School of Music


Dr. Richard Cangro Cangro

Office Location: 203 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-3114
Title: Associate Professor, Music Education

Community Music School

Richard M. Cangro, Ph. D., is an Associate Professor of Music Education at Western Illinois University. He was formerly a public school band and orchestra director for 15 years in West Hartford, Connecticut, as well as a youth ensemble conductor and chamber music coach for the Hartt School Community Pre-college Division, University of Hartford. He has also worked as an assessor for the Connecticut State Board of Education beginning teacher licensure program for 10 years. 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 I International Association for the Study of Cooperation in Education (IASCE).

Dr. Cangro is active as a presenter, curriculum consultant, adjudicator, and conductor. He has presented for several school district in-services and at numerous music educator conferences throughout the country, as well as professional development engagements in Taiwan, Canada, and the UK. He frequently presents professional development sessions and contributes regularly to music educator publications with topics including; addressing authentic music learning under current educational policies, student-centered learning, fostering independent musicianship, instrumental music pedagogy, assessing music learning, and 21st century music teacher preparation. His articles on music learning and teaching have been published in UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education. American Music Teacher, Music Educators Journal, Illinois Music Educator, Kansas Music Review, Connecticut Music Education Association News, and the IASCE Newsletter.

At WIU, Dr. Cangro teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in music education as well as directs the Community Music School, coordinates the graduate program in music education, supervises student teachers, and advises the collegiate NAfME chapter. Dr. Cangro was the State Collegiate Chapter Advisor and presently serves on the Music Teacher Education council for ILMEA. Musically, Dr. Cangro is the music director/conductor for the Monmouth Civic Orchestra and performs on trumpet with the Knox-Galesburg Symphony Orchestra.