Matt Vanacoro is an A-List New York City based performer, composer and educator with deep experience in all aspects of production, synthesis, electronic keyboards and music technology...
Matt Vanacoro
Matt collaborates as a keyboardist in the studio and on stage with artists such as Mark Wood (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater) Mark Rivera (Billy Joel Band) and many others. He appears on many recordings with a variety of artists, and has had his original compositions featured in films by Lionsgate Studios.

Matt is as a distinguished educator at both the middle school and college level. He is also a popular lecturer at various state and national conferences on music technology and education. On the music technology side, Matt is a keyboard products consultant for Samson/Hartke and a music software consultant for Mark of the Unicorn.
Courses by Matt Vanacoro
  • Roli Blocks 101
    Making Music with Blocks
    ROLI’s Blocks are expressive modular instruments that can be combined to suit your musical needs. Join Matt Vanacoro in this hands-on course, and discover how to get the most out of these beautiful music-making devices.
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  • Keyboard Techniques 101
    Keyboard Techniques for Producers
    If you’re a music producer with little or no keyboard experience, this course is made for you! Join piano teacher Matt Vanacoro, and learn essential keyboard techniques that will take your chord progressions, basslines and melodies to the next level!
    (3)
  • Superior Drummer 3 101
    More Killer Drums
    Toontrack’s Superior Drummer 3 is a major upgrade! Learn how to use the world’s most comprehensive drum production tool in this course by master trainer Matt Vanacoro!
    (2)
  • Komplete Kontrol Mk2 101
    Absolute Beginners Guide
    With its new streamlined layout, hi-res color screens and improved features, Native Instruments’ Komplete Kontrol MK2 is a solid upgrade to the original version. Join Matt Vanacoro in this course, and learn how this software & hardware solution will enhance your music-making experience.
    (2)
  • Symphony Essentials 101
    Symphony Essentials Explored
    With its meticulously sampled instruments, NI’s Symphony Essentials lets you create authentic-sounding MIDI orchestral scores. Join trainer Matt Vanacoro in this 20-tutorial course, and see how this amazing Kontakt library can help you compose epic soundtracks!
    (2)
  • Keynote 201
    Keynote Advanced
    Now that you know your way around Apple’s Keynote, it’s time to dive deeper. Join Apple Expert Matt Vanacoro in this Advanced course, and bring your Keynote presentations to the next level.
    (1)
  • Numbers 201
    Numbers Advanced
    Matt Vanacoro is back with an advanced look at Apple’s iWork spreadsheet app, Numbers! Watch this course and learn how to become a Numbers wizard!
    (0)
  • Pages 201
    Pages Advanced
    Apple’s Pages is a full-fledged desktop publishing app with lots of power under the hood. Join Apple expert Matt Vanacoro in this Pages Advanced course, and take your desktop publishing skills to the next level.
    (2)
  • Keynote 101
    Learn Keynote
    Keynote is the perfect tool to use when you want to add that special touch to your presentations. Watch this course by Matt Vanacoro, and learn how to create compelling slideshows with Apple's iWork software.
    (2)
  • Numbers 101
    Learn Numbers
    Apple’s Numbers makes it possible to quickly create powerful and professional spreadsheets that really look good, too. Watch this course and learn how to unleash its full power!
    (2)
  • Pages 101
    Learn Pages
    Apple's Pages is much more than a word processor. It is also a full-featured page layout application that makes it easy to create visually stunning documents of all kinds. In this course, Matt Vanacoro shows you how to do it all.
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  • Compressor 101
    Absolute Beginner's Guide
    Apple’s Compressor is the perfect tool to help you reduce the file size of your projects while preserving quality. In this course, Matt Vanacoro shows you everything you always wanted to know (but were afraid to ask!) about Apple’s Compressor and the theory of compression…
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  • iOS 10 201
    Even More iOS 10 Secrets Revealed
    Here are more iOS secrets for your iPhone and iPad! Apple iOS guru Matt Vanacoro is back with 25 new tips that’ll change the way you interact with your Apple smart device. Get the most out of your favorite iDevice now!
    (3)
  • macOS Sierra 101
    Sierra's Cool New Features
    Apple’s macOS Sierra is packed with all kinds of new features and enhancements. Some of them you know about and some you may not! Watch this FastTrack™ course to quickly learn the cool, new things that Sierra can do for you!
