Learn to master the functional concepts and materials necessary to accompany vocalists, create a guitar unit in general music, and lead a successful guitar class at any level. Topics include choosing instruments, playing chords in open and barred positions, reading various guitar notation styles, performing 12-bar blues, and strumming common pop progressions. This course is designed for educators who are new to the guitar as well as for those with guitar experience who are now seeking a fresh approach to teaching the instrument.

Instructor: Matt Hudson


Matt Hudson is a jazz guitarist from Erie, PA who is currently teaching Guitar and Recording Arts at Lane Tech High School in Chicago. Matt  began his formal music studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999.   He was the winner of the Mellon Bank Jazz Scholarship.  This opportunity gave him the chance to study with ex-patriot saxophonist Nathan Davis as well as world renowned guitarist Joe Negri.

Hudson had a voracious appetite for jazz improvisation and studied many eras of the form with a particular emphasis on blues and bebop. He became a regular fixture at jam sessions in Pittsburgh and by the time he graduated in 2003, he was performing in many top venues with artists such as Gene Stovall, Reggie Watkins, The Marvelettes, Jay Willis, and Curtis Fuller.

By the end of that year Hudson decided to settle in Chicago to pursue creative opportunities that blended Rnb, hip hop, jazz, and rock.  This began a fertile period for Hudson marked by collaborations with William Kurk Enterpise, Siji, Aaron Getsug, Scott Hessy, and Karl E.H. Siegfried.  

It was during 2006 that Hudson met producer and dj Anthony Nicholson and his son Quincy Nicholson.  This began his affiliation with the jazz recording group Scientific Map. Over the course of five years, this group recorded and toured to support albums for Imaginary Chicago Records. Each of these recordings was produced and recorded by Anthony and Quincy Nicholson. Hudson earned his Masters of Music Education at VanderCook College of Music in 2010.



VanderCook Online is powered by Schoology (www.schoology.com). Through this learning management system, you'll be able to interact directly with your instructor, students in your classes, and members of the greater VanderCook Online community.

The summer online term officially begins on Monday, June 10. The week prior to June 10, you'll be added as a new Schoology user. Be on the lookout for an email from noreply@schoology.com or wfong@vandercook.edu with log-in instructions. Once you are given credentials, simply visit www.online.vandercook.edu to login. On the morning of June 10, you'll have access to your classroom and course material.

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

You’ll have the opportunity to work at your own pace each week while completing assignments and posting responses to discussion questions. You’ll constantly be interacting with your instructor and classmates online, and working through new material each week. We know how crazy summer schedules can get, so our instructors try to make everything as flexible as possible!

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