Kenneth R. Raessler

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Dr. Kenneth R. Raessler (d. 2015) served as Professor and Director of the School of Music Emeritus at Texas Christian University (TCU). He was also Director of Music Education in the Williamsport Area School District, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Williamsport Music Education Program achieved national prominence during his tenure, not only for excellence in performance but also for excellence and innovation in classroom music, and was awarded the MENC’s initial “Exemplary Program Award.”

Dr. Raessler received a Bachelor's Degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Distinguished Alumni by the University and the School of Music, a Master’s Degree from Temple University, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He taught in the public schools of East Stroudsburg and Hatboro-Horsham, Pennsylvania, as well as Belvidere, New Jersey. He also served for ten years as the Director of Music Education and Chairman of the Department of Music at Gettysburg College.

The author of over 70 articles that provided a catalyst for his book, Aspiring to Excel: Leadership Initiatives for Music Educators, (GIA Publications, Inc., 2003) intended to inspire leadership incentives, advocacy, and the quest for excellence in today’s music educators. He also contributed several chapters to the popular book by James Jordan entitled The Musicians Walk (GIA Publications, Inc., 2005) as well as The School Choral Program: Philosophy, Planning, Organizing and Teaching (GIA Publications, Inc., 2008) by Jordan and Michele Holt.