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Live Music - Recordings - LESSONS

Matthew Johnson





  • Professional musician for over thirteen years, playing for several events throughout South Florida and the New England area.

  • Formally trained in both the areas of classical and jazz music.

  • Studied under some of the top musicians in the United States.

  • Over seven years of teaching experience for electric bass, upright bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and Intermediate to Advanced Jazz Theory for all instruments.

  • Proficiency in teaching beginning to advanced levels of both classical and jazz music theory, as well as the fundamentals of reading and writing music, from beginning to advanced levels of education.

  • Well-founded understanding of jazz history and the history of American music.

  • Proficient in music software such as Ableton Live, Pro-Tools, Garage Band, Audactiy, Finale, and Sibelius.



  • Course planning

  • Creative instruction style

  • Organized and detailed

  • Clear communicator of complex ideas

  • Personable

  • Approachable

  • Classical Theory

  • Jazz Theory

  • Composition

  • Ear Training

  • Transposition

  • Arranging

  • Jazz History

  • History of American Music

  • Ableton Live

  • Pro-Tools

  • Garage Band

  • Audactiy

  • Finale

  • Sibelius.









  • Please click here for a downloaded version of this résumé.



Masters in Jazz Performance
Florida International University - Miami, FL

2011 - 2013


  • Masters in Jazz Performance at Florida International University.

  • Studied privately under the head of the Jazz Bass Department, Jamie Ousley.

  • Graduated with 3.98 GPA.

  • Admitted with full scholarship.


Bachelor' of Arts in Commercial Music

Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA

2005 - 2008


  • Graduated with Honors (Magna Cum Laude).

  • Studied privately under Matthew Garrison (Bass Player for Herbie Hancock’s Future to Future Band) and under Oscar Stagnaro (Bass Player for Paquito De Rivera)



Associates of Arts in Music

Miami-Dade College

2003 - 2005


  • Associates in Arts, Miami-Dade College.

  • Studied privately under Matthew Bonelli and Rafael Valencia.

  • Graduated with Honors (Summa Cum Laude).

Work Experience


Adjunct Professor

2015 - Present


  • Adjunct music professor and private music instructor for
    Miami-Dade College West and North campuses in Miami, FL.

Private Music Instructor

2007 to 2015


  • Private music instructor for electric bass, upright bass, and guitar.

  • Taught from home and at local music conservatory.


Corporate Band Bassist

2010 - Present


  • Bass player for corporate band, The Brass Evolution - performed at several events, weddings, and private functions throughout South Florida.

  • Opened and closed for many famous bands such as (but not limited to) The Beach Boys, Kenny G, Chicago, The Rascals, and Yes.

Master's Class



  • Attended a Master's Class with jazz bass great Dave Holland.

Freelance Musician

2003 - Present


  • Performed at several events around the South Florida area, as well as the New England area.

  • Performed at many well-known venues, including the American Airlines Arena and the Hard Rock Seminole Casino.


Church Musician

2000 - 2005


  • Bassist for Riverside Baptist Church in Miami, FL.

2010 - present

2010 - present

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