Wendy K. Matthews will be joining the faculty of Kent State University School of Music as an Associate Professor of Music Education. She holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland-College Park, and George Mason University. Dr. Matthews's research interests include oral histories of the the first women brass players in professional orchestras and military bands, research in self-regulation, motivation and group dynamics in large ensembles, and various topics in music teacher education. She has published in numerous journals including the, Journal of Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, International Journal of Music Education, Journal of Band Research, College Music Symposium, Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, Michigan Music Educators Journal, The International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment and the International Trumpet Guild Journal. She is also the co-author of the Basic Conducting Techniques (Seventh Edition) published byRoutledge Music.
Dr. Matthews has presented research, professional development, and historical sessions at national and international conferences throughout the word including Symposium on Music Teacher Education Conferences, International Society for Music Education World Conferences, the National Association for Music Education Conference, College Music Society Conferences, and The American Educational Research Association as well as many state and collegiate conferences.
Prior to her appointment at Kent State University, she has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and conducted ensembles at Wayne State University, Georgetown University, University of Maryland-College Park, and George Mason University. Dr. Matthews taught elementary and secondary school band and orchestra as well as general music in Virginia and Maryland.
Dr. Matthews is in demand through out the world as a guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator most recently conducting in New Delhi, India for the American Schools Honor Band, MSBOA District XVI, District III and the Jackson County Honor Bands, the Avanti Summer Musicfest, and the New Music in Brass Reading Session at the 2017 and 2014 International Women in Brass Conference. Dr. Matthews has served as an adjudicator for the International Susan Slaughter Solo Brass Competition and the National Trumpet Competition, as well as the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, Festivals of Music, and Music in the Parks.