Matthew Roy


PhD Musicology, Fall 2018


Matthew Roy is a musicologist studying and working as a PhD candidate in Musicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received a M.A. in Music from Eastern Washington University, Spokane, and a B.A. in Piano Performance from Westmont College, Montecito, California. His current research interests include music and childhood, genre studies, preludes and improvisation, nineteenth-century music, Soviet music and culture, and canon formation. His dissertation, The Musicalization of Romantic Childhood: Genre, Power, and Paradox, explores music and childhood as a generic construct in the nineteenth century. His Masters Thesis, The Genesis of the Soviet Prelude Set for Piano: Shostakovich, Zaderatsky, Zhelobinsky, and Goltz, breaks new ground in English-language research by exploring marginalized composers and repertoire. He has given a paper, Dehumanization in the Prelude Set of Vsevolod Dmitrievich Zaderatsky, at the 2012 Pacific Northwest Chapter AMS Conference and has had an article “Preludes for Every Occasion” published in the magazine Clavier Companion (Sept. 2014). In addition to these scholarly endeavors, he also studies and works as a neuroacoustic therapist, pianist, organist, choral conductor, composer, arranger, and private teacher.