College of Visual and Performing Arts



  • Phone: 260-481-6712
  • Office: Rhinehart Music Center, Room 150
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Robert Bean serves as Professor of Music at IPFW, teaching courses in piano, music theory and literature. Dr. Bean served as chair of the department from 2002 until 2013, a period which saw significant growth in student enrollment, enhanced visibility at the regional, national and international levels, and the planning and construction of the John and Ruth Rhinehart Music Center which opened in August, 2007.

Dr. Bean maintains an active career as a teacher, collaborating pianist, adjudicator and clinician.  The recipient of several university recognitions and awards for meritorious service, Dr. Bean was recognized in 2006 by Indiana Music Educators Association as the Outstanding University Music Administrator of the Year, is recognized by Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women as a Friend of the Arts, Zeta Psi Chapter, and was named as the 2011 Alumnus of the year by the Mississippi State University Department of Music, where he did a mini-residency in November, 2011.  Dr. Bean is a member of the College Music Society, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honorary, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Dr. Bean has held positions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and at the University of Central Arkansas. For 19 years he was on faculty at the University of Montevallo, Alabama, where he served as Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in Music. At the University of Montevallo, Dr. Bean taught piano, piano pedagogy, music education and music literature. He was recognized as the College of Fine Arts' Distinguished Professor of the Year in 1992 - 1993.  He holds the Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music Education degrees from Mississippi State University and the Doctor of Arts in Piano Pedagogy degree from the University of Mississippi where he was a Carnegie Foundation Fellow.

Dr. Robert Bean (D.A.) is the chair of the Music Department.