Matt Coleman was born in Kent, Washington, where he enjoyed the eclectic mix of music styles, educators, and performers in the Puget Sound area. Winning first place in both snare drum and multiple percussion categories at the Washington State Music Educators Solo and Ensemble Competition was a major turning point in his career into music. His musical interests in the fields of classical, jazz, and contemporary percussion have lead to performances in a wide variety of venues and music styles. He has performed drum set with jazz artists such as Eric Alexander, Steve Annibale, Liam Teague, Mike Kocour, Jerry Bergonzi, and more. He has performed with a variety of classical ensembles including Phoenix Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest, and Millennial Choirs and Orchestras. Matt has performed at the Chandler Arizona Jazz Festival, Arizona Percussive Arts Society Festival, Music Educators National Conference, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Northwest Percussion Festival, American Choral Directors Association National Conference, and other notable festivals and events. He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in Percussion degrees from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Music in Percussion degree from Eastern Washington University. His primary teachers include Marty Zyskowski, JB Smith, Mark Sunkett, and Dom Moio.
Research InterestsPercussion instrument fabrication and design.
Teaching InterestsGeneral percussion performance and methods, percussion pedagogy, drum set, mallets, multiple percussion, world percussion, and orchestral percussion.
- Music Performance, Percussion Performance , Jazz, Arizona State University (2012)
- Music Performance, Percussion Performance , Jazz, Arizona State University (2007)
- Music Performance, Percussion Performance , Jazz, Eastern Washington University (2005)
- International Association of Jazz Educators (2005 - 2009)