Matthew P. Selby has been a freelance musician for the last 15 years. After graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with a bachelor’s degree in Classical Piano Performance, he began honing his skills in vocal arranging and performance, composition, and studio production.
At a young age, inspired by acappella greats like Take 6 and Bobby McFerrin, and beat- boxing legend Doug E. Fresh, Matthew started to form his own groups. In 1995, he co- founded the vocal group m-pact, with whom he toured for five years in 38 states and three continents, performing close to 300 concerts per year. He has adjudicated at vocal competitions across the United States and given countless master classes on arranging for vocals and beat-boxing. His original tunes and vocal arrangements have been heard internationally and garnered praise from such artists as Ray Charles, Kenny Loggins, and Natalie Cole.
Matthew is currently the Music Producer at the Disneyland Resort. His duties include arranging for and musically directing shows like High School Musical 3: Senior Year and the world famous Dapper Dans of Disneyland. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.
Matthew will teach you some great ideas for your own arrangements. Don’t miss this great opportunity to enhance your group’s sound and style!
We will explore how to approach an arrangement from one simple idea, regardless of genre. Techniques will include groove, voicings, harmony, and melodic motifs. Participants are welcome to bring arrangements they’ve done or are currently working on for critique and/or feedback on how to improve. (Please bring already printed out, and not on a computer or phone.) I will also bring examples of good and bad acappella arrangements. Lastly, we will talk about the importance of the piano as an arranging tool, and Matthew’s single key to good arrangements.
Time permitting: we can pick a tune and start a basic arrangement of it on the spot.