Jean Sinor Memorial Lecture Series

SinorProfessor Jean Sinor was a beloved faculty member in the Music Education Department at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music from 1976-1999. Sinor served the department, the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, and her profession with great distinction. Her great generosity of spirit, keen intellect, and humanity had a great impact on everyone with whom she worked. Her students and colleagues held her in the highest esteem. She was internationally known as a teacher and clinician, but moreover, was a remarkable human being.

Sinor, daughter of Bernice and Joseph Trinajstic, was born on September 22, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Webster College where she completed a Bachelor of Music degree with majors in piano and music education in 1968. Sinor also attended the Liszt Academy in Budapest, earning a certificate in solfege, pedagogy, and conducting in 1969. As a general music teacher, she worked in the Greensboro, North Carolina and Bloomington, Indiana areas. She completed her Master of Music Education degree at Indiana University in 1975, and was appointed as a Lecturer in Music Education in 1976. After completing her PhD in Music Education, she became Assistant Professor and Chair of Music Education.

As Chair of Music Education from 1984-1991, Professor Sinor did much to advance the integration of teaching and research, helping to solidify the Music Education Department's long-term commitment to scholarship. As a specialist in general music and particularly the Kodály method, Sinor raised the consciousness of undergraduate and graduate music majors concerning the importance of research as it relates to practice.

Throughout her teaching career, Sinor advised over 30 theses and dissertations, over 1,000 undergraduates each year, and mentored many other graduate students.

The Jean Sinor Memorial Lecture Series supports a scholarly lecture series in honor of Professor Jean Sinor. This series, sponsored by the Music Education Department at the Jacobs School, will serve to perpetuate, for current/future students, faculty, and the profession, the quality and depth of work for which Jean Sinor stood. The series features invited lecturers from distinguished scholar-teachers in music education.