Will Schmid holds a B.A. from Luther College and a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music. His public school teaching included general music, choral music and band, and he taught at Winona Sate University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Will is a past-president of MENC — The National Association for Music Education.
Schmid is a program author for Pearson’s 2002 and 2005 Silver Burdett Making Music series. He is the principal author of the world’s #1 selling Hal
Leonard Guitar Method and over seventy other books/CDs/DVDs for drumming, guitar, banjo, strings, and choral. Dr. Schmid is also the principal author/editor of an 8-volume high school choral textbook, Something
New to Sing About (Glencoe/G. Schirmer). He has given workshops throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico and Europe. After a two-year $ 140,000 national pilot project in twenty schools nationwide, Dr. Schmid launched the World
Music Drumming curriculum (included in Drumming Units of Making Music grades 6-8) which brings the excitement of African and Latin drumming and singing to schools throughout the United States. Recent additions to the World
Music Drumming publications include New Ensembles and Songs (Hal Leonard), the World
Music Drumming Choral Series (Hal Leonard), More
New Ensembles and Songs, and Peanut Butter
Jam (spring, ‘09)
Schmid is the recipient of the 1996 Distinguished Alumnus Award
from the Eastman School of Music. In 2002 he was named a Lowell
Mason Fellow by MENC and given the Distinguished Service Award
from the Music Industry Conference (MIC). In 2006, he was named
the inaugural winner of the DeLucia Prize for Innovation in Music
Education given by the Mockingbird Foundation.
his presidency of MENC (1994-96), Dr. Schmid worked to reestablish
the importance of active music making in schools and in America
at large. MENC created new partnership initiatives in the areas
of guitar, keyboards, strings, drumming, and singing as exemplified
by the Get America Singing . . . Again! Campaign and the GAMA/NAMM/MENC-sponsored
Teaching Guitar workshops.
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