Patrice Madura Ward-Steinman is Professor of Music and Graduate Coordinator in the Music Education Department of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Dr. Madura teaches choral, vocal jazz, and research methods.  She is the author, co-author, or editor of eight books: Getting Started with Vocal Improvisation (MENC, 1999), Music Education in Your Hands: an Introduction for Future Teachers (with Michael Mark, Routledge, 2010), Madura’s Danceland: Images of America (Arcadia, 2010), Advances in Social-Psychology and Music Education Research, ed. (Ashgate, 2011/ Routledge, 2016), Contemporary Music Education, 4th edition (with Michael Mark, Cengage, 2012), Vocal Improvisation Games for Singers and Choral Groups (with Jeffrey Agrell, GIA, 2014,) and Becoming a Choral Music Teacher (Routledge, 2010; 2nd ed. 2018). She has had articles published in the Journal of Research in Music Education, Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, International Journal of Music Education, Psychology of Music, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Journal of Historical Research in Music Education, and more. Dr. Madura has taught at IU since 2003, and previously taught at the University of Southern California, Oberlin College, and in California K-12 schools.  Patrice’s primary instrument is the piano, she has been a vocal jazz ensemble director and improvisation researcher for more than 20 years, and has conducted and/or presented research on four continents.  Current research project topics include choral music education, a historical study of the CIC music education conferences, and grief and productivity.

Doctor of Music Education, Indiana University, 1992
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Quantitative and Historical Research Methods in Vocal Jazz and Improvisation, Choral Music Teaching, The Big Band Era, Jazz Piano, Grief Resilience in the Professorate
Personal Interests
Piano, Choral Music, Swimming, Travel