Teacher Feature: Matthew Smith

Favorite Food: Yellow Curry
Dream Destination: New York City
Favorite Song Right Now: Back Pocket by VULFPECK
Spirit Animal: Otter

When we heard Matthew Smith play drums in his new soul-jazz project Juice Box we were blown away by his awesome talent and infectious energy.  Only 26 years old, Matthew's drive and dedication to his music is obvious. In 2012, he earned his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Studies from California State Fullerton and has studied with the likes of Duncan Moore, Joey Sellars, Amir Ziv and Ari Hoenig. Since graduating, Matthew has gone on to release two albums both as leaders with Juice Box and The Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio.

As a teacher, Matt believes in the importance of teaching students to use their ears as well as developing all the fundamentals from reading music to proper technique so they can become dynamic players and creators.  As a professional drummer and composer Matt's knowledge and experience allows him to teach students of all ages and levels with passion and edge.

Starting in June, Matt will be available on Saturdays from 2pm - 5pm for private drum lessons. Call us today at 858 456 2753 or email us at hello@kalabasharts.com to book your first lesson which is 50% off!