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Richard Ripani

Dr. Richard Ripani richard.ripani@mnps.org
Phone: (615) 291-6300 ext. 808132

AP Music Theory
Beginning Band
Concert Band 1-4
Stage Band (Silver Jazz Band) 1-4
Wind Ensemble 1-4

Department Chair
Band Website  http://richardripani.com/hfabands.htm  

Jazz Appreciation Club -Sponsor
Bad Sci-Fi Movie Club -Sponsor
HFA Friends of the Nashville Humane Association Club -Sponsor

After-School Music Groups

  • Blue Jazz Band
  • Jazz Knights Combo
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Brass Quartet
  • Woodwind Ensemble

Experience: Teaching-25 years. Performing musician and conductor-37 years

Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, BMEd.
Austin Peay State University, MM
University of Memphis, PhD Musicology, minors in Education and Electronic Music

Philosophy of Teaching and Learning
The study of music is important to the overall development of the individual in many ways. In an age where the creative thinker is becoming more and more valued, those students with a strong background in the fine arts will have an advantage. In particular, the study of music helps the student develop skills in abstract thinking, organization, self- discipline, teamwork, leadership, following a plan to completion, and attention to cognitive processes and self-evaluation. It is well known and has been documented in many studies that students engaged in learning music score, on average, significantly higher on standardized tests, such as the ACT and SAT. Many of the greatest thinkers throughout history have also been accomplished musicians, such as Albert Einstein, Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson, and Galileo.

Of course, one does not learn music simply to excel in academics such as math and science. The making of music for its own sake is, I believe, an essential part of what it means to be human.  Arthur Schopenhauer once wrote: "The inexpressible depth of music, so easy to understand and yet so inexplicable, is due to the fact that it reproduces all the emotions of our innermost being, but entirely without reality and remote from its pain… Music expresses only the quintessence of life and its events, never these themselves."

Personal Information
After earning an undergraduate degree in music education from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1977, Dr. Ripani embarked on a career as a professional musician. As a performer, he has many accomplishments to his credit, including numerous recording session performances in Nashville studios. Among these recordings are one double-platinum and two gold albums. As a live music performer, he has played with and/or conducted orchestras for several national-level musical artists across North America and Europe. During the 1980s, Dr. Ripani also acted as orchestra conductor at the Aladdin, Riviera, and Nugget Hotels in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada. TV programs on which he has performed include the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the Jay Leno Show, the Mike Douglas Show, the Merv Griffin Show, Austin City Limits, and Nashville Now, among others. His book, The New Blue Music: Changes in Rhythm & Blues, 1950-1999, based on doctoral work, is published by the University Press of Mississippi. Dr. Ripani is a member of Pi Kappa Lamda national music honor society, ASBDA, NBA, MTSBOA, The Society for American Music, and Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity. In May of 2004, while a professor at Cumberland University, he was selected to receive the President’s Award for Teaching Excellence.