    (2)
  • Logic Pro FastTrack 304
    Auto Sampling with MainStage
    Auto-Sampling in Logic? Yes, but you’ve got to use AutoSampler in MainStage to do it! Turn your favorite hardware and software synths into velocity-layered Logic Pro EXS24 instruments now, by watching this FastTrack™ course!
    (1)
  • iOS 10 101
    15 iOS 10 Secrets Revealed
    Apple's iOS 10 is here and so is Matt Vanacoro to share some of his iPhone and iPad iOS 10 secrets. Get even more out of your iOS devices with this introductory 15-tutorial "secrets revealed" course!
    (2)
  • Kronos 201
    Kronos Advanced
    Now that you know you way around the Korg Kronos, Matt Vanacoro is here to take you even deeper. It’s a complex instrument, with a lot of cool features to explore. So, get ready to take your Kronos chops to the next level!
    (2)
  • Kronos 101
    Kronos Essentials
    The Kronos is the king of Korg keyboards. Used by top performers, like Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess, the Kronos generates a massive universe of sound when you learn how to use it. So, learn the Kronos now!
    (3)
  • Korg minilogue 201
    Programming the minilogue
    Now that you know where all the controls are on the Korg minilogue, Matt Vanacoro shows you how to program them! Master the skills of analog sound design from the FX to sequencing in this 21-tutorial course.
    (4)
  • Korg minilogue 101
    The Controls Explained and Explored
    An affordable, polyphonic, analog synth. Really? Yep. That’s the Korg minilogue! If you’ve got one… learn how to work it. If you’re thinking about getting one… see it in action in this course by Matt Vanacoro!
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  • GarageBand for iOS 101
    Explained and Explored
    GarageBand is the most popular music creation app in the world! Watch this iOS GarageBand course to see the exciting new Live Loops features and lots more with trainer Matt Vanacoro!
    (2)
  • Music Memos 101
    From Memo to Master
    Apple's FREE Music Memos app is more than just a simple audio memo recorder. It's a cool tool designed to inspire your songwriting too! Learn how to capture your ideas and begin your song production in this 16-tutorial course.
    (7)
  • India 101
    India Explored
    India, by Native Instruments, is one of the most authentic-sounding, ethnic instruments in the Kontakt library. Watch this 24-tutorial course and learn every feature in this Discovery Series library's vast world of sounds.
    (2)
  • Moog Sub 37 101
    Master the Moog
    The Moog Sub 37, built on the Sub Phatty sound engine, is a powerful synth. Learn every detail of this gritty little Moog as explained by keyboardist and trainer Matt Vanacoro. It’s your Sub 37 video user manual!
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  • iPhone Tips 101
    20 iPhone Secrets Revealed
    Apple’s iPhone has hundreds (maybe thousands) of secret or hidden features. In this classified course, trainer Matt Vanacoro unveils some of his favorites. Check them out, but please keep them confidential!
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  • iPad 101
    16 iPad Secrets Revealed
    This course is classified as top secret! Watching it gives you access to features that will alter the way you interact with the Apple iPad. Warning: If you don’t have top-level clearance, watch and learn at your own risk.
    (8)
  • Photography 301
    Drone & Aerial Photography
    Drones are taking aerial photography to new heights. This course addresses both the technical and artistic challenges that aerial photographers face when they take to the air. Got a drone? Want to take some great shots? Watch this course!
    (1)
  • GarageBand 201
    Production Workflows
    Apple’s GarageBand has a lot of powerful features. It’s great for creating podcasts, scoring video, songwriting & dance music. It’s also an excellent teaching tool! Take this course to rapidly expand your GarageBand universe!
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  • GarageBand 101
    Absolute Beginner's Guide
    Apple’s GarageBand is a little DAW with a lot of big features. This beginner's guide course shows you where everything is, how it all works and gets you up and making music fast. So start learning GarageBand now!
    (2)
  • Prophet 6 101
    Prophet 6 Revealed
    Rich-sounding analog electronics, enclosed in a beautiful wooden instrument, sound like a dream come true! Welcome Dave Smith’s Prophet 6! This 32-tutorial course reveals how this exciting new synth works!
