Richard F. Grunow

Professor of Music Education

Spring Semester 2015 Academic Leave



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 16-17
“Jump Right In: The Instrumental Series”
Mary Pappert School of Music
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Contact: Paul Doerksen

June 23-27
Instrumental Level I Certification
University of Delaware
Newark, DE
Contact: Alden Snell

June 30 – July 18
“Measurement and Evaluation of Music Behavior”
Eastman School of Music
Rochester, NY
Contact: Sylvie Beaudette

July 7-8
AIGAM National Training Course for Music Teachers
Padova Conservatory of Music
Rome, Italy
Contact: Andrea Apostoli

July 21-August 1
Instrumental Level I Certification
Baldwin Wallace University, Conservatory of Music
Berea, OH
Contact: Hertbert D. Marshall

October 9-13
Gordon-Gesellschaft Deutschland
“Beginning Instrumental Music Based on
Music Learning Theory”
Hamburg and Mannheim, Germany
Contact: Almuth Suberkrub

October 26-29
National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
“Prioritizing Musicianship in Music Teaching and Learning”
(Music Education Faculty at Eastman School of Music)
Nashville, TN