Profiles in Teaching with Technology
S4 E2: Richard McCready
Richard McCready teaches Music Technology, Piano, and Guitar at River Hill High School in Clarksville, MD, and is also the Resource Teacher for Music Technology for Howard County.
Richard studied tube performance, vocal performance, composition, and music education at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, Manchester Metropolitcan University's Didsbury School of Education, and at Towson University in Maryland.
He was awarded the 2013 TI:ME Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year Award, the 2013 Howard County Music Educator of the Year Award, and the 2014 Maryland Outstanding Music Educator Award. He was also recognized by School Band & Orchestra as one of their "50 Directors Who Make a Difference" in 2017, and was a GRAMMY Music Educator Award semi-finalist in 2015.
Richard has written curriculum for the International Baccalaureate (Den Haad, The Netherlands), the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the State of Maryland, Howard County, and Baltimore's Reginald F. Lewis Music of Maryland African American History and Culture.
He is the author of Making Music with GarageBand and Mixcraft (Cengage, 2010) and Make Your Own Music: A Creative Curriculum (Hal Leonard, 2015). His work at River Hill High School was featured in the School Band & Orchestra Magazine's 2013 cover article "A Glimpse into the Future of Music Education" by Eliahu Sussman. He is also the editor of the Oxford University Press Music Tech guides series, "Prestissimo" and was featured in Patrick Bell's Music Technology Cookbook (OUP, 2020).