Janis Kindred

Professor of Music, Music Theory

Janis Kindred is professor of music theory at Stetson University. She holds degrees from Louisiana State University, Eastman School of Music and Florida State University.

Kindred was a first-round recipient of the Greenberg Professorship of Music and won the Sears Award for Innovative Teaching at Stetson University. Her work with music-computing was chosen as one of the Joe Wyatt Challenge Success Stories (sponsored by EDUCOM) and published in book form and in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her software includes Music Theory Tutor (music fundamentals and harmonic materials of music), Advanced Music Theory Tutor (twentieth century materials), Listen (software to accompany Joe Kerman's music appreciation text) and harmonic aural training software to supplement the Benward Ear Training computer materials. Her current project is a interactive computer program to teach the techniques and analysis of music from Impressionism to the end of the twentieth century.

Kindred developed the Stetson University School of Music's computer laboratory and established music computing at Stetson University. She has taught music-computer applications to Stetson University students and faculty, has offered music-computer workshops on other college campuses, and for five years directed a Music-Computing Institute, which drew college music faculty to Stetson University from throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Kindred's compositions include:

  • "On a Southern Beach," performed by the Stetson University Children's Choir and in Savannah, Ga. by combined children's choirs of eight states at the Southeastern Conference of the Music Educators' National Convention;
  • "From A Woman Sung" for women's chorus and piano, which received first place in the Denver Women's Choral Composition Competition and was performed by the chorus in Denver and in Seattle and recorded on CD;
  • "All in The Golden Afternoon" for trombone and piano, performed at Stetson University and at the Delius Festival, receiving the Deluis Performance Award;
  • "Ghosts of the Theatre" for soloists, mixed chorus, violin, viola, cello and organ, commissioned by the Florida State Music Teachers' Association and performed at their state convention in Tallahassee;
  • and "Yellowed Leaves" for mixed chorus and piano.


  • B.M. Louisiana State University
  • M.M. Eastman School of Music
  • D.M. Florida State University

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