Richard D. Cross has worked as a Board Certified Music Therapist with the Detroit Public Schools since 1987. He continues to service severely emotionally impaired children and adolescents in a day treatment setting at Turning Point Academy in Detroit, Michigan. He also provides music therapy services in a residential treatment setting at Christ Child House, also located in Detroit, Michigan.
Richard received a bachelor degree in jazz studies and contemporary media, a post bachelor degree in music therapy, and a master degree in elementary teaching from Wayne State University.
Some of his students have performed with the Wayne State University Jazz Lab Band and the Northwestern High School Jazz Band. His students have also performed holiday programs for Detroit Public Schools former radio station WDTR, as well as service learning projects in area senior living community centers.
Richard has studied with jazz pianist Matt Michaels, Motown arranger David Van DePitte, and music therapy pioneer Carol I. Collins. He enjoys songwriting, arranging for jazz band, reading, and traveling. He currently lives in Wyandotte, MI.