Matthew​ ​Mazanek​

Matthew​ ​Mazanek​ ​is​ ​a​ ​guitarist​ ​from​ ​New​ ​York​ ​and​ ​considers​ ​teaching​ ​one​ ​of​ ​his​ ​primary passions.​ ​With​ ​experience​ ​teaching​ ​students​ ​of​ ​all​ ​ages​ ​and​ ​backgrounds​ ​Matthew​ ​considers​ ​teaching and​ ​mentoring​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​most​ ​important​ ​musical​ ​activities​ ​a​ ​trained​ ​musician​ ​can​ ​engage​ ​in.​ ​

While​ ​in New​ ​York​ ​Matthew​ ​maintained​ ​a​ ​busy​ ​private​ ​studio​ ​teaching​ ​guitar​ ​and​ ​music​ ​theory​ ​and​ ​has​ ​worked with​ ​students​ ​with​ ​varying​ ​disabilities​ ​including​ ​Cerebral​ ​Palsy,​ ​and​ ​ADHD​ ​and​ ​autism.​ ​

Matthew​ ​is currently​ ​in​ ​Ireland​ ​pursuing​ ​his​ ​doctorate​ ​in​ ​music​ ​at​ ​the​ ​Royal​ ​Irish​ ​Academy​ ​of​ ​Music​ ​where​ ​he​ ​is on​ ​the​ ​musicianship​ ​and​ ​strings​ ​faculty​ ​teaching​ ​classical​ ​guitar​ ​lessons​ ​and​ ​musicianship​ ​classes.

Bringing​ ​together​ ​a​ ​wide​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​influences​ ​in​ ​his​ ​pedagogical​ ​approach​ ​Matthew​ ​has cultivated​ ​a​ ​style​ ​of​ ​teaching​ ​that​ ​believes​ ​in​ ​total​ ​musicianship​ ​training,​ ​not​ ​just​ ​instrumental​ ​prowess. Ear​ ​training,​ ​analysis,​ ​training​ ​a​ ​students​ ​musical​ ​judgement​ ​and​ ​creativity​ ​are​ ​all​ ​of​ ​primary​ ​focus​ ​and he​ ​views​ ​technique​ ​and​ ​instrumental​ ​ability​ ​as​ ​stepping​ ​stones​ ​to​ ​their​ ​cultivation.​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​his​ ​biggest influences​ ​are​ ​the​ ​teachings​ ​of​ ​Dalcroze,​ ​Kodaly,​ ​and​ ​more​ ​theoretically,​ ​Paulo​ ​Freire.​ ​

These​ ​sources produce​ ​a​ ​pedagogy​ ​ripe​ ​with​ ​not​ ​only​ ​instrumental​ ​learning,​ ​but​ ​composition,​ ​improvisation,​ ​chamber music​ ​techniques​ ​and​ ​ear​ ​training.

Matthew’s​ ​doctoral​ ​research​ ​topics​ ​include​ ​classical​ ​guitar​ ​improvisation​ ​and​ ​guitar​ ​pedagogy however​ ​he​ ​began​ ​his​ ​studies​ ​with​ ​Mike​ ​Belajonas​ ​on​ ​Long​ ​Island,​ ​New​ ​York.​ ​He​ ​then​ ​went​ ​on​ ​to receive​ ​his​ ​Bachelors​ ​in​ ​Music​ ​in​ ​classical​ ​guitar​ ​performance​ ​from​ ​SUNY​ ​Fredonia​ ​studying​ ​under Evan​ ​Drummond​ ​and​ ​Jim​ ​Piorkowski.​ ​He​ ​received​ ​his​ ​masters​ ​degree​ ​in​ ​2016​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Manhattan School​ ​of​ ​Music​ ​under​ ​the​ ​tutelage​ ​of​ ​Mark​ ​Delpriora.

As​ ​a​ ​performer​ ​Matthew​ ​has​ ​performed​ ​at​ ​the​ ​collegiate​ ​level​ ​in​ ​festivals​ ​and​ ​has​ ​performed​ ​in the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​and​ ​Europe​ ​in​ ​both​ ​solo​ ​performances​ ​and​ ​with​ ​various​ ​ensembles​ ​including​ ​the Fredonia​ ​Guitar​ ​Quartet,​ ​the​ ​SCCC​ ​Jazz​ ​Ensemble,​ ​the​ ​Royal​ ​Irish​ ​Academy​ ​of​ ​Music​ ​Baroque​ ​Opera, in​ ​duo​ ​with​ ​voice,​ ​violin,​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​in​ ​an​ ​eclectic​ ​indie​ ​rock​ ​band​ ​Sleepyhead.​

​His​ ​solo​ ​performances include​ ​the​ ​standard​ ​classical​ ​guitar​ ​repertoire​ ​but​ ​Matthew​ ​specializes​ ​in​ ​new​ ​music​ ​and​ ​includes​ ​free improvisation​ ​as​ ​an​ ​artistic​ ​pursuit.

Mary McCaughey

Our experience of KSM over the last ten years has been very positive. Four children, four instruments and four very different attitudes to practice, but all have been infected by Paul’s boundless enthusiasm for the pure joy of music

Mary McCaughey / Parent
Carmel Kearney

My daughter has been taking piano lessons in the Kilternan School of Music for 3 years. She loves her teacher and lessons. She has achieved extremely high results in her exams and loves playing in the mini concerts throughout the year.

Carmel Kearney / Parent
Paula Sutton

My family will be attending KSM for their 6th year this September. I have 3 children aged between 10 and 13. It was my daughter who brought us to music through violin by attending the pre instrumental class and she just loved it.

Paula Sutton / Parent
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