What's New

December 10, 2007

Check out my latest article for Music Education Technology Magazine entitled Film Scoring in the Music Classroom published in the November/December 2007 issue.

November 26, 2007

A NEW DIRECTION - A NEW CAREER

I have been a public school music teacher for the past 15 years. It has been a career that has provided me with the opportunity to teach children about the thing that matters most to me - music. Over that time I have utilized my other passion - technology - to make music come to life for my students. I have spent nearly every waking hour outside of my public school duties writing articles, creating projects, teaching graduate courses, and traveling around the country presenting workshops and sessions for educators sharing my enthusiasm for technology and the many ways it can be integrated into any music curriculum. Keeping these two aspects of my career in balance has become more and more complicated in the last five years - especially since earning my doctorate in music education. There are so many conferences to present at and I frequently get requests to provide professional development workshops. The problem is trying to do as many as I can without missing too many school days - not always easy to do. I have had opportunities to interview for a number of higher education positions and some public school positions, but none seemed to be able to provide me with the same opportunities that I have now. While my public school career has been quite rewarding and I have been fortunate to have an extremely supportive administration throughout, I have long felt that I would be more effective if I could share what I feel I do best - integrating technology into music education - on a full-time basis.

Last month, I was offered a position that does just that. On January 1st 2008 I leave public education and take over as the new Managing Director of SoundTree - the leader in music technology systems and solutions for music educators. I am extremely excited about this new career, and I believe that I have found the perfect opportunity to share my passion with my fellow music educators. I started as a SoundTree customer in 1995 when they were first getting started. Lee Whitmore was my technology teacher at Teachers College. I loved what he did in class and ordered a lab for my school in Saddle River, NJ the following semester. Soon thereafter I was installing labs for Lee as a summer job. That soon grew to include training the teachers on the gear and software as well. Since then I have presented countless workshops, trainings, and sessions for SoundTree. Lee left SoundTree this Fall to become the Director of Education and Sales for Sibelius. I have some pretty large shoes to fill. Lee’s passion for technology and his strong leadership at SoundTree has made it the company that it is. Now I have the opportunity to run the company that I believe so strongly in. It is a dream come true.

August 16, 2007

JUST RELEASED! The FAMS Battle of the Bands 2007 Album is now available for download on the iTunes Music Store. Click on the iTunes Logo to purchase it. Scratch N Sniff - FAMS Battle of the Bands 2007 - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

August 3, 2007

Check out my latest article for Tempo Magazine entitled School Music Ensembles Join the Digital Music Revolution with TuneCore to be published in the October 2007 issue.

July 3, 2007

Connect With Music is a great new resource for middle school teachers looking to integrate music and multimedia resources into Language Arts, Math & Science lessons. The site was funded by a grant from NAMM, and I am very proud to have served as the administrator on the project. Please pass the link on to any teacher you think might be interested.

July 1, 2007

Today I began writing a book about Copyright Law and how it effects educators. I am hoping to have a finished manuscript by the beginning of September. More details to follow.

May 14, 2007

I was recently interviewed by CNET News about Sibelius Groovy City. Click HERE to read the article.

May 1, 2007

I will be teaching TI:ME Courses all around the country this summer. Click HERE for registration and course information.

March 24, 2007

Check out my latest article for the February/March 2007 issue of Music Education Technology Magazine enitled Read Me! I am also featured in another article in the issue entitled Desert Island Technology written by Scott Watson.

March 21, 2007

Check out my latest lesson plan for SoundTree entitled: Film Scoring in the Music Classroom: Duck and Cover.

March 19, 2007

Check out the podcast I made for TI:ME about forming a State Chapter. It's posted on my podcasting site.

March 12, 2007

Check out my latest article for Tempo Magazine entitled The Best of 2007: Great New Gear for the Technology-Minded Music Educator to be published in the May 2007 issue.

March 3, 2007

I have just created a website that hosts all of my podcasts on PodOmatic.com - a great free website where users can create spaces to post their own podcasts. To listen to some podcasts that my students have made, as well as some podcasts of my recent presentations, click HERE.

