Author Archive: R. McCready
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
1. The tuba player that was wide awake in your class on Monday is now fast asleep in the same class on Tuesday. 2. The freshman piccolo player who was 4′ 9″ tall on the last day before summer is now a 6′ 2″ sophomore. 3. Every player in the percussion ensemble has two sticks, [...]
One of the important considerations any teacher has to make when setting up a Music Tech lab is what sort of headphones to buy for student use. It’s a daunting prospect to have to go through all the many options that are available, and if you have to buy 20 or 30 pairs at [...]