Actor (AEA) | Singer | Teacher
As a coach Matt not only knows how to maintain your voice and vocal health but he works with you as an actor. He creates a safe space so you are able to take risks and do your best work as a performer, and truly explore the song entirely. He knows how to communicate what work needs to be done while keeping things fresh and positive.
I came to Matt for help revamping my book, and he went above and beyond. His extensive knowledge of musical theater, pop, rock, folk, and any other genre you might be looking for is staggering, and takes great care to pick things that are perfect for you and your voice. Lessons are relaxed and fun, but also focused and productive. Matt’s been instrumental in helping me prep for anything from callbacks to cabarets. He’s the best!
Matt comes at material from the standpoint of strong vocal technique, but also considers the importance of the story. He has helped me build a more interesting, active rep book, Further, the ways in which he has gotten me to play around with songs in my coaching time has led to significantly more freedom and confidence in the audition setting. I believe everyone can benefit from a session with Matt!
After going to several coaches and never being fully satisfied with what I was walking away with, I came to Matt. I stressed that I was bored with my audition book and didn’t feel like it was working for me anymore. I walked away from our first session with a much more detailed book and stronger idea of what I needed in order to grow. Within days Matt had handpicked individual songs for me and my type rather than a whole dropbox of files for me to sort through. At our next session we went through and found what pieces spoke to me and were keepers. I would recommend anyone and everyone to Matt. His prices are competitive and you get far more than what you pay for when working with him. A master at technique with a vast array of hidden song gems Matt is an amazing resource every actor should utilize.
Matthew is not only a well-educated professional with a wide breadth of knowledge of the vocal instrument and how to use it properly, but he is also a warm, accessible teacher who really makes you feel comfortable. He personalizes everything to how it will affect YOU, from explaining exercises to working your audition pieces from a place of honesty and individuality. He really makes you feel heard. As one who mostly frequents dance calls, vocal callbacks always gave me a lot of anxiety. Since I started taking lessons from Matt, not only do I feel like I’ve made improvements in my work, but I’ve made big steps forward in personal confidence in the room. I’m so thankful to have found a teacher and friend like Matt.
In only a short time working with Thompson, I felt a major improvement in my voice and technique. He encourages you to make mistakes “‘cause if you’re not going to try new things here, you’re never going to try them in an audition setting!” He has a stellar sense of teaching the marriage of music theory with the power of storytelling. Thompson is a hidden gem of a voice/rep coach in NYC.
Every lesson with Matt is a revitalizing experience. He allows you to find your true self through music and connect on a deeper level to the words and notes in the song. He develops your voice and helps you find truth and honesty in your acting. He forms a well-rounded performer with every lesson by creating a comfortable and safe environment and by teaching each student that this environment can be created wherever he/she goes.
I’ve been working with Matt for a few years and the improvements in my voice are amazing! As primarily a dancer I had a tremendous lack of confidence when it came to singing, but Matt has taught me proper techniques in order to succeed in any audition. I’m so glad to call him both vocal coach and friend!
Mary Anne Furey
Several of my friends had raved about Matt to me and his very reasonable rate ... I was not disappointed! Matt is not only professional and extremely knowledgeable, but he is also so warm and a lot of fun! He has an extensive library of music to choose from, will squeeze you in at the last minute if he can, and can help find the perfect song for any audition. He is so easy to communicate with and accommodates whatever you need. ... Since working with Matt I have expanded my vocal repertoire, and I am able to go into auditions feeling much more confident. ... I recommend him to everyone.
Matt’s teaching style helped unify what I’ve learned from all my past vocal teachers. ... His attention to detail, knowledge and talent helped me understand every aspect of every lesson. In our sessions, he would explain what each exercise did to my instrument and why it benefits me as a singer. He dared me to challenge myself constantly. ... He even gave me exercises I could do late at night while I fed my infant son! Matt not only expanded my repertoire but thoroughly prepared me for my auditions. I attribute him among the reasons why I’ve had an increasing amount of callbacks and paid gigs.