Randall Everett Allsup holds degrees in music performance and music education from Northwestern and Columbia University. Randall graduated from Teachers College in 2002 and was later awarded “Outstanding Dissertation of the Year” by the Council on Research in Music Education for Crossing Over: Mutual Learning and Democratic Action in Instrumental Music Education. Before returning to Teachers College as assistant professor, now associate, Randall was coordinator of music education and director of bands at Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY.  He has taught courses in music education and conducting at the Chinese Culture University, Taiwan, and in 2009, he was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach and conduct research at the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland. At Teachers College, Randall teaches courses in creativity and problem solving; democracy and music education; philosophies of music education; and doctoral seminar. He is the proud recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award at Columbia.

Randall grew up among the cornfields of central Illinois, outside of Kankakee, and he was the first in his family to graduate from college. Armed with a Pell grant and plenty of student loans, he attended Northwestern University as a saxophone major. Randall’s interests in issues surrounding social justice and democracy were sharpened by coursework with Maxine Greene and his work in schools in neglected neighborhoods of New York City, teaching music at Cardinal Hayes High School in the South Bronx and through the Our Children's Foundation in west Harlem. In 2006, Randall hosted and organized the first-ever “International Conference on Music Education, Equity, and Social Justice” at Teachers College. Today, he remains a passionate advocate of the transformative affects of public schooling and arts education.

Randall writes about the challenges of reconceptualizing music pedagogy, with a special interest instrumental and popular music. His teaching and scholarship is shaped by great thinkers like Maxine Greene, Paulo Freire, and John Dewey. His articles appear in Philosophy of Music Education Review; Theory into Practice; Music Education Research; Music Educators Journal; Bluegrass Music News; School Music News; Visions of Research in Music Education; Teaching Music; Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education; Nordic Research in Music Education; Finnish Journal of Music Education; British Journal of Music Education; and Journal of Research in Music Education. He serves on the editorial boards of Music Education Research, Finnish Journal of Music Education, Music Educators Journal, New York State School Music Association Research Council, Philosophy of Music Education Review, Research Studies in Music Education, and the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education.

Future conference appearances and professional announcements are posted on his Facebook page.

Instrumental Music Education
Teacher Education
Philosophies of Music and Arts Education
Classroom Creativity
Democratic Education
Social Justice and Equity
Urban Education