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Matthew Cleary-Smith


Matt’s obsession is finding out what it is that makes the world's best drumming education work and helping teachers and students to improve their drumming skills much faster. This led to  Matt specializing in enabling them to play with energy, flow, confidence, character and finesse by breaking through their drumming plateaus faster.

Matt’s accomplishments include:

Student Results:

Taught students up to Grade 8 with Distinction results in less than 4 years of lessons. 100% student exam success rate. Over 90% achieve Merit or Distinction.

Taught more than 300 people to play drums, and thousands more in workshops.

Students accepted into Universities like ICMP on the spot.

Personal Education:

Studying with Berklee Professor Dave DiCenso

Assistant coach to Berklee Professor Henrique De Almeida.

Studied with: David Cola, Justin Scott, Mike Dolbear, Danny Pearson, Paul Brodie, Roy Neal, Keith Bartlett and Ron Vint.

Masterclasses and clinics with; Jojo Mayer, Virgil Donati, Stanton Moore, Matt Garstka, and more

Working drummer since 1996, started Playing Shows at 15 Years Old in 2001, Playing Various Pubs, Clubs, and Festival Dates. Played throughout the UK with various bands and recording artists.

Private Teacher since 2012, and in 2016 became Drum Workshop Leader for the UK's Music Superstore (Absolute Music)

Freelance Session Musician for Studios

Freelance Peripatetic Teacher in 3 Public Schools

Awards, Titles, and Designations:

Trinity/Guildhall 8 with Distinction

Drumsense Level 1 Instructor Certificate

Certified by Berklee Professor Henrique De Almeida in:

Hand/Foot Technique Level 1 and 2

Hand Technique Level 1,2,3 and 4

Polyrhythmic Possibilities

Other Info:

Developer of the "Infinity Method", and "Tour Systems" that encourage faster, more fun learning and integration of classic and popular songs to encourage inspiration in students as they learn.

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Matthew Cleary-Smith
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