Matthews Piano & Drum Lessons
Matthews Piano & Drum Lessons

Matthews Piano & Drum Lessons

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$55/hour
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Introduction: With 20 years of experience, I know how to set my students up for success. My lesson are online only. If you live in Michigan, I offer in person lessons at my home studio in Lake Orion, Michigan. Hello! I have a warm personality, and I'm great at working with students of all types, ages 4 to 60+. My students have fun and learn quickly, because I meet them where they are. They can expect to play music they enjoy while developing great technique and reading skills. I teach how to learn music by example, how to read sheet music, play solos, improvise, and how to play with a band. Whether it’s your first lesson or you’re preparing for an audition, I’m ready to help you achieve your goals. Former students have studied at University of Michigan, University of Southern California, Eastern Michigan University, Oakland University, Central Michigan University, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. One of my former students, Jeffrey Grant, is a Grammy award winning percussionist with the LA Philharmonic and President's Own Marine Band. First lesson is free! I offer flexible scheduling and payment options, please ask about my discounts. I offer thirty minute and sixty minute lessons. Here’s the process we’ll go through every weekly lesson. 1. Warm-up. Review how to use the right technique, posture, and hand position. Piano students will review the scales, chords, and arpeggios in the key of the song they're working on. Drummers will play eight on a hand, 3-2 clave, and other basic patterns along with great music at just the right speed. (slowly) 2. Review music from the previous lesson. 3. Learn new music, or keep working on the same. 4. Performance. Before your lesson is over, you’ll be playing today’s music with confidence on your own! 5. Take notes. 5. Practice every day. 6. Repeat!
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Sadia H.
Apr 19, 2023
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My daughters (ages 12 and 10) have been taking piano lessons with Nick at Matthews Piano & Drum for a little over 2 years. My kids have enjoyed taking the lessons and learning new songs. Nick makes sure that the kids are engaged, having fun, and at the same time learning the fundamentals of music, and the instrument, such as scales and reading sheet music. Nick can tailor the lessons based on each child's interests and learning pace. Even though the classes are virtual, the kids take their sessions seriously and practice regularly. Overall, we are very happy with the experience and will continue with the program.

Details: 10 - 13 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 2 - 4 yrs of formal training • Pop • Yes, the student has a piano • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet) • My home, venue, etc.

Piano Lessons
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JULIANNA L.
May 8, 2023
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I’ve been taking lessons from Nick the past few months. He’s so encouraging and helps you advance quickly from the level you’re at. I was able to play background worship music and improv for a small church after just one lesson! If you get frustrated during a lesson, he knows how to dumb things down so that you master and move on quickly from there. Overall an amazing instructor!

Details: 45 - 64 years old • Yes, the student can read music • 0 - 2 yrs of formal training • Pop • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 45 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

Piano Lessons
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Kelly O.
Apr 18, 2023
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My daughters have taken online piano lessons with Nick for almost two years. We really like his teaching style! He has always been a supportive and encouraging teacher. He values his time with each of the girls and always provides positive feedback on their lessons. We've been able to set our schedule and Nick is always flexible when we've had conflicts during our regular scheduled lessons. Our experience with Nick has been nothing but great!

Details: 6 - 9 years old • Yes, the student can read music • No formal training • What the teacher recommends • No, the student does not have either • 30 minutes • My home, venue, etc. • At the pro’s location • Remotely (phone or internet)

Piano Lessons
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Karen K.
Dec 16, 2020
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I am a 57-year-old female wanna -be rockstar in Cleveland Ohio. It’s always been a dream of mine to play the drums and after getting a set for Christmas last year I guess I had no choice. Lol I absolutely love my classes. Nick is a very good educator, he is very patient and he makes it fun. My hour lesson seems to go by so fast, and I found myself always wanting to practice. Nick has his zoom platform set up quite thoroughly. We can interact with each other as well as the paperwork in reviewing the notes. I do not feel that I would get a better class in a normal classroom environment, and that is very nice with our situation today. I highly recommend Nick Matthews as your instructor you can’t go wrong! 🥁

Details: 45 - 64 years old • No formal training; some self-taught experience • Can't read music • Traditional drum kit • Rock • Yes, the student already has drums • 60 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

Drum Lessons
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Labeeb A.
Nov 17, 2016
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I am a working professional and I always wanted to learn a percussion instrument. I was not confident about it until I attended couple of Nick's drum classes . He tries to make each lessons interesting and fun. He tracks my progress and gives practice targets for each week.He keeps a good balance between focusing on the basics and actually getting behind the kit which makes the learning enjoyable. I feel I have made great progress under his training. Highly recommended!!!!!
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