Academic & Teaching Staff

Dr Thibeault Matthew Doran


Associate Professor
Media and Technology in Music Learning, Improvisation and Creativity, Participatory Music Education

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Dr Thibeault Matthew Doran

Associate Professor



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.


Profile Details

  • Qualifications

    PhD (Stanford University, USA)

    MA (Stanford University, USA)

    BME (Florida State University, USA)

  • Areas of Teaching

    Technology and media in music education
    Participatory music
    General music

  • Research Interests

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

  • Selected Outputs

    • Thibeault, M. D. (2018). Learning with Sound Recordings: A History of Suzuki’s Mediated Pedagogy. Journal of Research in Music Education, 66(1), 6-30.
    • Thibeault, M. D. (2017). Sound Studies and Music Education. The Journal of Aesthetic Education, 51(1), 69-83. Full-text
    • Thibeault, M. D. (2016). Understanding sheet music as a medium to expand pedagogic practice. Journal of Music, Technology & Education, 9(2), 209-222. Full-text
      Thibeault, M. D. (2015). Music education for all through participatory ensembles. Music Educators Journal, 102(2), 54-61. Full-text
    • Ruthmann, S.A., Tobias, E. S., Randles, C., & Thibeault, M. D (2014). Challenging technological determinism in music education. In C. Randles (Ed.), Music education: Navigating the future (122-138). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • 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)