About Matt


I am a student from south central Pennsylvania studying Music Recording Technology and Music Theory. I love to make original compositions and collaborate with my fellow human beings; not only musically but also through videos, blogs, and other forms of electronic communication. My overall goal is to attend graduate school in the field of Music Theory and to become a professor of musical theory on the collegiate level so I can share my love and passion for the science of sound and music with other people.



Areas of Expertise

Music Theory, Audio Engineering

An idea worth spreading

One of my current goals is to create a new type of musical composition. My latest experiments involve using words and numbers in my compositions.

I'm passionate about

Music, arts, education, math, science, communication, electronics, mental illness


Lebanon Valley College

Talk to me about

Music, musical theory, books, the music industry, collegiate Greek life

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Matt Hollenberg
Posted about 2 years ago
What is your poetry?
I have a friend at school who, like myself, enjoys making electronic music, Nine Inch Nails style. Neither of us really "write songs" as our pastime (lyrics are hard), but we do enjoy making little 1 or 2 minute pieces of music that we share with each other. We try to hide little references to different things as well as challenge ourselves in musical theory (he is a music theory student, I'm just an enthusiast) so that we can get better and keep making music. Music is my poetry.
Matt Hollenberg
Posted about 2 years ago
Is college really as important as our society today has made it out to be?
Colin, as a rising college junior, I'm going to do my best to talk about this without talking about job markets or societal norms or anything. First of all, while you think you "have it all figured out" now, you probably don't. Plans definitely change, just ask any college student who's changed their major. You want a simple life, and I applaud you for that, but something to think about it how you're going to achieve it. It also depends on how you define success. Would you find success only in achieving the life you desire after high school? In other words, is what you will have gained in high school enough? Perhaps, perhaps not. As decisions go, this isn't really one that should make you lose sleep at this point. But I would argue that college (of any kind, not just a four year bachelor's degree kind) will help you discover another dimension of yourself that you didn't know you had. And it could range anywhere from "Ooh, I enjoy drawing things. I didn't know that," to "Wow, I actually have quite an interest in Pre-Revolutionary France." Nothing is off limits. (I myself learned how to skateboard) I think that college (at least in the United States) is frightening because it represents mainly student loans and crushing monotony, being forced to make decisions that will pave the road of the rest of your existence. However, I encourage you to look at it in another light. Perhaps instead of only receiving a little piece of paper at the end of your four years that says "I AM NOW QUALIFIED TO DO THE THING," you can look at it as a sum total of experiences that you would never have anticipated, but wouldn't gig up for all the student loans (or lack there of) in the world. And a little piece of paper that tells your qualifications. That'll be nice too.
Matt Hollenberg
Posted over 2 years ago
Why don't we treat science experiments like primetime TV?
Jay, What a question! I'm glad you mentioned the online video format for science education and things. In fact, there is a whole Youtube science community (Veritasium, Periodic Videos, etc.) dedicated to these kinds of visual experiments. But this raises an interesting point that although television is one of the main communications mediums in the world today, I don't think it will always be so. So, it might be that scientific content might never reach the television. However, the television watchers might eventually reach the scientific content on the internet (the song "Video Killed the Radio Star" comes to mind). I love your concept, though. It's so important to make sure that people who have even a very low understanding of science (but have high interest) have access to short methods of conveying information that will help make the world smarter. Which is why I love TED-Ed, as well as Youtube channels such as SciShow among other things. So, maybe it's better for science to remain off of long-form media such as television?