Top 10 Presentations at 2016 TMEA

We are excited to have been invited to present as part of the TI:ME pre conference at the TMEA conference in San Antonio TX. There are hundreds inspiring and educational presentations and performances happening at TMEA. The full conference schedule is now available. It’s impossible to see and hear everything at TMEA but here’s a list of just some of the ones we’re excited to hear.

Did we miss one? Let us know what other clinics you will be attending by commenting below.

Here’s our list in chronological order.

Wednesday / 10:00 – 11:00 AM / CC 211
STEM Innovations in Music Education
Clinician: Gregg Cannady, STEM School and Academy

Cannady will present innovative methods used as core curriculum in a STEM school environment. Software such as Ableton Live, Sibelius, and a variety of apps and controllers are integrated into a core curriculum as students learn piano, guitar, technology, and music theory. Students synthesize music knowledge and skills to improvise, create, and perform.

Gregg runs a successful STEM music program at STEM Academy in Highlands Ranch Colorado. He has a great story of stumbling into music from years as a choral conductor. His class is always up to amazing projects.

Wednesday / 12:30 – 1:30 PM / CC 209
Software Shootout: Finding the Right DAW
Clinicians: Jay Dorfman, Boston Univ; Marc Jacoby, West Chester Univ

Today’s software market is replete with a digital audio workstation (DAW) titles for recording, editing, and mixing music. The clinicians will examine some of the major DAW titles and apply a framework for their usefulness in the classroom

Looking forward to hearing how Marc and Jay point out the key features and applications for the major DAWs as they are used in the classroom. Jay’s book Theory and Practice of Technology-based Music Instruction (Oxford University Press, 2013) is also a must read.


Thursday / 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM / CC 211
Teaching Composition with Technology: Lessons That Work
Clinician: Barbara Freedman, Greenwich HS

There will always will be a need to teach students the basic elements of music and music composition if they are to create sophisticated music. Given current technology, we have to determine what skills are necessary and how we can best deliver them. Freedman will explore lessons and curriculum to teach composition and theory skills to support students becoming successful creators of music. She will also discuss software techniques and composition and theory lesson plans.
Barb was a recent guest on our podcast. She’s a pioneer in the field of music tech education and one of our heroes. We’re looking forward to Barb’s presentation and hope to take away some great ideas.


Thursday / 2:30 – 3:30 PM / CC 212
Teaching Music with Technology: Two Approaches
Clinicians: Barbara Freedman, Greenwich HS; Will Kuhn, Lebanon HS

Watch two experts in their field share different views on how to create amazing, cutting edge projects for the modern music production classroom. Veteran teachers Freedman and Kuhn will share their unique perspectives, lessons, and tips for teaching with technology in the classroom. They will focus on using technology for basic music skills training, music composition, and music performance.

Barb and Will share their different approaches to teaching music technology. Many great ideas and lots of inspiration are sure to come from this clinic.


Thursday / 6:30 – 7:30 PM / CC 209
Engaging Lesson Plans for GarageBand on iPad
Clinician: Katie Wardrobe, Midnight Music

GarageBand is a fantastic music app for the iPad that you can use in many ways. Discover engaging, adaptable projects, and activities to use with students of almost any age group—creating original soundtracks, transforming the blues, a choose-your-own-adventure remix, recording stories and radio shows, composition activities, and making your own music games.

Katie Wardrobe was a recent guest on our podcast and we’re excited to learn more about her Garage band curriculum for the iPad.


Friday / 10:00 – 11:00 AM / CC 213
Designing a Music Technology Curriculum
Clinician: John Mlynczak, Technology Institute for Music Educators

Want to start a music technology program? Mlynczak will cover what you need to know to design a curriculum, including writing lesson plans, creating tutorials, and relating to standards. He will also highlight free resources. Educators understand how to teach music and students understand technology. Together, design a collaborative course where any student can create music.

John Mlynczak is an entertaining speaker and an expert with tons of great advice. He’s doing a few different clinics at TMEA!


Friday / 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM / CC 210
Dynamic Video Lessons Created in a Snap
Clinicians: George Litterst, Yamaha Corporation of America; Shana Kirk, Yamaha Corporation of America

Do you ever wish you had more contact time with your students? Would you like to provide personal instruction students can take home? With simple tools, you can create amazing and dynamic video lessons. There’s no need for a recording studio or production staff. You can quickly and efficiently create high quality, personal lesson material that’s accessible on the Web 24/7.

Creating high quality video lessons is something that is very important to us at Classtrack. There’s a huge potential for use in the classroom too. Looking forward to hearing George and Shana from Yamaha speak on this topic.


Friday / 4:00 – 5:00 PM / CC 213
Double Your Music Enrollment with Music Technology
Clinician: Will Kuhn, Lebanon HS

Find out how adding a music technology branch to your music program can dramatically increase music’s reach in your schools. Using modern tools and savvy project-based course design, music can become the leading subject at your school and bring your students into the 21st century. Gain valuable insights from one of the largest high school music tech programs in the country.

We love seeing strong music technology programs help grow the overall reach of music in a school. Will Kuhn will explain his recipe for success at Lebanon HS.


Friday / 6:30 – 7:30 PM / CC 213
Making Beats: Teaching Modern Pop & EDM Production
Clinician: Will Kuhn, Lebanon HS

Ever feel lost trying to explain modern pop music production to your students? Learn the process of how electronic pop music is made and about the tools to bring these styles into the classroom. Using Ableton Live, see how hip-hop, house, dubstep, and more can bring fresh new ideas to your music classes. Kuhn will also provide demos and sample projects to use!

Will Kuhn has also co written an excellent book called Interactive Composition: Strategies Using Ableton and Max for Live. His book goes in detail on many of the methods for modern music production in the classroom.


Saturday / 12:30 – 1:30 PM / CC 209
Earning or Offering a Music Technology Certification
Clinicians: Floyd Richmond, Univ of Valley Forge, TI:ME President; Mike Lawson, TI:ME Executive Director

Learn more about how Technology Institute for Music Educators (TI:ME) recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding music teachers who integrate music technology into their teaching through two levels of certification. Information is targeted to those wishing to earn and those wishing to offer TI:ME certification.

TI:ME is a great organization for any educator teaching music and technology. Floyd Richmond will discuss the organization, it’s programs and outstanding TI:ME educators.

By | 2017-01-24T17:05:59+00:00 February 4th, 2016|Blog, Music Education, Music Technology|0 Comments

Leave A Comment