    (3)
  • Omnisphere 101
    Omnisphere 2 Explored
    This 37-tutorial, introductory course explains the inner workings of Omnisphere 2. See how this massive Spectrasonics synth instrument will forever change the way you create & produce music and design sounds. Learn it now!
    (15)
  • Akai Advance 101
    Learn Akai Advance
    Akai Advance is a MIDI controller and software combination that integrates seamlessly with any plugin. Join Matt Vanacoro as he explains this keyboard and the VIP software and see how it changes the way you access and perform your virtual instruments!
    (3)
  • SampleTank 101
    Learn SampleTank Now
    SampleTank 3.5 is full of new sounds and features that makes it the king of sample players. See how this instrument works, as explained by our star trainer Matt Vanacoro, in this 34-tutorial course.
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  • Photos 101
    Photos 101 - Learn Photos Now!
    Photos for Mac is Apple’s latest app for organizing, editing and sharing your library of pictures and videos. Watch this course and learn everything about using Photos on all your Apple devices!
    (5)
  • Komplete Kontrol 101
    Kontrol Explored
    Komplete Kontrol is a software & hardware solution for composing, performing and producing music with the Native Instruments collection of synths and samplers. This course by Matt Vanacoro explains how this technology will enhance your NI experience!
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  • Capo 101
    Capo Explored
    Capo by SuperMegaUltraGroovy (love that name!) is software that gives you the ability to reverse-engineer audio music tracks. Yes! It analyzes audio and tells you the tempo, chord structure and much more. Check it out!
    (3)
  • Triumph 101
    Triumph: Explored
    Whenever new audio editing software is released it’s a big deal, especially one as agile and deep as Audiofile Engineering’s Triumph. Join Matt Vanacoro, in this 23-tutorial course, and see just what Triumph can do!
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  • Polyplex 101
    Radical Drum Design
    Native Instruments' Polyplex, with its Twisted Tool’s design, is an unpredictable beat maker that delivers inspirational, unexpected results. Learn how to harness its random, rhythmic energy in this very non-random course!
    (5)
  • Loop Editor 101
    Loop Editor: Explored
    The Apple Loops Utility is history. But now there’s Loop Editor! Watch and learn how this amazing software, from Audiofile Engineering, will help you make custom loops for Logic Pro X, Garageband and more!
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  • Final Draft 102
    Revising and Editing a Screenplay
    Writing a screenplay is the first step. Revising it is the rest of the journey. Learn how to rewrite and edit like a Hollywood screenwriter in this 24-tutorial Final Draft course by Matt Vanacoro.
    (3)
  • Waves 302
    Codex: Deciphered
    Codex is a granular, scanning, wavetable synth unleashed by the team at Waves. See how this synth inspires sonic madness in this exclusive course by trainer Matt Vanacoro. Then catch the bonus all-Codex song, at the end of the course, by the amazing Eyal Amir.
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  • Final Draft 101
    Introduction to Screenwriting
    Writing scripts requires a unique mix of creativity, skill and technique. Watch this course to learn both screenwriting and master Final Draft skills at the same time. Take your scriptwriting to a whole new level!
    (3)
  • Google 104
    Google Sites: Intranets, Websites and More
    Google Sites gives you the ability to create custom web sites, from a simple family site to a complex shared, company-wide intranet. Learn how to set up any kind of site you can imagine in this 30-tutorial course by trainer Matt Vanacoro.
    (2)
  • Google 102
    Google Apps: Collaborate and Share
    Google Apps are free and come with your Gmail account. Watch this in depth 30-tutorial course as master trainer Matt Vanacoro reveals the power that drives this generation of Google Apps!
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  • Session Horns 101
    Session Horns Pro Explored
    Realistic sections. Authentic and natural sounding solos. That’s what this Powered-By-Kontakt e-instrument is all about! Learn Native Instruments’ Session Horns Pro and bring a “real” brass section to your next recording session!
    (10)
  • EZdrummer 2
    EZdrummer 2 Explored
    No more drummer jokes!... because Toontrack's new EZdrummer 2 is the smartest new "drummer" in town. Learn all its new features and master all the powerful new tools in this massively detailed 28-tutorial course by Matt Vanacoro.
    (11)
  • GarageBand
    iPad, Mac and Beyond
    This 36-tutorial course takes you on a GarageBand songwriting journey. It begins on the iPad. It develops on the Mac and reaches final production as it moves up to Logic Pro X for the finishing touches. Come along for the ride!
