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Matthew Rautio

Greetings Webster Families!

My name is Matt Rautio, and I am the music teacher at Buchanan and Webster Elementary
Schools. I am so excited to be working with such talented and amazing students and dedicated
staff. I am entering my 16th year of teaching elementary music. I have had the opportunity to
teach students from all corners of the globe, and this has been among my favorite aspects of
my career. I have greatly enjoyed learning about the cultures and communities of my former
students, and I look forward to continuing that learning here in Livonia.

My main focus as a teacher is growth. I like to say that my job is to “grow brains”, and music is
what I use to help that along. My classes are joyful and my lessons are rigorous – I strive for a
balance of hard work and focus, and excitement and energy. It is my aim and hope that my
students will become independent, confident, and humble musicians, who love the process of
learning music as much as the joy of performing it.

When I am not teaching, I spend a lot of my time making music in my home studio, making
messes in my kitchen, playing soccer (which I’ve played continuously since 1988), and going on
outdoor adventures!