Rieger firmly believes that education is the heart that pumps lifeblood into all musical experiences of the cultivated and vernacular traditions of any given culture. School bands and youth ensembles not only teach a student how to play an instrument, but instill lessons and develop skill sets critical to citizenry, teamwork, appreciation for all arts, and living an overall rich and fulfilling life.
As part of his Master of Arts in Education, Rieger has conducted observations, assisted teachers, and independently taught lessons at the middle school and high school level in the Kirkwood, Lindbergh, and Kirksville school districts. Subjects Rieger has taught or assisted in teaching include beginning band, intermediate choir, general music, and world music. Additionally, Rieger co-teaches MUSI 148 (Concert Band) at Truman State University, working with collegiate musicians who are either non-music majors seeking to continue to play their instrument, or music majors gaining experience playing a secondary instrument.
Rieger has begun clinicing, and recently visited Kirkwood High School in February of 2019 to work with and conduct their Woodwind Chamber Ensemble through a performance of The Hymn of Acxiom, which he custom arranged for the group. In his clinics, Rieger seeks to engage in experiences and discussions with students based around the fundamentals of good musicianship, the role of the modern musician in society, and how an individual can navigate and shape their own creative experiences. Through his clinics, he also seeks to encourage students to become lifelong musicians, continuing to play their instrument or sing after high school, regardless of their career path or the intensity of their musical study.