Bassist    Composer    Arranger    Improviser    Music Educator


Curriculum Vitae


B.M., Music Composition, The Cleveland Institute of Music

Principal Instructors:     Donald Erb, Music Composition

                                        Larry Baker, Music Theory

                                        Dean Guy, Music Theory

Postgraduate Work, James Madison University

Principal Instructor:      John Hilliard, Composition

Professional Experience


e    Double Bass and Electric Bass

e    Freelance jazz bassist with performances in concert, entertainment and private venues

e    Jazz musical genre ranges from traditional jazz to modern jazz with a specialty in new music and improvisation

e    Performances in some of Chicago’s best rooms such as Katarina’s, Uncommon Ground, and Brown Rice

e    Classical bassist of orchestral and chamber music with a specialty in new music

e    Associate of Epicycle, a Cleveland new music ensemble

e    Theater orchestra performances including Cleveland’s Karamu House


e  Private instructor of music composition, theory, aural skills

e    Private instructor of acoustic and electric bass

e    Graduate Teaching Assistant at James Madison University

e    Taught classes, private lessons, and lectured in music theory, aural skills and music composition to undergraduate and graduate students

e    Directed Contemporary Music Ensemble

e    Music theory instructor in The Cleveland Institute of Music preparatory department

e    Taught musical concepts, music theory, aural skills, music appreciation and perception to children ages 5 through 13.

e    Director of Music Theory, Project Care Music Clinic an inner-city music education program

e    Taught musical concepts, music theory, aural skills to beginning students and to continuing education students



Composer of classical concert music, jazz, and improvised music

Recent creative activity includes:

e    Meditation on a Handel Aria – Solo Cello, Five professional performances in 2009

e    Elegy, Chamber Orchestra, 2010

e    Trombone Quartet 2010


Freelance arranger

Recent creative activity includes string trio (vln,vla,vlc) arrangements of classic rock tunes for middle school early high school string players 2009/2010

Computer Skills

Sibelius, Audacity, MS Software Suite

Matt is a member of ASCAP.  Matt’s music published by No Two Sheep Music, ASCAP