My mother tells me that when I was six months old I was clearly humming the tune of “Jingle Bells.” When I was five, she started teaching me piano because I was complaining about all of my older siblings getting to learn. Very early I began playing music by ear, improvising, and creating my own simple melodies. There’s always been a song playing in my head, and over the years I’ve gotten better at getting it out.
I studied piano with my mother for several years and again for two years with Andrea Llafet, during which time the piano evolved for me as an instrument for discovering and composing music. I began regularly writing music in middle school, mostly video game style music. It employed rather basic harmonies, disregarded playability, and used poor samples, but it was mine. It was fun. And I never stopped practicing the craft.
During my senior year of high school, I began learning more about recording technology and bought myself some decent quality equipment, which I used to do my first recordings, an album of all-original piano solos entitled Bounceback, which I distributed as a CD locally to friends and family. I additionally wrote pieces for the top band and choir at my school, both of which I was a member of, and was thrilled when “The Crown Prince Of Fortico” and “Let Me” had their premiere performances. After this exciting year, I knew that composition was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Yet during the same year, I taught piano lessons to several children and experienced a similar thrill when I saw them grow, when I watched them perform. Their achievements meant so much to me; seeing their parents applaud after they performed their simple pieces at our recitals, watching their smiles as they took their bows. That too, I knew, was something I wanted to continue to experience for the rest of my life. I had known for a long time I wanted to go into music, but suddenly I was uncertain of what exactly I wanted to do.
I shared my thoughts with one of my band directors, Brent Johnson, and he told me “You don’t need any certification to write music, but you do need certification to teach in public schools.” When he said that, I realized I had been looking at these two aspects of my musicianship as an either/or compromise, but that there was no reason I couldn’t do both. I didn’t have to give up either of my dreams.
And so, after serving a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Hong Kong, I find myself at Brigham Young University as a Music Education major, but actively engaged as a composer of many kinds of music. I’ve been greatly blessed to learn much more about the music industry and web design thanks to my dear friend Zachary Griffin, and have had the opportunity to collaborate with other talented musicians, artists, and photographers to share my music with you. I hope you enjoy listening to my music, and I do appreciate all your support.
– Matt Arnett
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Zachary Griffin, Web Design
Sarra Smith and Arianne Lewis, artwork
Kirsten Busse, photography
Josh Garcia, videographer
Special thanks to Dave and Stacya Arnett for years of support, inspiration, and love
Additional thanks to David Groesbeck for allowing Zach and I to, from time to time, record music on his piano