Assistant Professor of Music


Dr. Matthew R. Arau is an Assistant Professor of Music, Chair of the Music Education Department and Associate Director of Bands at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. He conducts the Lawrence Symphonic Band, guest conducts the Lawrence Wind Ensemble, supervises instrumental student teachers, and teaches Instrumental Methods and Rehearsal Techniques I & II.

Arau has presented clinics on student leadership at the International Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, the Western International Band Clinic in Seattle, the Conn-Selmer Institute in Indiana, and the Colorado Music Educators Association, and universities and high schools around the country.  He teaches student leadership at the Metro-Capitol Leadership Academy in Sherwood, Oregon and the CSU Band Leadership Academy in Ft. Collins, Colorado. During the summer and fall of 2015, he will be the keynote speaker on leadership for the Midwest Music Seminar Leadership Seminar in Ohio and the Fishers Marching Invitational in Indiana. He guest conducts honor bands and honor jazz bands of all levels, is an active concert band, jazz band and marching band adjudicator, and has continued to be an active jazz and classical saxophonist throughout his teaching and academic career.

In 2012, he began his doctoral studies in conducting at the University of Colorado Boulder. His primary conducting teachers have included Allan McMurray and Don McKinney. As a graduate teaching assistant, Arau directed the University of Colorado Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Campus Band and Marching Band. His dissertation work was on the wind works of the Paul Taffanel Chamber Wind Society of Paris (1879-1893) and Leadership, Empowerment, and Engagement in the Instrumental Ensemble Rehearsal.

Prior to pursuing his doctoral degree, Arau was the Director of Bands at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado from 2005-2012. The Loveland H.S. Wind Symphony was featured at the Western International Band Clinic (WIBC) in Seattle and two times at the Colorado Music Educators Association Convention. The Loveland Marching Band won the Colorado 4A State Marching Band Championship and the Class AA Championship at the Bands of America Super Regional in San Antonio, Texas. Arau began his teaching career in 1997 as the Director of Bands at Walt Clark Middle School. The Walt Clark Honor Band was featured at the Colorado Music Educators Association Convention.

Arau has served on the staff of WIBC since 2004 and was on the staff of the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon from 2004-2011. Arau received his Masters of Science in Music from the American Band College at Southern Oregon University in 2003. He graduated magna cum laude from Lawrence University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Music  in K-12 Instrumental Music Education, Music Performance (Classical) and Music Performance with an emphasis in Jazz Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Government with teaching certification in political science.

Mr. Arau’s professional affiliations include the College Band Directors National Association, the National Association for Music Education and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. He is a past Western Region Representative of the American School Band Directors Association and Instrumental Representative of the Colorado Music Educators Association. His writings on music and music education are published in Conn-Selmer Keynotes and Touchpoint, Bandworld Magazine, and The Saxophone Journal.

Contact by e-mail: matthew.r.arau@lawrence.edu

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