Division: Brass & Percussion Performance
Position: Assistant Professor
Office: E-265 HFAC
Matt Coleman joined the Brigham Young University percussion faculty in the fall of 2016. He brings diverse experience, having worked as a music educator, clinician, and freelance performer in the Phoenix area for over 10 years.
Matt is a versatile performer, equally experienced in classical, jazz, world music, and experimental styles. He has performed with the Utah Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest, Salty Cricket Composer’s Collective, Crossing 32nd Street, Fountain Hills Chamber Players, Cinematic Pop, Millennial Choirs and Orchestras, and many other classically-based ensembles.
He has also performed with ensembles at the Music Educators National Conference, Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Chandler Arizona Jazz Festival, Arizona Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion, Northwest Percussion Festival, American Choral Directors Association National Conference, and other notable festivals and events.
An accomplished jazz musician, Matt has served as side man for many notable jazz artists such as Eric Alexander, Steve Annibale, Liam Teague, Mike Kocour, and Jerry Bergonzi.
Part of Matt’s work in percussion revolves around instrument design and building, including woodblocks, temple blocks, log drums, and sound effects of all kinds. He has fabricated many drum shells out of exotic woods, built dozens of customized drum sets, and refurbished drums of all sizes.
Matt’s teachers include JB Smith, Dom Moio, Simone Mancuso, Mark Sunkett, and Marty Zyskowski.
DMA, percussion performance, Arizona State University, 2013
MM, percussion performance, Arizona State University, 2007
BM, percussion performance, Eastern Washington University, 2005