Lecturer of Voice and Music Education
University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Matthew Thompson (DMA, Collaborative Piano) is a Lecturer of Voice and Music Education at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. His teaching schedule includes VoiceLit 200: An Introduction to Lyric Diction and IPA, MusEd 121: Technology for Music Educators, and MusPerf 300: Video Game Music. In Winter 2014, he’s co-teaching a new interdisciplinary course in collaboration with the English Department and the University Musical Society, MusPerf 200: Engaging Performance. He also serves as a vocal coach for the graduate voice students and performs with both vocal and instrumental faculty regularly.
Thompson has recently pursued his interest in Video Game Music, winning the CRLT’s Instructional Development Fund to allow for Skype interviews with game audio industry experts in MusPerf 300. He is also the recipient of the CRLT’s Lecturer Professional Development Fund, which will support his presentation, “Teaching Music Appreciation through the Lens of Video Game Music: a retrospect,” at the inaugural North American Conference on Video Game Music, as well as training in game audio implementation software.
Dr. Thompson’s graduate degrees are from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Martin Katz. During his doctoral studies, he became UM’s first collaborative pianist to win a Rackham Research Grant for the preparation of his lecture recital on American Popular Song Accompanying. His undergraduate degree, completed with highest honors and highest distinction comes from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Past summer work has included prestigious young artist programs SongFest, Merola, and Wolf Trap. This summer, Thompson will join the faculty of the Torggler Summer Vocal institute at Christopher Newport University. Active in the Michigan musical community during the academic year, Thompson is pianist and associate conductor with the Carolyn Mawby Chorale in Flint. He serves as coordinator of the Flint Festival of Choirs and is excited to invite Daniel Bara as clinician for 2014. He has also played both piano and celeste with the Flint Symphony.
Thompson can be heard on iTunes and on YouTube, where his channel, MattT7000, has numerous performances. Especially treasured are those with his mentor Martin Katz, and his partner, Vince Yi. He maintains a blog on video game music as well: videogamemusicnerd.blogspot.com