Matthew started his music study at age 7 with his mother, a professional music teacher and church musician. He was quickly drawn to music as a form of personal expression. At age 16, he continued his studies with David Pocock from Western Michigan University. His musical education continued at Hope College, where he earned the Distinguished Artist Award to pursue piano studies with the venerable artist, Joan Conway. While at Hope College, Matthew continued honing his skills at the piano, sang daily in the Hope College Chapel choir and began his study in Dalcroze Eurhythmics with Charles Aschbrenner. Most importantly, Matthew was inspired by the art of learning. He pursued a double degree in Music and in Psychology.
His studies took him to Southern Methodist University where he pursued a Masters in Music in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy under Dr. Sam Holland and Mr. Alfred Mouledous. After graduating, Matthew was hired as the Administrative Director and Lecturer in Piano Pedagogy at SMU, where he served for 15 years.
His pursuit of excellence has earned Matthew a reputation as an outstanding music educator who strives to meet the personal and musical needs of his students. As a result, his students have performed on the some of the most notable stages across the United States. They have been seen at Symphony Hall in Chicago, Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth and Carnegie Hall in New York City. His students have earned scholarships to study music at Universities including Oberlin Conservatory, Southern Methodist University, Vanderbilt University and Berkeley College of Music. His students consistently receive highest marks in the Royal Conservatory Examinations.
As a lifelong learner, Matthew continues to search for ways to make music increasingly accessible in the modern world. He holds credentials as a Global Trainer for Village Music Circles, a community based organization that empowers people through rhythm based events. He also holds a Professional Certificate in Jaques-Dalcroze Education, an education philosophy using movement to teach musical principles.