Matt Price is a State College, PA based performer and educator who has been teaching professionally since 2007. Matt began playing drums at the age of 8 and learned his earliest concepts from his father who was also a drummer. Most of his youth was spent playing along to albums and playing in various bands from the time he was in 8th grade.
Matt decided to take his passion for drumming and music to the next level by attending Berklee College of Music in 2005. He graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Professional Music in 2009 with a focus in performance and music business entrepreneurship. While at Berklee he had the honor to study with some of the modern masters of drumming including: Dave Dicenso, Rod Morgenstien, Mike Mangini, Ian Froman, Rick Considine and many others. Aside from drumming Matt also studied jazz and traditional harmony, arranging, ear training, music history and music business and entrepreneurship.
Shortly after graduating Matt began teaching private lessons in State College at Robert M. Sides Family Music Center. His first summer there, Matt along side Jeff Gibble coordinated the first ever summer Rock Camp at Robert M. Sides. Since then rock camp has evolved into a summer long event with multiple levels including public performances and recording opportunities. He has also helped instruct the Youth Jazz Experience with David Morris at RMS, coordinated group lessons, student recitals and a student of the month program. In 2010 Matt began teaching at Centre Learning Community Charter School in State College, where he co-created and coordinates a contemporary music program that focuses on modern rock and pop music. At CLC Matt teaches group music classes, private lessons, and substitutes for general education classes. He also helps coordinate school sponsored concerts for kids under 18.
Matt started working with Sounds, a non-profit organization who’s mission is to open an alcohol-free 14 and up music venue in State College, in the summer of 2013. Matt’s role with the organization as music coordinator allows him the chance to give kids an opportunity to play shows at a safe venue in a town that is dominated by bars.
While Matt maintains a busy teaching schedule he also finds time to perform and record with various groups and artists from the Pennsylvania area.