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Meet the Director

Randal A. McChesney

Randal McChesney is Executive Director of the Richards Institute of Education Through Music. He is an active author, teacher, lecturer, and researcher in the field of childhood development, learning, and intervention. Randy has traveled extensively developing a worldwide network of educators. This network is committed to redefine and reposition educational and interventional approaches, aligning them with the most current research in childhood well-being and neural development.
Randy holds degrees in music, music education, and post-doctoral studies in developmental neurobiology. His teaching background is broadly based, including work with toddlers, elementary, junior high, and high school children, physically handicapped, mentally handicapped, hearing impaired populations, and the aged. He is an active clinician and adjudicator in choral music education and developmental neuropsychology in music and learning, conducting honor choirs and camps internationally and at home.
His recent interests include the neurobiological implications of music study for all children, especially those who are behaviorally at risk and who present with varying degrees of attentional problems and functional illiteracy.
The Choristers Guild released his contribution to Stepping Stones, in June, 1996. He was actively involved in the editing and re-publication of "Let's Do It Again!" (2003), an extensive compilation of song repertoire written by Mary Helen Richards, founder of Education Through Music and the Richards Institute. He conducted, edited and published "Many Voices, One Song: the music of "Let's Do It Again!" a 3-CD volume containing recordings of the extensive folk literature of Education Through Music. He continues publishing articles related to children's development and well-being through musical interaction and study.
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