School music program led by Grammy-nominated instructor offers job training, college creditPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- This is school choice week and some high school students are choosing music.
Arcadia High School's unique CMAS program attracts children from inside and outside the district. It prepares them for a job, lets them earn college credit, and has even led the instructor to a Grammy nomination.
The large room, covered with posters of bands past and present, is a laboratory of sorts where students find a chemistry of strings, drums and voice. The mad scientist behind it all is Richard Maxwell.
“If this one was really awful, if I've done my job right, they're going to go back and write another one,” Maxwell said.
If that is worthy of a Grammy, he is happy to accept and share it with them.