2016 in Review

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2016 was a busy year, and, as a new father, a year of many changes both personally and professionally. I had the privilege of spending a lot of time this year watching my exuberant (and exhausting) son grow, AND the pleasure of playing lots of music. To name a few stages I graced this year, 2016 brought me to gigs at the New York Botanical Garden, Central Park Zoo, The Duplex, and the old stand-by: The Bitter End. I had the chance to perform locally at the Mile Square Theater — a brand new Hoboken venue with great sound — and I traveled up to Connecticut for a show at the Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts.

Not only did I get to play in some amazing venues this year, but I shared the stage with some fantastic musicians as well. I performed world music with my old friends, the Herreras, cabaret with singer-songwriter Rivky G, and got the kids dancing to original rock n’ roll with the Fuzzy Lemons. I was a part of new projects with Jaime DeJesus, Ty Tuschen, and Gerry Rosenthal, and joined Gold N Brown for the Hoboken Irish Festival. In Chicagoland the Replays put two generations of Teitelmen on the stage together at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, and back on the east coast I joined the Grammy-winning Dirty Sock Funtime Band for an amphitheater show.

One of the things I’m most excited about having worked on in 2016 is my teaching work. This year I filmed training videos for the Songs for Seeds franchise and created the new Latin Ensemble and Latin Jam at Hoboken’s Drum Den. In 2017, I hope to build on these programs and continue to inspire my students and peers alike.

On a more somber note, we lost so many pillars of our musical community in 2016, including two of my musical idols, David Bowie and Prince. I want to take a moment to remember those who have passed and to acknowledge that we who attempt to follow in their footsteps have gained so much from their contributions.

Here’s to 2017. May it bring joy, laughter, and much music.

-Matt

Music School Online

11221408_10153402755862707_210323938905796435_nAfter two years with our noses to the grind stone, Music School Online is a real thing! The site is online and open to the public. We have over 400 tutorials (including a few by yours truly) on guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, voice, and even a full music theory course. Please check out the site and use our 14-day free trial or sign up for a monthly membership for as little as $9.99/month. Tell your friends!

Product Review in Modern Drummer

Modern Drummer February 2015If you haven’t yet picked up Modern Drummer‘s February issue, get to your local news stand now! “Why?” you ask. Because yours truly has his first-ever published review in the magazine. Originally written as a companion to Dylan‘s cajon review last month, the review focuses on DG DeGregorio‘s educational materials on cajon technique and repertoire as taught by master percussionists Marco Fadda and Paquito Gonzalez.

What did I think? Read the issue to find out!

Cajon Reviews: Modern Drummer December Issue

This fall, Dylan and I had the pleasure of product-testing four DeGregorio cajons. Dylan wrote a review of them for Modern Drummer, and we made a video demonstrating their sound. I was mentioned in the review and got to contribute my own cajon playing to the music for the video. It is pretty clear that we liked these cajons because by the end of the process each of us had one of our own. I really love my job!

Pick up the December issue of Modern Drummer to read the full review, and watch the video below.

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The Great “Girl on Fire” Snare Drum Giveaway!

After getting over 100,000 views on our video spotlighting the making of Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire,” Dylan Wissing and I decided to celebrate by creating this awesome giveaway through Modern Drummer. You can enter to win the GMS Snare Drum used on “Girl on Fire,” plus over $3000 worth of products from Aquarian, Sabian, Promark, Puresound, Audio School Online, and Drummer’s Resource. This video was SOOO much fun to make. I had my hands in everything from writing and filming to editing, directing, and even playing a little keyboard.

Enter the contest here.