Matthew Lavanish

Matthew Lavanish


Teaches: Classical Guitar Lessons and Coaching, College and Audition Prep, Music Theory
Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Locations: Lansdowne, PA (home studio), Delaware County PA, and Wilmington, DE (studio)


Phone Number: (302) 650-8797
Address: Lansdowne, PA 19050


Teaching Philosophy

Playing the classical guitar can be an enormously gratifying pursuit or an excruciatingly frustrating exercise. In more than 30 years of playing the classical guitar, I have experienced both extremes and have learned many tools to help make your study of the classical guitar more rewarding and enjoyable. I believe in a comprehensive approach to studying the guitar, including technical development, musicality, music theory, knowledge of the repertoire and composers, and performance practice. Students learn to develop good sight-reading skills and practice habits, as well as techniques for memorization and effective performance. Special attention is given to tone production and proper and effective techniques for realizing your musical ideas.


Matthew Lavanish is a graduate of the University of Delaware where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music with a concentration in classical guitar performance under the instruction of Christiaan Taggart. He has also studied extensively with guitarist Alice Artzt of Princeton and Brazilian guitarist Paulo Martelli, and has played in master classes for Jason Vieaux, The Katona Twins and Eleftheria Kotzia, among others.

Matthew is President, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society, as well as an aspiring luthier. He currently teaches privately and in the past has taught at or served on the faculty of: The Music School of Delaware, The St. Andrew’s School and the Community Music School at The University of Delaware.