Dr. Matthew D. Harder

Professor of Music
Director of Music Technology

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Dr. Matthew Harder

Dr. Matthew D. Harder is Professor of Music and Director of Music Technology at West Liberty University. He served as Program Director from 2009-2010 and interim Department Chair from 2010-2013. Dr. Harder teaches Introduction to Music Technology, Electronic Music, Composition, Recording Techniques, Music Technology Practicum, and Special Topics courses. Dr. Harder has also taught Fundamentals of Percussion, Private Lessons, Percussion Ensemble, and The Panhandle Steel Ensemble. Dr. Harder holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Illinois Wesleyan University, two Masters degrees from Bowling Green State University in Percussion and Composition, and a Doctor of Music degree in Composition from Northwestern University. Additionally, he studied drumming with the Ewe people of Ghana in the summer of 1998.

Now that all the particulars of my background have been presented, I can speak to my true passion: music composition. I am active as a composer of acoustic, electroacoustic, and live electronic works. My pieces have been performed in numerous cities around the country and have received a few awards.
I greatly enjoy the convergence of music and technology in the pedagogical and creative arenas and my recent compositions and activities demonstrate this.


Performance of Power Mike and the Gyil Fantastic, a piece for West African xylophone and electronic sound, at the 2014 New Music and Art Festival at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH

Accepted to present “Big sound. Small devices. A compact solo electronic music performance.” at the joint meeting of the Association for Technology in Music Instruction and The College Music Society in Cambridge, MA Oct 31-Nov. 2, 2013.

Presenting “Make Your Own Music Software – exploring Graphical Programming Environments for Music.” at the 2013 MAD Fest.

Presented “Graphical Programming Environments for Audio Instruction” at the Ohio Music Educators Association Conference in Columbus, OH (February 6-9, 2013).

Accepted to present “Graphical Programming Environments for Audio Instruction” at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference in San Antonio, TX (February 13-16, 2013).

Dr. Harder’s composition “Carrier” for alto saxophone and electronic sound was premiered by Dr. Christopher Barrick at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference in Arizona in 2011.

Dr. Harder presented two sessions at the Annual TI:ME Conference in Louisville, KY (Jan 4-7, 2012). “TI:ME” stands for “Technology Institute for Music Educators” – www.ti-me.org
Download the session materials (PDF):
Software Synthesizers in Logic and GarageBandElectronic Music Ensembles

Dr. Harder’s composition “Fantasy (on victorious known triads)” was premiered by the WLU Wind Ensemble on April 28th, 2011 at the Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling, WV.


Fantasy (on victorious known triads)
Premiered by the WLU Wind Ensemble on April 28, 2011 at the Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling, WV.

Catharsis for orchestra (excerpt)
The Cleveland Chamber Symphony performing.

Skies of Couple Color movement 1 (excerpt)
Chamber piece for flute, clarinet, cello, piano, and two percussionists.

Skies of Couple Color movement 2 (excerpt)


Dub Paper Scissors
This piece was composed by using original recordings of various sounds created by manipulating paper and scissors – either together or separately. The working title of the piece was “Paper Scissors Rock”, because my original intention was to create a virtual “rock drum kit” using only the aforementioned source material. As I worked with the recordings however, I found myself creating a groove more akin to today’s pop/dance music. The term “Dub” therefore replaced “Rock” in the title.

With A Bang for snare drum and live electronic sound


fauxvertones (excerpt)
This piece is an experiment in tone and envelope generation in MaxMSP.

A Memory (excerpt)
This piece is essentially one long, complicated, yet always soothing texture.

linearclusterhymn (excerpt)
This piece is the conglomeration of three different MaxMSP patches originally created for my choir-orchestra-electronics piece VoiceSpace.

AF 2.5 (excerpt)
“AF” (which stands for “After Feldman”) was created using MaxMSP. Morton Feldman’s atmospheric, slowly-evolving works were the inspiration.

UDP (excerpt)
This piece was created using pure tones (sine, sawtooth, square waves) as raw material.


Processional written for my sister’s wedding, which took place in Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan

Mystery Groove (excerpt)

TV Music 2 (excerpt)



Inspirations Diabolique by Rickey Tagawa
5th movement. Recorded at West Liberty.

Wind in the Bamboo Grove by Keiko Abe (excerpt)
Marimba solo.