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Last modified: Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2011 Sinor Memorial Lectures at IU Jacobs School celebrate music education scholar Charles P. Schmidt

Oct. 18, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In celebration of the career of music education scholar, longtime faculty member and Professor Emeritus Charles P. Schmidt, the Department of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will hold a day-long symposium on Nov. 18 titled "Advances in Social-Psychology and Music Education Research."

Charles P. Schmidt

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The series of events, encompassing the Fifth Annual Jean Sinor Memorial Lecture series, will showcase a notable set of articles by leading music education scholars who have contributed to a recently released publication honoring Schmidt's career. Advances in Social-Psychology and Music Education Research, a Festschrift edited by Jacobs School Professor Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman, was published by Ashgate Press this year. As part of the event, the formal unveiling of the book will take place.

Speakers and contributors will include Donna Brink Fox (Eastman School of Music), C. Victor Fung (University of South Florida), Joyce Eastlund Gromko (Bowling Green State University), Jere Humphreys (Arizona State University), Anthony Kemp (Reading University, U.K.), Clifford Madsen (Florida State University), Lissa May (IU Jacobs School of Music), Peter Miksza (IU Jacobs School of Music), Joanne Rutkowski (Pennsylvania State University), Kevin Watson (University of Western Ontario) and Stephen Zdzinski (University of Miami).

Morning lectures will take place in Ford-Crawford Recital Hall (10:30 a.m.-noon) and afternoon lectures in Sweeney Hall (2 p.m.-3:15 p.m., 4 p.m.-6 p.m.). All events are free and are open to the public. For a full description of the day's events, visit

The Jean Sinor Memorial Lecture Series, which invites renowned guest scholars to the IU Bloomington campus for several days each year to speak and interact with music education students, is named in memory of Jacobs School of Music Professor Jean Sinor (1946-1999). Sinor chaired the Department of Music Education and, for a number of years, was director of undergraduate studies at the Jacobs School. Co-founder of the IU Children's Choir, Sinor was dedicated to the teaching principles of Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály and became internationally known for her work as a clinician and author of teaching materials.

The lecture series was made possible by a gift from Jean's husband, Denis Sinor (1916-2011), who was a distinguished professor emeritus of Central Asian Studies in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at IU Bloomington and a tenured lecturer at Cambridge University from 1948-1962. He was one of the world's leading scholars in the history of Central Asia.