Sessions/Workshops

The following workshop titles have been presented at various district, state, and national conferences. In addition to these titles, I can create and customize presentations to suit the needs of a school or district.

Here's what people are saying about my workshops:

"I took your Garageband workshop in Summit. You were outstanding. I have taken a bunch of workshops before but yours was by far the best. Thanks!" - L.S., Summit, NJ

"I was able to be in your session on Garage Band at the conference in Tampa in Jan. You did a great job. Very simple, direct and easy for anyone to implement." - S.M., Tampa, FL

"Thank you so much for the session on Monday. It was by far the best in-service I have ever attended. I think all of us knew the technology was out there but it seems so overwhelming when you try and read through it and apply it yourself. You did an excellent job in demonstrating how practical the technology is and how it can be incorporated into our classrooms. " - B.C. Wilson County, VA


NEW! The Jazz Educators Guide to the Internet
This One Hour to Three Hour Session explores many of the resources available to music educators that specifically address jazz education concepts. In addition to reviewing these sites, other utilizations of the Internet will be discussed including how to create jazz accompaniment tracks with Band-In-A-Box and GarageBand, and hot to then post those accompaniments online so that students can use them to practice with at home. Exemplary jazz sites will be shared, as well as examples of how educators are using the Internet to enhance their jazz programs.

NEW! Podcasting in the Music Classroom
This One Hour to Full Day Session introduces the concepts behind Podcasting - everything from creating podcasts to publishing them on iTunes. Participants will learn how to creat podcasts using GarageBand 3.0, including how to incorporate video into a podcast. Publishing the podcasts via iWeb and other web design programs will be covered as well. In addition, participants will learn about other podcasting resources including ProfCast, getting your podcast onto iTunes, iTunes U, creating an RSS feed for subscriptions, and many student podcasts will be shared.

MY MOST POPULAR SESSION!
Technology in the Music Classroom
This One Hour to Full Day Session serves as an introduction to the many innovative ways to incorporate technology into and across the music curriculum. Many resources, project ideas, and teaching methods are examined. Everything from Administrative Applications, Software in the Music Classroom, Teaching with PowerPoint and utilizing the Internet is covered. The session can be customized to include areas of interest for a district as well. This session has been presented at numerous school districts in New York and New Jersey, and most recently at the Loundoun County Public Schools District Staff Development Day in Loudoun, VA.

Facilitating Differentiated Instruction With Technology
This One Hour to Full Day Session looks at various strategies for facilitating differentiated learning styles in the music classroom with software titles that inherently lend themselves to doing so. A brief overview of each of the different learning styles will be shared, along with specific software titles and activities that can facilitate each one. Session attendees will be able to see both the activities contained on various CAI and Notations software titles and student work that illustrates each learning style. This session will be presented at upcoming TI:ME Conferences in early 2006.

Composing With Technology Across the Curriculum
This One Hour to Full Day Session looks at various software titles and teaching ideas that foster the inclusion of composition opportunities across the music curriculum.  Software titles include Sibelius, Sibelius Compass, Compass Tracker, and GarageBand.  Various teaching strategies and student work will be shared, including project ideas and evaluation rubrics. This session was presented at the TI:ME Midwest Regional Conference in Indianapolis, IN in January, 2005.


Teaching Music With Garage Band: Applications Across the Curriculum
This One Hour to Full Day Session looks very closely at the new iLife application from Apple called Garage Band. This inexpensive program has revolutionized the way people record, compose and make music. Aside from the application being taught, ideas will be shared how one can incorporate Garage Band into all facets of a music program. Student work will be highlighted, and participants will leave the session with a CD-R recording of their work. This session was presented at the TI:ME Midwest Regional Conference in Indianapolis, IN in January, 2005



Utilizing the Internet in the Music Classroom
This One Hour to Full Day Session focuses on the many applications of the Internet as both a teaching tool and a research tool for music eductors. Many relevant websites are displayed and discussed. This session can be in either a lecture format or a hands-on workshop. All participants will receive handouts with an annotated listing of each of the websites discussed. I have presented this session at numerous school districts in New York and New Jersey. This session was presented at the TI:ME Midwest Regional Conference in Indianapolis, IN in January, 2005


Utilizing Notation Software in the Music Classroom
This One Hour to Full Day Session looks at the numerous ways to integrate notation software into any aspect of a school music program. Student projects will be discussed and displayed. Many different lesson plan ideas will be shared. This session can be in either a lecture format or a hands-on workshop, although it is much more valuable for the educators if it hands-on. No software is required as demonstration versions can be used to teach the software. Although my personal preference is Sibelius, I can also train educators to use Finale. This session has been presented at numerous school districts in New York and New Jersey.


