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Here’s what Matt’s students have to say.
I’ve been taking ukulele lessons from Matt for almost 4 years now. Before starting, I had done my research, and I knew he was a fine virtuoso player, as well as a professional teacher who held formal qualifications in music theory and sound engineering. A full time, specialist ukulele teacher, not one who saw it as a bridge to other instruments.
Prior to meeting Matt I had played the ukulele (my first ever musical instrument) for two and a half years. My specific area of interest is instrumentals; primarily chord melodies. I started out playing simple tunes and arrangements, but I had this crazy idea that I wanted to play the music of Jake Shimabukuro.
Matt and I have been working together for over two years and my progress has been exponential. I am now playing Jake’s Ave Maria, Blue Roses Falling, Heartbeat/Dragon, In My Life, Let’s Dance, Me & Shirley T., Missing Three, Piano Forte and While My Guitar Gently Weeps. In addition Matt has worked with me to arrange from voice/piano sheet music songs from Green Day and Muse. Never, ever dreamed I would be able to do that. I can’t even count up the number of different techniques that he has helped me incorporate into my playing.
I think what makes Matt a great teacher is that he listens to the student. On our first lesson I showed him how I was stumbling through Me & Shirley T. He didn’t say I was crazy to think I could learn that song. He didn’t say that before I could learn that song we needed to back up and I had to learn a, b, and c first. He has the unique ability to listen and understand what will motivate each student, and design the lesson plans around the student’s interests. His ability to break down each measure, complex strum patterns, and new techniques in such a way so that someone like me, with absolutely no musical background, can grasp them still amazes me. He is an incredibly talented player but he very well may be an even better teacher.
I was planning a trip to Hawai’i and I had purchased a ukulele in anticipation of the trip. Then I realized that I could not learn how to play on my own. Living in rural Illinois, I had no choices for local instructors so I began looking for online instructors. There were not many people teaching ukulele online back then and Matt seemed more than qualified.
I have been taking online ukulele lessons from Matt for over five years. FIVE YEARS!! That should be it, all you need to know, testimonial over, mic dropped . . . but let me tell you a little more about this five year journey. The best thing I can say about Matt as a teacher is that he gets me.
That being said, I don’t want to short-change the people part of this. This doesn’t work, especially for five years, if Matt wasn’t as good of a person as he is. He invests in us. He cares about our progress as uke players and cares about our lives as people. Each of our lessons begins with a “how was your week?” and we run through our “checklist” of things to discuss before we jump into the lesson. Some people may not like that, for me it’s essential (although those little chats were more fun when a certain football team didn’t stink so bad).
As we wrap up each lesson, Matt says, “Let me know if you have any questions and I’ll see you next week. Thanks Alan” No, you’ve got it backwards. Thank YOU, Matt. Thank you for supporting me as a uke player and as a person. Thank you for your investment in me. Thank you for your friendship. Thanks for the last five years, and as lives change (a baby? wow, who would’ve thunk? but I think you need to rethink naming him Beast Mode Dahlberg), here’s to many more.
Having been a student with Matt for nearly 4 years, starting as a beginner, I can honestly say that Matt’s teaching approach has been ideal. Matt has a structured yet relaxed manner of teaching ukulele that is hugely effective and the way in which simple targets are set to let me see measurable progress has been invaluable.
I look forward to each session with Matt knowing that he will move me along at the right pace — I never feel pressured yet always feel stretched and learn something new each week, which is a great motivator. I can say with confidence that Matt is a patient and skillful teacher — his technical skill and musical knowledge offer a blend of practical and musical theory, which works well and is the hallmark of a skilled professional musician and teacher. Matt has a wealth of teaching resources and methods — whether it’s learning a new song, a new playing technique, or brushing up on music theory, there is always something on tap to be printed out, listened to, demonstrated or played along to and all tailored to the specifics of each lesson. Oh, and best of all, it’s a lot of fun!
No matter where you live, you can take ukulele lessons with Matt. All you need is a dependable internet connection and a ukulele! Here are the locations of just some of Matt’s students from around the world!
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