Joining the faculty in 1995, Sheri Matascik is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Maryville College in Maryville, TN. She attended school at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University in Ohio, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance and a Master of Music degree in music theory and composition. A one-semester fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh followed, where Matascik worked with student composers on modular synthesis and multi-track tape recording. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree in music theory and composition at Kent State University. While there, Matascik was honored with a graduate student teaching award. Her thesis included a work for alto voice and chamber ensemble, a setting of the Wallace Stevens poem, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" as well as a traditional written dissertation in music theory. For this, Matascik studied aural skills pedagogy in America in the first third of the 20th century through an examination of books on the topic. She also minored in ethnomusicology at Kent, having the opportunity to work with noted ethnomusicologist, Dr. Terry Miller.
Matascik's interests include music theory and aural skills pedagogy and music composition pedagogy. She is a long time teacher and practitioner of taiji, the ancient Chinese art of slow, mindful movement with a wealth of health benefits. She is also interested in the human-canine bond and dog welfare in general as well as environmental issues and healthy food issues. As a composer, Matascik has written many works for chamber groups, synthesizer, and guitar, among other instruments and ensembles. She is currently writing music for solo fingerstyle guitar. Matascik has recorded two commercial CDs since 2009, "At the End of the Day" (2009) and "Spirit Wood" (2011). Matascik's latest project involves ukulele and guitar tunes.
In the 2012-2014 school years, Matascik serves as Vice-Chair of the Environmental Action and Advisory Board at the college. She is on the Community Partners Committee, and delivers a service-learning component course called "The World of Woof-Perspectives on Dogs."
Current courses taught:
- First Year Seminar 100/110
- Music Theory I-IV
- Aural Skills I-IV
- Senior Seminar 480 ("The World of Woof: Perspectives on Dogs")
- Guitar, music theory, and music composition lessons
- Fine Arts 140
- Senior Study 351-352
- Introduction to Ethnomusicology
- Analytical Techniques
- Music Theory Pedagogy
Past courses taught:
- Senior Seminar 480 ("Creativity") "Music and Culture")
- Freshman Seminar 120, 130, and 140 (Perspectives on the Individual, Environment, and Communities)
- Fine Arts 340
- January Term Courses: Creativity, Perspectives on Race
- Philosophy of Music
- T'ai Chi I-IV