Jake Matthews has been professionally performing since the age of sixteen years old. He has a Bachelor of Music, concentrating in jazz drum set, from Wayne State University’s College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts, Jake has studied as well as worked with some of Detroit’s finest musicians, including Russ Miller, Edward Gooch, and David Taylor, among others. Over the past few years, Jake has been frequently performing throughout the greater Metro-Detroit area, playing in all genres as well as various venues such as Cliff Bell’s, Meadowbrook Theatre, The Dirty Dog Jazz Café, The Cube at Orchestra Hall, and Royal Oak’s Arts, Beats, and Eats, just to name a few. Additionally, Jake is also a freelance recording session drummer and has played on multiple local artists’ albums.
Immediately after graduating from high school in 2013, Jake began his teaching career. From giving private lessons to master classes, working as an instructor at various music camps, as well as being the drum line instructor at Notre Dame Preparatory High School, Jake has taught a very wide range of students as well as genres of music. Specifically, Jake teaches drum set, marching percussion, concert percussion, pitched percussion, and hand percussion instruments.
Being so heavily involved in a variety of musical situations, there is no doubt that Jake truly has a passion for music! Whether he is performing or teaching, Jake always strives to inspire those who are around him. Having the ability to share his knowledge of music and see the progression of his students is one of the most rewarding feelings for Jake. A student’s musical development not only brings him joy, but it also motivates him to become the best musician and teacher that he can be in order for any student to reach their fullest potential.