NMS Bassoon Faculty
My name is Matt Lano, and I am the bassoon teacher at the New Music School. I have been teaching for a number of years now, and thrive in students success. Music is not only emotionally fulfilling, but provides a basis for problem solving skills that translates into all areas of life. I seek to provide for my students an environment where they can express themselves and find solutions to musical problems that work for them. When I teach, I bring all of my passion and enthusiasm to each lesson, and find myself renewed when it is shared by the next generation of musicians.
Over the past several years I have taught students of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. My students have been a part of some of the most successful band programs in the Chicago area, and several have earned the honor of participating in IMEA District and All State orchestras and bands. They have also participated in the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra program, and just this year several of my students have earned college scholarships playing the bassoon, most notably to the DePaul University School of Music and the University of Illinois. No matter what their aspirations, all of my students have gained a greater knowledge and appreciation of music, and have contributed to and benefited more from the band programs that they are a part of.
In addition to teaching I am also an active performer, which ensures my students that they are receiving knowledge and information at the highest possible level. I have performed with many of the major orchestras in the area, including the Chicago Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony. Until last year I was a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and performed under the direction of noted conductors such as Charles Dutoit and Bernard Haitink. I have also performed at many summer music festivals, including Tanglewood Music Center and Spoleto Festival USA. I received my bachelor’s degree from New England Consevatory, and my master’s degree from Roosevelt University.