Matthew Moore Selected to Yamaha’s “40 Under 40”
Eaton’s Matthew Moore Selected to Yamaha’s “40 Under 40” Educators List
Posted on 02/02/2021
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In one of Matthew Moore’s “40 Under 40” nomination letters submitted last fall, a colleague wrote, “Matt’s professional and approachable demeanor have fostered an environment that students thrive in.”

Cultivating such positive learning conditions has placed Matthew Moore, V.R. Eaton High School's Associate Band Director and Director of Percussion, among Yamaha's "40 Under 40" inaugural class.

“I couldn’t ask for a better colleague,” said Paul Elder, Band Director at Eaton High School.  “Mr. Moore is thoughtful, intuitive, questioning, and willing to look at music education from different perspectives.  I most enjoy that he celebrates consistent progress far more than trophies.  This, I believe, makes him a great educator.”

Yamaha launched the "40 Under 40" music education advocacy program to celebrate outstanding music educators all under the age of 40 who are making a difference by growing and strengthening their music programs at all grade levels.  Each recognized educator possess outstanding exemplification of one of four qualities: action, courage, creativity, or growth.  The final “40 Under 40” selections were chosen from hundreds of music education leaders nominated by students, parents, other teachers or administrators, local instrument dealers and mentors. 

“We are so proud that Matt Moore represents Eaton High School, and he is so deserving of this honor,” said Stacey Miles, principal at Eaton High School.  “Matt is creative and student focused.  His skill in giving feedback allows students to grow and create amazing music.”

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, several of Moore’s percussion students were selected as winners of the Percussive Arts Society’s “International Percussion Ensemble Competition.”  But instead of preparing to travel to The Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) to perform a showcase concert in the fall, schools around the country shut down and conferences, including PASIC, were either cancelled or moved to a virtual format.

Moore realized immediately that not having live musical performances would have a profound negative effect.  What he decided to do next portrayed his specialized characteristics that helped place him into such a prestigious group of music educators. 

“Very early on in the pandemic, I put together a social-distanced marimba choir project to help connect percussionists during a very strange time when we were all suddenly home and without live music,” Moore said.  “I received 111 submissions from percussionists all over the world!  Middle school to professional level, including a handful of my own Eaton High School kids.”

The video of the compilation showcases the talent of all the marimba choir participants.

Already a music educator, composer and arranger, Moore decided to add entrepreneur to his list of jobs. He launched Waveform Percussion with Luke Vogt, his percussion co-teacher at Eaton. They incorporate electronic media into percussion education to create music that is fun to play.

“Our hope is to always engage students in a way that meets them where they are — always an arm’s length away from their phone and earbuds and possibly learning remotely from home,” Moore said.  “We want music being utilized by students in whichever learning environment they are in.”

A complete list of all "40 Under 40" music educators can be found here.