James Reifinger | School of Music | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

James Reifinger

Coordinator of Music Education

James Reifinger

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James L Reifinger, Jr. is Coordinator of Music Education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in music education and supervises student teachers.  He earned a Doctorate in Music Education at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, a Master of Special Education at Lehigh University, and a Master and Bachelor of Music at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.  He also earned certification as a Kodály Specialist at New York University and has had additional training in Dalcroze, Orff, and Music Learning Theory.  

Prior to joining the faculty at SIUC, Dr. Reifinger served as a faculty member and coordinator of music education at the University of Houston and the University of Louisiana Monroe.  He also held a one year visiting position at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, teaching vocal music education courses and directing the women’s choir.  Previously, Dr. Reifinger taught general, vocal, and instrumental music in Grades K through 12 for more than fifteen years in public and private schools in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Reifinger’s research interests include music assessment and cognition, and music literacy. His has published articles in the Journal of Research in Music EducationUPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education, and General Music Today.  He has presented research at conferences such as the International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, the Desert Skies Symposium on Research in Music Education, the International Neurosciences and Music Conference, and the MENC National Conference.

In addition to his work as a music educator, Dr. Reifinger is an active organist and church musician.  He has served many congregations of various denominations and has performed organ recitals and directed choral concerts.