Canadian guitarist and pedagogue Dr. Matthew Warnock has been awarded degrees from McGill University (Montreal) and Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo), culminating in a DMA in jazz performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He served as a teaching assistant at both WMU (MM) and UIUC (DMA), and has held faculty positions at Western Illinois University and the Interlochen Arts Camp.
While at WIU, he built the guitar studio from scratch, turning it into an internationally recognized program in a short time with his graduating students receiving professorships and entrance into post-graduate programs, as well as gaining international touring experience both at WIU and after graduation. Matt also created the WIU International Guitar Festival, which featured clinics by luthiers, historians, music business professionals and concerts by performers from the US, Canada and Brazil.
Matt maintains a strong focus on high school and collegiate jazz education, and has given workshops and lectures throughout the US, UK, Canada and Brazil including Carleton University (Ottawa), Concordia University (Montreal), Chicago High School for the Arts, the Wisconsin Conservatory (Milwaukee), the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil), the Federal Universtiy of Ouro Preto (Brazil) and the Federal University of Sao Joao Del Rei (Brazil).
Using performance interaction to communicate with students, Matt distills the complexities of jazz theory into edible chunks, meeting the student at their level and with positive reinforcement, presents sequential and cumulative improvisation exercises that encourage dynamic innovation rather than stagnant memorization.
Published by Mel Bay, Just Jazz Guitar Magazine, and All About Jazz, Matt is currently the Editor in Chief of the online magazine Guitar International, managing content for it’s 200,000 monthly readers. Having a strong belief that all instrumental teachers should maintain a healthy concert schedule, Matt has performed throughout Europe, the US, Canada and Brazil, including the International Association for Jazz Educators Conference, Lincoln Center in New York, the Savassi Jazz Festival in Belo Horizonte, Brazil and the NuJazz Festival in Curitiba, Brazil.