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Matthew Ryals-guitar

Instruments: Guitar
Style: Classical, Electric
Education: B.M. from Arkansas State University and M.M. from Cleveland Institute of Music


Matthew Ryals is a professional guitarist and teacher residing in Cleveland, Ohio. Currently, he is studying with world-renowned artist Jason Vieaux, and earning his Masters of Music Degree at Cleveland Institute of Music. He also serves on the board of the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society of which he is chair of the Media and Publicity Committee. 

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Arkansas State University where he was a student of Dr. Timothy Crist. At ASU, he was president of the ASU Guitar Guild and a founding member of the ASU Guitar Orchestra. Matthew performs solo classical guitar recitals, and enjoys collaborating with other musicians and artists. He also performs in a variety of bands, including rock and folk music, and will be recording an album of his own later this year. 

 Matthew is the guitar instructor at University School in Shaker Heights and Celebrity School of Music in Warrensville. While he was an undergraduate, he taught at Back Beat Music, home of the largest lesson program in northeastern Arkansas. He was also invited to be part of the Delta Music Teachers Association Music Enrichment program. Matthew enjoys teaching electric guitar, acoustic guitar, classical guitar, and music theory to all ages. 


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