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Will Schmid, Author/Director

Will holds a B.A. from Luther College and a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music. His public school teaching included general music, choral music and band, and he taught at Winona State University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Will is a past-president of the National Association for Music Education (formerly MENC).

Schmid is a program author for Pearson’s Silver Burdett Making Music series (2008). He is the principal author of the world’s #1 selling Hal Leonard Guitar Method and over one hundred other books/folios/CDs/ DVDs for drumming, guitar, banjo, strings, and choral. Dr. Schmid is also the principal author/editor of an 8-volume high school choral textbook, Something New to Sing About (Glencoe/G. Schirmer). He has given workshops throughout the United States and in Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico and Europe. After a two-year $140,000 national pilot project in twenty schools nationwide, Dr. Schmid launched the World Music Drumming curriculum (included in Drumming Units of Making Music grades 6-8) which brings the excitement of African and Latin drumming and singing to schools throughout the United States. This curriculum is now in over 20,000 schools worldwide. Additions to the World Music Drumming publications (Hal Leonard) include New Ensembles and Songs, More New Ensembles and Songs, Peanut Butter Jam, BeatBox, Global Grooves, and 24 original compositions and arrangements in the World Music Drumming Choral Series.

Dr. Schmid is the recipient of the 1996 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Eastman School of Music. In 2002 he was named a Lowell Mason Fellow by NAfME and given the Distinguished Service Award from the Music Industry Conference (MIC). In 2006, he was named the inaugural winner of the DeLucia Prize for Innovation in Music Education by the Mockingbird Foundation. In 2011, Will was given the Weston H. Noble Award at Luther College.

During his presidency of MENC (1994-96), Dr. Schmid worked to reestablish the importance of active music making in schools and in America at large. MENC created new partnership initiatives in the areas of guitar, keyboards, strings, drumming, and singing as exemplified by the Get America Singing . . . Again! campaign and the GAMA/NAMM/MENC-sponsored Teaching Guitar Workshops.

Contact Will at willschmid@mac.com


Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Ann Schmid, Founder/President

Music Workshops, Ltd., which offers the World Music Drumming workshops and other continuing education workshops for music teachers. For 30 years, Ann was also founder/director of the nationally known Stringalong Weekends — acoustic music and dance retreats for the general public. Ann is autoharp author for the Silver Burdett World of Music, and The Music Connection as well as autoharp books for Hal Leonard Publishing. Ann has given folk music and autoharp workshops from Georgia to Wyoming. With husband, Will, she has performed on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Show, radio, TV, fests, colleges and schools throughout the country.