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Matthew Roche

Guitar Lessons | Artist development, Aural Lessons, Ensemble Coaching, Song Writing Workshops, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, VCE Music Exam Preparation, Skype Lessons

  • Qualifications: First Class Hons. Degree BMus
  • Pricing: $60 for 1 hour lesson, $35 for half an hour lesson
  • Styles: Jazz, Improvisation, Rock, Blues, Pop, Folk
  • Suitability: Beginner to Advanced


Since tumbling over the keys of his grandmother’s piano at the precarious age of 5, Matthew has spent his life immersed in music.

Drawn to guitar at age 15, he completed a Bachelor of Music at NMIT Fairfield in 2013, studying with Stephen Magnusson, Tom Fryer and Doug De Vries. The same year he was accepted into the Melbourne Youth Jazz Orchestra and joined them for a month long residency at The Famous Speigeltent which featured special guests including Julie O’Hara. In 2014 he did Honours at Monash University’s Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music where he graduated with First Class Honours continuing his studies with Stephen Magnusson and writing his thesis on 12 tone composer Alban Berg. With Monash University the same year, he played at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival with Reuben Rogers and Eric Harland, The Stonnington Jazz Festival with Vince Jones and travelled to New York to attend the NYU Summer Jazz Improv Workshop and study with Lage Lund. In 2016 he was successful in being selected to be a part of the Australian Art Orchestra’s Creative Music Intensive where he studied with Bae Il Dong and Sunny Kim from South Korea, David and Daniel Wilfred from Arnhem Land as well as musicians from Australia such as Peter Knight, Chris Hale & Simon Barker.

Now a full-time performer, composer and educator – his career has seen him share the stage with a range of international and national superstars. From playing on illustrious stages such as the Provincetown Playhouse in New York City to local venues such as the Melbourne Recital Centre, Stonnington Town Hall, The Wesley Anne, The Gasometer, The Grace Darling, The Curtin, Northcote Social Club, The Workers Club, Howler as well as Jazz venues such as Uptown Jazz Café, Paris Cat Jazz Club, Bennetts Lane, Bar 303, Lebowskis, Open Studio. Over the years he has has also performed at Paradise Music Festival, Adelaide Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Stonnington Jazz Festival and Brunswick Music Festival.

In 2016 Matthew formed the jazz/progressive rock band Soft Power which so far have recorded two albums and regularly perform throughout Melbourne. Recently he has been playing with Italo-disco pop band Biscotti, Shayan who play a hybrid of contemporary jazz and middle eastern music, dark folk singer-songwriter Birahny Lawrence as well as making regular appearances freelancing in the Melbourne jazz scene.

Teaching Info

Hi there! If you want to learn guitar you’ve come to the right place.

My name is Matthew – I am a professional guitarist and musician who has extensive teaching and performance experience that can take your playing to the next level. My teaching philosophy is based on the understanding that music is not just an otherworldly talent that ‘you either have or you don’t’ but something that can be crafted from the ground up. I cater for all levels and abilities, whether you’re a high school student trying to get through your next AMEB exam, a person who has never played one chord before in their life or someone who has been around the traps but has reached a plateau in their playing – I can help get you there.

I am dedicated to giving my students not just a strong understanding of music fundamentals such as chord/scale theory relationships, rhythm/time feel, sound production but also how playing music can greatly relieve tension/anxiety and enhance your own self-awareness.

Due to the physical nature of guitar, I don’t have a strict ‘by rote’ approach to navigating the guitar fretboard and am instead interested in getting students beyond the point of imitating others – the goal is to get them to sound more like themselves.

$35 – p/half hour

$60 – p/hour

I look forward to hearing from you soon to arrange your first lesson!

See my website for more info.

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