The Technology for Music Education is proud to honor music educator Barbara Freedman with the 2012 Mike Kovins TI:ME Teacher of the Year Award for the numerous ways she integrates music technology into music education. An avid educator, performer, author, and clinician, Barbara also shares her knowledge and resources on her website, MusicEdTech. As Barbara always promotes in her presentations, “Teach music. The technology will follow.”
Barbara Ann Freedman has been teaching music since 1997, and teaching Electronic Music & Audio Engineering at Greenwich High School in Connecticut since 2001. She is the Co-President of the Music Educator Technologists Association/Technology Institute for Music Educators (META/TI:ME), Connecticut Chapter, an association of music educators founded in 1989. She is an author, consultant, trainer, and frequent presenter/clinician at local, state, and national in-service conferences and events. Ms Freedman is also a survivor of the New York City Public Schools, both as a teacher and a student.
She is a professional timpanist and percussionist working regularly with the Ridgefield, Bridgeport, and Norwalk (CT) Symphonies, and has worked with other New York Tri-state orchestras, opera and ballet companies. In addition to her work with orchestras, she has performed on Broadway, in popular and folk bands, and Renaissance ensembles. Barbara is the Music Director of the Sound Beach Community Band of Greenwich, Connecticut, one of the nation’s oldest community bands. She holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Music in Performance from Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music City University of New York and a Professional Studies Diploma from the Mannes College of Music. She studied conducting at the Hartt School of Music, Westminster Choir College, and The Julliard School. She is TI:ME Level 1 certified.