February 25, 2007

This past weekend, I was proud to represent the TI:ME New Jersey Chapter at the NJMEA State Conference in East Brunswick, NJ. I presented three sessions during the conference - all of the presentations can be viewed on my NJMEA page. Many people stopped by the booth to chat, and it was great to see so many familiar faces. I am proud of the work that TI:ME does, and I look forward to many more great events from TI:ME NJ in the future.

February 21, 2007

I am pleased to announce a very exciting Professional Development opportunity being offered through TI:ME NJ. On Saturday, April 14, 2007, I will be teaching a hands-on workshop at the Franklin Avenue Middle School in Franklin Lakes, NJ titled Podcasting in the Music Classroom. For registration information, visit the TI:ME NJ Website and click on Courses. Six hours of NJ PD time are available by taking the workshop. The fee is $25 for TI:ME members and $40 for non-members. Lunch is included.

February 11, 2007

I just returned from the TI:ME National Conference in Columbus, OH and the KMEA Conference in Lousiville, KY where I presented a number of sessions. They were both fantastic conferences. To see all of my session materials from KMEA, click HERE. For my podcasting session, click HERE. Special thanks to Karen Garrett for the photo! For more photos taken by Karen, visit her photo page by clicking HERE.

January 18, 2007

Check out my latest article for Tempo Magazine enitled Wikispaces: Connecting the Music Classroom with the MySpace Generation.

January 1, 2007

Aside from my daily blog that I am thoroughly enjoying writing for, I have created two blogs for my students - one for students in my 8th Grade General Music Class at the Franklin Avenue Middle School where the students will post critiques to six different musical compositions from various periods of music history - and the other blog for students in my Int/Adv Technologies Class at Teachers College Columbia University. I am really looking forward to seeing how effective blogs can be for my students as an alternative to more traditional types of assessment. I believe that blogs will play a more and more important role in our classrooms over the next year or two.

December 22, 2006

My review of the software title, Music Cross-Cultural Explorations: West Africa-The Middle East appears in the January 2007 edition of the Music Educator's Journal. Also, I have been blogging quite a bit over the past four months - there's everything from software andd website reviews to reflections on music technology in general. If you haven't done so already, please check out my blog. Feel free to leave your comments and suggestions. Have a very happy and healthy 2007!

December 3, 2006

Check out my latest lesson plan for SoundTree entitled Jingle Bells in Four Parts. Click HERE to get to the SoundTree Lesson Plans Page. You'll then need to find my lesson plan and click on it. Happy Holidays!

November 9, 2006

Check out my latest article for Tempo Magazine entitled Music Education Blogs: Not Just Online Diaries. Click HERE to read the article. Enjoy!

October 15, 2006

Check out my newest lesson plan entitled: Using Poetry As Inspiraion for Composition. It is posted on the SoundTree website. Click HERE to view the lesson plan - you'll have to then click on the lesson title once you get to the SoundTree page. Enjoy!

September 12, 2006

Music Technology In Education - Today I began what I hope becomes a place for music educators to discuss the latest trends in music technology, as well as lesson ideas, philosopical questions concerning the role of technology in music education, and other related issues. If you'd like to check out my very first entry (that happens to be an announcement for our upcoming TI:ME NJ Conference, click HERE. I'm looking forward to starting this blog - it's been a long time coming.

September 10, 2006

TI:ME New Jersey Technology In-Service Conference Day - TI:ME New Jersey State Chapter is holding its first ever technology conference on October 26th 2006 from 9am - 3pm at the Franklin Avenue Middle School in Franklin Lakes, NJ. Featured on the program is a Keynote Presentation by Tom Rudolph. There are also sessions by Amy Burns, Joe Cantaffa and myself, as well as a session by Robin Hodson from Sibelius and Lee Whitmore from SoundTree. Lunch will be provided for all attendees! For more information, including how to register, visit www.nj-time.org. I hope to see you there!