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.
Lindbergh School District
Aug 2020-Dec 2020
As part of his Master of Arts in Education, Rieger interned as a student teacher with the Lindbergh School District, working with the 6th-12th graders at Sperreng Middle School, Truman Middle School, and Lindbergh High School. Specifically, Rieger co-taught the following age groups and classes:
Beginning Trumpets (6), first and second quarter, virtual and in-person
Beginning Percussion (6), first and second quarter, virtual and in-person
Mixed Woodwinds (7), first quarter, virtual
Mixed Brass (7), first and second quarter, virtual and in-person
Freshman Non-Marching Band (9), first quarter, virtual
Marching Band (9-12), first quarter, virtual and in-person
Freshman Band (9), second quarter, in-person
Symphonic Band (10-12), second quarter, in-person
Given the peculiar nature of the Fall 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Rieger taught a combination of virtual and in-person classes, and also had the chance to work alongside the Lindbergh staff as they switched to using the Essential Elements method series. This switch was made predominantly to gain access to the online resources available through Essential Elements Interactive, giving Rieger first-hand experience with using new music technology and the assignment selection process.
Truman State University
Aug 2018-May 2020
While studying conducting, Rieger served as a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant at Truman State University. This position consisted of co-administrating all of the athletic and concert bands at the university, and teaching, co-teaching, and/or conducting the following courses or activities:
Wind Symphony I
Wind Symphony II
Basketball Band/Pep Band
Rieger additionally taught and prepared an hour's worth of music for his graduate conducting recital, working with Wind Symphonies I and II, the saxophone studio, and Uncommon Practice (the university's contemporary music ensemble). Though this in-person recital was canceled in response to the COVID-19, an impromptu virtual recital was given using prerecorded music. More about this digital recital can be found
Kirksville School District
Jan 2016-May 2016
Aug 2019-Dec 2019
During his time at Truman State University, Rieger worked with Rebecca Murphy at William Matthew Middle School for 60+ hours, gaining experience outside of his familiar field of band. Additionally, he worked with the Early Childhood Learning Center, preparing 15 weekly music lessons for students ages 3-4. Between these experiences, Rieger taught or co-taught the following courses:
8th Grade Choir
7th Grade General Music
Lindbergh School District
The Lindbergh Band Program runs a college intern program, headed by Brian Wyss, in which students pursuing music education spend several weeks working alongside the Lindbergh staff to host a band camp for students who will enter the sixth grade in the next academic school year. The camp is scheduled to where interns work with two separate groups of beginners, and then discuss the field of music education with Wyss. While interning, Rieger gained experience with the following groups:
Rieger has recently begun clinicing, where 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.
Lees Summit School District
In a speaker series for his students at Bernard Campbell Middle School, band director Christian Pierce hosted live-streamed interviews with various professionals in the field of music. With a focus on composition, Pierce and Rieger discussed what goes into writing a piece of music, how to get started in composing, and how being a composer can link into the other parts of a person's musical life.
Kirkwood School District
After being commissioned to write a custom arrangement of The Hymn of Acxiom for Kirkwood High School's Woodwind Chamber Ensemble, Rieger video-called into rehearsals to provide feedback on the group's interpretation of the work leading up to their performance. Rieger also traveled to the St. Louis area to conduct the ensemble in-concert, and give a same-day clinic beforehand.
Kirkwood School District
Over the course of several lessons, Rieger coached Kirkwood High School's four drum majors, aiding in the development of proper technique, and helping to guide interpretation and expression. Rieger drew upon his experience as a collegiate drum major, and his days as drum major when he was a student at Kirkwood.