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Last modified: Friday, January 28, 2011

IU Jacobs School of Music presents fifth annual Jean Sinor Memorial Lecture

Please Note: Because of the ice storm, the 2011 Jean Sinor Memorial Lecture has been rescheduled to Wednesday, February 2, 4:30-6 p.m., in Sweeney Hall.

Jan. 28, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Jacobs School of Music's Music Education Department presents the fifth annual Jean Sinor Memorial Lecture February 2, 4:30-6 p.m., in Sweeney Hall. (The lecture is rescheduled from the intial date, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in Ford-Crawford Hall.)

Scott C. Shuler, president of MENC: The National Association for Music Education, will speak on the topic "Can Assessment Help Music Education Survive and Thrive in a Data-Driven World?"

The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture series, which invites renowned guest scholars to the IU campus for several days each year to speak and interact with music education students, is named in memory of professor Jean Sinor (Sept. 22, 1946 - March 9, 1999), who chaired the Music Education Department and, for a number of years, was director of undergraduate studies.

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 series was made possible by a gift from Sinor's husband, Denis Sinor (April 17, 1916 - Jan. 12, 2011), who was a distinguished professor emeritus of Central Asian Studies at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University and a tenured lecturer at Cambridge University between 1948 and 1962. He was one of the world's leading scholars for the history of Central Asia.

About Scott Shuler

Scott C. Shuler is the arts education specialist in the Connecticut State Department of Education. He has served as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Simsbury Public Schools; taught grades 3-12 instrumental and general music and conducted church choirs in Michigan, Delaware, and Wisconsin; taught music education courses at several universities, including the Hartt School, Eastman School of Music and New England Conservatory; and served as associate professor and coordinator of music education at California State University, Long Beach. He earned his bachelor's degree in music at the University of Michigan, his master's degree at the University of Illinois and his doctoral degree at the Eastman School of Music.

Shuler has authored many publications, served on MENC's UPDATE editorial board and presented countless workshops on topics such as music program development and assessment, teacher preparation, advocacy and the role of the arts in middle schools. He was a member of the task force that developed America's National Standards in music; helped design and interpret the 1999 FRSS federal arts education survey and 1997 National Assessment of Educational Progress in the Arts; co-chaired the Council of Chief State School Officers' SCASS multi-state arts assessment consortium and served as president of the National Council of State Supervisors of Music. He is currently president of MENC: The National Association for Music Education.

Shuler received Arts Education Policy Review's Young Writer's Award for excellence as an author; the Educational Press Association's Distinguished Achievement Award for editing the MEJ special issue focusing on music and at-risk students; Distinguished Service and Outstanding Administrator awards from Connecticut's music, art and theatre associations; California State University's Meritorious Performance Award; Wisconsin's Legislative Citation for Excellence and the National Federation Interscholastic Music Association's regional Outstanding Music Educator Award.