Matt is a dedicated educator who has incorporated unique pedagogies for learners of all levels and ages for many years. He firmly believes that everyone has a special capacity for creativity that can be derived and applied in myriad ways in and out of music. Using jazz as a vehicle for this creative process, Matt has applied versatile pedagogies as a teaching artist, program director, clinician, and curriculum author to empower learners through engaging experiences. His work in curriculum development has been used in Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Programs, Harlem School of the Arts Beginning Band, Fordham University jazz studies, and New York All-City Ensembles and other nonprofit and school music programs. He has given workshops on pedagogy at New York University, Columbia University, the Juilliard School, and abroad at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England, and Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Bogota, Colombia, among other universities and institutions around the United States, South America, and Europe.
Matt is the founder and director of the Jazz Arts Collective, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing lasting, engaging, and transformative learning experiences through jazz performance.
The Jazz Arts Collective offers a wide range of learning opportunities led by faculty dedicated to empowering students of all types including the Summer Jazz Workshop and Junior Jazz Workshop at Fordham University and Junior Messengers held at Mercy College, as well as several online programs throughout the year.
Matt is currently on faculty at Quinnipiac University, Columbia University, and Director of Jazz Studies at Fordham University. Matt continues to visit colleges, high schools, and summer programs around the world as a guest artist and clinician. He received his BFA in jazz studies from The City College of New York, MM from William Paterson University, and Ed.M & Ed.D from Teachers College, Columbia University.