Richard A McCready teaches Music Technology, Piano, and Guitar, at River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland, and is also the Resource Teacher for Music Technology for Howard County, MD.
Richard studied tuba performance, vocal performance, composition, and music education at the Royal Northern College of Music (Manchester, England), Manchester Metropolitan University’s Didsbury School of Education, and at Towson University (Towson, 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 also the 2014 Maryland Outstanding Music Educator Award. He was also recognized by School Band and 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 Haag, 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 and Orchestra "A Glimpse Into The Future of Music Education" cover article by Eliahu Sussman in April 2013. He is also the series editor of the Oxford University Press “Prestissimo” series of Music Tech guides and was featured in the “Music Technology Cookbook” by Adam Patrick Bell (Oxford, 2020).