About me


Dr. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. in Urban Education with a focus on Social Theory and Policy from the Graduate school of Education of Temple University, USA.  The work initiated in his dissertation Discourse and enactment in teacher preparation: Music Teaching, Ideology and Urban education continues to expand addressing philosophical, conceptual and practical  issues on teacher education, observational practices, social justice, and policy. Dr. Schmidt has presented nationally and internationally in the US, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Cyprus, England, Sweden, China, Germany, Italy, and Spain. Schmidt has served as president of the MENC Philosophy SRIG, chaired the Policy ASPA of the Society for Music Teacher Education from 2007 to 2011, and was the co-chair for the North American ISME Regional Conferences in 2008 and 2010.  His most recent publications can be found in the following journals:  International Journal of Music Education; Theory into Practice; Arts Education Policy Review; Journal of Curriculum Theorizing; Philosophy of Music Education Review; Action, Theory & Criticism in Music Education Journal; The Ontario Institute Music Journal; The Journal of ABEM (Brazilian National Association for Music Educators) and the Finnish Journal of Music Education.

In 2012 Schmidt co-edited with Cathy Benedict a special issue of the education journal Theory into Practice as well as the National Society for the Study of Education. The book was published in June 2012 by Teachers College Press. 

Schmidt also edited the recently published summer 2013 issue of Arts Education Policy Review which focuses on Cosmopolitanism and Policy: A Pedagogical Framework for Global Issues in Music Education.   He is also currently co-editing the Oxford Handbook on Social Justice and Music Education, to be published in 2014.

Patrick Schmidt also holds a Bachelor of Music in Education and Performance from the University of Rio de Janeiro and two Masters degrees in Music Education as well as in vocal  pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. At Westminster he has founded and taught for 5 years at the Westminster Academy, the laboratory school of the music education department, established through a successful partnership with the Princeton Public Schools.

Dr. Schmidt is a former adjunct faculty member at the University of Rio de Janeiro and a tenured Associate professor of Music Education at Westminster Choir College from 2002 to 2012.  Currently he is an Associate professor at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, where he is also Director for Online Programs.


Philosophy and Sociology of Music and Education

Policy Studies

Teacher Education

Urban Education

Critical Pedagogies

Social Justice and Equity


For full text PDFs of several recent publications click HERE.