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.
The CMAS 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.
“I am supremely humbled and honored to have been selected as a Quarterfinalist by the Grammy Foundation for my work with CMAS. The opportunity and support I have been given by Arcadia, SUSD and the community to change the way we offer music education in schools with CMAS is something I am truly grateful for. As I move on to the next round, this is all really far more a testament to them, all my students over the years, and my own teachers, than it is to me,” said Mr. Maxwell.
According to the GRAMMY website, a total of 222 music teachers from 208 cities across 41 states have been announced as quarterfinalists for the second annual Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation. In total, more than 7,000 nominations were submitted from across 50 states.
“We are extremely honored that Richard has been chosen for consideration for this amazing award. This is a great example of a teacher standing out to represent his school, learning community and District. We wish him the best of luck in the next round,” said Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson.
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 15 schools have earned the state’s highest A-F Achievement Profile grade – A. All Scottsdale schools are graded as A, B, or C by the Arizona Department of Education. For more information about Scottsdale Unified schools, please visit www.susd.org.