Driven by intense curiosity and a fierce sense of independence, Dr. Matthew Giobbi is an interdisciplinary scholar and musician.
Having spent two decades on the faculty of psychology at Rutgers University at Newark, Matthew has researched and taught: performance psychology, clinical and psychopathology, the history & philosophy of psychology, media psychology, social psychology, personality theories, lifespan development, the psychology of religion, psychoanalysis, creative & performing arts psychology, Eastern (Zen Buddhist) psychologies, and existential-phenomenological psychology.
Matthew grew up in a musical home. His mother is a folk guitarist, pianist, and composer/songwriter, and his father is a collector of LPs and an avid listener of music of the 1940s through the 1960s. Matthew’s first musical memories are of a Rudolph Serkin recording of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 14 and Jim Croce’s Time in a Bottle. Matthew’s maternal great-grandmother was a pianist in the silent movie palaces in San Antonio, Texas in the early 1900s. Matthew received a primary Montessori education and began guitar study at an early age. He came to focus on piano and trombone in early adolescence.
As a trombonist Matthew studied at the Mannes School of Music in NYC, with Per Brevig, and at The Royal Conservatory of Brussels in Belgium with Ivan Myelemans. His earliest trombone studies were with Timothy Soberick at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Before graduating from high school, Matthew was a member of the Pennsylvania Youth Honors Concert Band, the Moravian College Symphony Orchestra, and the Moravian College Wind Ensemble. In his youth he served as the principal trombonist for Carnegie Hall’s New York Youth Symphony. He toured internationally with classical orchestras and was trombonist in the Orquesta Filarmonica de Lima in Peru under Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya. He also was a founding member of the Monocacy Brass Quartet of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Matthew began studying piano and composition with Easton, Pennsylvania’s Paul Schocker when he was a teenager. He continued piano studies at The Mannes College of Music with Peter Bellino. Matthew has started-out many musicians since opening his Wind Gap teaching studio in 1998.
Working as a singer-songwriter in the 1990s, Matthew performed throughout the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania and released an album, Collected Songs in 1998. In addition to many singles recordings, Matthew has composed and recorded two albums of music for solo piano, Ode (2018) and Take on Me (2021), and a piano jazz album, Maybe I Will? (2022). Matthew plays piano and trombone in a jazz combo.
Matthew’s interdisciplinary interests began when he was introduced to the thinking of Ralph Waldo Emerson by his high school literature teacher, Terry Male. Matthew was fascinated by seeing connections rather than distinctions in different areas of study. At Mannes Carl Schachter and Leo Edwards introduced Matthew to the ideas of music theorist Heinrich Schenker. He was further exposed to the musical philosophy of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Carl Stumpf. This was the beginning of his explorations of philosophy and psychology.
Taking a deep interest in philosophy and psychology, Matthew earned a B.S. in psychology from East Stroudsburg University, an M.A. in psychology from The New School for Social Research, and a Ph.D. in existential-phenomenological psychology from The European Graduate School in Switzerland under Wolfgang Schirmacher. Matthew practiced as a psychotherapist for three years before devoting his time to teaching and (re)searching.
Matthew’s teachers have included Bernard Weitzaman (Jungian studies), Nicholas Humphrey (evolutionary psychology), David Schapiro (psychoanalysis), Alan Bass (deconstruction), Arien Mack (research methods), Arthur Blumenthal (intchellectual history of psychology), Helene Cixous (writing), Judith Balso (poetry), Judith Butler (theory), Antony Gormley (art theory), Peter Greenaway (film theory), Claire Denis (cinema as anthropology), Siegfried Zielinski (history of technology), Victor Vitanza (Lyotard), and Wolfgang Schirmacher (Schopenhauer & Heidegger studies).
In 2015 Matthew established the teaching company Muse & Psyche, LLC. Matthew spends his time working at jazz, mushroom hunting, surfing, and walking.
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