Doctorate in Music
2016 - 2020
Matthew was awarded a doctorate in music performance by the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, Ireland 2021. Matthew's thesis was titled 'Implicit Curriculum: Improvisation Pedagogy in Guitar Methods 1760-1860' and focuses on disparate but often overlooked strands of guitar pedagogy. The early 19th century was a transformative time for the guitar both in the instruments construction and the performance style. This is made abundantly clear by the amount of guitar tutors and method books available during this time period.