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Matthew Rotjan

Matthew Rotjan

Matthew Rotjan, Ed.D., is an active music educator committed to cultivating excitement and enthusiasm in music and education. As a public school music educator, he is on staff in the South Orangetown Central School District (NY) teaching grades 3-8 string lessons and orchestra classes. Outside of his activities in the public school, Matthew works with young musicians in NYC as a conductor of the InterSchool Orchestras of New York’s Morningside Orchestra, which has led him to conduct in Trinity Church, Symphony Space, and Carnegie Hall. With a strong commitment to community music making, he is the co-founder/conductor of the Rockland Youth Orchestra, a not-for-profit organization in Rockland County (NY). Matthew has recently written articles, guest conducted, and presented at conferences for the American String Teachers Association, Connecticut Music Educators Association, Nassau County Music Educators Association, National Association for Music Education, New Jersey Music Educators Association, New York State School Music Association, and the Vermont Music Educators Association.

Matthew earned his doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University, where his dissertation research explored the complex relationships between student interests and identities, teacher training and philosophy, and repertoire selection practices in public school orchestras. He is actively immersed in connecting theory to practice in music education, string pedagogy, and teacher preparation. Degrees are from Ithaca College (B.M.) in Music Education and Performance (cello) and Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A., Ed.M., Ed.D.) in Music and Music Education.