Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman Marilyn Pflederer Zimmerman, professer of music education, died Feb. 15 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. She was 65. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in piano and music education. She earned a master's and a doctorate, both from the UI, in music education. Her teaching career began with three years of elementary and junior high school general music instruction, followed by a year at Illinois Wesleyan. She then served on the faculty at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, before joining the UI faculty in 1959. In 1964, she left for Northwestern University, where she remained until 1968, when she returned to the UI. She also was a visiting professor at Illinois State University, the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Victoria. She was the director of the Music Education Graduate Program at Temple University from 1978 to 1979 and was the Distinguished Flora Stone Mather Visiting Professor at Case Western Reserve University in 1980-81. In 1987, she returned to the School of Music until taking a disability leave in 1993. Zimmerman was known for her research in music education with emphasis on early childhood education and the study of cognitive influences on the musical learning of children. She was editor of the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education and on the editorial review board of the Quarterly Journal of Music Teaching and Learning. Survivors include her husband, Vernon, former dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration and director of the Center for International Education and Research in Accounting; and a sister.