Phone: 910-347-2738


Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor's of Music East Carolina University 1996 Master's of Music East Carolina University 2001

Mrs. Karen Matthews

I am originally from Virginia and grew up outside of Richmond.  I graduated from Hopewell High School and attended East Carolina University.  While at ECU, I was a member of the Marching Pirates and studied Music Education.    
Upon graduation, I taught high school band in Yorktown, VA for three years before returning to East Carolina to attend graduate school.  While in graduate school I taught the ECU Concert Band and assisted in teaching the Marching Pirates.  I also taught music appreciation at Pitt Community College.  I received my Masters Degree in Instrumental Conducting and Music Education.  

After graduate school I took a position teaching at Dixon High School and spent eleven years teaching the marching, concert, and jazz bands in addition to teaching music appreciation, piano and guitar.  As of 2012, I am proud to be at Dixon Middle School!  In addition to 6-8th grade band, I  guitar.  This is my 26th year teaching.  

I am married to Jonathan, a prior band director now principal, and together we have three beautiful children - Benjamin , Alice-Ann and Lourie-Anna.