Bill Matney

Assistant Professor: Division of Music Education and Music Therapy
Primary office:
Murphy Hall
Room 448B


Ph.D. University of Kansas, M.A. Texas Woman’s University, B.S. Texas Woman’s University 

William Matney, assistant professor, joined the KU faculty in the fall of 2016. His previous experience includes Nazareth College, where he was assistant professor and clinic manager, and Texas Woman’s University, where he was an adjunct lecturer.

As a clinician, William has worked primarily in special education settings, where he developed programs with unique populations including children who have severe emotional and behavioral disorders and early childhood bilingual co-teach classes.  He has also worked as a private practice clinician with a range of populations. 

William’s current research interests include (a) percussion pedagogy and interventions in music therapy, (b) the role of philosophy and theory in research, and (c) uses of continental philosophy to inform integrative music therapy theory and practice.  He currently serves on the editorial board for Music Therapy Perspectives, and has been a guest article reviewer for the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy. 

William has published research in the Journal of Music Therapy, the Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, and Music Therapy Perspectives.  He also authored the book Tataku: The Use of Percussion in Music Therapy, and co-authored Roots and Branches: Songs of Tradition and Culture. He has provided percussion training to clinicians and students nationally, primarily in relation to the Music Therapy Drumming consortium.  He also presents consistently at regional and national conferences of the American Music Therapy Association. 

Teaching Interests

  • Music therapy
  • Music
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Introduction
  • Theory
  • Philosophy

Research Interests

  • Percussion
  • Pedagogy
  • Theory
  • Philosophy
  • Historiography

Selected Publications

Matney, W. (2016). Music Therapy Handbook (Book Review) [Review of the book Music Therapy Handbook, Barbara L. Wheeler]. Nordic Journal of Music Therapy, 26(1), 99. Norway: Routledge.

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