Dr. William (Bill) Richards, PhD Music, MMus, BA (high honours, music)
I have taught jazz improvisation, music theory, orchestration, and computer music applications at the University of Saskatchewan, and music theory and ear training at the University of Western Ontario. At MacEwan, I have taught piano, music theory, improvisation, ear training, keyboard ensemble, and arranging lab for the Music Program, introductory music history for Arts and Science, and theory and ear training for the Theatre Arts Department.
As the head of piano and theory at MacEwan Music, I teach theory, ear training, and the Keyboard Ensemble courses, and am responsible for monitoring the progress of the piano majors, developing and contemporizing the piano/keyboard curriculum, and coordinating the theory components of the Music Program. From 2004 – 2007, I was instrumental in the development of the proposal for the MacEwan BMus degree in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music as the principal researcher, writer, and architect of the curricular aspects of the program, and was the manager of the MacEwan BMus Degree Readiness Project. The degree was approved by the Campus Alberta Quality Council in September 2007 and approved by the Minster of Advanced Education in October 2007. I am now responsible for coordinating curriculum development for the MacEwan BMus degree.
Grant MacEwan University Awards for Service
• MacEwan Board of Governors Five Year Service Award, 2008
• MacEwan Outstanding Service Award, 2008