School of Music



Dr. Richard Cangro
Office Location: 203 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-3114
Title: Associate Professor, Music Education
Visit: Community Music School

Richard M. Cangro, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of the Community Music School at Western Illinois University. He was formerly a public school band and orchestra director for 15 years in Connecticut, as well as a youth ensemble conductor and chamber music coach for the Hartt School Community Pre-college Division, University of Hartford (West Hartford, CT). While teaching in Connecticut, he also worked for 10 years as an assessor for the Connecticut State Board of Education beginning teacher licensure program. Dr. Cangro received a Bachelor of Music in Trumpet Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, a Master of Music Education from the Hartt School, and a Ph.D. in Music Education also from Hartt. With his dissertation focusing on applying cooperative learning strategies to instrumental music learning, Dr. Cangro continues to investigate the nature and effects of student interaction at all levels of music learning. Presently, he serves on the executive board for the International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (IASCE).

A 2017 Fulbright grant recipient, Dr. Cangro is active as a presenter, curriculum consultant, adjudicator, and conductor. He has presented workshops and sessions for several school district in-services and at numerous music educator conferences throughout the US, as well as presented for professional development engagements in Canada, China, England, Myanmar, and Taiwan. His articles on music learning and teaching have been published in: UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education; Selected Papers from the 6th International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education; American Music Teacher; Music Educators Journal; The Recorder (Ontario MEA); Illinois Music Educator; Kansas Music Review; Connecticut Music Education Association News; and, the IASCE Newsletter.

Musically, Dr. Cangro has a wide range of performance experiences as a trumpet player and conductor. He is a member of the Knox-Galesburg Symphony, performs with the Quincy and Jacksonville Symphonies, and has been an active orchestral player and chamber musician for over 25 years. He has conducted several school, festival, community, and adult bands and orchestras, and is currently the music director/conductor of the Monmouth Civic Orchestra and the Quincy Area Youth Orchestra.

At WIU, Dr. Cangro teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education as well as directs the Community Music School, advises the Collegiate NAfME chapter, and supervises student teachers.