Matteo Parente

Guitar Instructor

  • Instrument

    Guitar

  • Education

    Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Music, Masters of Composition (MA) in Music and a Bachelor of Education (BEd) from University of Toronto.

Biography Matteo Parente

We continue to spotlight our amazing Instructors. This week, guitarist, Matteo Parente!

Guitarist, composer, and arranger Matteo Parente was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.  He began playing the guitar when he was eight years old and knew early on that it was his passion.  Matteo is a highly sought-after session guitarist because of his versatility in many genres including rock, blues, jazz and pop; along with his professionalism. He has performed on stages all across the world including North and South America, Asia, and the Middle East and is currently touring with Wave band.

Matteo’s involvement with Arcadia Academy of Music includes charitable events such as the Vaughan In Motion Walk for Cancer (guitarist for “Arcadia Events Band”) and musical theatre (House Band).

Matteo’s knowledge of music theory and arranging has allowed him to be Musical Director (or M.D.) of many bands as he knows how to put good shows together from start to finish. Matteo holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)  in Music, a Masters of Composition (MA) in Music and a Bachelor of Education (BEd) from University of Toronto.

Through his professional and work experience, Matteo has become a very accomplished Musician, Arranger and Teacher.  Check out his debut album called Out of This World on iTunes.  He currently endorses Xotic Pedals, Musicman Guitars and Ernie Ball strings.

How did you first hear about Arcadia?

I first heard of Arcadia when I used to live down the street of the Woodbridge store and would walk there on a weekly basis to try all the new guitars they would get in.  Eventually they decided to give me a job there because I was there so often.

Do you teach other instruments besides your main instrument?

Yes, guitar is my main instrument and I have been teaching it for over 15 years.   I also teach bass, ukulele, mandolin, computer sequencing, recording and the band program.

Do you come from a musical family?

My parents are big music lovers and sing in the church choir.  As for me, I am the first professional musician in my family.

What made you decide to pick up a guitar and then continue playing?

My older brother was the biggest influence as I heard him play a few chords on the guitar and wanted to be just like him.  My parents thought I was too young to take lessons but eventually decided to let me try them for a month.  The rest is history.

Who are your biggest influences in music and what guitarists should our young students research?

My biggest influences growing up were Slash from Guns and Roses and Randy Rhoads from Ozzy Osborne.  I meticulously learnt every solo and could play entire albums from front to back.   Right now I am currently listening and studying some great RnB guitarists such as Isaiah Sharky, Kerry Marshall, and Mark Lettieri.  Definitely check them out if you haven’t heard of them.

Why did you decide to become an Instructor?

I became an instructor because I had one teacher in my life who was such a huge influence and great mentor.  I wanted to be the same influence on my own students to not just teach them but to inspire them to achieve their goals.

How long have you been teaching with Arcadia and how has your experience been with Arcadia been so far?

I’ve been an instructor at Arcadia for over 15 years and all I can say is that Arcadia is not a job to me but a family.  From the staff, to the owners, to the students the place is just an inspiring place to be part of.

What advice would you give to our young students that are trying to get a band started?

My advice for my younger students is to have rehearsal at least once or twice a week and have some gigs lined up.  With every gig you learn from your previous experience and get better.

How has it been balancing your professional music career and your teaching career?

Well, I have been on tour for the last 5 years touring around Asia and the Middle East.   I lived in places like Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, and Dubai.  Those were some of the best experiences I had playing in my life.  When I am not on tour I am always teaching at some capacity and playing gigs locally.

How important do you feel music education has been in your development as a musician?

Music education is important if you would like to have a career as a professional musician.  With my education I have been able to better understand all types of music and be able to teach them as well.

If you had to recommend to a student a great song (any genre), what would it be?

One of the first songs that got me interested studying jazz was when I heard George Benson’s Breezin’.  Ever since then I wanted to play like George Benson and began studying music on a deeper level.

What advice would you give to young musicians who want to attend/audition at a college/university music program?

I would say apply yourself as much as you can and try to learn as much as you can. I wish I studied more classes in composition, theory and world music, but instead I focused on being a jazz guitarist. Try to delve into everything so you have a greater understanding of music and after college/ university you can decide what is for you.

What can you tell us about your current projects, and are there any upcoming events?

I am currently working on my second album that should be done by the end of this year.  My first album is called “Out of This World” and you can purchase it on iTunes or Amazon.

Any last thoughts, comments, suggestions?

Success comes from hard work, dedication, and perseverance.  Rock On!

Thank you, Matteo!

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