Mat Dale

Mat Dale

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

I’ve been teaching privately for over 5 years to students six to sixty and above.  Aside from teaching, I am an active gigging musician. My favorite styles include rock, jazz, blues, acoustic fingerstyle, worship, soul, and pop.  I’m also an avid gear-head so don’t ask me about guitar amps or pedals unless you are prepared to get your ears talked off!

My journey with music started at an early age watching my dad play guitar.  By the time I was 6, I started private guitar lessons and continued all the way through the end of my high school career.  Upon entering college, I pursued audio engineering while studying privately with Dave Black.  After a year at Webster University I transferred to McNally-Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, MN and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Music in Guitar Performance.  After college I began teaching and gigging professionally, and spent most nights and weekends practicing, practicing and practicing some more, which led me to develop my own technique and approach to music.

My teaching method is three-fold.   First, music is a language, and we learn this language as we did our native language- by listening.  As we listen, music resides in our hearts and minds.  We, then, study technique on an instrument to express the music already within ourselves. Next comes the theory of how music works to make the process streamlined and repeatable.  With all that in mind, I like to make things fun and enjoyable so everyone can experience the joy music can bring.


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