Commercial Music Ensemble, Arranging, Guitar
Matthew Joy holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Arts degree, with specialization in Jazz Studies, from Middle Tennessee State University. He has over ten years experience teaching guitar, theory and composition to students of all levels, ages and various playing styles. He studied composition, solo guitar playing and right hand techniques privately with Sandy Prager as well as advanced Jazz guitar techniques with world-renowned guitarists Jon Damian and Mick Goodrick. Moreover, he studied jazz big band and orchestral arranging with some of the greatest educators of the craft such as Ted Pease, Dick Lowell, Scott Free and Jamey Simmons. Matthew is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Tennessee Music Teachers Association and the Nashville Area Music Teachers Association.
After finishing his studies at Berklee in 2002, Matthew began vigorously composing and performing on nylon and 12-string guitar as a solo musician in Boston and New York City. He opened for known solo guitarists such as Preston Reed and Michael Gulezian. He recorded two self-released solo albums, Omnifarious and Pulse, both released in 2005, and composed over seventy original solo pieces. He later formed the group Orchestra of This, an eclectic acoustic quartet (nylon and 12-string guitars, woodwinds, percussion and double bass) fusing together different music styles including Contemporary Jazz, Brazilian, World, Folk and Classical. The group featured Matthew’s original compositions and performed steadily in Boston. In addition he played lead guitar with the Boston-based Soul/Roots/R&B singer Jesse Dee. He performed regularly with the group for four years attending tours and festivals in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Europe and shared the stage with Etta James, Los Lobos, and Al Green among others. Matthew performed on Jesse’s two full length recordings released on Munich records, Bittersweet Batch, released 2008 and On My Mind, In My Heart, released 2012, as well as the single “Underneath The Christmas Tree” released in 2009 on a compilation CD. Some of Matt’s televised performances include the Rock Candy Show (Boston, MA),
Live at Vrije Geluiden
(Netherlands), Rockplast (Germany) and radio performances on The BBC (Great Britain), RTV Rijnmond (Netherlands) and WERS (Boston MA).
Since moving from Boston to Nashville in 2009 Matthew has continued composing, performing and teaching. For his MTSU graduate recital he premiered his 30-minute suite for jazz orchestra with strings “Occupy Suite.” Currently Matthew is working on a collection of guitar duets for the beginner and intermediate levels called Archetypal Aspects of Guitar Playing. Whether it’s playing solo guitar or with a mixed bag of Nashville’s in demand musicians, you can find Matt performing regularly in town. Matthew is currently teaching guitar and arranging at TSU.