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Matt McCarrin

La Jolla, CA 92093 (map)

Lessons Offered

Composition, Music Theory, Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

About Me



Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, musician "Matthew R. McCarrin" has performed around the world, from France to Japan, as a composer, producer and pianist. His studies at the School for Creative and Performing Arts with Philadelphia's legendary Trumpeter, Composer, Kevin Rodgers led to an early career as a performer/composer.

Matt learned Jazz piano from Jazz legends Uri Caine, Jim Ridl, Barry Harris and William Brock. He studied classical piano from an early age with Linda Depasquale, McCarrin plays with a keen sense of versatility, rhythm and sensitivity. His composition training was directed by Rick Hall, and Evan Solot (director of the University of the Arts) music division.

Matt performed, as the leader of the band "United Forces," and with acts like Noel (Saxophone), and Lucman Ali (drums), originally of the Sun Rah Arkestra, He also performed with Devon Evans (percussion) and (Earl "Chinna" Smith) from "The Wailers," McCarrin developed a heightened sense of energy, style and performance from an early age.

Early Years

In 2001, Fivestar Production recording company from Philadelphia International Records, engaged McCarrin by contract to write perform and produce records among legends Leon Huff, Kenny Gamble and Bunny Sigler. He also worked with producers Chad Wes Hamilton and Kanye West. McCarrin composed and produced a featured hit on Disney’s Like Mike movie sound track. Lil Bow Wow and Jermaine Dupree contributed to McCarrin’s track.

McCarrin founded "LNVMusic." a BMI registered company. After his previous production contract ended he opened this publishing and music entertainment company. He then wrote, produced and performed Multi-instruments on the song “I Finally Got the Nerve," a key single on the Legendary Soul Diva Patti Labelle's "Timeless Journey" CD.

Allen Iverson engaged McCarrin as creative musical director and producer of artist, Ty Gracey, from Allen Iverson's Hip Hop venture "Cruthik."

McCarrin worked with Judgment and Ruff House who created acts like Cypress Hill and Lauren Hill in addition to other major artists. McCarrin also worked at Bon Jovi's Studio in New York as the lead producer on projects working alongside Kanye West, DJ Clue and Duro. He received praise for his work from Rap Artist and then Roc-A-Fella Records Executive Jay-Z.

McCarrin met with Atlantic Records VP Michael Caren and Manager of Kanye Wes, Lil Wanye, and Drake - now interscope President Gerald "Gee" Roberson who were impressed with his compositions. He frequented Def Jam, Jay Records, Jive Records, and Atlantic Records, building relationships with the industries A & R s and making a name for him as the next up and coming music producer, pianist and composer.

"Philadelphia International Records on The Avenue of the Arts in Philadelphia - The Beginning Career in Music Production for Producer Matt McCarrin"

With aspirations to do more than music record production and exhibit his composition abilities to the world McCarrin entered into film scoring with his first contract to do a movie score in 2006 for the movie Bloom, produced by Andrew Francis Renzi starring Emmy award winning Rhea Perlman, and Peter Greene.

(Patti Labelle's Grammy Nominated Timeless Journey Album which included Production, Songwriting, as well as recording and Multi-instruments performed by Matt McCarrin)


Altogether, McCarrin has earned three Platinum plaques, and one Gold plaque for over 5,000,000 copies sold of his commercial work, and a Grammy nomination for his work on "Timeless Journey,"

McCarrin co-founded one of Philadelphia's fastest growing Independent Record Labels, "Endyo Records," along side Recording Engineer and Producer partner Roscoe Murphy signing seven singers to the label and completing their albums.

(Endyo Records Logo)

Next up and just completely mixed and mastered by Murphy in 2013 will be Team Retro a youthful hip hop meets party music and electronic dance music, which McCarrin and Murphy believe will be a huge success among the masses in the coming year.

(Matt McCarrin and Engineer Producer Extraordinaire Roscoe Murphy working on the completion of Team Retro's Album at Sigma Sound in October of 2012)


The Matt McCarrin Trio performed as the main event as pianist and band leader in The Cove and the Diamond Lounge at the Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino four nights a week in from early April 2008 until new years of 2011. McCarrin has been featured in the Chester Times for his piano work in "The Man behind the Keys."

(The Matt McCarrin Trio outside a benefit performance on the Avenue of the Arts in November of 2012)

Signings and Community

On October 8th of 2010, McCarrin signed Artist Tropakana to a production deal,Tropakana was considered by New Jersey State assembly men Nelson Albano and Matthew Milam to be a member of the community that was setting a good example for others by actively speaking out against violence bullying and other aspects of negativity seeming to flourish among many youth associated with the aspiring rap industry. The Details are featured in this news paper article.

(Pictured from left to right, state Assemblyman Nelson Albano, James Cooper, Tropakana (Jaquan Cooper), record executive Matt McCarrin and state Assemblyman Matthew Milam at a presentation honoring Tropakana for his recent success in the music industry at the Millville office of state Senator Jeff Van Drew.)

From 2011 to 2012 McCarrin Performed a solo Jazz tour of the eastern and midwestern United States including Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, Nashville and New Orleans perfecting and mastering his performance craft and repertoire.


Currently McCarrin is topping the national independent label charts with his production of Artist Cody Kahmar's "Hear My Call" which is being performed on radio and TV. He continues to send out production works and original songs to famous artists and friends for review and inclusion on their albums.

