Background and Credentials
Landon Mattox has over 20 years extensive experience teaching electric and acoustic guitar, ukulele and bass, music theory, ear training, and improvisation to students of all ages and skill levels. He has 2 Master’s degrees in Jazz Studies and Music Education from the University of North Texas in addition to a Bachelor of Arts in Music with emphasis in Jazz Studies degree from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Landon’s teaching method has evolved from a very diverse array of teaching experience including teaching private lessons over 2 decades, teaching at public and private schools and churches in Honolulu and Oahu and International Schools in China to children of all ages and adults. He was also a lecturer in the jazz studies program at Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, China for about 4 years from 2007-2010 and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Hawaii at Manoa for the World Music Course on the topic of early African-American music research.
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Landon’s teaching method is modern, adaptable to students’ specific needs and isn’t limited to specific styles of music. Landon teaches music as an art in an encouraging and patient way and focuses on the skills students need to pursue their own specific or diverse music interests by emphasizing music fundamentals and basic skills that are needed to be resourceful and to study music independently and proficiently and play with creativity and expressiveness. Landon makes use of a vast library of music resources and online resources, multimedia, apps and other technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience and to get students the sheet music, transcriptions and resources they need for success.
Landon operates out of 2 convenient studio locations in Honolulu in Makiki and Manoa, free parking is provided at both locations and all study materials, music charts and resources are provided to students in a digital format at the end of each lesson. As students progress in their mastery of the basics, they can choose to focus on multiple styles of music including rock, classical, jazz, blues, pop, reggae, Latin styles, Hawaiian, Hawaiian slack key guitar, country, acoustic finger-style, metal, improvisation, music theory, you name it. Students are encouraged but not required to learn to read music notation and to participate in student recitals. Feel free to call, text, email Landon for more information, questions or to schedule lessons.
I took lessons from Landon for about a half of a year every week. He is very knowledgeable and is well versed in his music knowledge including music theory. No matter what songs I brought to Landon he always knew how to teach me and learn the song him self in a very proficient manner.
My son Hunter (age 9) took lessons with Landon over the last year. During our first lesson Landon assisted us with choosing a guitar that was the right body size for Hunter. I was able to sit in on the first few lessons with them so I understood what Hunter needed to practice. Landon's directions for practicing were very clear and easy to follow. Hunter showed improvement weekly when he practiced 15 minutes per day.
I have been taking weekly lesson with Landon for 15 months and I can't begin to tell you how fun, challenging and creative the lessons are. I had never picked up a bass before this and now I'm on my third bass book and creating bass lines. Dream come true.