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Richard McCready is a composer, musician, and the Director of Music Technology at River Hill High School in Columbia, Maryland.  He was born in Northern Ireland and studied tuba performance, piano, and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England.  Since emigrating to the US in 1992, he has held teaching positions at The Park School of Baltimore, Towson University, and Mayfield Woods Middle School, Elkridge, MD; he has also played professionally with the Monumental Brass Quintet, the Lexington Brass Quintet, and the Denhard/McCready Duo.  He has earned two Masters degrees from Towson University, one in tuba performance and one in vocal performance.  He plays many musical instruments, but the focus of his teaching is Music Technology in which he is widely regarded as one of the outstanding innovators in the US.  His book, Making Music with GarageBand and Mixcraft, was published in 2010. Richard was awarded the TI:ME 2013 Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year Award and also the Howard County 2013 Music Educator of the Year.

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Goodbye Pete Seeger

| January 28, 2014 | Reply
Goodbye Pete Seeger

    I have many albums of Pete Seeger, but my favorites are the ones where other people are singing his songs, as Pete wrote his songs for others to sing.  Every time he sang a song in public, his was just one voice of hundreds singing along with his banjo or his guitar.  Pete […]

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Time to meet the kids

| August 15, 2013 | Reply
Time to meet the kids

    The first day of school is fast approaching for many of us.  Many teachers have been getting very active on the Music Teachers’ Facebook page and trading for ideas on what to teach their students as the new school year gets off to a start.  It’s exciting to see so many people who are […]

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Building a Web Site – A Class Project

| May 17, 2013 | Reply
Building a Web Site – A Class Project

      The school year is coming to a close at River Hill High School.  Seniors are finding out where they are going to college, and finishing their AP exams, and as anybody who has taught high school knows, this is the time of year when those seniors tend to “check out.”  Many teachers […]

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Looking at the Future TI:ME

| February 18, 2013 | 1 Reply
Looking at the Future TI:ME

                      I have just returned from San Antonio, Texas, where I attended the 2013 TI:ME conference in conjunction with the Texas Music Educators’ Association.  What an amazing experience it was!  I got to connect and collaborate with the top flight of music educators using technology […]

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Apps on Sale

| December 18, 2012 | 1 Reply
Apps on Sale

                        This post is time-sensitive!  With the run up to the Holidays there are a number of apps which are running specials.  If you have an iPhone or iPad, you may want to take advantage of some of these great discounts and freebies.  Also, […]

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Teach it to Learn it

| November 15, 2012 | Reply
Teach it to Learn it

  I have just completed a five-week course in Sibelius 7.  I have learned an amazing amount about the program in those weeks, and I have a new-found appreciation for everything that can be achieved with this outstanding piece of software.  Every week after class I came home totally enthused about all the new possibilities […]

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Hanging with Tom Rudolph

| October 21, 2012 | Reply
Hanging with Tom Rudolph

On Friday I had the great pleasure of spending time with the illustrious Dr. Tom Rudolph, at Maryland Music Educators’ Association Conference.  Tom was our distinguished Music Tech guest this year, and presented two phenomenal sessions on Finale and Smart Music. I have presented sessions at the Maryland conference for the last ten years, and […]

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