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 you have two songs to practice. You Are My Sunshine and When The Saints Go Marching In. Lastly, I will want to hear you play a G chord next week.

How to practice it most effectively: When you play these songs, sing the words along with it. This will help with rhythm and accuracy of notes. For the G chord just get familiar with the shape and the try switching between C and G if you feel up to it.

How parents can help: If you ask to hear the songs as well as the chord we are working on I think it would help Katarina focus and give her a goal.

 

Ada

Recommended minutes to practice: 10 minutes a day

What to practice: Keep working on the chords for Good 4 U. Also see if you can remember Country Roads, it will be a good exercise, however next week I will be bringing in the sheet music. Lastly, I want to hear your C major scale next week, we will continue working on different patterns.

How to practice it most effectively: If you can play your scales along with a metronome. Once we are in person we will be doing that together. Also, listen to Country Roads and try to play along, this will develop your ear.

 

Van

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Continue to practice the strumming pattern from Book 2 and switch between Am and Em. Listen to Wish You Were Here and maybe try to play along with the intro once you have it down. Keep working on Black Dog until it’s perfect and lastly work on playing one string switching between thumb and index finger.

How to practice it most effectively: Practicing with a metronome is ideal for the strumming pattern, as well as counting out loud while you strum. Play Black Dog slowly and see if you can identify spots where you struggle and try to see if you can fix them.

 

Jayden

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Read over World Beat in the Hal Leonard Book. We’ll be doing more sight reading in the future. Also practice switching between Am and Em. Thirdly, practice Seven Nation Army using power chords, and lastly practice those first few notes from Black Dog.

How to practice it most effectively: Switch between the chords Am and Em slowly and try to move your fingers as little as possible instead of having them fly all over the place. If you can count the beats out loud while you read World Beat.

 

Simon

Recommended minutes to practice: 20 minutes a day

What to practice: Play along with House of The Rising Sun and get the picking pattern solid. Work on the Fly Me To The Moon chords and try to lift the melody by ear. For next lesson try and see if you have the Hal Leonard Book 1, also take a listen to Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.

How to practice it most effectively: Playing along with The Animals will help a lot with perfecting the pattern, you could also try recording yourself on your phone.  Listen back and you will definitely hear what you need to fix. For learning the melody to Fly Me To The Moon, just listen to a phrase at a time and then try and play it back, the melody is pretty scalar so it shouldn’t be too hard to pick up.

Andrea

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Keep working on your scales, you’re definitely making progress. Also keep working on that Ed Sheeran tune, I want to play it in person soon. Work through some review sections in your Hal Leonard Book and we will keep doing some sight reading at the beginning of lessons. 

How to practice it most effectively: This week try to play your C major scale along with a metronome, I think you know them well enough to try to start playing them in time.

 

Clara

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Try practicing your D major scale in thirds. Also practice the chord progression for Good 4 U. Lastly, take a listen to Ella Fitzgerald’s and Louis Armstrong’s version of Dream A  Little Dream of Me.

How to practice it most effectively: Use a metronome with your C and D major scales, go slower than you think you need to so you perfect both. Switch between chords for Good 4 U very slowly and try to move your fingers as little as possible.

 

Killian

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Practice your C major scale in thirds, your sister can help you get this down. Keep playing the chords to One Love, and we took a look at the melody. 

How to practice it most effectively: Remember to count out loud when doing the strumming pattern for One Love, the chords are on 2 and 4 not 1 and 3. Try to sing the words while you play the melody.

 

Isaac Smith

Recommended minutes to practice: 20 minutes a day

What to practice: Play along with Stand By Me, try to play along with the whole thing. As well as play along with Pink Floyd’s Wish you were here. Try to pretend it’s a performance and you can’t stop until the song is done. Lastly, work on those triads, take it slow and make sure it’s perfect.

How to practice it most effectively: Again, playing along with the tracks will help you get a better time feel with your strumming as well as understand what it takes to play through a whole tune. The solo is coming along really well. Practice the triads ridiculously slowly, 5 minutes of slow correct practice is better than 30 minutes of fast practicing that is incorrect.

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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