Mr. Matt Rivers
Music Theory Teacher
Education: B.M. Oberlin College (Trombone), M.M. University of Maryland (Trombone), M.B.A University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Describe your responsibilities at Faith Lutheran School: I teach two classes for Faith Lutheran High School. In “The Theory of Western Music”, we study basic music theory and elements of music. In “Bach: A study of major works”, we examine 4 of Bach’s great compositions – St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion, Mass in B Minor, and Christmas Oratorio.
What do you like best about your job at Faith Lutheran School? I greatly enjoy introducing students to new ideas and concepts that enhance their understanding of our course material and allow them to think about these ideas in greater contexts outside of our classes.
What do you think makes Faith Lutheran School a unique and special experience for students and parents? The students (and their parents) are so obviously invested in Classical Lutheran Education. Their enthusiasm for learning and knowledge shines through on a daily basis and is infectious in the best way.
What kind of hobbies or special activities do you enjoy outside of work? I enjoy playing trombone, singing, and writing music in various contexts, reading, backpacking, running, and time with my family.
What was your favorite childhood book? I greatly enjoyed the Redwall and Hardy Boys series.