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Executive Dean, College of Performing Arts; Dean, Mannes School of MusicMedia Contact Information:
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K–12 arts education, arts and cultural policy, higher education, music educationProfile:
Richard Kessler is a nationally recognized expert in K–12 arts education. He has been an executive, consultant, teacher, and leading thinker in all areas of K–12 arts education, including policy, teaching and learning, funding, and research. Mr. Kessler has served as executive director of The Center for Arts Education and the American Music Center. He also acted as a consultant in the development of arts and education programs for major cultural organizations and leading foundations, including Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) and The Center for Arts Education in New York City. Today, as dean of Mannes College The New School for Music, Richard Kessler has extended his leadership to the training of musicians. Kessler is the board treasurer of the Washington, DC–based education advocacy organization Common Core and a board member of the American Composers Orchestra and the Festival of New Trumpet Music.