    (10)
  • Molekular 101
    Molekular Demystified
    Molekular is a powerful, modular FX rack built on Native Instruments’ Reaktor technology. See what this highly configurable processor can do to creatively morph and transform your audio in this 29-tutorial course by synth expert Matt Vanacoro.
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  • Photography 204
    Lighting For Still and Video
    Photography and videography – without proper lighting – is like listening to music with awful sound quality. To assure that your visuals look their very best, you'll need to master the lighting techniques presented in this 21-tutorial course by Matt Vanacoro...
    (3)
  • Facebook 101
    Facebook Marketing
    Are you getting the most reach with your Facebook page? In this in-depth Facebook Marketing course, you learn the tools, tips and tricks to get the maximum exposure from Facebook!
    (14)
  • Youtube 101
    Managing a Dynamic Channel
    Posting videos to YouTube is the easy part. Doing it so that they look & sound their best – and get seen – is a whole different story. Learn how to effectively post, manage and market your videos on YouTube, in this in-depth introductory course by Matt Vanacoro.
    (9)
  • FXpansion
    DCAM: Synth Squad Demystified
    DCAM Synth Squad by fxpansion combines 3 modeled synths and a super deep layering tool into an insanely powerful bundle. Sound complicated? Well, it isn’t because you’ve got the exceptional synth guru Matt Vanacoro here to demystify it. Check it out!
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  • Photography 105
    DSLR Video Techniques
    DSLR video cameras are complex tools with lots of controls and options. In this introductory course, Matt Vanacoro demystifies DSLR video and quickly puts you in the director's seat!
    (9)
  • Photography 201
    Advanced Digital Photography
    Dive deeper into digital photography! Learn important composition and professional techniques in this 2+ hour tips ’n tricks-filled course by expert Matt Vanacoro.
    (5)
  • BFD3
    BFD3: Demystified
    It’s a Big Freaking Deal when FXpansion updates their amazing flagship drum software. Watch this course and see how all the BFD3 features and technologies will power your drum programming to perfection...
    (6)
  • MainStage 3 101
    Core Training: MainStage 3 Explored
    Imagine Logic Pro re-imagined as a live performance powerhouse. That’s exactly what Apple’s MainStage 3 is all about! See all the cool new features, the absolute power and ease of use that MainStage brings to your stage performance setup!
    (14)
  • Photography 101
    Digital Photography - The Basics
    Interested in digital photography? Get started on the right path with this introductory course on digital photography basics by Matt Vanacoro...
    (12)
  • Native Instruments 220
    Monark Demystified
    With its warm filters and unique analog characteristics, the Minimoog is on more classic tracks than any other synth. Monark, from Native Instruments, captures and expands upon the Minimoog's essence. Learn all about Monark right here, right now!
    (17)
  • Waves 301
    Element Explored
    The designers at Waves know about audio! See how they bring their DSP expertise to the cool new soft synth they call Element in this exploratory course by Matt Vanacoro.
    (4)
  • Kontakt 201
    Advanced Kontakt 5
    Using Kontakt just to play back factory samples is like driving your Audi S5 in 4th gear at 25 mph. Boring! If you want to break the speed of sound, this accelerated course shows you how to put pedal to the metal and squeeze every ounce of horsepower from Native Instruments' supercharged sampler.
    (27)
  • Kontakt 101
    Exploring Kontakt 5
    Kontakt 5, the super-sampler from NI, is the most Komplete sampler ever designed. From its vast collections of custom instruments to your own custom sample tweakology, Kontakt brings a powerful set of tools to the sonic table. Make those tools your tools!
    (53)
  • Battery 4 101
    Battery 4 Detonated
    Native Instruments' Battery 4 is here and it's exploding with all kinds of killer features. Dive in with expert instructor Matt Vanacoro and see all the advances NI has packed in their flagship drum synth!
    (30)
  • Digital Performer 8 201
    MachFive 3 Unleashed
    MachFive 3 —MOTU’s massive, mothership of a sampler— is full-featured and very deep! But have no fear because MOTU software consultant Matt Vanacoro is here to demystify it! So get ready to learn MachFive 3 faster than the speed of sound in this inspiring 29-tutorial course!...
    (4)
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