Our daughter's experience with Matt Cummings was little short of transformative for her, and, truth be told for us as her parents, as well. Matt worked with our daughter throughout her high school career, mentoring 3 different bands she fronted as lead singer, but he also helped her record single songs and an EP, introduced her to the studio, to other musicians and the broader world of music, always providing. Matt was always able to negotiate the sometimes fine line between teacher/mentor and friend/confidante. He served as therapist and counselor as often as not and whenever needed. Matt truly understood and conveyed to his kids the delicate balance of fun and joy with hard work and discipline, all resulting in growth, both musically and personally. He is serious about his craft and expects his students to be as well; but experiences with Matt never appeared mundane or routine. He unlocked the power and joy in making music together. Matt is an incredibly talented musician in his own right. He sings with a powerful, emotive, raw voice and is nothing short of a virtuoso on the guitar moving fluidly and seamlessly across the musical spectrum (R&B, funk, rock, pop and jazz.) We've paid to see/hear him perform and would do so again. That said his immense personal talent does not get in the way with students, rather it serves as a tool in both teaching and exemplifying what they can aspire to. Matt is truly facile in every element and ingredient of the contemporary musical scene and has a depth of experience and sage wisdom that belies his relative youth. I've watched him personally work with kids from 10 to 18, and have no doubt he bring the same talents and industry to students older and younger. He treats clients with warmth, respect and good humor; but can be a task master as and if needed. I recommend him heartily and without reservation. You are putting your child(ren) in the best of hands when you allow them to work and flourish with him. Our daughter left high school a year early and matriculated to Berklee College of Music, Matt's own alma mater; all this in no small measure due to his tutelage, devotion, knowledge and friendship. I am hard-pressed to come up with a negative in working with Matt these last few years. He proved nothing less than a treasure musically and beyond.