Stephen F Zdzinski


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About Me


I have a passion for music research. It’s fun and exciting because you get to create new knowledge, as it is our responsibility to create scholarship that helps to bring the joy of music and musical participation to everyone. I love doing it and I love teaching others how to do research in music.


Stephen F. Zdzinski is Professor of Music Education at the Frost School of Music. He teaches graduate courses, directs research, and serves as the graduate program director for music education. Dr. Zdzinski also established the New Horizons Band at the Frost School of Music and has helped to develop a music education outreach program with the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Dr. Zdzinski’s research programs  focus on parental involvement in music, social issues in music learning, musical performance measurement, international music education, and music research methodology. He has authored more than 40 articles in various professional journals. A recent recipient of a research grant from the NAMM Foundation’s Sounds of Learning Project, Dr. Zdzinski has made over 90 presentations at international, national and state music education conferences.

Dr. Zdzinski has been teaching in higher education since 1992. Prior to joining the faculty at the Frost School of Music, he taught at the University of Maryland, the University of Toronto, Indiana University, Wayne State University, and the University of South Carolina. Previous to his college teaching career, Dr. Zdzinski was a high school and middle school band director in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Indiana. As a professional musician, he has performed with the Corning Philharmonic (NY), the Hershey Symphony (PA), the Williamsport Symphony (PA), and the Ridgewood Concert Band (NJ). 

In addition, Dr. Zdzinski serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Research in Music Education, Research Perspectives in Music Education, Contributions to Music Education, and Psychology of Music. He is a member of The National Association for Music Education, Society for Research in Music Education, Society for Music Teacher Education, International Society for Music Education, and the College Music Society. He received a B.M. in French Horn Performance and Music Education from the Cincinnati College - Conservatory of Music, and the M.M.E. & Ph.D. in Music Education from Indiana University. 


Honors & Acknowledgements

Professional Experience

Career Highlights

  • Contributor to numerous major professional journals
  • More than 90 professional presentations at international, national and state music education conferences in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Scotland, England, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Argentina, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Japan
  • Chaired 28 Doctoral Research Projects, 31 Master’s Research Projects
  • A well respected educator at the college, high school and middle school levels
  • Extensive performing credits with regional instrumental ensembles

Honors, Awards, & Competitions

  • Awarded a number of grants for his research, including a $114,000 grant from the Sounds of Learning project by the NAMM Foundation, the largest award ever given to a music education researcher
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Indiana University 
  • Received an Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Dissertation in Music Education Award given by the Council for Research in Music Education
  • Serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Research in Music Education,Psychology of Music, Contributions to Music Education, and Research, & Research Perspectives in Music Education

Publications & Presentations

  • More than 40 articles published in professional journals, among them, Journal of Research in Music Education, Music Education Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education (Research Edition), Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, Philosophy of Music Education Review and Music Educators Journal, Southeastern Journal of Music Education, Research Perspectives in Music Education, Pennsylvania Bulletin of Research in Music Education, Florida Music Director, Boletân de Investigacion Educativo -Musical (Argentina), New Voice of Yue -Fu Academic Periodical of Shenyang Conservatory of Music (China), Technological Directions in Music Learning Ejournal, Piano Pedagogy Forum, Florida Music Director, Maryland Music Educator, New York School Music News
  • More than 90 Professional Presentations, including 30 International Presentations and 62 National & Regional Presentations