Richard McCready is a composer, musician, and the director of music technology of River Hill High School in Columbia, Maryland He also serves Howard County as the resource teacher for music technology and was awarded the TI:ME Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year Award in 2013, the 2013 Howard County (Md.) Music Educator of the Year Award, and the 2014 Maryland Outstanding Music Teacher Award.
was also a finalist for the Recording Academy
Educator of the Year Award in 2015.
In April 2013, School Band and Orchestra magazine
featured a cover story on McCready's work at River Hill High School
McCready was born in Northern Ireland and studied tuba performance, piano, and composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, England.
He began his teaching career at Frodsham High school in Cheshire, England.
Since emigrating to the United States in 1992, he has held teaching positions at the Park School of Baltimore, Towson University and Mayfield Woods Middle School, Elkridge, Maryland; he has also played professionally with the Monumental Brass Quintet, the Lexington Brass Quintet, and the Denhard/McCready Duo.
Earning two masters' degrees from Towson University, one in tuba performance and one in vocal performance, McCready plays many musical instruments, but the focus of his teaching is music technology - an area in which is widely regarded as one of the outstanding innovators in the US.
previous book, Making Music with GarageBand and Mixcraft, was published by Cengage Learning in 2010.