Matthew Clauhs is an Assistant Professor of instrumental music education at Ithaca College. Dr. Clauhs holds degrees from Penn State University (B.S.), University of Massachusetts, Amherst (M.M.), and Temple University (Ph.D.). Prior to his appointment at Ithaca College, he served as an instrumental music teacher at the Boston Arts Academy and as a lecturer at SUNY Broome, Morrisville State, and Mansfield University. Most recently, Dr. Clauhs was the music coordinator for the Johnson City Central School District.
His research on instrumental music, technology, race, and popular music education is published in the following peer-reviewed journals: Music Educators Journal, Urban Education, Journal of Music Teacher Education, Visions of Research in Music Education, and Arts Education Policy Review. He is co-authoring a book titled Popular Music Pedagogies: A Practical Guide for Music Teachers, to be published by Routledge in 2021. Dr. Clauhs serves on the editorial review board of the Music Educators Journal, is chair of the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) Research Committee and frequently presents at national and international music conferences, including the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Conference, the Symposium on Music Teacher Education (SMTE), and the World Conference for the International Society for Music Education (ISME).
Dr. Clauhs served as an instructor and consultant to the Berklee College of Music City Music network, a national program that provides music education to inner city students across the United States. The city music network, in conjunction with the Mayor’s office of Boston, awarded him the “Emerging Leader in Music Education” award in 2010. Dr. Clauhs has also received grants and honors from Mr. Holland’s Opus, the NAMM Foundation, Little Kids Rock, Guitar Center, NYSSMA, the Ithaca College Center for Faculty Excellence, and the Surdna Foundation. Many of these grants and awards helped to provide quality music education to students in under-served communities.
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Creating music is one of the four artistic processes that guide the national core standards for music education, yet many teachers report they spend very little time teaching improvisation and composition in their classes and [...]