Photo by Rhea Caldwell 2019


Matthew is available for private guitar lessons at his home studio located in Alphington, Melbourne. As a passionate music teacher he believes strongly in the power of music to enhance students well-being and mental health and is committed to delivering accessible, practical and engaging guitar lessons to students of all ages and experience.

His teaching philosophy is based on the understanding that music is not just an otherworldly talent that ‘you either have or you don’t’ but something that can be crafted from the ground up with proper instruction and deliberate and regular practice. Although specialising in jazz, improvisation and contemporary music – he caters for all levels and abilities, whether you’re a high school student trying to get through your next AMEB exam, a person who has never played one chord before in their life or someone who has been around the traps but has reached a plateau in their playing – he can help you take you further on your musical journey.

Matthew is not only dedicated to giving his students a strong understanding of music fundamentals such as chord/scale theory relationships, rhythm/time feel and sound production, but also how playing music can greatly relieve all of the tensions and anxieties of modern life and enhance your own self-awareness and relationship with yourself.

Due to the physical nature of guitar, Matthew doesn’t have a strict ‘by rote’ approach to navigating the guitar fretboard and is instead interested in getting students beyond the point of imitating others – the goal is to get them to sound more like themselves.



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