ABC Academy of Music

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Matt Morgan2021-09-07T15:20:38-04:00

Project Description

Bachelor in Jazz Performance (Humber)
Certificate in Jazz Performance (Humber)

Having recently graduated Humber College, Matt is becoming an established musician in the Toronto jazz scene. His time at Humber was spent perfecting his craft and studying with many of Canada’s finest guitar players and musicians such as Kim Ratcliffe, Ted Quinlan, Lucian Gray, and Jocelyn Gould.

Matt is a hard working freelance musician and plays shows all over the city at venues like The Rex and Alchemy as well as doing work for private events and weddings. During the pandemic In the future, Matt is hoping to premiere his original music, plan a cross Canada tour and release an album.

Get to know Matt…Beyond the Bio!

Hobbies: Biking, Movies, Literature

Musical Influences: Lester Young, Wes Montgomery, Oscar Peterson

Favourite Food: Ramen

Favourite Music: Jazz or Indie Rock

Favourite Song: Pennies From Heaven

Favourite Movie: Fantastic Mr Fox

Favourite movie music: Scott Pilgrim VS The World Soundtrack

Favourite musical theatre: Hairspray

Best Quote From a Teacher: “Does it sound like Ella Fitzgerald?”

Favourite Book: Infinite Jest

Best thing about teaching at ABC: Seeing students realize how far they’ve come and how much they’ve improved

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It was nice meeting everyone today and I’m looking forward to a great year of music.

 

Augustin 

Recommended minutes to practice: 10 minutes a day

What to practice: For homework I just want two things next week. I want you to find an artist or song that you like (ask friends and family for suggestions, maybe you’ll find something new), also I want you to tell me what aspects of the song you like, maybe it’s the drums or the guitar or the lyrics. Also practice switching between the chords Am and Em which you already know. 

How to practice it most effectively: Slowing it down is best. Then steadily get faster switching between chords. Make sure to pluck every string to make sure the note is ringing out clearly. A effective way to find some new music would be to start with a band you already like and look up bands similar to that one.

How parents can help: One night before lessons maybe just ask to hear the transition from Am to Em. It’s okay if it’s not perfect as long as he tries. As well as maybe talk about some music you like and grew up listening to.

 

Lucien

Recommended minutes to practice: 10 minutes a day

What to practice: For homework I just want two things next week. I want you to find an artist or song that you like (ask friends and family for suggestions, maybe you’ll find something new), also I want you to tell me what aspects of the song you like, maybe it’s the drums or the guitar part of the lyrics. Also practice slowly strumming the Em chord with your thumb rather than your index finger. We will talk more about how to strum with your thumb next week. 

How to practice it most effectively: Start slow, make sure your hand is in the right position, with your fingers curled and your thumb on the back of the fret board. Make sure you hit the high E string when you strum and it comes out clearly. The key to all this is being relaxed. A effective way to find some new music would be to start with a band you already like and look up bands similar to that one.

How parents can help: One night before lessons maybe just ask to hear a clear E minor chord. It’s okay if it’s not perfect as long as he tries. As well as maybe talk about some music you like and grew up listening to.

 

 

 

Katarina

Recommended minutes to practice: 5 minutes a day

What to practice: This week I want you to practice your G chord so we can play some songs together.  Also next week I want you to name the strings with no help from me, you got this!

How to practice it most effectively: Practice switching between C and G and make sure your thumb is behind the neck this will help a lot.

How parents can help: Make sure Katarina sits down and plays the G chord which you know already so maybe giving her some direction would be helpful and fun as an activity.

 

Ada

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Practice those tough chords for Good 4 U which is E major and F#min. Practice switching between them slowly. Also practice your C major scale and naming the notes. If you can’t figure it out look to some resources online.

How to practice it most effectively: Saying the note names as you play them will really help you learn how the ukulele works and get you to memorize the C major scale quickly.

 

Van

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Keep working on black dog until you feel really comfortable playing it. Also work on the strumming pattern from book two which switches between Am and Em. Lastly, work on the intro to wish you were here, we will look at the solo in the next few weeks. 

How to practice it most effectively: If there is a play along for the book, it would be great to actually listen to that and hear the rhythm out loud. Also if you can, slow down the youtbe video for black dog and try and play along.

 

Jayden

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Work on that strumming pattern I showed you with any chord, we will continue to work on some strumming pattern stuff. Also try and play seven nation army with power chords, this will thicken up the sound. We also worked on the G chord so we can start to learn wish you were here by Pink Floyd.

How to practice it most effectively: Count out loud while you do the strumming pattern, this will solidify your time and make sure that you are feeling each beat of the pattern.

Eamon

Recommended minutes to practice: 30 minutes a day

What to practice: Work on hearing the chords for House of The Rising Sun this week. Also practice the melody for Don’t Stop Me Now, play along with Freddie’s vocal line so you can get the specific inflections. Also work on your major scales.

How to practice it most effectively: Work on major scales with a metronome on 2 and 4. I know it will be a struggle at first but it’s worth it. Also as I said before play along with the recording for Don’t Stop Me Now, it will really help you.

 

Andrea

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Review the sight reading from Book 1 and become very familiar with the first few notes in the book. Also work on the C major scale in 2nd position. Keep going with the Ed Sheeran song, it sounds better every week.

How to practice it most effectively: If the book has a play along that might be good to listen to and play along with. Take your time with the major scale, play it quieter than you think you need to.

 

Clara

Recommended minutes to practice: 20 minutes a day

What to practice: Keep working on C major in thirds, the D major scale, as well as the chords for Good 4 U. 

How to practice it most effectively: If you could work on playing your scales in thirds along with a metronome that would be amazing. Next week we will talk more about how to use you a metronome.

 

Killian

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Work on your C major scale in 3rds. Your sister can help you if you can’t remember how it goes. Also practice the strumming pattern for One Love.

How to practice it most effectively: When you’re playing One Love count out loud so that you are hitting the chords on beat 2 and 4.

 

Isaac

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Keep working on House of the rising sun and get that picking pattern down. Also see if you can lift the bass line for stand by me. Keep working on that Wish You Were Here solo, it’s coming together really well but I want to hear you absolutely nail it. Also work on your major scales in thirds.

How to practice it most effectively: Working on major scales with a metronome would be amazing and really help with playing them consistently. Also just play that solo over and over until you can’t stand it but it’s perfect. Don’t forget to find some songs that you like so we can steal some ideas from them.

Preferred Books for Matt’s Students

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Modern Method for Guitar

Volume 1, Book & DVD

Cover of Berklee Modern Method for Guitar Volume 1

This pack includes Volume 1 of this practical, comprehensive method book (the basic text for the guitar program at the world-famous Berklee College of Music) PLUS a matching DVD-ROM featuring 14 complete lessons with Larry Baione, chair of Berklee’s guitar department.

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Reading Studies for Guitar

Cover of Reading Studies for Guitar by William Leavitt

A comprehensive collection of studies for beginners to improve their reading and technical ability. Covers: positions 1 through 7 in all keys while introducing scales, arpeggios, written-out chords, and a variety of rhythms and time signatures.

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Elementary Rudiments of Music

For older beginners and adult students, this is an effective text for private study or in a school or college setting. Teaches Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced music theory in one volume. Covers notation; major and minor scales; other scales and modes; intervals; chords; cadences and melody writing; time; identifying keys; transposition; score types; terms, signs, and abbreviations; analysis. Accompanying Answer Book sold separately.

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