Matt Lundergan

BIOGRAPHY

Matt Lundergan is a Suzuki Music Method trained music teacher who teaches guitar, bass, piano, drums and voice. He got his B.A. at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has 30 years of teaching experience. While in Boston, he studied Piano and Song Writing with both Craig Najjar and Charley Banacus. Before that, he studied Voice for three years at University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, with Dodi Protero, who now is on faculty at Juilliard. He also studied Voice with William Warfield, who played the original "Old Man River" on Broadway. While in Boston, Matt played Hand-Bells with the Boston Pops, with John Williams conducting. Because he was in Faneuil Hall's "Bells of Boston", he performed 6 days a week every November and December. Matt vividly remembers Mr. William's 4 words of instruction, "Hey you. Play louder." The show can still be seen on PBS, each Christmas. Matt played Piano for Williamstown Theater Festival's production La Ronde, in Williamstown Massachusetts. At that time, the theater company actors included James Naughton and the late Christopher Reeves.

  • B.A. from Berklee College of Music;

TEACHING METHOD

Matt Lundergan's teaching method is based on his time at Berklee College of Music in Boston and pulls from a variety of techniques from rock, classical and blues, adding in basic music theory as needed in facilitating memorization. Matt is a Suzuki certified music teacher whose method is also based on the Suzuki method. Shinichi Suzuki was one the most influential teachers of the 20th century and his method is based on natural language acquisition, often called the \'Mother tongue\' method, having students learn music the same way that they learned their main language. They hear language first from their parents, then speak it, and then after they are able to speak, they then learn to read it. There is a lot of healthy repetition involved with a limited vocabulary at first. Had they learned to read before they spoke, their speaking (the equivalent of playing in music) would be stilted at best. His astounding results propelled his method to the world stage and is now taught all over the world. Matt ultimately encourages students to be able to play multiple songs and pieces, all from memory. He hopes to make students generally better students in everything, by encouraging them to be methodical, break things down and be better at memorizing.
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