Richard F. Grunow

Professor of Music Education



Richard F. Grunow is Professor of Music Education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. A leading innovator in beginning instrumental music instruction, Dr. Grunow is an active lecturer and clinician, having presented extensively throughout the United States, and in Canada, Austria, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Japan, and the French West Indies. His research and teaching focus on applications of Music Learning Theory to instrumental music instruction, instrumental and choral score reading, measurement and evaluation, and music literacy.

Professor Grunow is author of numerous articles and co-author of the MLR Instrumental Score Reading Program, MLR Instrumental Score Reading Test, Choral Score Reading Program, Creativity in Improvisation, and Developing Musicianship through Improvisation. He is principal author of Jump Right In: The Instrumental Series, a comprehensive beginning instrumental method for recorder, woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion. The series features over 350 recordings of folk songs and classical melodies comprising a variety of tonalities and meters from a broad range of cultures. Performances are by artist faculty and students at the Eastman School of Music and members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Rhythm & Brass.

A Wisconsin native, Dr. Grunow received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville where he is a Distinguished Alumnus and recipient of the Arts and Letters Hall of Fame Award. From 1967-74, he taught instrumental music in Beloit, Wisconsin Public Schools. He received a Master of Music and a Ph.D. in Music Education from The University of Michigan, served as Director of the Instrumental Laboratory School, and was on the faculty in the Music Education Department prior to his appointment at Eastman in 1979.

Engagements / Professional Activities


January 10-11
“Jump Right In: The Instrumental Series”
Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Contact: Paul Doerksen

January 21
“Beginning Instrumental Music Instruction:
Teaching and Assessing for Comprehension”
Garfield Public Schools,
Garfield, NJ
Contact: Sam Constant

March 15
“Jump Right In: The Instrumental Series”
East Greenbush Music Department
East Greenbush, New York
Contact: Jon Kusche

March 23
“Beginning Instrumental Music Instruction:
Teaching and Assessing for Comprehension
Bob Jones University
Greenville, SC
Contact: Michael Moore

April 1
“Is There a Right Way to Start Beginners?” and
“Understanding Learning: The Foundation for Teaching,”
William Patterson University
Wayne, NJ
Contact: Carol Frierson-Campbell

July 1-19
“Measurement and Evaluation of Music Behavior”
Eastman School of Music
Rochester, NY
Contact: Sylvie Beaudette

August 5-6
“Beginning Instrumental Music Instruction:
Teaching and Assessing for Comprehension”
Wisconsin Center for Music Education
Waunakee, WI
Contact: Mary Elsner

August 6-8
“Beginning Instrumental Music Instruction: Teaching and Assessing for Comprehension” and “Weaving MLT Skills and Concepts into Music Teacher Preparation”
The 4th International Conference on Music Learning Theory
Carleton Hotel
Oak Park, IL
Contact: Heather Kirby