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MATT GRADY is a Raleigh native and highly active musician through the Southeastern US. At 18 he went on the road with local soul, jazz legend Puncho Forrest and has in the decade since been a part of a diverse array of musical acts through central NC. Guitar, bass, vocals, and songwriting are the skills Matt equally divides among the various, bands, artist, and churches he plays for. He currently plays and records for many different acts around the area including Ashley Larue Band, jAndr, and Wake Moody. You can catch Matt and band playing many of the finest venues and hottest festivals around including The Pour House, Motorco, The Art of Cool Festival, and the NC State Fair. He brings over a decade of practical teaching experience to the table and has specialized in coaching young musicians and bands into the highest levels of performance and songcraft. Matt's students have performed at the Lincoln
Theatre, the NC State Fair, and numerous city-wide festivals and special events to crowds of thousands. Matt lives in Raleigh with his high school sweetheart and wife Krystal and their two kids Maceo, and Josephine.

Education / Certifications:
Studied classical guitar/bass at Wake Tech in Raleigh, NC
- Performance Experience:
-Who Are We / Big Bertha band
-Outside Soul
-The Sunday Special
-Tennessee Jed
-Ashley Larue Band
-Redeeming Love Missionary Baptist church

 Teaching Experience:
o Taught at Progressive Music Center for 8 years
o taught at School of Rock for 3 years


Teaching Philosophy:
There’s nothing to it but to do it. The musician that knows everything about their instrument but never picks it up will always pale in comparison to the musician who has no words to describe what they’re playing but spends all of their time with their instrument in their hands. I hope to teach my students the things that they need to know in order to effectively communicate their ideas and understand the music that they are playing but more importantly, I love to instill a deep connection to the instrument and to music that will truly make the student into a musician. I truly want each and every student to truly enjoy playing because that love of playing will see them through all musical challenges that they will face.

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