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Matt Richards | Sax, Clarinet, and Flute Lessons
Matt Richards | Sax, Clarinet, and Flute Lessons

Matt Richards | Sax, Clarinet, and Flute Lessons

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Introduction: •Lessons in your home, mine, or online!• Matt Richards is a saxophonist, clarinetist, flutist, and composer in Los Angeles, CA. While sports, political science, and philosophy have fueled his interest in the world, Matt is most at home with either an instrument at hand, coffee and music paper at the ready, or a student to teach and discuss music with. Matt’s a believer in the mutualistic relationship of various interests, and there ability to manifest into a unique person and musician. His passion for football led him to the first piece of music he learned by ear- “The University of Southern California Fight Song”; the school in which he’s now a proud alumnus of. Among the freelance, sideman, and recording work in Los Angeles, Matt’s personal projects include being a founding member of the rock/hip hop band, Cab Ellis, having released they’re debut album “Nighttime OCD” in April of 2020. He frequently plays the Los Angeles scene with singer-songwriter David Ayscue, who released his first project, entitled “Southwood Waltz”. With Cab Ellis, David Ayscue, and many others, Matt’s played the stages of The Troubadour, Monterey Jazz Festival, The Roxy, Rolling Loud Music Festival, Kyoto Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Rockwood Music Hall, and NPR Tiny Desk Contest On the Road. Other than performing and recording, Matt's biggest pride and joy is his private lesson studio. Being as fortunate as he was to learn from some of the best as a young musician, he strives to be an approachable mentor that provides experience-based knowledge in an open, no stakes learning environment- regardless of skill level. Student-teacher relationships last a lifetime; a mutualistic relationship at its finest. Currently, Matt is writing and recording his debut solo album, to be released in 2021. I like to hear what you're interested in and generally want to work towards. However, I do know that sax, clarinet, or flute, as well as music theory can be daunting, and that you might have no clue what to work on/how to practice and get better For the people with a clear idea of what they want, I'm more than happy to tailor the material to your interests (coupled with my own material, practice advice). For the people who have no idea, all good, because I have plenty of material and practice regimen help to get your general musicianship at a high level, so you can play and learn anything you want. I tend to focus more on the jazz and classical route, as knowing these styles only opens you to whatever you want to play. My training is in these styles, and has led me to play with rappers, singer-songwriters, and even my own rock band, Cab Ellis. Rates: Fluctuate from $30-$100. Reach out!

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Crystalle D.

Music Entertainment

Very happy that we were able to hire Matt for my sister’s birthday, his music definitely made the ambiance more intimate and elegant! His song choices are great, and he was very professional, he has the kenny G vibe which I was looking for, he arrived at the perfect time (15 mins before the actual start time) and very courteous and polite to everyone! He also responds super quick! I would hire him again for sure in the future!
Feb 21, 2021
Orion S.

Saxophone Lessons

Matt is a truly wonderful instructor! He was easy to communicate with, he was very professional, his pricing reasonable. Matt explains things in details and helps a total beginner to grasp the basic concepts of playing the sax. Will continue with Matt for regular lessons moving forward!!
Sep 10, 2020
Karina Z.

Music Entertainment

We hired Matt to do a Solo saxophone performance for a small birthday get together. Matt was super professional , punctual, and gave a great performance!!!
Aug 8, 2020
Zoë B.

Matt’s passion for music, combined with his friendly and fun approach makes his a superb teacher. He has high standards but is always positive and encouraging. I would highly recommend Matt as a sax teacher.
Nov 19, 2019
Tomi A.

Saxophone Lessons

Awesome Sax teacher and a person as well! 5/5 lessons without a doubt!
Jul 9, 2020
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    In person lesson rates: Single Lesson in DTLA: $60/hr Single Lesson (1-20 mile drive to you): $80/hr Single Lesson (21-40 mile drive to you): $100/hr If you are more than 40 miles away please reach out and we'll work something out. Online rates: $30/half hour $45/hour

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    The first lesson will be a general overview to see you where you're at/what you want to accomplish. We will be playing in that first lesson though!

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    This will be 14th year playing the saxophone, and 12th playing the clarinet. Graduated with a BM in Saxophone Performance with a minor in Music Industry from USC Thornton School of Music.

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