Anyone who knows Matt would say he’s a busy guy. But that would be selling him short – he’s also a driven guy – driven to always be improving his musicianship, driven to become a better teacher and driven to improve and expand Midcoast School of Music.
But where did it all start?
Matt began his musical life as a trumpet player while still a preteen. It didn’t take much immersion in the seedy world of horn players for him to realize that playing the piano would provide a brighter, more wholesome life and afford him the comfort of a seat when performing. Listening to masters like Jarrett, Evans, and Peterson influenced his musical sensibility from the start of his foray behind the keyboard.
Since that time, Matt has earned a degree in Music Education from the University of New Hampshire where he was the initial recipient of the Tommy Gallant Jazz Piano Fellowship. He’s gone on to work as an educator at Morse High School in Bath, Lyman Moore Elementary in Portland, St. Dom’s Academy in Auburn, Bowdoin College in Brunswick and the University of Maine at Augusta.
He’s also been honored to be the first endorsee of Yamaha’s ‘Artists in Education’ program. Matt has always been “thrilled to be part of the Yamaha Artist Family and …recognized for his playing and teaching, two things that hold equal importance in his life.” Matt was a founder (along with Guitarist and fellow educator Joe Farrell) of the Bridge Music Festival in Portland. According to Matt, the idea sprung from the desire to encourage students in the Portland School System to perform live music alongside Professional Musicians. The students responded with enthusiasm and a vigorous effort to make the concert a memorable one. The first event featured festival style staging and full-scale professional sound. Bridge Music Festival was a rousing success garnering praise from students, faculty and the attending community. The festival continued for several years even after Matt had moved on from teaching in Portland Public Schools to new opportunities. Maybe you were lucky enough to attended or perform at one of the great concerts at Deering Oaks Park…
Matt has also recorded several CD’s including: ‘Live at the Azure Cafe’ featuring Matt’s elegant and engaging arrangements of Jazz standards with talented vocalist Nicole Hajj on vocals and Live at Bowdoin College with Matt Fogg and Hassan Muhammad. Be sure to check out www.MattFogg.com for a complete discography.
And last but certainly not least, Matt cofounded Midcoast School Of Music with co-owner Chris Marro. From a modest beginning consisting of a couple teaching studios the school has grown to two locations (Portland and Bath) on the strength of excellent music education.