Adjunct Assistant Professor
B.A., Iowa State University; M.A., University of Iowa; Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Professor Matson teaches upper-level courses in music history from the eighteenth
century to the present. His teaching experience includes courses in graduate research
methods, music history, non-Western music, American music, music appreciation, pop
music history, bluegrass performance, and the Florentine Renaissance. He has held
faculty positions at Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University, and
Millikin University, where he was a long-time member of the Millikin Big Bluegrass
Band, and the founder and co-director of Walking in Florence, an interdisciplinary
study abroad program.
As a scholar of music from the nineteenth century to the present, Matson’s research
explores musical borrowing at the turn of the twenty-first century, and the performance
practice of nineteenth-century German songs (lieder). Matson’s doctoral dissertation
investigates several facets of musical borrowing, showing how artists such as Paul
Simon, Rivers Cuomo, and Chris Thile incorporate musical allusions and quotations
into their works. His master’s thesis discusses various approaches to the performance
of Schubert’s lieder.
Matson’s publications appear in Music References Services Quarterly, Notes, American
Music Research Center Journal, Grove Dictionary of American Musicians, and other places.
He has copyedited eight monographs published by Oxford University Press and more than
1,750 encyclopedia articles published by Oxford Music Online.