With over a decade of experience on the horn and thousands of lessons teaching experience, Matt has the knowledge and skills to bring your playing to a new level.
Whether you've been playing for years or you've decided to start learning now, Matt provides private saxophone tuition catered to your needs. Matt covers many genres of music including jazz, classical, blues, funk, pop & improvisation, always with a solid focus on fundamentals and music theory. Matt has experience preparing students for AMEB exams, SACE performance subjects, and studying music at a tertiary level.
In addition to private tuition, Matt has experience working with larger groups such as big band and concert band saxophone sections. Matt has tutored at the South Australian Music Camp and currently teaches at Scotch College Adelaide and Christian Brothers College. Matt holds a Masters degree in Teaching from The University of Adelaide's School of Education, where he specialised in secondary music teaching.
Enjoy learning from an experienced, enthusiastic teacher in a friendly environment. The only expectation is that you genuinely want to improve your saxophone playing and are prepared to spend time working on it regularly.
Based in Sheidow Park, Matt travels to you in surrounding suburbs including Brighton, Seacliff, Seaview, Hallett Cove, Trott Park, Reynella and more!
"I have been having lessons with Matt for 10 months. I can not believe how much I've learnt and how my playing has improved in such a short period of time. I started playing the alto sax at school but didn't really receive great tuition, so I didn't get too far and eventually gave up!
What a difference then and now, since starting with Matt my enthusiasm has returned, not just for the sax but for music theory as well, which as a kid the importance of theory was never really explained. My goal is to learn to improvise around a tune and actually learn to play the sax not just be able to play a tune! Which with Matts teaching is happening.
I am an adult pupil and finding time to practice can be a challenge, Matt is very patient and structures the lessons to fit my progress. I really would recommend Matt to others trying to take the sax up again or a complete beginner. I recently went to watch Matt at his recital, his playing is incredible and it is a pleasure to have lessons from someone so enthusiastic and talented!"
"Matt Oulton is a wonderful teacher. I started with him two years ago as an “advanced beginner”, and with his help, my technique and the difficulty level of pieces I can play has dramatically improved.
He is a teacher with a lot of patience and a deep love of music. He teaches not only what to practice, but more importantly how to practice. I always look forward to the next lesson with Matt, because of the fun factor ;)"
Having been a self taught guitarist of 12 years I'd always had an itch to give the saxophone a go. I started speaking to Matt to see what would be involved. He helped through the process of finding a sax before I even started a lesson and always had time for me.
Matt's technical knowledge, passion for nailing the fundamentals and fair honest critiquing make him an excellent teacher.
Unfortunately I've had to put the sax on hold with the arrival of twins, but in a short time Matt had drastically improved my tone and technique. The biggest compliment is that I applied what I was learning to guitar as well and my playing improved out of sight.
I'll definitely be seeing Matt again in the future and would recommend him to anyone wanting to learn or get better at the sax.
"Our son took saxophone lessons for three years before we found Matt Oulton. We regret that we did not find him sooner. Under his instruction, my son is not only able to play challenging pieces, but his technical skills have improved greatly. The past two years with Matt have been truly rewarding. Matt has worked with him on different styles, prepared him for exams and auditions, and jammed with him forgetting that the lesson time was over…
Matt is an excellent teacher with highly professional performing skills, comprehensive knowledge of music, and a wonderful personality. He has the rare ability to inspire students – this most likely happens due to his enthusiasm and enjoyment of playing.
Matt is a responsible, dedicated teacher – one of those rare educators who truly care about their students development… A really nice person, a great role model who can make his students feel comfortable and valued.
I would highly recommend Matt to any student regardless of his/her level of skill."