Title: Retired School Music Educator
Location: Galloway, New Jersey, United States
Richard S. Older, Retired School Music Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music education.
Mr. Older was first introduced to music while attending the Suffield Academy, a private, co-ed, secondary preparatory school located in Suffield, Connecticut. There, he was involved with the Glee Club and a summer music school program while on campus, leading him to fall deeply in love with music. Upon his acceptance to Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, he earned the opportunity to sing under some of the greatest conductors in the world. In 1971, he obtained a Bachelor of Music Education from the institution. Spending the entirety of his career teaching in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, he first served Columbia Junior High School as a teacher of eighth grade vocal and general music from 1971 to 1981. He went on to teach vocal and general music at Mountain Park Elementary School for seven years, at William Woodruff Elementary School from 1981 until his retirement and at Thomas P. Hughes Elementary School from 1988 until his retirement. Likewise, Mr. Older also lent his expertise as both a boys’ baseball and girls’ basketball coach at the junior high school level.
Renowned for his contributions to education, Mr. Older was the recipient of a 20 Years of Service Award from the PTA of William Woodruff Elementary School in 1990. Along with this distinguished achievement, he recalls one of his career highlights was having his choir from William Woodruff sing and perform with the African Children’s Choir in March of 2002 in New York City. A member of Mays Landing Golf Club, Mr. Older enjoys golfing and bowling in his spare time. He served as a member and local representative for the New Jersey Education Association in 1986 and 1987. In his retirement, he remains active as a choir conductor for his local Presbyterian Church. The advice that he can offer to aspiring music educators is to really enjoy all aspects of music, not just one. He adds, it is important to understand all the notes and rhythms in music, not just singing and playing, as there are many musicians who do not know how to write music. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Older can be found in the 51st through 53rd and 56th through 58th editions of Who’s Who in America and the fifth through eighth editions of Who’s Who in American Education.
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