School of Education
College of Arts and Sciences,
Department of Music
Dr. Rick Townsend, known as “Dr. T” to his students, came to Maranatha in 1996 to direct the music teacher education and instrumental music programs. He has taught all levels of music in public and Christian schools, including early childhood music and movement classes, elementary general music, keyboard, secondary band and choir, college instrumental, and adult community groups. He has also directed music camps and published extensive curriculum for band use. He has served as the early childhood chair of the Wisconsin Music Educators’ Association Council, and managing director of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. In 2020, Dr. Townsend transitioned from full-time to part-time faculty, and continues to teach in the School of Education and Department of Music.
Dr. Townsend writes, “I’ve always wanted to work with people and music is a passion. The Lord clearly called me to Maranatha in 1996.”
Education and Credentials
PhD Music Education – Instrumental Conducting Cognate, Michigan State University
MA Music Education and Supervision, Central Michigan University
BA Music, Alma College
Organizations: National Association for Music Educators (NAfME), The Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML), Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA)
Community Involvement: Director, Watertown Municipal Band
Church Ministry: Rick plays trumpet and low brass in the church orchestra.
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Family: Rick was married to Linda for 43 years before the Lord called her home. They had three adult children and 8 grandchildren. The Lord provided his current wife, Bethany, in 2017, and together they love to visit the 8 grandchildren as often as possible.
Other activities and interests: writing curriculum; building homes