Matt originally trained as a percussionist and was a professional musician and music educator for ten years. This work included leading workshops and projects in prisons, young offender institutions, special schools and mental health settings. It was this work in particular where Matt saw first-hand the significant personal, social and musical benefits of music-making particularly for people facing challenges in their lives. It has been the focus of his career ever since.
His previous roles include founding Director of Plymouth Music Zone, Director of Arts for the Dartington Hall Trust and founder of the Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs. He is the chair of the Cultural Learning Alliance steering group, a member of the Music Education Council forum and a speaker for Speakers For Schools.
As a former Butlins Redcoat, Matt's no stranger to the stage - he's especially up for being challenged to a drum battle!
Matt's blog - October 2017
Matt embarked on a tour of projects supported by Youth Music in South West England.