Matthew was raised in Hudson, NH, and started playing trombone in the sixth grade. Being the only one in his family who played music, he found more and more interest in trombone through private lessons. In high school, he auditioned into the NHMEA Jazz All-State Honors Jazz Ensemble as the lead trombonist for his Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years, and also made the top Trombone chair in NHMEA All-State Concert Band for his Senior year. Matthew’s love of teaching music was fully realized after becoming the Drum Major of the Alvirne HS Marching Band, so he decided to major in Music Education at Ithaca College in NY. After earning a Bachelor’s in Music Ed., he then traveled to Texas Tech University in Lubbock to pursue a Master’s in Trombone while working as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Music School’s Trombone Studio Professor. At TTU, Matthew met his Fiancee, who is currently studying Music Therapy at Immaculata University.
Matthew has been teaching private music lessons of all instruments, but especially trombone, since he was a student in High School. He loves playing and working in all types of music, especially jazz, classical, and rock, and considers all of these when teaching students.
Matt can be personally reached at Matthew.ValottaStudios@gmail.com