Rick Stevens has been a teacher and Assistant Director at The Londonderry School for over 40 years. Londonderry is a private, non-profit preschool, elementary and middle school operating in the Harrisburg area since 1971. He has taught piano lessons for over 30 years.
Rick also played in the local/regional bands Etosha and Oasis from 1980 to 1989. Oasis recorded and released their “Common Ground” album in 1985. He co-wrote 7 of the 11 tracks on the album. Rick also handled many of the booking and management responsibilities for the bands.
Out of his experiences performing locally, Rick developed the “Londonderry Kids’ Band” program in 1983 and has served as its program director ever since.The “Londonderry Kids’ Band” is a part of Londonderry’s regular music curriculum for the 5th through 8th grades. It requires all students, regardless of musical background to work together in a rock band format. Students choose songs, are taught the rudiments of an instrument for two songs and learn to work together to perform at an end of the year concert at the school. Rick is fond of saying, “It’s the Little League concept, applied to music.” For the past 16 years, he has been assisted in this by fellow Immersed in Music instructor and recording engineer, Dave Kelly.
In 2012, he joined with Rick Batley and began developing Immersed in Music. That school year,Rick Batley began assisting Rick with the 5th – 6th grade Kids’ Band. Together, they used that program as a model for the more encompassing vision that has become Immersed in Music.
He has a passion for 20th and 21st Centuries’ music history and teaches a “Music History at Londonderry” course. He has developed a web based blog of the same name, in which his students regularly research favorite musical artists and trace their influences backwards in time.
Rick is married to Randee Stevens. They have two adult children, Abby and Molly. Their border collie is named “Mercy” (as in Cannonball Adderley’s “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!” and Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy, Mercy Me!”), reflecting his musical influences.
For further information about Immersed in Music or to contact Rick:
Phone: (717) 645-2150