Richard Maxwell, the creator of the groundbreaking Contemporary Music and Sound (CMAS) program at Arcadia High School, has been named as one of the 10 finalists for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.
The Contemporary Music and Sound program is unique to Arcadia and Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), and as part of the Career and Technical Education department, functions largely as a full scale record label, run entirely by the students.
“This is truly an incredible honor, and such a wonderful proof-of-concept that my approach to Music Education with the program I created, Contemporary Music and Sound, works. Mostly, I am hoping this will give others the motivation to create similar programs at other schools, and I’m hoping I can help make that happen,” said Maxwell.
According to the GRAMMY website, this year, 7,000 nominations were submitted from all 50 states. The 10 finalists come from 10 cities across nine 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.
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.