Charles Hoffer earned his BM and PhD degrees from Michigan State University and his MM degree from the Eastman School of Music. He taught 14 years in the public schools of Michigan, New York, and Missouri before joining the faculty of Indiana University at Bloomington in 1966. He moved to the University of Florida in 1984 and served as head of music education for many years. In addition, he has taught summer sessions at Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore
and twice at the University of Michigan.
His professional activities include being president of the Indiana Music Educators Association, president of the North Central Division of MENC, and national president of the MENC: The National Association for Music Education. He served on the committees that wrote the National Standards in Music and the Sunshine State Standards for Florida. He has spoken or conducted clinics in almost every state, and was active in the International Society for Music
Education, during which time he read papers or attended research conferences in Moscow, London, Tunis, Christchurch, Mexico City, and Cambera, as well as hosting its research conference in Bloomington.
Dr. Hoffer is author of more than thirty books, including Teaching Music in The Secondary Schools (five editions), Introduction to Music
Education (three editions), Foundations of Music Education (two editions), and Adventures in Music Listening (three levels). He has also written a music appreciation textbook, Music Listening Today, that makes extensive use of CD-ROM material as an aid to developing listening skill among college students who are not music majors. Its second edition will be published in 2002. He has also had many articles published in the "Music Educators Journal," "The Council for Research in Music Education Bulletin," and the "Florida Music Director," which he edited for five years. He has also had a chapter published in "Handbook of Research on Music Teaching and Learning."