Janet Revell Barrett

Janet Revell Barrett invested as Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Endowed Chair in Music

On Sunday, February 3, 2019 the University of Illinois Music Education community gathered to witness the formal investiture of Dr. Janet Revell Barrett as the Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Endowed Chair in Music.

Mark Robin Campbell

With several family members, and current and former students in attendance, the ceremony featured guest speakers Mark Robin Campbell (SUNY, Potsdam, pictured left) and U of I Professor Emerita Eve Harwood (at right).

Eve Harwood

Dr. Barrett has published widely in music education and is an author or editor of five books and the editor of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education. Her research interests include the reconceptualization of the music curriculum, secondary general music, interdisciplinary approaches in music, and music teacher education.

Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman (MS ’55 and EdD ’63, Music Education) was widely regarded as one of the most influential scholars to contribute to the field of music education. Zimmerman’s groundbreaking research focused on the relationship of children’s musical activities and the role perception plays in musical-cognitive development, and how that may influence and improve instruction in the music classroom.

Marylin Pflederer Zimmerman and Vernon Zimmerman
Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman
with Vernon Zimmerman

An alumna of the School of Music, Zimmerman served as an instructor in the school until 1964 and returned later as a visiting professor for three years. From 1987 to 1993, she was a professor on the faculty.

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