Matthew Volk

Mathew is a versatile guitarist with over 7 years of music teaching experience and 17 years playing experience. He has studied with notable teachers Jeffrey McFadden and Rob MacDonald and has received the highest achievement in the province multiple times for guitar performance examinations with the Royal Conservatory of Music. In addition to completing his Grade 9 Classical Guitar, Mathew has completed the RCM music history curriculum, as well as Intermediate Harmony and Counterpoint. Mathew’s studies were further pursued at the University of Toronto where he simultaneously completed a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Education degree as part of the highly-competitive Concurrent Teacher Education Program. During his time at U of T, Mathew was a member of the University of Toronto Guitar Orchestra, performing frequently at events held by the Guitar Society of Toronto.

In addition to his love for classical music, Mathew enjoys instrumental rock, progressive metal, Jazz and is proficient in both electric and acoustic guitar. He has been praised for his patience and has experience teaching students of all ages and abilities. Mathew possesses a teaching style that caters to student interests, while emphasizing and ensuring the development of proper technique, ear-training, and musicianship. He is on a constant mission to discover new music outside of the mainstream and puts much of his time into composition, especially for guitar. Mathew encourages students to be creative, often helping students compose their own pieces of music, and supports students as they develop their own unique style and voice on the instrument.