Margaret Schmidt, Professor of Music Education-strings and Assistant Director of the School of Music, holds degrees from the University of Michigan, SUNY-StonyBrook, and Lawrence University. A specialist in string education, she has taught public school strings in Naperville, Illinois, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Austin, Minnesota. She has also taught five extended residencies at Tungshih Elementary School in Dongshih, Taiwan.
Prior to her appointment at ASU, Dr. Schmidt was Associate Professor of Music Education at St. Cloud State University, where she led a community youth orchestra. Dr. Schmidt’s research focuses on preservice and beginning teachers and concerns for children and teachers in underserved schools. She is founder and director of the ASU String Project, which has approximately 25 ASU students teaching classes and private lessons for 180 area children each semester.
In 2015, she received the American String Teachers Association String Researcher Award, and the Individual Arts Educator from the Arizona Governor’s Awards for the Arts.