Come and learn in a friendly, relaxed, open way in a bespoke music room with piano and loads of teaching materials to hand! 


I am hugely enthusiastic about music and I thrive on teaching people of all ages. Not limited to teaching double bass or bass guitar, I am well equipped to teach musicianship, improvisation, composition, music theory and rhythmic awareness to students of all instruments.


I am presently 'Jazz Specialist' at the Brentwood School in Essex, where I teach improvisation to students of all instruments ages 11-18, and I direct the Junior and Senior jazz ensembles.

In my 1-2-1 tuition at home, I have numerous mature students who play for fun, and I have also helped two students successfully audition to study jazz at conservatoire postgraduate level. In fact, both of those talented people won scholarships :-) 


Feel free to get in touch to discuss what you would like to learn! If you don't live nearby, don't worry, I'm also well accustomed to teaching via Zoom.

Matt Ridley:

BMus (hons) Trinity College of Music 2005, 2:1, principal study Jazz Bass

Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music, QCF level 6 diploma 2017, Classical Double Bass

HND Bass Guitar, Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford, 2000

"I'm very glad to have had Matt recommended to me as a double bass teacher. I have been having lessons with Matt for over a year now - In my first few lessons Matt quickly identified issues with my technique and gave me exercises to resolve them, meaning I soon noticed an improvement in my tone and sound production. He has continued to help me develop my technical ability, whilst also broadening my understanding of jazz harmony and improvisation, as well as helping me to make my practice more productive. Recently Matt has helped me prepare for successful audition to study jazz double bass at music college."