Department of Music Education

Emeritus Faculty

Estelle Jorgensen

Estelle Jorgensen is Professor Emerita of Music (Music Education) at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and University Research Reviewer, Research Methodologist, and Contributing Faculty Member at the Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership, Walden University.  She holds honorary doctorates in music from Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Finland, and Andrews University, U.S.A., and a Ph.D. in Education from University of Calgary, Canada.  Founder of the Philosophy Special Research Interest Group of the National Association for Music Education and co-founder of the International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education, she has led or contributed to international philosophical symposia in Bloomington, Indiana, USA (1990), Los Angeles, California, USA (1994), Toronto, Ontario, Canada (1997), Birmingham, United Kingdom (2000), Lake Forest, Illinois, U.S.A. (2003), London, Ontario (2005), Hamburg, Germany (2007), Helsinki, Finland (2010), and New York City, USA (2013).  Editor of the Philosophy of Music Education Review and the Counterpoints: Music and Education book series published by Indiana University Press, and Philosopher-Teacher-Musician: Contemporary Perspectives on Music Education (1993), she is the author of In Search of Music Education (1997), Transforming Music Education (2003), The Art of Teaching Music (2008), and Pictures of Music Education (2011), and numerous articles in leading music education journals internationally.


Philosophy of Music Education Review

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Charles P. Schmidt

Charles P. Schmidt is Professor and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Music Education at Indiana University, Bloomington.  He received a Ph.D from Indiana University, the M.M. from the Eastman School of Music, and the B.M.E. degree from Florida State University.  He is a native of Rochester, NY and taught instrumental music in the public schools of New York State. He has published more than 35 refereed research articles and has served as research director for over 25 dissertations.  He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education,  and the Journal of Band Research.  He also serves as a reviewer for the Suncoast Music Education Research Symposium.  Professor Schmidt's research interests focus on the psychology of music, instrumental music, and individual music instruction.

Michael Schwartzkopf

Pam and Jack Burks Professor of Music

Professor Schwartzkopf received a B.M.E. in Music Education (Voice Concentration) from Indiana University in 1969, a M.M. in Choral Conducting from Indiana University in 1976, and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from The University of Iowa in 1982.  His collegiate teaching career began as Head of the Division of Vocal/Choral Activities at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 1976.  He returned to the Midwest and was the Director of Choral Activities at Illinois State University from 1986-1995.

Professor Schwartzkopf received a joint appointment to the Choral and Music Education departments at Indiana University’s School of Music in 1995.  His appointment includes serving as the Music Director and Conductor of the Singing Hoosiers.  Under his direction, the Singing Hoosiers have made numerous appearances with regional and major orchestras including the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony, under the direction of Erich Kunzel.  They were featured on a PBS Christmas special in 1995 with the late Mel Torme and have made two recordings for the TELARC label with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Throughout his teaching career Professor Schwartzkopf’s choirs have received critical acclaim that resulted in invitations to perform at conventions of MENC (Music Education National Conference) and ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and on the concert stages of Europe.  While teaching at Illinois Sate University he served as President of the Illinois Chapter of ACDA, and he is currently the president of the Central Division.  He continues to be in demand as an adjudicator, lecturer, clinician, and festival conductor and has conducted numerous state, regional, and all-state choirs throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada.

His musical career is rich and diversified in other areas as well.  As a singer/performer, Professor Schwartzkopf has performed in the theaters, on the concert stages, and in the cathedrals of Europe and the United States.  As an orchestral conductor he was the founding conductor of the Macon (GA) Symphony and has conducted numerous works for orchestra and chorus. Arriving in Bloomington in 1995, Professor Schwartzkopf served as Chair of the Music Education and choral Departments and as Music Director and Conductor of musical theater productions for the Theatre Department and the School of Music.

Jean Sinor

Eugenia (Jean) Sinor, the daughter of Bernice and Joseph Trinajstic, was born on September 22, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri.   She attended Webster College, where she was a merit scholar and completed a Bachelor of Music with majors in piano and music education in 1968.  Jean attended the Liszt Academy in Budapest and earned a certificate in solfege, pedagogy, and conducting in 1969.  Later, she worked as a general music teacher in the Greensboro, North Carolina and Bloomington, Indiana schools and was a co-founder of the University Children’s Choir. Jean Sinor completed the Master of Music Education at Indiana University School of Music in 1975 and was appointed as a Lecturer in music education in 1976.  In 1984, she completed the Ph.D. in music education and was appointed as Assistant Professor and chair of music education. In 1991, she was named Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Music.  She was promoted to Professor of Music in 1998. 

Jean Sinor was dedicated to the teaching principles of Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály (1862‑1967).  She received a National Endowment for the Humanities Kodály Fellowship and became internationally known for her work as a clinician and author of teaching materials.  Professor Sinor was known by colleagues and students as a versatile and gifted teacher.  She served as a visiting lecturer at 20 institutions and taught over 70 workshops, nationally and internationally.    She authored several scholarly articles and four textbooks, including the Silver Burdett publications, Kodály Curriculum Guides and World of Music.  

Her contributions to the Music Education Department at Indiana University covered the full range of the music curriculum from elementary music methods through doctoral seminars.  She advised over 30 theses and dissertations.  As chair of Music Education, she oversaw significant development in the Department’s curriculum and mission. Jean served two terms as the president of the International Kodály Society.  Her keen leadership, intellect, critical thinking, and communication abilities were sought out and valued by many. Jean's humanity, incisive humor, and generosity were appreciated by all who worked with her. As Director of Undergraduate Studies, Jean Sinor advised over 1000 undergraduates each year and served as a mentor to many graduate students. Jean Sinor passed away while on a research trip to Budapest, Hungary on March 9, 1999.  She has been sorely missed by her colleagues in Indiana and worldwide. 

Additional Prior Faculty

Ed Bailey Birge
Robert Klotman
Mary Goetze
Stan Schleater
Charles Hoffer
Hal Abeles
Miriam Gelvin
Leon Fosha
Thurber Madison
Newell Long
Michael Gordon
Bob Stoll
George Kruger