The American conductor, musicologist and music pedagogue, Matthew Steel, obtained his Bachelor of Music, Master of Music anmd Master of Arts degrees sand his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of Michigan (1975-1982). He studied with scholars such as Gwynn McPeek, Leo Treitler, Hendrik van der Werf, David Crawford, Glenn Watkins, and William Malm. Early music performance teachers include Enid Sutherland (viol), Michael Lynn (recorder), Bruce Dickey (ornamentation), and Edward Parmentier and Philip Brett (orchestral and choral).
Matthew Steel curently serves as Professor of Music History at School of Music of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. His areas of special interest include Medieval, Renaissance, early 20th Century, and Non-Western music. In the field of Medieval music, he has presented papers at state, national, and international conferences. His publication record includes essays, articles, and reviews in various newspapers and professional periodicals and books. As a scholar of the National Endowment for the Humanities Medieval Lyric Institute, he has been involved in Institute projects and publications. He has taught at The University of Michigan (director of the Early Music Ensemble) and University of Michigan-Dearborn. Fellowships and grants have helped support his research in France, Italy, Britain, Switzerland and Austria.
Activities and Societies: American Musicological Society; American Association of University Professors; Early Music America.