Bass, Guitar, Piano
Mattie Safer is a multi-instrumentalist who cut his teeth in the New York City rock and punk scene, as a bassist, keyboardist, and vocalist with the genre-bending group The Rapture in the ‘00s, and currently with daytime disco pioneers Poolside. Having toured internationally and worked with industry heavyweights such as James Murphy, Paul Epworth, Timbaland, Danger Mouse and more, Safer brings a wealth of real world experience as a musician, songwriter, producer, and record label owner to his teaching.
Safer moved to New York in 1999, attending NYU Steinhardt studying Jazz Performance, and later continuing on to study Music Business, Audio Engineering, and Piano at Berklee College of Music. He teaches Piano and Bass Guitar, as well as Music Business and Performance Techniques in the Artist Certificate Program.
Mattie has a student led approach to teaching; finding the music that the student is passionate about and using that as the goal to provide motivation while building the necessary technique to achieve it. He believes that if a student is having fun and feels a connection to the music they are studying that they are more likely continue and keep up with their practicing. Using game based learning practices and working to develop critical thinking, Safer strives to achieve a enriching, individualized learning environment for each of his students.