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The Impressive Writing Career of Dr. Richmond

by Office of Marketing | March 24, 2014
Floyd Richmond
Floyd Richmond
When Dr. Floyd Richmond, Professor of Music at Valley Forge Christian College, taught classes at West Chester University from 1989-2002, “There was a kind of publish or perish mentality there on campus … not necessarily publishing books, but more so professional journal articles and such.” That was the beginning of a prolific writing career for Dr. Richmond who is the author or editor of nine course books on music technology.
 
Dr. Richmond is a specialist on the use of technology in the music classroom. Since the beginning of modern digital instrumentation and music technology, he has been at the forefront of its usage in the realm of education. Over the years, Dr. Richmond has held positions as a college professor, music teacher, worship leader, church orchestra director and choir director – using his technological expertise in each of these fields.
 
His desire to share his experience and knowledge is what truly took his publication career to the next level. In 1995, Dr. Richmond, Dr. Tom Rudolph and other colleagues wanted to share their music technology curriculum with educators all over the country. They asked, “Why are people at institutions reinventing the wheel when we’ve already done all this work?” What resulted from this question was the establishment of Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME), which aims “to assist music educators in applying technology to improve teaching and learning in music.” 
 
With a $200,000 grant from National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the institute was launched to fulfill a number of purposes: to start a series of national conferences for the benefit of music educators; to codify curriculum for universities around the nation; to create a music technology certification program; to create and maintain a website for the institution (not as easy to do in 1995 as it is today); to gather a following via institutional membership; and to disseminate information via a newsletter. What Dr. Richmond did not expect at that time was the publication opportunities that would come through TI:ME.
 
Throughout most of TI:ME’s history, Dr. Richmond has been the chairman of the Education and Curriculum Committee, which is still the case today. As a direct result, Dr. Richmond says, “A lot of my writing has stemmed from my connection with TI:ME.” He has been instrumental in most of the institute’s curriculum development and text publications, including one work that he considers foundational for every music educator, “Technology Strategies for Music Education” (TI:ME Publications, 2005).
 
Dr. Richmond stresses the importance of reaching educators and students through channels that they will understand and to which they will relate. With the realization that we live in a “mediacentric” world, Dr. Richmond encourages every Christ-following musician, sound director and educator to excel in his or her field. This is the precise reason why he authored “Audio, Video, and Media in the Ministry” (Thomas Nelson, 2010) – the accomplishment with which he is most pleased. 

Expertise and involvement in the field of music technology is not without its difficulties. “Keeping your material current is always a challenge,” says Dr. Richmond. As further developments are made, constant updating of curriculum in text is required. For example, Dr. Richmond says, “The whole idea of virtual instruments didn’t exist when we started, but it came and we had to respond to that.” When looking to the near future, Dr. Richmond says, “If I were to project the next trend that TI:ME will respond to, I would say the rise of tablet computing.” With this in mind, he is currently working on a book titled “GarageBand for the iPad,” which is under contract with Alfred Music and set to be complete by the beginning of this summer.