Matthew D. Morrison, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Columbia University. He completed a masters in Musicology at The Catholic University of America and was a Presidential music scholar at Morehouse College. While at Morehouse, Matthew actively pursued performance as he studied violin and conducting. Matthew was struck by the unique cadre of professors and students at Columbia University, and subsequently pursued musicology under the direction of his dissertation advisor, George Lewis, and faculty advisor, Ellie Hisama. In addition to his graduate pursuits, Matthew is also interested in publishing, and he has served a Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed music journal, Current Musicology. As an Editor, Matthew published a special issue on Race, Sound, and Performance (Spring 2012), featuring an interdisciplinary group of scholars writing about the sounds of music in society. His published work has appeared in the Journal of the American Musicological
Society and the Grove Dictionary of
American Music. Matthew also curates and contracts a variety of performances featuring some of the most dynamic musicians (of color, in particular).
Matthew's research and dissertation, “Sound in the Construction of Race,” considers the implications of positing sound as a major component in both individual and societal identity constructions -- specifically racial formation. Music, as the soundtrack to daily life, serves as a central site to interrogate the ways in which race is heard, formed, and interpreted within the political and cultural structures of society. As such, Matthew seeks to unpack the ways in which the racialization of sound is central to how humans have come to imagine themselves and other(s).
Matthew is a Postdoctoral/Faculty Fellow at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music (click here to visit department's site).
Ph.D. in musicology, Columbia University, 2014
“Sound in the Construction of Race”; Columbia University, George E. Lewis, Advisor
M.A. in musicology, The Catholic University of America, 2008, Andrew H. Weaver, Advisor
B.A. in music, violin performance; Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; Morehouse College, 2003
Faculty Fellow, NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Fall 2014. Course: "Diasporic Sounds"
Instructor, Columbia University, Department of Music; Summer 2012. Course: “Music Humanities”
Adjunct Instructor, Vassar College; Music and Africana Studies; Fall 2011-present. Course: “A History of Black Music.”
Faculty Member, Du Bois Scholars Summer Institute; Princeton University, Summer 2010-present. Courses: Critical Reading; Performance Workshop; “Black Sounds: African American Popular Music and The Shaping of an American Conscience.”
“Race and the Boundaries of Musicology,” in a Colloquy on the boundaries of the discipline of musicology, Journal of the American Musicological Society, 65.3 (Fall 2012): 821-61; 871-9.
Editor in Chief, Current Musicology, Issue 92 (Fall 2011); Special Issue 93 (Spring 2012) "Sound, Race, and Performance."
“Lauryn Hill.” The Grove Dictionary of American Music and Musicians. New York and Cambridge: Oxford University Press. Charles Hiroshi Garrett, editor, 2013.
Assistant Editor, Current Musicology, Columbia University, 2010-2011
“Galileo Galilei.” Contemporary Civilizations Wiki Entry. Columbia University, Spring 2011.
“What’s Graffiti got to do with Street Fashion?” Thought Catalog. Online Peer Reviewed Blog. http://thoughtcatalog.com/2011/graffiti-got-to-do-with-street-fashion-saggin/, Spring 2011
“Fluxus with Us: A Personal Perspective on Benjamin Patterson.” Studio Museum of Harlem Blog, http://www.studiomuseum.org/studio-blog/harlem/interviews-friends/flux-us-personal-persepective-benjamin-patterson, Spring 2011
Reviews Editor, Current Musicology, Columbia University, 2009-2010
Publications Fellow, Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, MA, Summer 2008
Presentations and Panels:
Moderator, “Secular and Sacred Crossover: Performances and Conversations” in Sinners and Saints: A Four Day Festival, Imani Uzuri, Curator, Jack performance venue, Brooklyn, NY, March 2014
Composer Conversation with Composer and Vocalist Imani Uzuri, Institute for
Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University, February 2014
“The Ring Shout and the Foundation of African-American Dance Music,“ a Performance and Conversation
with Rashida Bumbray, Adenike Sharpley, and Dance Diaspora Collective,
Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life, Columbia University, November
Lecturer, “From Blackface to Blacksound,” Musicology Colloquium, The Catholic University of America,
Washington, DC, October 2013
the Borders of Music Studies Beyond the Color Line.” Panel: “Envisioning a
‘Relational Musicology’: A Dialogue with Georgina Born.” Annual joint meeting
of the American Musicological Society, Society of Ethnomusicology, and Society
of Music Theory. New Orleans, LA, Fall 2012.
“Constructing the Urban,” Sounds in the City -- Experience Popular Music/International Association for the Study of Popular Music annual conference, New York, NY, Spring 2012
“(De)Racialized Sound: The 1980s, Michael Jackson, and Post-modern Pop,” National Association of Ethnic Studies annual conference, New Orleans, LA, Spring 2012
“Post-modern Pop: The 1980s, Whitney Houston, and the “new” American Popular Sound,” National Council of Black Studies annual conference, Atlanta, GA, Spring 2012
“Social Media, Mediated Socialities.” Producing
Race: Technology and the African Diaspora, Graduate Student Conference, English
and Comparative Literature. Columbia University, Fall 2011.
Arts in the Age of Obama.” Dance New Amsterdam. New York, NY, Fall 2011.
New York University Postdoctoral Transitional Fellowship for Academic Diversity, 2014-2016
Howard Meyer Brown Dissertation Fellow, American Musicological Society, 2013-2014
Paul F. Lazerfeld Mellon Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow, Institute for the Study of Economic Research and Policy, 2012-2014
Herbert L. Hunter Fellowship in Music, Department of Music, Columbia University, 2011-2012
Columbia University Teaching Fellow, 2008-2013