Lessons are available in or around Montclair, NJ and NYC. They are geared towards accomplishing the student's musical goals as well as developing a personal vocabulary, sound, and touch on the instrument and strengthening creative timekeeping abilities. Focus is placed on rudiments, reading music, snare solos and etudes, 4-way coordination studies, brushwork, mastery of various styles and feels, transcriptions, and playing along with recordings.
In addition to teaching individual and ensemble lessons, Matt Slocum has also worked with students through teaching masterclasses and clinics at programs such as Berklee College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Brubeck Institute, San Francisco State University, University of Southern California, University of Minnesota, Los Angeles High School For the Arts, Sonoma State University, University of Montana and the University of the Arts. He is currently an adjunct instructor at Newark Academy. Matt's students have been selected for the Grammy High School Jazz Ensemble, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington finals and various all-state and all-region ensembles. His students have also gone on to study music at programs including Juilliard, Berklee, New England Conservatory, Eastman, the New School and NYU. Matt has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California where he studied with Peter Erskine.