Meet our Percussion Teacher

Mr Matt McDonough teaches Percussion and A level Music production, along with assisting our Jazz department.

Further to this, Mr McDonough is our Visiting Music Teacher (VMT) coordinator.

Here is a little about him and his time at City of London School:

My career started out as a busy session drummer, having studied at Trinity College of Music on the Bmus Jazz course under Bob Armstrong, alongside playing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and various other classical orchestras, shows and pop groups.

After my studies, I moved to Canada following an invitation to join a Canadian group, playing drums on an extensive world tour over 4 years, which led to Television and live performances in over 50 countries.

Upon my return to the UK, I continued performing and recording for many different artists, tours, and shows including Thriller Live, We Will Rock you, Little shop of Horrors, Legally Blonde on Tour and the Brit Awards.

Since 2013, I have been a composer and recording artist for the music exam boards Trinity College London, and London College of Music.

I also hold the certificate for music educators and deliver teacher development workshops to music services within the UK.

I have taught here since 2010 and my role is fantastically varied. Aside from teaching drums and percussion, I also teach the music production element of A-Level music, whilst assisting Mr Crockatt with the running of our Jazz department. 

I also manage our essential and unique Junior class music program, whereby every single pupil in Old Grammar and First Form receive free music lessons for the year on an instrument of their choice. This means that we identify talents in the pupils which may not otherwise have been discovered, and it is one of the very reasons we have such a high standard of music at City of London School.

Further to this, I coordinate our large department of visiting Music teachers, all of whom are outstanding musicians and teachers.

CLS provides an incredibly supportive environment for our pupils to thrive musically and not only offers a wide range of musical activity, but continuously creates new, unique opportunities for which they are able to express themselves and flourish creatively. This forward-thinking approach to musical education, along with an incredibly dedicated department of professional musicians, is one of the reasons CLS can celebrate such a high standard of talent amongst out young musicians.

Past highlights have included taking our Big Band and Jazz Quintet to Peter Gabriel's studios where we recorded the first ever Jazz department album “Instant Jazz”. Additionally, conducting the Jazz Orchestra in the final of the National Wind Band Festival at the Royal Northern College of Music (the orchestra received a gold award!) and trips to Ronnie Scotts for our Sixth Form Jazz Orchestra leavers. 

Further to this is, of course, seeing pupils develop from beginners and working up to a very high standard of playing. My own pupils both past and present, have received scholarships to Berklee College of Music in America, the Royal Academy of Music Junior Jazz department and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Alongside my music career, I am a level 2 ECB qualified cricket coach.

I am also one of the CCF (Army section) officers at School, helping to train our young cadets as they work through their CCF commitment.

I’m passionate about passing on my experience to the next generation.