Patrick has served in positions of leadership in multiple contexts. He is the current chair of music education at University of Western Ontario. Previously served as Associate Director of Florida International University’s School of Music in Miami, Florida. He also work as full time faculty at the Westminster College in Princeton, USA, for 11 years. He also currently serves as a docent at the Sibelius Academy, University of the Arts, Helsinki.  

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, and co-edited a two-volume book on Leadership in Higher Music Education, published by Routledge in its ISME series. His books Policy and the Political Life of Music Education co-edited with Richard Colwell, and  Policy as Practice: A guide for Music Educators were released by Oxford in 2017 and 2020 respectively. 




Policy in Education and the Arts

Urban Education

Philosophy of Music Education

Leadership in the Arts

2006            Ph.D., Urban Education and Policy Studies, Temple University.                     Dissertation: Discourse and Enactment in Music Teacher Preparation:                              Teaching, Ideology and Urban Education.

2001            M. Music Education, Westminster Choir College of Rider University

2001            M. M. Vocal Pedagogy, Westminster Choir College of Rider University

1995            B. Mus. Ed. & B. Mus. Voice Perf., University of Rio de Janeiro    

2015-present   University of Western Ontario, Professor (August 2020),

      Chair of Music Education & Dance

2018-present   Sibelius Academy, Helsinki University of the Arts, Finland, Docent

2011-2015       Florida International University, Associate Professor &

      Associate Director, School of Music

2001-2011       Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Associate Professor

2001-2006       Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Assistant Professor



2018-2019      Music Care: Music, Aging and Health

                       Policy Framing and Strategic Direction for Partnership Program.

2014-2016      New World Symphony, Miami, USA

     Evaluator for Virtual Hangouts Program and Side-by-Side Programs.

2016               Ministry of Culture, Chile.

                       Consulting on curricular development and implementation policy.

2013-2015      Young Arts Foundation, USA

                       Outside evaluator for Masterclasses Community Outreach Project.

2010               Early Childhood Music and Urban Community Development