Matthew Ablan is a guitarist and National Board Certified (NBCT) music educator in Charlotte, North Carolina. He began studying the guitar at age twelve with Richard Rabatin in his hometown on Long Island, New York. Mr. Ablan received his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook where he studied guitar with Jerry Willard and holds a master’s degree in guitar performance from The Cleveland Institute of Music studying with both John Holmquist and Grammy award winner Jason Vieaux. Additionally, Matthew holds a master’s degree in music education from Case Western Reserve University.
A devoted teacher, Mr. Ablan is the former adjunct instructor of classical guitar studies at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. He has also been a guitar instructor at both the Fairmount School of Music in Cleveland Heights, OH and The Broadway School of Music and Arts in Cleveland, OH. Additonally, he is on the teaching staff at Music & Arts in Concord, NC. Matthew is also the founder/author of The Guitar Teaching Blog - an award winning monthly blog dedicated to guitar pedagogy and education. As a performer, Mr. Ablan has an eclectic background - he has: been the staff accompanist on Flamenco guitar for the Fairmount Fine Arts Center in Russel, OH, performed as the guitarist for Gabriel’s Horns (a praise big band) in Cleveland, OH and is the former music director/guitarist of The Lake Norman Big Band in Cornelius, NC. Currently, he performs in and around the Charlotte, NC area as a solo performer, as well as with the Matt & John Acoustic Duo and Ten String Theory.
Mr. Ablan has also added the title of "Guest Lecturer & Clinician" to his list of accomplishments speaking at the Guitar Foundation of America Annual Festival and Competition, New Jersey Music Educators Association State Conference as well as clinics for Music & Arts stores, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and the North Carolina Music Educators Association State Conference.
In 2017 Matthew launched the Queen City Music Podcast - a monthly podcast he hosts devoted to the local music scene in Charlotte, NC. The QCMP is intended to highlight local musicians, businesses, artisans and all those involved in the ever expanding local Charlotte music scene.