This Festschrift hors the career of Charles P. Schmidt on the occasion of his retirement from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. His main research focus has been the social-psychology of music education, including the subtopics of motivation in music learning, applied music teaching behaviors, and personality and cognitive styles in music teaching and learning. The chapters in this volume recognize the influence of Schmidt as a researcher, a research reviewer, and a research mentor, and contribute to the advancement of the social-psychological model and to research standards in music education. These themes are developed by a stunning cast of music education scholars, including Hal Abeles, Don Coffman, Mary Cohen, Robert Duke, Patricia Flowers, Donna Fox, Victor Fung, Joyce Gromko, Jere Humphreys, Estelle Jorgensen, Anthony Kemp, Barbara Lewis, Clifford Madsen, Lissa May, Peter Miksza, Rudolf Radocy, Joanne Rutkowski, Wendy Sims, Keith Thompson, Kevin Watson, and Stephen Zdzinski. Their writings are presented in three sections: Social-Psychological Advances in Music Education, Social Environments for Music Education, and Advancing Effective Research in Music Education. This collection, edited by Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman, will prove invaluable for students and faculty in search of important research questions and models of research excellence.
Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman is Professor of Music Education at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she teaches choral and research methods, and serves as coordinator of graduate studies in music education. She has published articles on vocal jazz improvisation, creative thinking, urban music teaching, and the big band era in prominent research journals, and is the author of four books: Getting Started with Vocal Improvisation (1999), Becoming a Choral Music Teacher (2010), Music Education in Your Hands, with Michael L. Mark (2010), and Madura's Danceland: Images of America (2010). She also serves on the editorial committee of the Journal of Research in Music Education.