Matt Arnett graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education and a minor in Mathematics in April 2021. While at BYU, he studied French horn with Laurence Lowe, as well as extensive coursework in music theory, education, composition, songwriting, and music technology. He worked as a Ballet Pianist for the BYU Department of Dance, as well as Ballet West in Salt Lake City, and performed regularly as a pianist at various events on and off campus, often in collaboration with other musicians.
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. Matt was honored again in 2021 by NAfME for his composition for Wind Ensemble, Broken Mind, Beautiful Life.
Matt currently teaches middle school orchestra in the Fauquier County Public Schools district as well as private piano and brass lessons. He is also the assistant marching band director at Fauquier High School. 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.
Matt lives with his wife Stephanie and their daughter Camille in Warrenton, 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.
- Classroom educator since 2021
- 15+ years piano experience
- 10+ years horn experience
- 30+ published compositions
- 15+ published arrangements
- 2 Award-Winning Composition
- Extensive ProTools and Finale technology experience