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Music technology is a catalyst for opening new doors to creativity!

Innovation in digital audio, looping and sequencing software, music players, MIDI performance tools, and mobile computing has made music accessible to new and broader audiences.  New creativity experiences open even for those who do not have traditional performing or music reading skills.  A wide range of coaching and speaking options are available for these music tools and more with individual coaching; lectures, workshops, and inservice training; and consulting and planning.  Please feel free to browse and use the variety of resources from these service that you are free to refer to, download, and use with your students and classes.

Current Speaking Topics

  • Opening new doors to creativity using music technology
  • Making mobile computing and laptops work in college and K-12 music
  • Non-traditional music students (NTMs): Reaching the other 80%
  • Music futures: Technology planning for music educators and administrators
  • Defining and integrating technology core-competencies into the undergraduate music curriculum

Current Workshop/In-Service Topics

  • Hands-on workshops to introduce various music software titles. Recent titles in demand include GarageBand, Sibelius, Audacity, MusicFirst music software, and web-based and tablet based music apps 
  • Exploring the new web-based, school music software packages available through MusicFirst
  • Applying Sibelius to common activities in the music classroom and ensemble
  • GarageBand and Mixcraft: Working with the commonalities to reach Mac and PC users
  • $2 MIDI Instruments and other DIY music instruments: Create a MIDI band for your students

More Keynotes and Presentations

  • DuPage County, Illinois Music In-Service Workshops (2008 to 2014)
  • TI:ME/TMEA Conferences (2013 and 2014): Music Technology Leadership Academy funded with NAMM Grant with R. Dammers and V.J. Manzo, San Antonio, Texas.
  • TI:ME/JEN Conference (2012): Music Technology Leadership Academy funded with NAMM Grant with R. Dammers and V.J. Manzo, Louisville, Kentucky
  • WIth Richard Dammers (October 2010):  Presentation for METOS 2010 on the Non-traditional Music (NTM) student and the "Other 80%).  YouTube videos in four parts: Part 1; Part 2; Parts 3 and 4 (no longer available)
  • Opening New Doors to Music Creativity.  (PDF of slides from keynote presentation for the UAB Music Technology Academy workshop, November 8, 2008)
  • Tanglewood II "Technology and Music Education" Symposium, University of Minnesota, April 2007
  • Great Lakes Regional College Music Society Conference (with Peter Webster), Bowling Green University, March 2007
  • Sibelius Inservice Training, Barneveld WI, March 2007
  • Association of Illinois Music Schools (AIMS), Millikin University, October 2006
  • Florida Music Educators Conference, Keynote and workshop, January 2006
  • Michigan Music Technology Conference, January 2006
  • National Association of Schools of Music Workshop with Peter Webster, Chicago, November 2006

Current Research Projects

NTMs (Non-traditional Music Students): The Other 80%.

Current personal research focuses on teaching strategies for a population of students I refer to as "non-traditional music students" or NTMS.  These students represent the "Other 80%" of grades 7-12 students not being reached by the traditional, performing ensembles in secondary education.  Check out our new website for this project that Dr. Rick Dammers (Rowan U) and I maintain:  

Core Competencies for Music Technology in the Undergraduate Music Curriculum

Collaborating with Dr. Peter Webster (Northwestern U Emertus), our goal is to help define the core competencies all music major should acquire during the undergraduate music education and examine the strategies currently used to integrate these competencies into the coursework in all subdisciplines of music. We have conducted two surveys and working on a third to bring this project to fruition.  The results have been reported at ATMI-CMS conferences in Richmond (2011), San Diego (2012), and Cambridge (2013) and can be viewed on our shared website

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