Matthew Gardner is a performing violinist and pedagogue. He completed a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Utah and a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Performance at Brigham Young University-Idaho, He first started studying the violin when he was six years old. Mr. Gardner has performed in several solo recitals, chamber groups, and orchestras during the completion of his collegiate degrees. He performed as a soloist with the Brigham Young University-Idaho Symphony, and served as its concertmaster for a semester. He most recently performed as a member of the Utah Philharmonia. Mr. Gardner has taught violin lessons since 2011, and is currently teaching at Moon School of Music in Fairfax, VA.
Taking String pedagogy classes at University of Utah and Suzuki training at the Intermountain Suzuki String Institute have expanded his teaching philosophy and curriculum. While he teaches students correct technique through the Suzuki method and other standard repertoire, he also teaches fiddle music and popular songs. Central to his teaching philosophy is a focus on developing a bond with each of his students, as well as creating a fun atmosphere through engaging exercises and focus on musical expression. He currently lives in Nokesville with his wife and two daughters.