Matt Kavanaugh – Guitar Instructor.
Matt Kavanaugh is a guitarist currently based in Naperville. He is a graduate of both Elmhurst University and Northern Illinois University, completing his Master’s degree at NIU under Bobby Broom and Fareed Haque. His teaching experience ranges from ages 5-70 and across many genres and styles. He has worked with students in preparation for recitals, competitions, performances, auditions, and state exams. His students have received awards in competitions held by the Illinois Music Association and Illinois Music Society. Matt currently offers instruction on guitar, bass, and ukulele. Lessons can cover a wide range of material including the music fundamentals, technique, theory, improvisation (in jazz, rock, or fusion styles), sight reading , and songwriting. Matt can be found performing as a freelance jazz guitarist and with original rock groups across the Chicagoland area.
“Studying, playing, and performing music opens endless unique and exciting experiences for every individual. My teaching philosophy focuses on the fundamentals of music, each student’s interests and goals, and enjoying the learning process! By creating a strong foundation and with the student’s artistic influences and aspirations, they can create their own unique musical expressions. It is a joy to see students find this excitement in music, and I continually look to help my students take the next step in their musical journey!“