Matt Donner

Best known for his YouTube theory and arrangement Breakdown series, Matt is available to help you take your songwriting and productions to the next level.

Specializing in:
- Music Theory

- Composition

- Song Structure & Arranging

- Ableton Live

- Recording and Audio Engineering

Matt Donner holds a Bachelor’s degree in Quantitative Business Analysis (Penn State) and a Masters in Music Technology (NYU). While developing his Producer and Engineering chops in NYC, he soon found himself working for high-profile studios like Sound on Sound and Greene Street. He went on to perform for various TV studios which included 3 feature film scores with and John Cale (Velvet Underground). After signing his band to an indy record deal, his cross-country tour brought him to SF where the drummer exploded - how typical.

Student Feedback

Thanks for your feedback (Matt Donner). I think it’s great that you take the time to do so in video format as well. It really adds a personal touch to the class.
— DJ Hubka (Online Music Theory Student)

Matt quickly found himself in high demand in the studio scene and became an award- winning Regional Technical Director for Guitar Center, and the Pro Tools Support Lead for the Cutting Edge Audio Group where he served as studio designer, installer and trainer for the likes of Joe Satriani, Metallica, Benny Reitveld (Santana and the SF Jazz Fest) as well as many private studios including Wally World (Walter A., N’Sync, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion). A crowning achievement during this period was to install, troubleshoot, deliver and support 50 Pro Tools workstations for the legendary Skywalker Sound during production of Star Wars Episode 1. He claims no responsibility for Jar Jar Binks.

In January 2000, he and Greg Gordon began working together exclusively at Pyramind where they began running the hybrid Production/ Training businesses successfully. Matt has served the company as Chief Engineer, Senior Producer/ Composer, Chief Technical Officer, Vice- President and now as CAO and COO. He helped grow the Pyramind Training program from a single 24 hour class to the highly-touted 900 hour 12-month Complete Producer. He has trained thousands of students, mixed/ mastered dozens of records and has published several magazine articles. Matt has also written two texts on Pro Tools (Thomson Press) as well as the Pyramind Training three-book series published (Alfred Publishing). 

Matt currently lives in San Francisco and Davis, CA with his wife Kimberly and his two children, Marcus and Madison. He has been training in Mixed Martial Arts and Bak Mei Kung Fu for 10 years and on good days, surfs the Pacific at Ocean Beach on his Al Merrick 6’ 2” fish. The pacific usually wins.

Your feedback definitely took it (my track) to the next level :)
— John L. (Mentorship Network)

Officially.. I can’t believe it but I’m actually understanding Theory and I can already see the fun in it. Never did I ever think I would associate these two words..EVER
If this keeps going I’m finally gonna understand it all... THANK YOU!
— Pierre Luc P. (Mentorship Student)

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