Richard Staines, born 1 May, 1944 at Wingfield Street, Ipswich, was a pupil at Ipswich School from 1951 to 1963. After a year at the College of Education, Brighton, he graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 1967 where he studied piano with Patrick Cory and composition with James Iliff. He has taught music at secondary level as well as to younger age groups, beginning his teaching career at Elstree School, Woolhampton, Berkshire. Staines has taught in a wide range of schools for almost forty years, including having posts in Pretoria and Milan, and obtaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Middlesex University in 1989, as well as gaining distinctions in Masters in both Music Education and the Sociology of Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. From 1996 to 2009 he formed and led a singing course for adults in his home town and entitled 'Super Singing for Non-Singers.' His research interests are in curriculum issues, the sociology of music, the politics of music education, Social Process and Theory and the sociology of education policy.

Published essays:

Transferleistung auf dem Prufstand: Neubewertung des außermusikalischen Potentials von Musiklernen und -horen: ein Uberblick ausgewahlter Literatur. Musikpadagogische Forschungsberichte, 8. In: H. Gembris, R-D Kraemer, and G. Maas (eds) Macht Musik wirklich Kluger? Musikalisches Lernen und Transfereffekte (Augsburg: 2001). (Originally published as: 'Transfer Revisited: re- evaluating the non-musical potential of learning and listening to music.' British Journal of Music Education 16, No. 2, [July, 1999], pp 123-138)

Obrecht at 500: style and structure in the Missa Fortuna desperata. The Musical Times Volume 146, No.1891. (Summer, 2005) pp. 19-45

Anton Heiller: 30 years on. Journal of the British Institute of Organ Studies 33 (2009) pp 116-135

The First Eighty Years of Cowells of the Buttermarket, Ipswich, Printers, Stationers and Lithographers. Suffolk Review (New Series 67, Autumn 2016) pp.2-17.

'A superabundance of hands': the printing industry's perennial 'apprenticeship problem'. Journal of the Printing Historical Society (Summer 2019) pp. 33-65.

Richard Staines' additional interests and involvements in 'retirement' include writing about the history and development of the printing industry in Ipswich, the study of Lepidoptera, parish council work, ecclesiology and Victorian churches, playing the organ in the church of the Holy Family and St. Michael, Kesgrave, and fundraising for the Alzheimer's Society