Wendy K. Matthews
Wendy K. Matthews is Assistant 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.
She is the recipient of the WSU College of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts (CFCPA) Teaching Award, the WSU CFCPA Service Teaching Award, the Ph.D. Academic Award for the Outstanding Dissertation from the George Mason University College of Education and Human Development, and the Graduate Student Research Award (Studying and Self-Regulated Learning SIG) of the American Educational Research Association. Dr. Matthews has received the Wayne State University Research Enhancement Program in Arts and Humanities Grant and the Wayne State University Humanities Working Group Grant Award.
Dr. Matthews is in demand as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, most recently conducting the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Honor Band, the Downriver Music Guild’s All-Star Middle & High School Honor Bands, MSBOA District XVI and III Honor Bands, the Avanti Summer Musicfest, and the New Music in Brass Reading Session at the International Women in Brass Conference. Additionally, she has guest conducted the 257th Army Band (the "Band of the Nation's Capital"), the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Youth Ensembles Middle School Honor Band, and the WSU Wind Symphony and Concert Band. Her college ensembles have performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, DAR Constitution Hall, in Washington, D.C., the Michigan Music Conference, and the 2013, 2014 and 2015 International Trumpet Guild International Conferences. 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.
Dr. Matthews's research interests focus on self-regulation, motivation, group dynamics, and performance in music and academic related domains. She has published in numerous journals such as Journal of Research in Music Education, Psychology of Music, International Journal of Music Education, College Music Symposium Journal, Journal of Band Research, International Trumpet Guild Journal, International Journal of Education & the Arts, Michigan Music Educators Journal, The International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment, and the Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. She has presented research, professional development, and interest sessions at national, and international conferences throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America, including the Symposium on Music Teacher Education, International Society for Music Education, College Music Society, the National Association for Music Education, Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium, and the American Educational Research Association, as well as several state and collegiate conferences.
Book Publications (forthcoming)
Labuta, J., & Matthews, W. K. (anticipated March 2017). Basic Conducting Techniques (Seventh Edition). New York. Routledge Music.
Journal Publications (pdfs available on request)
Matthews, W. K. (in press, anticipated 2017). “Stand By Me”: A Mixed-Methods Study of Collegiate Musician’s group beliefs in a Division II Throughout a Performance Season. Journal of Research in Music Education
Matthews, W. K. & Johnson, J. C. (in press, anticipated 2017). Promoting Technology-Based Collaboration Among Pre-Service Music Educators: An Inter-University Project. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
Wilbrowski, C., Matthews, W. K. & Kitsantas, A. (in press). 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.
Johnson, J. C. & Matthews, W. K. (in press). Experienced General Music Teachers’ Instructional Decision Making. International Journal of Music Education.
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). Retrieved from http://www.ijea.org/v17n17/.
Matthews, W. K. & Kitsantas, A. (2016). Examining instrumental ensemble musicians’ group cohesion, motivational climate, and collective efficacy beliefs in the university and community band settings. Journal of Band Research, 51(2), 1-17.
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.
Matthews, W. K. (2015). Using multimedia in your ensemble concerts. Michigan Music Educators, 52(2), 23-26.
Matthews, W. K. (December, 2013). Understanding the music of the civil war: Performing ensembles and multimedia arts integration projects. College Music Symposium, Journal of the College Music Society, 53, http://dx.doi.org/10.18177/sym.2013.53.sr.10386
Matthews, W. K. & Kitsantas, A. (2013). 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.
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. (2007). Group cohesion, collective efficacy, and motivational climate as predictors of conductor support in musical ensembles. Journal of Research in Music Education, 55, 6-17.
Recent Guest Conducting & Performances
Matthews, W.K. & Flegg, M. (2015, May). Wayne State University trumpet ensemble prelude concert. Performance presented at the 2015 International Trumpet Guild International Conference, Columbus, OH.
Matthews, W.K. & Flegg, M. (2014, May). Wayne State University trumpet ensemble prelude concert. Performance presented at the 2014 International Trumpet Guild International Conference, Valley Forge, PA.
Matthews, W.K. (2014). Conductor, New music in brass reading session. Session presented at the International Women in Brass Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
Matthews, W.K. & Flegg, M. (2013, June). Wayne State University trumpet ensemble prelude concert. Performance presented at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild International Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
Conductor (2017, January). Kentucky State University, Lexington, KY. Repertoire: New Commission.
Conductor (2015, November). University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Honor Bands. Milwaukee, WI.
Guest Conductor (2009, 2010, 2011). 257th Army Band Schlesinger Hall and Arts, Center, Alexandria, VA. .
Conductor (2016, April). Downriver Music Guild’s All-Star Middle & High School Honor Bands
Conductor (2016, February). District 16 Junior High Honor Band (Grades 8 & 9), Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association.
Conductor (2016, January). District 3 Middle School Honor Band, Michigan State Band and Orchestra Association.
Conductor (2014, July). Avanti Summer MusicFest, Summer Festival presented by the members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit, MI.
Degrees and Certifications
Doctor of Philosophy in Education, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.
Master of Music, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.
Bachelor of Music, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Conservatory of Music, Baltimore, MD.