Richard Maxwell


Education Innovator

I make music. I push my Creative Process. I enjoy helping others do the same.

Musician, GRAMMY® nominee, and internationally recognized Education Innovator, Richard Maxwell is focused largely on pushing the limits of how technology and the Creative Process, across all musical genres, can be linked. Along with his own musical pursuits he also has an extensive background in the Symphony Orchestra world, having spent over a decade as a conductor.

Maxwell has always looked to explore how music can cross genres and expectations, manifesting in his own music as well as culminating with his developing the groundbreaking, and ever evolving, Creative Musical Arts & Sciences (CMAS) program, at Arcadia High School, in Phoenix, Arizona – a fully open creative platform and record label run by students, all creating and producing their own music, that is endorsed by a who’s-who of music education and industry professionals.

Frequently a featured speaker at Education conferences, Maxwell received a Masters’ in Music from The University of Arizona in Conducting, and was the first ever recipient of a Music Composition degree from Bradley University. He was also recognized in 2014 as the Music Educator Mentor of the Year from Arizona State University. Known for his ability to bridge Arts with real world skills, as well as being a coveted mentor to other teachers, Richard has developed and written curriculum for several national organizations, and has even been sited as a primary reference in documentation for the US Congress.

Most recently, asked by e4SUA (Engineering For Us All - in partnership with the National Science Foundation) to bring his innovative approach to the field of Engineering, Richard is helping to develop and pilot a new curriculum for Engineering Education across the US, through the lens of the Music Industry.

Grateful to have been recognized multiple times nationally, along with a host of awards and other honors, Richard is always up for exploring new ways to evolve the Creative Process, be it through producing others in recording studios, assisting musicians across any number of genres in getting the most out of their own musical resources of skills and equipment, working with student musicians, mentoring educators, or creating his own music.

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He's always so impactful and I love the look on students’ faces when he inevitably blows their minds.

-Elizabeth Bucura, Ph.D., Eastman School of Music

It's fantastic! I have modeled our hybrid Music Industry program on it.

-Nick Frampton, Aitken College, Melbourne, Australia

Richard’s insight and experience have saved me potentially years of trial and error in determining best practices for my program.

-Timothy M. Treweek, Liberty High School, Bethlehem, PA

I love Richard Maxwell. I love what he does.

-George Benson

Freakin' awesome!!!

-Steve Marcantonio

Every school should have this.

-NIls Lofgren

I really wouldn't be able to do any of this without the outlet he provided me.

-Addie Nicole, former student, Touring Musician (Halocene, AMIX Studios)

It made me wanna pursue music.

-Thomas Brenneman, former student, Touring Musician (El West, Still Motions)

I learned so much from him. Really showed me I could have a career in Music.

-Chris Binsfeld, former student, Producer (Speakeasy Sound, Burbank, CA.)

Students will be a level above the rest when they exit High School!

-Jim Meredith, former student, PRG (Production Resource Group)

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