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Dr. Wendy K. Matthews serves as the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Assessment in the College of Arts, Professor of Music Education, and director of the Kent State Youth Winds. She holds degrees from George Mason University, the University of Maryland-College Park, and the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University Conservatory of Music. Prior to joining Kent State University's faculty, Dr. Matthews was an Associate Professor in Music Education at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and led the music department at Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA) as an Assistant Dean. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses and conducted ensembles at Georgetown University, University of Maryland, and George Mason University. Additionally, Dr. Matthews taught elementary and secondary school instrumental music in Virginia and Maryland.
Dr. Matthews collegiate ensembles have performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium StageWashington, DC, DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., Severance Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, the Michigan Music Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, and several International Trumpet Guild International Conferences. As a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Matthews is in demand worldwide. She has guest conducted numerous honor bands, including the American Schools Honor Band, New Delhi, India; Ohio Music Educators Association Honor Bands, District 5, 6 7, Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District XVI and III;Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1; the American School Band Director Association Honor Band - Ohio Chapter; Kentucky Music Educators Association District 7; and the Duplin County (NC) Honor Bands.
Dr. Matthews' research interests include research in group dynamics in large ensembles, oral histories of pioneering women brass players with solo careers and in professional orchestras and military bands, and various topics in music teacher education and higher education. She is the co-author of the Basic Conducting Techniques published by Routledge Music and author of a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Music Psychology in Education and the Community. She has also published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, International Journal of Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Band Research, and the International Trumpet Guild Journal.
Labuta, J., & Matthews, W. K. (2023). Basic Conducting Techniques (Eighth Edition).
Selected Book Chapters
Matthews, W. K. (2021). Music pedagogy for large group teaching. In S. Hallam, D. A. Hodges,
and A. Creech (Eds). Routledge International Handbook of Music Psychology in Education and the Community.
Routledge Music (UK).
Matthews, W. K., & Johnson, D. (2018). Harmonizing instruments. In F. Burrack and Kelly Parks (Eds).
Assessing student learning in music through model cornerstone assessments (pp. 89-106). Roman & Littlefield.
Selected Referee Publications
Matthews, W. K., Bertleff. A., Dellmann-Jenkins, M., & Flory, M. (2022). Dimensions of Community Music Participation Scale (DCMP): Development of a survey.
International Journal of Community Music. 15 (2), pp. 269-282. https://doi.org/10.1386/ijcm_00063_1
Johnson, J. C., & Matthews, W. K. (2020). Factors Influencing Pre-Instructional Decisions: An Initial Investigation of Expert Music Teacher Perceptions.
Visions in Research in Music Education, 36. Retrieved from http://www.rider.edu/~vrme.
Matthews, W. K., & Koner. K. (2020). Beyond the Headlines: Perspectives of Charter School Music Teachers.
Arts Education Policy Review.https://doi.org/10.1080/10632913.2020.1766615
Matthews, W. K., & Atwood, M. (2020). Marie Speziale: Leading the Way International Trumpet Guild Journal, 44(2), 24-28
Matthews, W. K., & Johnson, D. C. (2019). Instructional Decision-Making among Expert Choral and Instrumental Directors:
How Musical Setting Influences Pedagogy. Research and Issues in Music Education Journal, 15(1).
Matthews, W. K. (2017). “Stand by me”: A mixed methods study of a collegiate marching band members’
intragroup beliefs throughout a performance season. Journal of Research in Music Education, 65(2), 179–202.
Matthews, W. K., & Koner. K. (2017). A survey of elementary and secondary music educators’ professional background:
Teaching responsibilities and job satisfaction in the United States. Research and Issues in Music Education
Dayton, C. J., Matthews, W. K., Hicks, L., & Malone, J. (2017). The expression of music throughout the lives of expectant
parents in Detroit, Michigan. Psychology of Music. https://doi.org/10.1177/0305735617692165
Matthews, W. K., & Kitsantas, A. (2016). Group cohesion, motivational climate, and Collective efficacy beliefs in community college
and university bands. Journal of Band Research. 51(2), 1-17. http://www.journalofbandresearch.org/
Feen-Calligan, H., & Matthews, W. K. (2016). Pre-professional arts-based service-learning in music education and art therapy.
International Journal of Education & the Arts, 17(17). http://www.ijea.org/v17n17/
Wibrowski, C., Matthews, W. K., & Kitsantas, A. (2016). The role of a skills learning support program on first-generation college
students’ self-regulation, motivation, and academic achievement: A longitudinal study. Journal of College Student Retention:
Research, Theory & Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/1521025116629152
Matthews, W. K. (2015). “Flipped Learning” in the collegiate music classroom: Rethinking the undergraduate brass technique
and pedagogy class. International Trumpet Guild Journal, 40(1), 58-63. http://trumpetguild.org/journal
Johnson, J. C., & Matthews, W. K. (2015). Experienced general music teachers’ instructional decision making.
International Journal of Music Education, 35(2), 189- 201. https://doi.org/10.1177/0255761415620531
Gorrell, J., Kitsantas, A., & Matthews, W. K. (2013). Validation of a community of practice scale for schools (CoP-S).
The International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment, 13, 1-16.
Matthews, W. K., & Kitsantas, A. (2012). The role of the conductor’s goal orientation and shared performance cues on collegiate
instrumentalists’ motivational beliefs and performance in large musical ensembles. Psychology of Music, 41, 630-646.
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