Atlanta Drum Teachers
Matt Stallard began his musical career playing snare drum in his middle school orchestra and drum set after school at his home in rural Virginia. He switched to bass in high school and began learning classic rock tunes by ear off of records and, after several years of playing in local bands around the state, he relocated to Atlanta to pursue his desire to play and teach music professionally. He undertook a rigerous regimen of private study and practice to hone his skills and became a fixture on the scene playing in numerous styles including, Rock, Reggae, Funk, Folk, Flamenco Bluegrass, Salsa, Country, Jazz and Latin Jazz. He also taught himself guitar and began performing on this instrument as well. His method of teaching all three instruments centers on demonstrating the accesability to all of the artform as well as imparting the fundamentals of music which he believes allows any student to become their own, best teacher.
Having a knack for rhythms and sounds and beating on almost anything he could hit on, Kevin received his 1st snare drum at the age of 10. Throughout his schooling he joined the school concert bands and studied music theory, all the while developing a prolific ear of sounds which allowed him to quickly learn how to play a variety of concert and symphonic percussion instruments at a young age. Entering high school Kevin became top percussionist at Druid Hills High School and maintained 1st chair for 4 years until graduation while playing for all concert band ensembles. He also played in the school marching band and with his dedication, talent and precision he was appointed to Drum Line Captain of over 20 students in his senior year.
During his secondary schooling with the help of teachers and mentors Kevin continued to fine tune his performance of varied styles of percussion and multiple instruments used in concert, marching band and symphony music. He went on to play percussion in the Marching Band at Fort Valley University and by his 3rd year of college was appointed Drumline Captain, leading over 45 musicians.
Kevin has private instruction experience recently starting back in 2014 at a home school in Conyers, GA named Imagine Tomorrow Leadership Academy. He has since taught 6 year old children and older at Music and Arts in Conyers for the past 3 years. Kevin has performed at churches in the Atlanta area for the past 4 years and is currently percussion instructor at Monroe Area high school.