‘Maestro’ Matthew Maines is a professionally trained musician and music educator with a M.M. Degree in Music Composition/Theory and a B.M. in Music Performance. Maines served as the music specialist at Mabry Elementary for the past four years, and was elected Teacher of the Year after his first year. While at Mabry, he founded the rock band ‘Sonar’ and steel pan band ‘Steel Fins’. He has worked at various other schools in Hillsborough County since 2008. Maines passion for music is now reaching deeper into South Tampa and he’s grooming his new performance group, ‘Show Steelers.’
Maines is a classically trained pianist who knows how to rock & roll. He is fluent on the guitar and drums and excels in song writing and arranging in addition to performing and instructing. He regularly accompanied the West Region Chorus at the Straz Center for the Hillsborough County All County Chorus and was a judicator for the 2015 FEMEA All-State Chorus. He is a Little Kids Rock certified guitar instructor and is a State of Florida licensed music specialist. In addition to his professional credits, he is a member of Peninsular Christian Church in South Tampa where he serves as the worship leader and also has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Maines is a devoted husband and father of three and strives to model excellent leadership and integrity in his home and community.
Maestro Maines is a top notch music teacher! He caters to various experience levels and provides flexible scheduling. My kids have enjoyed his camps as well as group lessons and can't wait to go back each time! Melissa W.
We have loved taking music lessons from Mr. Maines and enjoy his studio! It is so conveniently located and is a fun and safe place for the kids to go. His equipment is top notch and really gives the kids a lot of opportunities - esp with his state of the art recording software. The kids feel like rock stars! Mr. Maines is awesome with the kids - fun, encouraging, instructional. He goes above and beyond! My boys love him. Kristin P.
My son goes here and has learned so much from taking guitar classes. His teacher has a lot of patience with the kids and encourages them in such a positive way. We are very happy we decided to try it out. Adam T.
Remember your childhood piano teacher who made you cringe each time you went? Maestro Maines is the EXACT OPPOSITE to that experience. My kid's been learning from Mr. Maines for a year and has skyrocketed in not only her musical abilities but also her enjoyment of learning music. He is patient, encouraging, kind, and the kids really listen to him. He commands respect and makes kids eager to dig into their musical skills. I can't recommend him highly enough, and if you're lucky enough to get a spot in one of his small group classes or a private lesson, jump at the chance! Emilie S.
Maestro Maines is super patient with people. My granddaughter is learning to play the piano and she loves it. Shes only 5 years old. Vanessa T.
Maestro Maines is a fine music instructor. He treats every student as an individual and challenges them to do their very best. His expertise spans several age ranges and he offers his students a mix of personalized instruction, rigor, and creativity. Our lessons include homework follow-ups and specific instructions on how to practice. Maestro also showed our family web-based tools for note reinforcement. We highly recommend this studio. Laura C.
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