Utilizing Sequencers in the Music Classroom
This One Hour to Full Day Session looks at the numerous ways to integrate a sequencer into any aspect of a school music curriculum. This session can be in either a lecture format or a hands-on workshop, although it is much more valuable for the educators if it hands-on. No software is required as demonstration versions can be used to teach the software. This session will focus on the use of both Logic Education and Compass Tracker as the sequencing software titles, but other sequencers could be used - depending on the needs of the participants. It is possible to also train the participants on Reason as a loop creator/sequencer/software synthesizer software title. This session has been presented at numerous school districts in New York and New Jersey.


The New SoundTree Elementary Music Curriculum (Teaching Classroom Music in the Keyboard Lab)
This One Hour to Full Day Session introduces the new SoundTree Elementary Music Curriculum that I authored entitled "Teaching Classroom Music in the Keyboard Lab". The curriculum was created through a joint venture with the VH1 Save the Music Project. It features an in-depth look at some of the lesson plans that are included in the curriculum, as well as a hands on demonstration on how to effectively utilize the plans in a keyboard lab setting. I have presented this session in Little Rock, AR, Greenville, SC, Washington D.C., Balimore, MD, the 2004 NJMEA State Conference, and the MENC National Convention in Minneapolis, MN.


World Music on the World Wide Web
This One hour to Three Hour Session looks at resources on the Internet about World Music as well as a student web design project based on those resources. It can be set up as either a lecture or a hands-on presentation. I have presented this session at the 2003 National Symposium on Music Instruction Technology at Illinois State University,the MENC Eastern Division Conference in Providence, RI, the TI:ME National Conference in San Antonio, TX, the 2004 NJMEA State Conference, and the MENC National Conference in Minneapolis, MN.


Digital Audio Applications in the Music Classroom
This session features my brother Mark, who is an expert in the field of digital recording. This One to Three Hour session will cover the various software titles associated with digital audio including ProTools, Peak, Acid, and Logic. Mark is an adjunct professor at New York University where he teaches in the Recording Technology Department. He has presented this session at numerous high schools and universities in New York and New Jersey.


To Burn Or Not To Burn: It’s More Than An Ethical Question
This session stems from an article that I wrote for Tempo Magazine - The NJMEA Journal. This One Hour Session looks at the legal and ethical issues surrounding the illegal downloading of music from Peer-to-Peer File Servers such as KaZaa, WinMX, and LimeWire. It is intended for all educators. I have presented this session at the TI:ME National Conference in San Antonio, TX and the NJECC Conference.


Staying Connected: Online Networks for Music Educators
This One Hour Session looks at online resources for music educators. The main intent of the session is to provide music educators with connections to other music educators through websites that offer mentoring and bulletin board services. I have presented this session at the William Paterson University Conference entitled: Sound Ways of Knowing III, and at the 2004 NJMEA State Conference.

Other Available Sessions
Using the Internet as an Assessment Tool for State and National Standards
Curriculum and Assessment in Music Education.
MusicAssessment.com: A Research Report
Assessing the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards in Music with the Internet
Software Applications for the Elementary and Middle School Classroom
The Internet as a Means of Assessing the NJ State and National Standards in Music
Standards, Computers & You in Music Education
Using the National Standards As A Vehicle to Apply Technology In The Music Classroom
Technology in the Elementary Music Classroom


In addition to these workshops, I can also provide private one-on-one instruction at either your school or home to help you become more familiar with the various software titles and hardware configurations associated with music technology. E-mail me for my hourly rates.