In his more than fifty years of educating and conducting, Richard Floyd has earned multiple distinguished awards including the A. A. Harding Award, “Texas Bandmaster of the Year” in 2006, and most recently the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Medal of Honor in 2011. He is currently the State Director of Music Emeritus (University of Texas at Austin), a member of the Music For All Board of Directors, a Yamaha Master Educator, and the Music Director of the Austin Symphonic Band. Professor Floyd continues to travel the country and is a regular clinician for the Texas Music Educators Association, the Texas Bandmasters Association, and the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
“The Artistry of Teaching and Making Music,” Professor Floyd’s most recent book, gives insight into his teaching philosophy and touches on some of his most memorable musical moments. Topics include the purpose of music, positive interactions with students, and tips for refining musical elements like tone or balance. It is an invaluable resource for any musician or educator looking to refine their leadership or musical expression.