Richard D. Edwards

Associate Professor of Music


B.M., Ohio University

M.M., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Richard D. Edwards is the coordinator of the music education degree program at OWU. His scholarly interests include the neuromusical research implications of music learning, the development of musical creativity, and exploring curricular balance between large ensemble performance traditions and vernacular musicianship. 

Prior to working with college students, Dr. Edwards taught elementary general music and high school band in Ohio and North Carolina. He is the creator of the Musical Brain Imaging Research Database (MusicBIRD), a comprehensive review of all peer-reviewed brain imaging studies involving human subjects engaged in musical processes till 2010.

Publications / Presentations

  • Edwards, Richard D. (2015). "An alternative approach to creativity and music literacy with real time Iconic Graphic Notation." New Directions in Music Education 1(2).

  • Edwards, Richard D. (2015). "Seeking Balance." Music Educator's Journal 101(4): 9-10.

  • Edwards, Richard D. (2014). "In politics and pedagogy, a philosophy guides the way." TRIAD 82(1): 54-55.

  • Edwards, Richard D. (2008). "Neuromusical research: An overview of the literature." In W. Gruhn & F. Rauscher (Ed.), Neurosciences in Music Pedagogy. New York: Nova Science Publishers: 1-25

  • Edgar, S. N., Councill, K.H., Edwards, R.D., Hoffman, III, E.C., & Spears, A. (2018). How did I end up here? The realities of teaching music education at small colleges and universities. Visions of Research in Music Education, 31. [PDF]


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Sanborn Hall 102
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3721