Degrees and Certifications:

B.M. - University of Georgia (Music Education) M.M. - Central Michigan University (Music Composition Performance) M.A. - California State University - Los Angeles (Educational Administration) Ed.S. - Nova Southeastern University (Brain-Based Learning)

Matthew Cotton

Matthew Cotton has taught in the public schools of California, Georgia, and South Carolina. Additionally, he has served as an Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of South Carolina - Sumter. Under his direction, two schools (Alliance Stern Math and Science School and Alain Leroy Locke College Prep Academy) have won national recognition from the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) by earning the prestigious SupportMusic Merit Award. The bands under his direction have been praised for their musicality and enthusiasm and have received Superior and Excellent ratings.

Mr. Cotton graduated from the University of Georgia in 2000 with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education, from Central Michigan University in 2003 with a Masters of Music in Music Composition Performance, from California State University - Los Angeles with a Maters of Arts in Educational Administration, and from Nova Southeastern University with an Educational Specialist in Brain Research. He is currently finishing the requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California in Music Education.

Mr. Cotton's research interests include charter schools, democracy in education, creativity, and innovation in music education.  He has studied conducting with H. Dwight Satterwhite, John Culvahouse, Yoel Levi, and Carlton Woods; composition with David R. Gillingham and Augusta Reed Thomas; and has worked with the famous tenor Jerry Hadley.