(Artwork From Cody Kahmar's Top Thirty Independent single produced by Matt McCarrin in 2012)

Feature Film

Recently in 2013 McCarrin has completed the Movie score to the Feature Film "Music Be the Music," A movie starring golden globe Charles S. Dutton about an imaginary Philadelphia music record executive and his spiritual struggle towards enlightenment which may never come until it is too late. "Must Be the Music" has a large cast of stars and co stars ranging from Snoop from HBO "The Wire" to guest artist appearances like Jadakiss, Meek Mills, Black Thought, Young Savage, Mrs. Jade and many others.

(A Clip from the feature film "Must Be the Music" starring Golden Globe Charles s. Dutton with musical composition arrangement by Matt McCarrin)

Recently McCarrin created the drum and musical arrangements and oversaw the musical direction and arrangements of songs as well as performing the instrumentsfor Young Savage, Meek Mills, Young Chris, Freeway, Beanie Sigel, Styles P, DeAngelo and Craig David to name a few. He is now currently working with roots rapper Dice Raw and submitting songs to the new roots album.

He is working closely with Philadelphia's award winning number one RnB singer of the year award Yufi Zewdu on his latest release "Songs about Her" and is currently working on his follow up release "Heart Break."

Film Appearances

McCarrin has made feature appearances in two of Yufi's videos. He has also been
in promo videos for his work on a song with famous international hip hop artist Meek Mills prior to his recent huge success. He was featured in a video for popular female artist icons DJ Diamond Kuts and Lee Mazin in their singles released in 2012 cementing him as a somewhat talked about music producer icon in the City of Philadelphia.

"It’s important that people know what I am not just who I am! It is fun to do appearances, publicity, create a buzz among many people and even be creative in ways of doing so. Its an art all in of itself. Unfortunately, it is a difficult art to also convey who you really are and what you really represent at the same time. I had a lot of fun participating in these kinds of activities.”

The Future

In February 2013 McCarrin's second single for Artist Cody Kahmar entitled "Love Back" will be released and will be heard on radio stations 107.9, 98.9, 102.1 and more. An official video will also be released along with the release of the song.

McCarrin's new Quartet has been featured weekly in Newspaper articles for new insight into jazz and 60's bop along with influences from newer music. You can meet him and hear him play live with his group any Saturday at the Rose Tree inn in Media. He also has two other bands for hire one very popular in the area performing Reggae Music and another top Forty Cover band for weddings and celebrations.

Above all McCarrin gives priority to his piano students. Believing from his experiences in the music business that the only value that can be accumulated in this life time is that of the heart and sharing the joy of life, happiness and the knowledge of music with others.

McCarrin is working on a unique compilation of piano teaching method books and his own solo piano albums of the masterworks, hoping to create albums and unique explanations and interpretations of all the masterworks from Joplin, Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, during the next ten years beginning this year with Joplin.

My Musical Education Background

Taught music composition by Kevin Rodgers, Rick Hall, and Evan Solot (director of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia)

Taught Jazz Piano and music theory by Uri Caine, Jim Ridl, and Will Brock "Blue Note Record Recording Artist"

Taught Classical Piano and music theory By Linda Depasquale "Curtis Institute of Music and Juilliard"

Over 22 years of piano study and continuing.

Genres and Subjects Taught

Sight Reading
Creative Arrangement

Teaching Philosophy:

"Education is a science and an art of unparalleled difficulty and can never be successful without teachers of the highest quality. The object of its concern is the most precious and irreplaceable treasure in the world - Life itself." -Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

"I believe that each student is of immeasurable value and try to bring out their greatest potential and share in the enjoyment of studying music and the piano." -Matt McCarrin

Lesson Rates

$200 per hour 

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

All Ages

My Certifications and Awards

*Three Platinum, One Gold Plaque for over 5,000,000 copies sold of his commercial work
*Grammy nomination for his work on "Timeless Journey"
*Wrote music breaking top 30 on the national billboard charts

My Musical Influences

Valentina Lisitsa
Vladimir Horowitz
Art Tatum
Scott Joplin
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Oscar Peterson
and general popular music.

Service Area

Student Reviews

Media, PA, PA

One of the things I enjoyed about Matthew being my teacher is his ability to teach me what ever I wanted to learn in an easy way that made it fun.

Philadelphia, PA

Matt helped tutor me through my theory classes at U of A. I was having difficulty understanding many of the concepts but he broke it down in a way that made sense and I was able to master it and excel through out college without having to struggle.

Springfield, PA

With her previous teacher my kids always complained about going to their lessons. Now they are skipping and jumping out of the car to get to their lessons they also seem to be completely different pianists and playing more difficult and exciting music.

Upper Providence, Media, PA

Our previous teacher was not inspiring my kids to play but ever since we have discovered Matt as a teacher the kids have not been able to keep their hands off the piano. My husband and I could not be happier with their new found passion for practicing and the change in their overall excitement and attitude.

Newtown Square, PA

Matthew has been a great teacher to my two girls. He has also taught my husband and I in the process so we have been able to really have fun together as a family with the music. I had initially discovered him from a sign ad and it has really been a wonderful experience having him as a music teacher.

Glenn Mills, PA

I enjoy my lessons and I particularly like how Matthew was able to teach me how I wanted to be taught. I had several teachers before that were discouraging and now I feel like I am really making progress and will learn the piano well. That is important to me because it has been my dream to learn the piano for a long time.

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