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.

Patrick is currently chair of music education at University of Western Ontario. Previously he served as Associate Director of Florida International University’s School of Music in Miami, Florida and at the Westminster College in Princeton, USA. Schmidt’s innovative work in critical pedagogy, urban music education and policy studies is recognized nationally and internationally.

His most recent publications can be found in the International Journal of Music Education; Theory into Practice; Arts Education Policy Review; Research in Music Education, Journal of Curriculum Theorizing; Philosophy of Music Education Review; Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; ABEM Journal in Brazil; and the Finnish Journal of Music Education. Schmidt serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the Council of Research in Music Education, Arts Education Policy Review, the ABEM Journal, the Revista Internacional de Educacíon Musical published by ISME, and the Journal of Popular Music Education.  Beyond his ongoing research projects, Schmidt has led several consulting and evaluative projects including recent work for the National YoungArts Foundation, and the New World Symphony in the United States, as well as for the Ministry of Culture and Education in Chile. Schmidt co-edited the Oxford Handbook of Music Education and Social Justice released in 2015. 

His co-edited book Policy and the Political Life of Music Educationwas released by Oxford University Press in February 2017.


Policy Studies

Teacher Education

Urban Education

Critical Pedagogies

Social Justice and Equity

Philosophy and Sociology of Music and Education