Alongside his professional achievements as a performing and recording artist, ensemble leader, composer of Brazilian influenced jazz, chamber and choral music, Richard has been a celebrated university and guest educator, author and journalist for more than thirty-five years. During that time he has cultivated long-term relationships with music institutions as a regular faculty member and through numerous guest artist residencies. His work as an educator and mentor to aspiring musicians is a lifelong calling and vital component of his artistic mission.
A core faculty member at New York City's New School University Jazz and Contemporary Music Program since 1995, he teaches a broad scope of curricula:
• Brazilian Jazz Ensemble and Brazilian Choro Ensemble (which he founded in 1995 and 2008 respectively)
• Jazz Improvisation and Composer-based Ensembles
• Ear Training on two curriculum levels
• Guitar Sightreading and Ensemble (Level Two)
• Choral Musicianship (a cappella Renaissance and Baroque repertoire)
• Private lessons in guitar, voice, composition/arranging, Brazilian music and pedagogy
In 2010 he received the prestigious New School University Distinguished Teaching Award. Apart from his academic commitments, his service to New School Jazz and the university as a whole has been exemplary. His key ongoing efforts helped establish the first Brazil Student Exchange Program between New School Jazz and Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG, Belo Horizonte), launched in Fall 2012. He also served on New School Jazz's curriculum committee and the university-wide Faculty Senate for four years. Richard is former faculty at Mannes College (1989-95, a division of New School University) and the jazz studies program at William Paterson University, New Jersey (1985-93).
Throughout academic year 2013-14, Richard was a special guest artist-educator for Queens College Year of Brazil. At Aaron Copland School of Music he presented numerous performances, lectures and collaborated with composition, instrumental, vocal and choral music faculty.
Apart from teaching at New School University and guest residencies, Richard maintains a robust private teaching studio in his native New York City.
Since 2015 he is also faculty at New York Jazz Workshop, which specializes in adult education.
For more information and background on Richard's educational and related artistic activities, visit the following education subpages:
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New York Guitar Seminar
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