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Matthew Russell

Graduate Program Co-Coordinator
Associate Professor
E.L. Hamm Fine Arts Building, room 515



Dr. Matthew N. Russell is an Associate Professor of Music and Music Education and Co-coordinator of Graduate Music Studies at Norfolk State University.  At NSU, Dr. Russell interacts with both undergraduate and graduate students, supervises student teachers, and teaches courses in music research, music education, conducting, music history, and music theory.  Dr. Russell earned his DMA in conducting at The Ohio State University and the BS and MM (choral/vocal music education and conducting) from The Pennsylvania State University.  An active festival conductor, adjudicator, and collaborator, he also serves as the music educator-conductor of the Virginia Children’s Chorus Chamber Singers, Minister of Music and the Arts at New Horizons Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, VA, and as Southeastern Coordinator for the Virginia Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

B.S. Music Education, The Pennsylvania State University
M.M. Conducting, The Pennsylvania State University
D.M.A. Conducting with minors in Music Education and Historical Musicology, The Ohio State University

Generative music learning and teaching
Choral repertoire
Conducting pedagogy

Advanced Choral Conducting

Advanced Conducting
Advanced Instrumental Conducting

Choral Techniques
Current Trends in Music Education
Curriculum & Instructional Procedures Teaching Music in Public Schools
Harmony & Keyboard
​History & Philosophy of Music Education
Intro to Music Research
Methods in Public Schools
​Music History