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Arcadia teacher a semifinalist for Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award


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  • Becky Kelbaugh/Scottsdale Unified School District

Richard Maxwell, The Creator Of The Groundbreaking Contemporary Music And Sound (CMAS) Program At Arcadia High School, Has Been Selected As Quarterfinalist For The Music Educator Award Presented By The Recording Academy And The GRAMMY Foundation. Photo Courtesy Scottsdale Unified School District

Richard Maxwell, the creator of the groundbreaking Contemporary Music and Sound program at Arcadia High School, has been selected as one of the 25 semifinalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

The The Contemporary Music and Sound program is unique to Arcadia and Scottsdale Unified School District, and as part of the Career and Technical Education department, functions largely as a full scale record label, run entirely by the students.

Arcadia teacher a semifinalist for Grammy Foundation Music Educator Award Richard-MaxwellInside

Richard Maxwell, the creator of the groundbreaking Contemporary Music and Sound (CMAS) program at Arcadia High School, has been selected a semifinalist for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. Photo courtesy Scottsdale Unified School District

“I’m proud of my musical diversity and adaptability, music degrees, work as a conductor, and creating CMAS; but as a singer-songwriter and self-taught producer facilitating CMAS, I am the least important person in the room. The students do the great things. I’m just lucky I get to be there when it all happens,” said Maxwell.

According to the GRAMMY website, this year, 7,000 nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The 25 semifinalists come from 25 cities across 17 states.

The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

One recipient will be selected from 10 finalists and will be recognized for his/her remarkable impact on students’ lives. The winner will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award, attend the GRAMMY Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 honorarium. The nine finalists will each receive a $1,000 honorarium and the schools of all 10 finalists will receive matching grants.

This award will be presented at the Special Merit Awards Ceremony and Nominees Reception honoring recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Award during GRAMMY Week 2015.

For more information about CMAS, please visit www.ArcadiaCMAS.com. For more information about the GRAMMY Foundation, please visit http://www.grammy.org/grammy-foundation.

Scottsdale Unified School District, where we Engage, Educate and Empower Every Student, Every Day. The District and 19 schools have earned the state’s highest A-F Achievement Profile grade – A – by the Arizona Department of Education. For more information about Scottsdale Unified schools, please visit www.susd.org