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Matthew Schneider

is one of the most versatile bassists and multi-instrumentalists on the New York scene having worked in classical music, jazz, rock and commercial TV studio recording.  A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory (BA), Purchase College Conservatory of Music (MA) and the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis - NJ campus (MA), Matthew served as Principal Bassist with the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, Knoxville City Opera, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and at several festivals including Aspen, Spoleto and Cape May.  He has also performed at festivals and venues throughout the United States including Clearwater, Falcon Ridge, NERFA, The Mint, Blue Note and Apollo Theater.  Matthew is currently the bassist/backing vocalist with songwriter Roger Street Friedman’s band and co-leading the jazz band Meridian.

In addition to performing, Matthew served as an orchestra and jazz band teacher in the public school system for ten years.  In 2013, he founded Sea Cliff Music, Inc. through which he teaches private music lessons, groups and classes at The Woodshed, his studio in Sea Cliff, NY and conducts the SummerStrings! RockFest, a summer performance program for young musicians.  

Concurrent with his musical activities, Matthew is an avid yoga practitioner and CrossFit devotee, and also serves on the Board of Trustees at the Academy of Clinical and Applied Psychoanalysis in Livingston, NJ. He finds his training in Modern Psychoanalysis to be an invaluable resource in helping students achieve their full potential.