May 12

Teaching Artists


Matt Bogdanow

Matt Bogdanow is a Brooklyn-based musician and educator who has been teaching for over ten years with organizations including Manhattan New Music Project, Marquis Studios, Bronx Charter School for the Arts, School of Rock, Urban Arts Partnership and Kids Creative. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music as well as the Community-Word Project Teaching Artist Training & Internship Program, and is the author of The Backbone of Drumming; A Systematic Approach to Learning the Drumset. Matt has appeared on over 30 full length albums and played thousands of shows worldwide, collaborating with members of They Might Be Giants, Van Halen, Spin Doctors and Grace Potter. His band Plushgun has been featured in programs such as Real World, Project Runway and MTV Live, as well as earning a Gold record in Germany, winning the MTVU Freshman 5 Video Contest, being named Rock Band Network “T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month,” and reaching the Billboard Top 50 Hot Single Sales, CMJ Top 200, and Top 25 Electronica Bestsellers List. Matt has been awarded citations for merit and outstanding musicianship by the International Association for Jazz Education, the Clark Terry University of New Hampshire Jazz Festival and the Berklee College of Music Jazz Festival, in addition to serving as a judge for the annual Guitar Center National Drum Competition from 2008-2010. Additionally, he has played drums for theatrical productions of Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Nurses In New England, The F Word, and most recently the worldwide debut of Mission Drift, which won the 2011 Scotsman Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards, as well as the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize. Matt is currently recording a solo album, composing an original indie-rock musical, and writing the score for an upcoming short film.