Charlottesville, VA. Music lessons with Matt Wyatt combine traditional music education practices of ear training, improvisation, notation-based learning with recording technology. The fundamental goal is for you as a student to find ways to integrate music into your life, to have fun and learn from music, and to develop your listening skills through the process. We learn from recordings. We learn by improvising and playing music together. We work on developing fluency with groove, transitions, orchestration, and arrangement. We utilize recording technology so that you can both hear how you sound and apply your skills (at whatever level) into a bigger musical picture.
Private lessons are offered in drumming, rhythm section playing, songwriting through recording, and audio engineering. Depending on your specific musical focus, the lesson experience will vary. For drummers, our time may be a combination of specific technical rhythmic or musical challenges, listening to and identifying parts from recordings for you to practice, and developing notation skills so that you feel confident writing and reading music. For those interested in making recordings of original music, the lesson time may involve playing and recording various instruments, writing and evaluating hooks, considering decisions about song form and arrangement, editing, and some of the basics of mixing in the studio.
Regardless of your specific focus, I value an integrative approach to music where playing, listening, and recording are key components to an effective learning process. Having studied with at least 10 different private teachers through my teens and twenties, I’ve also found the private lesson model can be an efficient one for musical improvement. The key to a healthy long-term relationship with music is enjoyment – enjoyment that comes from working with music that is relevant to you while simultaneously acquiring technical skills to help you to express yourself, to play with other musicians, or to record music at home.
Group Lessons & Studio Workshops:
Group lessons provide an outlet for you to apply your musical skills to a larger context. Although most participants in group lessons and recording workshops are private students, that is not a requirement. Group lessons run in 8 session blocks throughout the year while recording workshops are 3-4 day intensives. Please email for current offerings.