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9.01.06 @ 5:35pm

Matthew Schroeder is a seasoned performer, guitar educator, and WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) winning guitarist who has a depth in his playing resulting from a life long pursuit of music and the guitar.  From the age of two when his parents had to replace worn out records, to his high school years spent playing in rock bands, Matt has diligently focused on the guitar.  It was after high school Matt discovered fingerstyle artists like Michael Hedges, Leo Kottke and Billy McLaughlin, who charted a solo guitar course outside of the traditional jazz or classical traditions, and gave him a glimpse of his future.


Captivated by this music, Matt enrolled in the short-lived cooperative guitar program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Wisconsin Conservatory of Music majoring in American fingerstyle guitar; the only institution in the world to offer such degree. There, he worked with many of the finest guitarists in the world, performing in master classes with Pierre Bensusan, Benjamin Verdery, Pat Donohue, Billy McLaughlin, and Alex DeGrassi, as well as studying one on one with local legends John Stropes, Don Linke and Peter Roller.


In 1992, Matt joined the faculty at The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.  Matt found immediate success in the Midwest performing original music with Blackfish and the WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) nominated Pet Engine . Through all of this, Matt’s acoustic guitar playing was still very important and he graduated in 1997 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a B.F.A. in American fingerstyle guitar, with honors, in music performance.


1999 saw the release of American Finger-Style Guitar circa 1999 , a compilation CD featuring Bill Brenckle, Michael Gruber, Matthew Schroeder, Dan Schwartz, and Benjamin Woolman.  


In 2001, Matt became one of the founding members of the WAMI award winning rock group, the Barbeez. Matt played his last show with them in 2011.


In the spring of 2006, Matt released his debut fingerstyle CD, Signal .   Signal, a collection of acoustic fingerstyle guitar music was produced and engineered by prominent Twin Cities musician, Dan Schwartz, and displays Schroeder’s command of various styles from Americana to impressionism, and blues to pop. The CD features eight original compositions played on six string, twelve string and lap slide guitar, as well as Schroeder’s arrangements of Little Martha by Duane Allman and Steamboat Gwine ‘Round de Bend by John Fahey. Other personnel on the CD include renowned musicians Dan Chouinard, accordion; Joe Savage, lap steel; Jeff Victor, organ; Enrique Toussaint, bass; Marc Anderson, percussion.


2009 saw the formation of LaGuitarra, a trio featuring Matthew Schroeder; Fingerstyle, Dr. Matt Warnock; Jazz and Dr. Brad DeRoche; Classical.  The trio tours playing concerts and giving workshops.


May 2011 saw the release of two Hal Leonard DVDs featuring Matt's guitar instruction: Acoustic Guitar Licks Goldmine and Rock Guitar Licks Goldmine!


Matt’s solo shows feature a mix of original compositions, music by artists like: Duane Allman,The Beatles, Pierre Bensusan, Blind Blake, Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, John Fahey, Alex De Grassi, Michael Hedges, Billy McLaughlin, Leo Kottke, Keb’ Mo’, Jimmy Page, John Prine, Jerry Reed, Merle Travis, as well as arrangements of traditional and pop tunes.


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