Music

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Music students have performance opportunities from the first semester onward.

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Stellar faculty includes 19 members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Grammy winners and performing and recording artists, augmented by guests such as acclaimed DSO conductor Jaap van Zweden.

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Numerous ensembles and programs, including the Meadows Opera Theatre, provide multiple opportunities for performing on and off campus.

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Multiple degrees are offered in performance, composition, music therapy, education and more at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Matthew Kline, NCTM

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Matthew Kline

Senior Lecturer of Piano Pedagogy,
Executive Director of Piano Preparatory Department

Matthew Kline has lectured and taught in Texas and Michigan and is beginning his 13th year teaching at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. In his time at SMU, Kline has developed an award-winning pre-college studio while engaging with the local community as a leader in the Dallas Music Teachers Association.

Kline’s research and study interests include early childhood education, music learning theory and the Emile Jacques-Dalcroze approach to music education, in which he has numerous hours of continued education.  Health and wellness are also of great interest to him and he is actively involved in a team of researchers studying ergonomically scaled keyboards and their potential impact on pianists.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in music and psychology from Hope College, where he studied with Joan Conway, and a master’s in piano performance and piano pedagogy from Meadows, where he studied under Alfred Mouledous and Sam Holland. Additionally, Kline holds a Master of Social Work from Western Michigan University. 

When he is not teaching, practicing or preparing lessons, Kline enjoys walking his greyhound Clover, flying his kite and training for multi-sport endurance races.

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