Matt Coyle


Matt Coyle is a performer, composer, and educator located in Richmond, Virginia. Matt completed a Bachelor of Music degree and received a K-12 teaching certificate while at James Madison University, and completed a Master of Music degree at the University of Northern Colorado. He has studied percussion, drum set, and piano under Bill Rice, Marlon Foster, Michael Overman, Jim White, and Maria Yefimova, and has become experienced in classical, jazz, and popular music styles. He has performed with artists including David Pope, Bob McChesney, Wayne Bergeron, Bill Holman, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Aashish Khan. His recording credits include album releases with Buttertub, Matt Smiley, Natalie Prass, Lydia Ooghe, Paul Wilson, and Matthew E. White.

Matt has held teaching positions at Richmond area schools Benedictine College Preparatory and Stonewall Jackson Middle School. As a teacher, Matt believes in encouraging students to develop solid fundamental techniques and a musical vocabulary, allowing them to comfortably express musical ideas in the stylistic genre(s) of their choice. He advocates for a well rounded musical education, potentially touching on concepts including performance, music theory, composition, improvisation, and music history, while allowing the student to follow his or her inspiration and simply have a lot of fun playing.