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Matthew D. Thibeault is Associate Professor of the Department of Cultural and Creative Arts. Thibeault received his BME in music education and psychology at Florida State University before completing MA and Ph.D. degrees in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Education at Stanford University. He taught general music in the United States of America in California public schools at the elementary and high school level. He previously taught at San José State University, the University of Illinois, and the University of Florida.

Thibeault was a 2012-13 Faculty Fellow at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and the 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Emerging Researcher Award presented by the Center for Music Education Research at the University of South Florida. He serves on the editorial or advisory boards of Action, Criticism and Theory for Music Education, The Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, The International Journal of Education & the Arts, Music Educators Journal, the Media Journal of Music Education, and the Journal of Music, Technology, and Education. From 2010–14 General Music Today published his column for practitioners, “Secondary Scene.” Thibeault is Chair-elect for the NAfME Philosophy SRIG.

Thibeault’s interests and research concern the connections between general music education, technology, and society. He has published in a variety of journals for researchers and practitioners, including the Journal of Research in Music Education (forthcoming), Music Education Research, and Arts Education Policy Review. Thibeault served as editor of the media section of the Oxford Handbook of Music Education. While at Stanford, he worked on a multiyear National Science Foundation grant, and as co-author published several papers and the 2005 book Designing Everyday Assessment in the Science Classroom (Teachers College Press). As an outgrowth of his interest in the relationship between media and music education, Thibeault lead a community group devoted to participatory music making, the Homebrew Ukulele Union.
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Research interests

  • Technology and media in music education
  • Participatory music
  • Curriculum
  • General music

A complete list of publications, with links to online versions, is available here:

Teaching Interests

  • Media and technology in music education
  • General music
  • Curriculum
  • Participatory music education
  • Popular music education

External Appointments

2017 - External Examiner of PhD thesis, University of Western Australia

2014-20 Chair-elect, chair, and past-chair for the Philosophy Special Research Interest Group, National Association for Music Education (NAfME), USA

2014–17 Adjunct Assistant professor, University of Florida, Gainesville (online Masters of Music Education programme)

2007–14 Assistant professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (music education, courtesy appointment in Curriculum and Instruction)

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  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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