Wayne State University

Dr. Wendy Matthews, now Assistant Professor of Music Education, receives tenure.

Wendy K. Matthews recently was given tenure and is now Associate Professor of Music Education at Wayne State University. She teaches courses in music education with emphasis on instrumental music education. Dr. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music degree from the University of Maryland-College Park, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree with a concentration in educational psychology and instrumental conducting from George Mason University.

Prior to joining the faculty at Wayne, Dr. Matthews led the music department at Northern Virginia Community College as Assistant Dean as well as directed the Alexandria Campus Band, Orchestra, and Chamber Winds. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate courses, and conducted ensembles at the Georgetown University, University of Maryland-College Park, and George Mason University. Dr. Matthews also taught elementary and secondary school instrumental music in Virginia and Maryland.

To learn more about Dr. Matthews visit her Faculty Profile page to view her full biography.


Get to know Dr. Matthews......

We recently asked Wendy a few questions about her experience at Wayne State University and what she admires most about living and working in the Detroit area. 

Q: What is special to you about the Department of Music at Wayne State? 

A: I am very proud of music education alumni who are teaching throughout the world and here in Michigan.  Everyday they make a difference in the lives of many.  I am also very proud of our current students. They participate in the WSU National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Collegiate Chapter. The chapter has  sponsored several projects including two instrument petting zoos, on at Noel Night for the community and a second for the students of Lincoln Center, Wyandotte. 

Q What is your area of expertise and what led you to choose this path?

A: Music making, which typically takes place one-on-one, in ensembles, or in music classrooms, is an endeavor that is not merely the sum of individual abilities, but the result of a more complex interaction of interpersonal, situational factors and sociocultural environments that demand sustained collective efforts to solve problems and meet challenges. Collaborative music-making environments are the basis of my scholarship. My research focuses broadly on the following questions, which aim to better understand the connectivity of music making: (a) How does music promote emotional regulation in parents and infants? (b) How is the musical learning environment influenced by conductors and ensemble members? and (c) How can in-service and pre-service teachers best develop and reflect on their teaching environments? 

I have written 15 journal articles, a book on conducting, a book chapter and guest conducted many honor bands and orchestras nationally and abroad. 


Q: What advice do you have for young musicians who want to pursue a career in music?

A: Practice and stay organized


Q. What are your favorite activities to do around Detroit? 

A: Explore new restaurants in midtown.


Q. What’s something people might be surprised to learn about you? 

A. I have 17 nieces and nephews. 


Q. What are you most excited for this next academic year and why?

A. I am excited to work with our new freshman, the class of 2022!

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