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.

 

 

 

Hello Matt’s students!

 

Matt will be away this week (March 10th), and we do have a substitute, but it will be for next week, on March 17th.  We will book you in for your regular lesson time, with Trevor.

As always, Matt will let Trevor know what you are working on, so your learning will continue as Matt has been working on it with you.

Your lessons will be digital for March 17th – use the same meeting ID:

981 181 0935

If the timing doesn’t work for you, please call the office and we’ll put you down for a make-up.

 

Thanks!

 

 

Isaac

Recommended minutes to practice: 30 minutes a day

What to practice: Keep practicing the triads and the inversions. You definitely caught onto the idea quickly which is great. Next week we’ll focus more on Thunder Rolls.

How to practice it most effectively: Keep naming the triads, don’t feel rushed, triads take a lifetime to work on. If you can, use a metronome while you play them.

 

Andrea

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: You did a great job memorizing Amazing Grace! Next time I see you I want to see if you can do the whole thing for memory. Also take a look at when the saints go marching and keep working on your chords.

How to practice it most effectively: For memorization I always try to remember a little key section of every four bars that sticks out and reminds me what to do. Taking it by 4 bar chunks at a time will be helpful.

 

Eamon

Recommended minutes to practice: 30 minutes a day

What to practice: Try to figure out the chords to  3 of hearts. Also work on Bamboo Bones, work on the Bo Diddley rhythm while keeping your strumming hand performing constant eight notes. 

How to practice it most effectively: I like to figure out the low notes while listening to a recording and that usually tells me a lot of info about what the chord is going to be. So try to start there.

 

Clara

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Nice job with the strumming pattern this week. Keep working on the two melodies for Bruno and In My Life. We’ll keep focusing on those next week.

How to practice it most effectively: Play along to the songs, just jam out and have fun and use your ears.

 

Killian

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Keep working on the C major scale in thirds, you almost got the whole thing memorized. Secondly, we finished Spider-man, so keep practicing that and I’ll ask you to play it for me next week. Lastly, we’ll work on happy birthday next week.

How to practice it most effectively: Try to play the C major scale with your sister, she could help you learn it. Also just have fun with Spiderman theme and play it for fun.

 

Josh

Recommended minutes to practice: 15 minutes a day

What to practice: Work on Smoke on the water, make sure you’re only hitting the low E string and not the other strings. The pattern is 

0-3-5

0-3-6-5 

0-3-5-3-0

How to practice it most effectively: Practice slowly and make sure you’re getting a clear note, this will take some experimenting with how much pressure to put on the string.

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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