Instructor
Joined in
2015
Levels Taught

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Areas of Instruction

Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Saxophone, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet

Expertise

Clarinets, Saxophones, Double Reed Instruments, Flutes & Piccolos

Specialties / Genres Taught

All genres, Special focus on classical music, Jazz

Performance Experience

Symphony Orchestra, Large Clarinet Ensembles, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Jazz band, Solo Bass Clarinet

Musical Interests

Music Composition, Jazz Arranging, Being a multi-instrumentalist, Performing

Favorite Instruments

Alto Clarinet, Bass Flute, Bass oboe, Conn Series Bass Saxophone

Matthew

Instructor

About Me

Hello and welcome to Music and Arts! My name is Matthew Banks and I teach all woodwind instruments at Music and Arts, Garland. I graduated from the University of Evansville in May 2015, where I studied clarinet with Dr. Thomas Josenhans and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Music.

I have been playing clarinet for fourteen years, placing in the UIL Region III all-region bands and scored superior ratings at Texas State solo and ensemble contests all four years of high school at Garland High School. In college, I played principal clarinet in the University of Evansville Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, played solo bass clarinet with the Wind Ensemble, played lead alto and tenor saxophone in the jazz ensemble. I also performed on saxophones in many bands and ensembles, and bassoon in the orchestra and wind ensembles. My senior year of college I won the University of Evansville prestigious Gumberts award which recognizes the strongest musician in the Music School.

I teach and play in throughout North Texas, performing a wide variety of different styles and genres, including, western art music, jazz, pop music, blues, and church music.

In addition to clarinets, saxophones, and bassoons, I also perform on flute and oboe, and have taught all of these instruments for a year. I tremendously enjoy teaching music and sincerely look forward to working with you!​

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