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Matt McAllister

Since 2013 Matthew has held a consistent studio of over fifteen students a week.  Teaching drum lessons has been one of the most fulfilling jobs in his professional music career.  Matthew’s two most important goals when teaching include: every student learning and growing each lesson and always having fun. He believes that positive reinforcement and an upbeat atmosphere cultivates the best environment to learn music.

Besides private lessons, Matthew has worked in a multitude of educational settings. This past year he created, developed, and lead his first drum set camp as well as taught group percussion classes on a regular basis.  He has held master classes at Xavier University, McNicholas High School, Loveland High School, Middletown Middle School, Cincinnati Country Day, and Summit Country Day.

Matthew is a 2013 graduate of the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where he received his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies.  While in school, Matthew was a part of the FIPSE International Study Abroad Program and lived in Brasília, Brazil for six months.  In Brazil he studied cultural rhythms, Brazilian percussion, and learned to speak Portuguese fluently.

Since graduating, Matthew has been an active performer, composer and educator.  His performance styles range from big band jazz, traditional New Orleans jazz, original rock, Brazilian folk music, Afro-Beat percussion, and experimental music.  Matthew also works with a variety of musical theater companies and has performed in multiple pit orchestras.

In addition to performing and teaching, Matthew is very passionate about composition.  Many of his compositions are written for and performed by his jazz trio, Animal Mother.  His trio consists of Tenor Saxophone, Electric Bass and Drum Set.  They have recorded two studio albums all of which feature Matthew’s original music.  Animal Mother has been reviewed by major news publications, such as The Washington Post, and they have performed in over twenty-five cities.

Matthew is currently pursuing a Masters in Composition at CCM and is an Artist in Residence at the Twin Towers Senior Living Community in College Hill, where he performs monthly recitals that feature his original compositions.

When Matthew is not playing, composing, listening, or teaching music, he enjoys doing yoga, meditation, and qigong as well as cooking with his fiancée.  Matthew is also a huge movie geek.