TI:ME Pre-Conference with TMEA Convention Schedule and Registration Information 

The 2021 convention is a virtual event, it will become even more accessible by music educators across our state, nation, and world! 

TI:ME Pre-Conference is $50 and includes TI:ME Membership


Pre-register on TMEA.org now and choose the TI:ME Pre-Conference Add-On


This year, the annual TI:ME National Conference is in the evening over two days on February 9 and 10. We have a great schedule planned:


Tuesday, February 9, 2021

6:00 PM

Keynote – James Frankel

Reimagining Music Education Now and for the Future

This keynote session asks critical questions about how to deliver engaging and relevant music education during a pandemic, with a lens on developing the three musicians that live within each of our students.  This comprehensive approach, with the assistance of music technology, provides a glimpse at what music education could be after the pandemic.


7:00 PM

Teaching Guitar in a Virtual Learning Environment

Richard McCready

In this session, Richard McCready (TIME Teacher of the Year 2013) will present strategies and best practices for teaching successful guitar classes in a Virtual Learning Environment, including when all students are remote and some are in the classroom. Participants will learn how to best set up their home or classroom studios to suit instruction and how to incorporate technologies such as Soundtrap, Bandlab, Jamstik, and online learning platforms.


8:00 PM

The Interactive General Music Classroom

Shawna Longo

The Interactive General Music Classroom 

Have you ever found yourself wondering – with so many resources out there, where do I begin?  This workshop will present practical teaching examples and best practices in using interactive content and resources.  Expand your curriculum and your student’s engagement with and excitement for music using these tried-and-true tips and tricks for integration and organization.


Live streaming Your Music Class: Equipment, Software, and Strategies 

Will Kuhn

Need to teach music remotely but have no idea where to start? This session will walk you through creating a live-streaming teach-from-home setup and deploying interactive lessons to your students. We will be discussing software such as OBS, Streamlabs and Twitch for alternatives to the usual videoconferencing solutions and walking the balance between live and prerecorded material to have maximum student impact over a distance. No experience required, and we will cover specific applications from elementary through college level instruction.


How to Improve the Student Online Learning Experience 

Shana Kirk

Music educators with K-12 and Private Lesson backgrounds share their successes and challenges using technology for online music instruction.  This panel of experienced music teachers, alongside an educational technology specialist, will help you navigate best practices for remote learning, and to help you identify effective tools, techniques and products to enhance and improve virtual music instruction for students. 

Panel: Shana Kirk, Others to Be Announced


Wednesday, February 10, 2021


6:00 PM

Teaching Music Online AND in Person

John Mlynczak

Whether online or in-person, music education changes lives. Teaching music with technology provides for opportunities for learning and access to music in new and creative ways, and we must adapt our approach to provide the most effective instruction we can depending on the circumstances. This session will demonstrate many ways to provide relevant music lessons online at any level. 


Music Technology Tips You Can Use Today – Panel Discussion

The Prestissimo “Essential Music Technology” series, published by Oxford University Press, is a collection of handy books containing tips and advice on how to incorporate technology into your music teaching situation easily. In this session, authors who have written books in the series will share their best tips from the books with you. This round-table style discussion will be led by series editor Richard McCready (TIME Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year 2013). There will also be a prize drawing at the session for free copies of some of the Prestissimo series books.


List of Panelists

Robby Burns

Robby Burns is a band director and general music teacher at Ellicott Mills Middle School in Maryland, where he is also an active performing percussionist and private instructor. He is the author of “Digital Organization Tips for Music Teachers” and hosts the blog and podcast Music Ed Tech Talk.


Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen is Senior Editor of Music Education and Performance at Oxford University Press. She joined OUP in 2020 and previously held positions at Palgrave Macmillan and Bloomsbury Publishing. 


Rick Dammers

Rick Dammers is the Dean of the College of Performing Arts and Professor of Music Education at Rowan University. He is the co-author of the book “Practical Music Education Technology”is the author of the technology chapter in the “Oxford Handbook of Preservice Music Teacher Education in the United States” and is the recipient of the 2010 TI:ME Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year Award.


Catherine Dwinal

Catherine Dwinal is the educational technology specialist working for QuaverEd and TI:ME’s 2014 Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year. Catherine is the author of “Interactive Visual Ideas for Musical Classroom Activities” and has the pleasure of working with thousands of educators from all over the country helping them to integrate technology into the classroom. 


Norm Hirschy

Norm Hirschy is Executive Editor for Books on Music at Oxford University Press. Prior to joining OUP in 2004, he studied at The College of Wooster and at The Ohio State University.


Ronald Kearns

Ronald E. Kearns is a retired instrumental music teacher. He is the author of “Recording Tips for Music Educators”, as well as Quick Reference for Band Directors” and “Quick Reference for Band Directors Who Teach Orchestra” (NAfME/RLE Publishing). 


Marjorie LoPresti

Marjorie LoPresti is the US Digital Content Manager for MusicFirst, Adjunct Professor of Music Education Technology at Rutgers University, and co-author of “Practical Music Education Technology”. She was the recipient of the 2016 TI:ME Mike Kovins Teacher of the Year Award.


Peter Perry

Peter Perry is the author of “Technology Tips for Ensemble Teachers.” He received the Brent Cannon Music Education Alumni Achievement Award from Kappa Kappa Psi, recognizing outstanding contributions to secondary music education; the Presidential Scholar Teacher Award; and a Japan Fulbright fellowship. He is in his 25th year as Instrumental Music Director at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, Maryland and is on the music education faculty of the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.

Link to the Prestissimo series at Oxford’s web site


7:00 PM

Lights, Camera, Action! Using Video to Promote Student Engagement

Stefani Langol

With the onset of Covid-19 and remote learning, music educators have had to move at warp speed to bring their classrooms and rehearsal rooms into students’ homes. While streaming services like YouTube, Vimeo, and social media sites are commonplace and have had the attention of our students for quite some time, the need to be the creator and not just the consumer of video is more important than ever!  This session will look at the educational value of video in music education, and a wide array of intuitive video creation tools that both music teachers and students can use that will add a fun factor to student engagement and learning!  


How to improve your sound: The Important Basics of Signal Flow

Mark Lochstampfor

This session looks at the important basics of signal flow for music educators; how to effectively improve the quality of your final audio output by balancing each stage of the audio from input to final output, and how the order of audio processors yields different results. Different situations will be considered from remote teaching to live sound and recording.


8:00 PM

At Home & In the Classroom: Bridging the Gap with Soundtrap

Barbara Freedman

Description: Whether you find yourself teaching at home full time or you are back in the classroom and want the learning and music making to continue at home, the online software Soundtrap can be used by classroom teachers, ensemble directors of all grade levels with all devices. Appropriate for grades 5 – 12, it is an easy-to-use program that students can use to record, compose their own music, work in collaboration with other students, make podcasts, and share seamlessly it all with the teacher. This software is also outstanding and easy for teachers to create music to send to student, record your own voice or instrument, or make your own podcast! Learn the ins and outs on this software. 


Session will include an overview of the software, how to record, adjust sound levels, editing audio, recording with MIDI or loops, and composing. Lesson suggestions will be included.


Teaching Ensembles and Applied Lessons in the Virtual Classroom

Floyd Richmond

Description: Music performance poses special problems for the virtual classroom. This session will include tips and solutions from ensemble directors and applied music teachers for a number of different ensembles and instruments including winds, brass, strings, percussion, piano, and voice. Solutions for problems with common distance learning and virtual ensembles will be presented. 

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