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Musician Spotlight: Matt Snell

Barbara Yerkes, Crown Staff

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Practicing anything for thirteen years takes dedication, commitment, and passion. Matt Snell (11) demonstrates all of these traits in his practice of music. Since he was three years old, Matt has been playing guitar, and later picked up bass. From then, he has gone on to play in various ensembles and win competitions for his musical feats.

Matt started by taking weekly private guitar lessons at the Suzuki Music School of Barrington at the age of three. He says, “My parents threw me into it, and I soon realized that I really liked it, so I continued to sign up.” Along with his private lessons, he also played in guitar ensembles, and the yearly “Merry Little Christmas Concert” the school put on with the whole company. When his private music instructor moved to a new music academy, Matt followed her to the new school, and started at Knight Music Academy, where he currently attends.

About three years ago is when Matt began taking music more seriously, and he began to thoroughly enjoy playing, learning, and performing guitar. At Marian, Matt is in his third year of band class, as well as being apart of Jazz Band and Pit Band for the musical.

Competitions are a way for Matt to perform and improve. Each year the school band travels and participates in the IHSA Solo and Ensemble Music Competition, where Matt has received first place in the Solo Guitar category for 2014 and 2015. His other accomplishments include earning second place at the Society of American Musicians competitions-a national competition-and a variety of awards in Solo Guitar.

Matt plans on studying music in college, and hopes to have a career in performing arts, or possibly a college professor for guitar. When asked if he had any advice for anyone pursuing music, he commented, “If you really want to be good at something, you have to be willing to work really hard for it.” Matt certainly has worked hard to reach the level that he is at, and is an example of the amazing talent in the students at Marian.

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