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.