Matt Stover Drum/Percussion & Piano Lessons

Matt Stover Drum/Percussion & Piano Lessons

5.0 (7)
21 hires on
1 employee
8 years in business

About this pro

I provide a wide variety of skills that encapsulate the musical ear. Some things to expect when taking lessons with Matt Stover is a high energy, focused environment with an open mined approach that accumulates the overall passion for musical vibrations. 

Matt's Music offers in person and online music lessons for any and all interested on instruments such as drums/percussion and piano. 

In 2019, Matt graduated from Northern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in music. Back in 2013, I began my performance career as a drummer for the Chicago Bulls Basketball team. Since then, I have achieved the following as a performer and teacher in music...
-Performed at Lollapalooza with electronic artist Ekoli
-Marched 3 years in Phantom Regiment Drum Corp. on snare and was drum captain in 2015
-Marched 1 year in Colts Drum Corp
-Performed 5 year in WGI group Cavaliers Indoor Percussion
-Performed at PASIC in 2018 with NIU percussion studio
-4 years accompanying NIU dance classes with world percussion improv techniques 
-NIU marching band 1 year on Tenors/Quads
-Performed in jazz combo at NIU
-Taught Shadow Drum Corp. 2 years
-Private lesson instructor for 14 years now --Middle School Percussion Director for 2 years
-Battery Caption head and writer at Lincoln Way, Wheaton Warrenville South, Lake Park, and Plainfield North
-Instructor for Music Matters music shop ----Currently Percussion Director at Minooka High School 
-Director of Minooka Indoor Percussion
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  • Amberlee Sheehan

    Matt is so good with kids and has an enthusiasm that is contagious! My kids look forward to their lesson with him each week! I highly recommend him!

  • Heather Schneider

    My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson with Matt. Previous instructors did not take the time to ask about her interests, goals, and music preferences. She really appreciated that Matt took the time to teach "with" her instead of teaching "at" her.

  • Heather Visser

    He is personable and makes the lessons fun. He is encouraging to my daughter and does a great job teaching the material.

  • Whilma

    Matt is very friendly and very good at explaining drum basic to my soon to be 4th grader. He’s never had any music lessons and Matt makes the lesson fun and positive.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Every student is different and so this question is hard to sum up in a worded answer, however, I'll try to touch the different learning styles I've come across. 

Kinesthetic- learning material by feeling or touch with the sticks or mallets

Visual- likes to see music as a reference of understanding/memory 

Auditory- tends to listen more actively to the sounds being produced and does a good job playing sounds or copying them back 

There are more and of course all three branch off into other subcategories of learning styles. I like to be present with my students and to be open to what they are feeling on that particular day while trying my best to keep a foundation/structure to the learning development. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

10 years of private lessons 

Taught 2 years of a middle school percussion ensemble that consisted of 30 or more members

Instructor for 6 marching bands in Illinois as snare technician and main battery caption head

Performs with the Chicago Bulls drumline actively 

Graduated with a Percussion Business degree with emphasis on performance from NIU 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I am very lenient with the price. I never feel like teaching lessons is a job as I enjoy every second of it. That said, I normally charge 20$ a half hour, however, I'm open to exceptions and situations that might alter that one way or the other. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Every type! I loving learning more about people through the process of music :)