Matt Falker

Kawai artist Matt Falker has taught in the Music Department at MiraCosta College since 2006, where he directs the Frequency vocal jazz program and teaches theory and piano classes. His previous faculty positions include the University of Southern California and Cal State Northridge, and he teaches private jazz voice at Cal State Long Beach. He is the founder of the Oceanside Jazz Festival, a non-competitive vocal jazz and big band festival hosted at MiraCosta College.

A native of northern Michigan, Matt received his undergraduate degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo in jazz piano and his graduate degree from the University of Southern California in jazz voice. An active performer and clinician internationally, his recent appearances as a guest clinician or performer include festivals in Washington, Oklahoma, Illinois, Alberta, Manitoba, and California, including prominent events such as the Reno and Monterey Jazz Festivals. He has performed and presented numerous clinics at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) national conference and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) national conference. He has also served as the guest conductor for All-State Vocal Jazz Ensembles for Washington, Colorado, Iowa, and others. Matt also runs a series of one-day vocal jazz workshops for teachers and students called the Vocal Jazz Academy.

He sings in the professional vocal jazz quartet ‘True North’, comprised of Southern California studio musicians and clinicians, and sings and plays with his own group as well. Both True North and the Matt Falker Quartet have performed featured sets at the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference. His most recent records include his first solo album ‘Playpen’, featuring his singing, playing, and arranging, and ‘Voyage‘ by True North. In 2015, Matt was also one of a select group of teachers chosen as a quarter-finalist for the GRAMMY’s Music Educator Award. In 2019, he was invited to present a performance of his singing, playing, and arranging at the International Jazz Voice Conference in Helsinki, Finland.

Matt’s vocal arrangements are published by Sound Music Publications and Sheet Music Plus, and he also distributes music through his own publishing company, Matfal Music. He has published an instructional DVD through Sound Music Publications entitled “Jazz Piano For Singers, Volume 1”. On Matt’s most recent sabbatical, he arranged and scored a new musical based on the life of Nat ‘King’ Cole, which premiered at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, and was subsequently performed at MiraCosta. Matt is also an experienced gospel keyboardist, and appears on recordings for the Los Angeles Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America.

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