Guitar for the Music Educator: Level II

June 7-August 1, 2021

Designed for music educators who have already taken the primer level course, Guitar for the Music Educator Level I, Level II continues to explore accompaniment styles and improvisation through an extensive expansion of rock, pop and R'n'B repertoire. This course will help teachers break out of their routines and integrate new instructional strategies with a focus on differentiating concert repertoire for diverse learners.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Play major and minor barre chords in multiple positions.
  • Create bass lines and modified chords so diverse learners can access your curriculum.
  • Develop pop, rock and RnB repertoire from multiple eras to use with your students.
  • Play major and minor triads in multiple positions
  • Integrate slurs in melodic interpretations and improvisations.
  • Play strumming patterns that include 1/16 note subdivisions and staccato variations in the funk and rock idioms.

Instructor: Matt Hudson

Hudson,_Matt_headshot_2020_CROPMatt Hudson (MMEd ‘10) is a jazz guitarist from Erie, PA, currently teaching guitar and band at Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences. Hudson began his formal music studies at the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. He won the Mellon Bank Jazz Scholarship, which gave him the chance to study with saxophonist Nathan Davis and world-renowned guitarist Joe Negri.
Hudson has 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 r&b, hip hop, jazz and rock. This began a fertile period for Hudson marked by collaborations with William Kurk Enterprise, Siji, Aaron Getsug, Scott Hessy and Karl E.H. Siegfried.  
In 2006, 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 in support of releases for the Imaginary Chicago Records label.

VanderCook College of Music - (312) 225-6288