Matt Arnett is an undergraduate student at Brigham Young University where he is a candidate for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education with a minor in Mathematics. He anticipates graduating in April 2021. While at BYU he has studied French horn with Laurence Lowe, as well as extensive coursework in music theory, education, composition, songwriting, and music technology. He has worked as a Ballet Pianist for the BYU Department of Dance, as well as Ballet West in Salt Lake City.
As a composer, Matt writes primarily tonal music. His works are characterized by tuneful melodies and difficult rhythms with frequent changes in meter. He often takes nature scenes and images as inspiration for his ideas. In 2019, Matt was recognized by the National Association for Music Education for his original piece for Brass Quintet, Achilles, which was the winning submission in their annual Student Composers Contest, collegiate division. The work was premiered at their national convention in Orlando, Florida.
Central to Matt’s philosophy of music education is the belief that every person is musical. In his teaching, he is very focused on the needs and individual learning style of the student. He seeks to provide a holistic music education, including performance skills, active listening strategies, music theory and composition techniques, improvisation, and historical perspectives. He is also very interested in the incorporation of popular music and the modern music industry into the classroom. In 2019, Matt enjoyed a music teaching internship in Cochabamba, Bolivia, where he taught students at the Universidad Major de San Simon and the Eduardo Laredo Institute for performing arts. He has also worked in the Provo City School District as an instructional assistant.
During his time as an undergraduate student, Matt has collaborated with many of his peers to create original music. He often performs at Christmas with Zachary Griffin as the duet Rising Action Piano. He writes songs and directs music for PVC Pipedream, along with director Emma Noulton. He is also a member of the multi-instrumental ensemble Fifth Shred.
Matt lives with his wife Stephanie in Manassas, Virginia. They enjoy reading, museums, and the outdoors.
My goal as a musician and teacher is to enable people of all backgrounds to find joy in their experiences with music.
- 15+ years piano experience
- 10+ years horn experience
- 30+ compositions
- 1 Award-Winning Composition
- Extensive ProTools and Finale technology experience
- Classroom, Masterclass, and Private Teaching Experience
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