“Consistently enjoyable work sparkles with Flauding’s beautiful arrangements…” - Billboard Magazine.
I have taught composition-arranging and related subjects (theory) at several colleges and universities and have tutored students from Berklee College of Music and others.
I have written hundreds of pieces of music of all styles and ensembles including for the London Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and music recorded in LA, Nashville and London for recording projects and film-television. Most recently I have written music for jazz orchestras performed by the Dallas Jazz Orchestra and the American Jazz Composers Orchestra. My music is performed and recorded worldwide. My recordings have won awards and have been featured in Billboard Magazine and many others.
I currently teach at Weatherford College (Texas), also at my studio and online with students worldwide.
My students include other college professors. Some of my students have had recent premieres and performances with orchestras and jazz ensembles.
I am also the music director-conductor for several jazz orchestras and smaller ensembles (including Weatherford College) which gives my students opportunities for hearing their music performed live.
I use all kinds of technology, yet I focus on teaching students to write for "real" players.
Comment from my current employer at Weatherford College:
“I’m really glad that you’re “on board” the WC music department, Ric. I feel strongly that you have raised the standard of instructional excellence to a higher level than ever before. Your very presence in the classroom/band hall is effective, from the impression your very attire makes, combined with the depth of your musical expertise and your obvious passion for the discipline with which you deliver content and rehearsal direction, all of which combine for such an effective and positive result. Thank you for sharing your love of music with WC students.” - Cal Lewiston: Music Professor/Department Chair Fine Arts & Communications.
I have had great success with online (Skype) teaching for composition-arranging. I have computers, iPad and other devises to achieve success.
Arranger-Composer in residence.
Co-Director: Jazz Orchestra / Combos / Rhythm Section.
Instructor-Director of Improv Classes.
Studied Schillinger Studies (theory) in depth for over 6 years with a student of Joseph Schillinger.
Begun in 1920 as the Texas Band Teachers Association, the Texas Music Educators Association is an organization of over 10,000 school music educators dedicated to promoting excellence in music education. TMEA is comprised of five divisions: Band, Orchestra, Vocal, Elementary and College. On behalf of its members and Texas schoolchildren, TMEA carefully monitors the actions of all state decision-making bodies on issues affecting fine arts instruction in Texas. In addition to many member benefits, TMEA offers professional development opportunities for its members with Region workshops and especially with its annual Clinic/Convention. TMEA supports the future of music education by offering scholarships to music education majors and by sponsoring the Texas Future Music Educators, an organization through which high school students interested in careers in music education learn more about what to expect in their college education and future careers.
The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.