Mr. Wendell’s Classroom




Mathew Wendell- Band Teacher

801-794-2226 ext. 423

About Mr. Wendell

Matthew Wendell was the first of his family to graduate from a university. He began his classroom teaching career in 2010, after earning a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Utah. Mr. Wendell has been teaching at American Preparatory Academy, Draper Campuses, since November of 2015. His philosophy of music education focuses on cultivating young musicians through the development of personal character and musicianship. Mr. Wendell motivates students by sharing his passion for music as one of life’s most powerful unifying forces. An active performer with a background in classical and jazz idioms, Matthew currently performs on trumpet with the Utah Millennial Choir and Orchestra and the Utah Valley Symphony. Mr. Wendell serves on the Artistic Board of Directors for the Utah Valley Youth Symphony where he is also a conductor and coach. He is also a certified Utah Change Leader with the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. He held coaching positions for Salem Hills High School Marching Band, Spanish Fork High School Marching Band, and the Spanish Fork Junior High Wrestling team. His most influential teachers: Peter Margulies, James Nova, Scott Haggen, Robert Baldwin, Larry Livingston, Peter Boonshaft, Robert Ponto, Anthony Maiello, Paula Crider, Col. Mike Bankhead, and Thomas Leslie. He is an alumnus member of Mu Phi Epsilon and Phi Theta Kappa. Current memberships include the National Bandmasters Association, National Association for Music Education, Utah Bandmasters Association, Utah Music Educators Association, American Society for Public Administrators, and the Aikido Association of America. Mr. Wendell’s contagious passion for music and music education has also inspired some of his former students to pursue undergraduate and graduate music degrees. To further his own education, Matthew has earned a Master of Arts in Band Conducting from the American Band College of Sam Houston State University. Mr. Wendell has been nominated for the Worldstrides Onstage Teacher of the Year in 2018.