Raul Barcenes

Assistant Professor Music
Performing Arts
Performing Arts Division

"They don't care how much you know until they know how much you care"

- George Leavens, CCSD Principal


  • Master of Business Administration (in progress), Alfred University
  • Certificate in Online Teaching and Training, Coastal Carolina University, 2016
  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Wind Band Conducting (related area in Music Education), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2013
  • Master of Arts in Education (Educational Administration and Leadership), Chapman University, 2009
  • Master of Music in Music, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2007
  • Bachelor of Music in Music (with Teaching Certification), Tarleton State University, 2005
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Specialties / Areas of Interest

  • bands, wind band conducting, music, first year experiences, classroom pedagogy and practices, instrument performance, brass pedagogy


Dr. Raul G. Barcenes currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music at Alfred University where his primary assignment is conducting bands and teaching courses in the Performing Arts Division. Prior to this appointment, he taught band and orchestra at Orr Middle School, a Title I, Tier I institution in the Clark County School District where he helped ensembles and music participation in one of the most urban areas in Las Vegas, NV. Previous appointments include faculty positions at Nevada State College, Coastal Carolina University, Elon University and in the public schools of California, North Carolina, and Texas.

He has served in a variety of service roles, but most notably was the Professional Development chair for the 2019 Nevada Music Educators Association and brought back the professional development component to the state conference. He also was involved in creating the first mariachi all-state ensemble in the state of Nevada and United States. 

He is active as a clinician, consultant, guest conductor and adjudicator, and has presented at numerous state music conferences throughout the United States on topics ranging from music teacher on-boarding, gainful employment strategies, beginner music instruction pedagogy, and ensemble preparation. Publications include books on First Year Induction for incoming college freshmen, and critical editions of Sir Carl Busch's trumpet works.

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