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Randles teaches “Progressive Music Education Methods” and “Creative Performance Chamber Ensemble” at the undergraduate level, and “Psychology of Music” and "Creative Thinking in Music" at the graduate level. He also teaches a class for students with special needs in a community music outreach in downtown St. Petersburg, a program sponsored by VSA, the international organization for students with disabilities. He currently serves as the National Research Co-Chair for the non-profit organization Little Kids Rock, and is Chair-Elect of the Creativity Special Research Interest Group of the National Association for Music Education.
His research interests include the intersection of motivation theory and creativity, and exploration of the construct “creative identity.” Randles has presented papers at state, national, and international conferences in the US, Canada, Egypt, Finland, China, and England. He has articles published in the Michigan Music Educator, Music Education Research International, the Journal of Music Teacher Education, Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, General Music Today, Research Studies in Music Education, the Journal of Aesthetic Education, Arts Education Policy Review, the British Journal of Music Education, the Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, Music Educator’s Journal, and Music Education Research. He has an articles forthcoming in the International Journal of Music Education, the Journal of Music, Technology, and Education, and the International Journal of Community Music. Contributions to the Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, and the Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, both published by Springer; a book chapter on teaching guitar in Engaging Practices: A Sourcebook for Middle School General Music (Rowman & Littlefield); a chapter contribution on individualist conceptions of creativity in the forthcoming second edition of The Child as Musician: A Handbook of Musical Development (Oxford University Press); a book chapter on the meaning-making practices of students with special needs who play in iPad jam bands for the book Music and Media-Infused Lives: Music Education in a Digital Age (Canadian Music Educator's Association); a a co-edited book titled Musicianship: Composing in Band and Orchestra (GIA Publications); and an edited book on music education in the 21st Century titled Music Education: Navigating the Future (Routledge) are some recent academic accomplishments. Randles has formed two book series, Musicianship through GIA Publishing (Chicago) and Routledge Studies in Music Education with Routledge (New York) to assist the music profession in realizing expanded curricular possibilities on a large scale. Prior to his appointment at USF, Dr. Randles taught general music and band in the public schools of Michigan for nine years. He has written arrangements and original compositions that have been performed by both marching bands and children’s choruses. He currently enjoys performing with the USF iPad Quintet, Touch, playing guitar in a Tampa Bay area praise band, and performing with his rock n' roll band, Nameless Johnny.
A Michigan native, Randles received his bachelor of music education degree from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, and both his Master of Music and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degrees from Michigan State University.