Matty Harris

Multi-woodwind artist Matty Harris holds B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and performs locally in a plethora of settings, including jazz, rock, world music, improvisation and musical theater. In 2015 he released an LP of his avant-garde large ensemble DOUBLE SEPTET and in 2018 his quartet toured Nepal and played at Jazzmandu: The Kathmandu Jazz Festival. In July 2022 Matty curated the Jazz Mondays residency at Icehouse Minneapolis.


Maintaining a strong studio since 2013, Matty’s students have successfully auditioned for honor bands, all-state, jazz band and upper level bands and lessons include technique, reading music, chord/scale theory and ear training.


Outside of music, Matty enjoys travel, visual art, his dog George, retro furniture and comedy.



Geographic areas served

Matty is available for in home lessons in a 15 mile radius of Minneapolis, at the Opus studios in Plymouth, St. Louis Park, and Robbinsdale, and at his home studio just north of downtown Minneapolis. 



  • $44 / half hour lesson
  • $65 / 45-minute lesson
  • $86 / 60-minute lesson
  • $76 / 45-minute joint lesson
  • $8 more per in home lesson

Attendance policy

If a lesson is canceled with at least 24 hours notice, a make-up lesson can be arranged. Depending on schedules, a make up lesson may be online/virtual instead of in-person. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will be charged as a regular lesson. Occasionally, lessons may need to be online due to weather, especially snowstorms. If for some reason I need to cancel a lesson and we can’t find a make-up time, you will receive a credit for that lesson.


Teaching Philosophy

My love for playing music and performing has shaped my life in magical ways and I hope to share some of that magic with my students. I enjoy helping to perfect my students’ school band music and audition pieces as well as bringing in extra material and music theory that I feel would have been useful to my younger self. I also encourage my students to form bands with their friends, seek out performance opportunities and learn music that they connect with.