Dr. Rick Townsend

Dr. Rick TownsendPhD, Music Education with Band Conducting Cognate, Michigan State University
MMus, Music Education and Supervision,  Central Michigan University
BA, Music Education, Alma College

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About Dr. Townsend

Dr. Townsend came to Maranatha in 1996 to direct the music teacher education and instrumental music programs, and now has more than 35 years of music teaching experience. He has taught all levels of music in public and Christian schools. This includes early childhood music and movement classes, elementary general music, keyboard, secondary band and choir, college instrumental, and adult community groups. He also directed the Freedom Farm Music Camp in Michigan for more than 15 years. Dr. Townsend has published extensive curriculum for band use, including Heritage I & II, as well as numerous articles for music education journals. He serves as the early childhood chair of the Wisconsin Music Educator’s Association Council, and managing director of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA.org). He also provides quarterly early childhood music education articles for the Wisconsin School Musician.


Dr. Townsend and his wife, Linda, have three children: David, Todd, and Jennifer. When he’s not teaching at Maranatha, Dr. Townsend enjoys his work as a residential building contractor.


Dr. and Mrs. Townsend attend Calvary Baptist Church in Watertown, where he regularly plays in the orchestra.