beautiful city with mostly everything you need conveniently located within a short distance. As a jazz musician and artist, I hope my teaching contributes to a diverse artistic culture in Gilbert.

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